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Vitality Blast: Birmingham Bears And Hampshire Through To Quarter-finals; Wins For Essex, Surrey

Vitality Blast: Birmingham Bears And Hampshire Through To Quarter-finals; Wins For Essex, Surrey

Round-up from Friday night’s Vitality Blast action, where Birmingham Bears And Hampshire Hawks both booked quarter-final spots, Surrey guaranteed a home fixture in the last eight and England one-day captain Jos Buttler featured in a defeat for Lancashire.

Yorkshire Vikings vs Birmingham Bears

Birmingham Bears qualified for next week’s Vitality Blast quarter-finals as North Group winners by defending a 239 target in a run-fest against fellow challengers Yorkshire Vikings at Headingley.

Birmingham’s 238-5 was the fourth-highest total in this season’s Blast – they also hold the highest, 261-2 against Nottinghamshire – and included 81 in 41 balls for Ireland opener Paul Stirling and a late career best 63 not out off 25 for Dan Mousley, who also claimed a wicket with his off-spin.

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This was also the highest total Yorkshire have ever conceded. But they valiantly chased, finishing on 207 all out with Adam Lyth’s 69 their top score. Bears captain Carlos Brathwaite returned a season’s best 3-32 in a 31-run win.

Fourth-placed Vikings head into Sunday’s final group game at Leicestershire, who are a point behind in sixth, with all manner of possibilities at play. A win will qualify them, as will a tie or no result, while they could also still finish in the top two for a home quarter-final or be knocked out with a loss.

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