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Chris Lynn and Saif Zaib assist fireplace Northamptonshire Steelbacks to 211-6 however whole not sufficient...

Chris Lynn and Saif Zaib assist fireplace Northamptonshire Steelbacks to 211-6 however whole not sufficient as Birmingham Bears win by six wickets; watch England in motion within the third Take a look at in opposition to New Zealand, stay on Sky Sports activities Cricket from 10am, Thursday

Final Up to date: 22/06/22 10:31pm

Birmingham Bears’ Adam Hose

Adam Hose and Chris Benjamin smacked half-centuries as Birmingham Bears tightened up the highest of the Vitality Blast North Group with victory in a high-scoring encounter in opposition to Northamptonshire Steelbacks.

Chasing 212, Hose performed the anchor position with 63 off 44 balls, whereas Benjamin was the finisher with an enthralling 58 from 31 deliveries, after Alex Davies had thrashed 42 from 18.

Earlier, Chris Lynn (59) continued his ridiculous kind to return to the highest of the Blast scoring charts, now with 443 runs, and Saif Zaib was excellent in his 74 – nevertheless it proved brief within the six-wicket defeat.

Northamptonshire missed the chance to maneuver to the highest of the group with the highest 4 groups all now separated by a single level – with Derbyshire, the Steelbacks and the Bears on 14, one behind Lancashire.

The Steelbacks received the toss and with no second thought batted first on a belting fast pitch paired with a lightning outfield and shiny sunshine – with 200 all the time a naked minimal.

Lynn took his run tally at Wantage Highway to 361, with a median of 120, however he initially took his time to get going.

A swatted six over sq., which by no means seemingly descended, acquired him going earlier than an excellent on-drive was adopted up by charging Carlos Brathwaite to clear the midwicket boundary.

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Ben Curran had performed a sequence of thumping straight photographs earlier than he performed Brathwaite onto his stumps to finish the 72-run opening stand.

That wicket considerably slowed Lynn, however he introduced up his fourth fifty in 5 innings on the bottom in 37 deliveries.

The Australian was dropped on 52 and had added solely an extra seven runs earlier than slicing to brief third man.

Zaib merely continued the place he had left off the earlier night, when he managed a career-best 92.

He earned a life on 12 – a second drop in a dismal fielding show – and instantly put it out of his thoughts with a four-four-six combo which ended with a full-toss disappearing over level.

Zaib, whose third T20 half-century got here up in 24 balls, demolished Craig Miles when he took him for 20, with 28 runs coming within the eight balls earlier than he fell to a spectacular long-on catch.

The ultimate three overs had been all motion as 39 runs had been plundered and three wickets taken because the Steelbacks reached 211 for six – the eighth highest rating of their historical past, however simply their fourth largest on this floor in 2022.

That breathlessness solely continued as Paul Stirling smashed 21 off Tom Taylor’s first over – which included sixes over long-on and off his legs – earlier than the Irishman nicked off the primary ball of the next over.

Ben Sanderson struck once more in his second over, which solely went for one run, when Rob Yates was overwhelmed and broke the bail, earlier than the stress paved the best way for Taylor to pin Sam Hain in entrance.

Davies and Hose showcased some lovely shot-play, particularly on the minimize and drive in a 69-run partnership that threatened to sway the sport firmly within the guests’ grasp.

However after hanging back-to-back sixes off Freddie Heldreich, Davies acquired grasping and was bowled attempting to slog-sweep a 3rd, this time damaging the stump.

Simply because the run charges had been converging, Benjamin acquired going with a trio of sweeps, two going the gap and the opposite all alongside the ground, whereas Hose introduced up his fifty with a six on the pull.

Benjamin’s fifty got here in 28 balls – and included 4 maximums – because the pair placed on 100 to get the Bears over the road with seven balls to spare, finishing their highest profitable chase.

Watch the third LV= Insurance coverage Take a look at between England and New Zealand, from Headingley, stay on Sky Sports activities Cricket and Sky Sports activities Predominant Occasion from 10am on Thursday.