Jets Beaten By Birmingham Bears

Jets Beaten By Birmingham Bears

Durham Jets bowler Usman Arshad took 2-24 at Edgbaston

STUMPS. Durham Jets 146-7 (Hastings 36) v Birmingham Bears 147-4 (Chopra 51). Birmingham Bears won by six wickets.

Durham Jets suffered a second defeat of the Natwest T20 Blast season as the Birmingham Bears secured a six wicket win with five balls to spare at Edgbaston.

Debutant John Hastings (36) top scored for the visitors, who posted 147 from their 20 overs after being asked to bat first.

Bears captain Varun Chopra (51) was the lynchpin as the men from the Midlands chased down their target. A breezy unbeaten 21 from Laurie Evans helped to clinch the points, with Evans striking the winning runs with a boundary through extra cover.

A poor start from the Jets hindered their chances of posting a more challenging total. Mark Stoneman was run out at the end of the first over, and Phil Mustard was caught at mid on shortly afterwards.

Calum Macleod, returning to his old club, helped to kick-start the innings until he tried to use his feet to Jeetan Patel and was stumped for 27.

The run rate was steadily improving until disaster struck as three wickets fell for just one run.

Boyd Rankin added to his dismissal of Mustard with the wicket of Collingwood (11), before Rankin contributed again by running out Scott Borthwick for 25. Ben Stokes lasted just one ball as he was bowled by Patel, to leave the Jets reeling on 81-6.

A half-century partnership between Hastings and Gordon Muchall enabled the Jets to post a respectable total, with Hastings striking two big sixes before he was yorked in the final over.

In reply, Irish left hander William Porterfield got the Bears off to a brisk start, before Usman Arshad (2-24) induced a false stroke and MacLeod took the catch at mid-off.

Despite the loss of Jonathon Webb, who slapped a delivery from Collingwood to Borthwick at point for 27, the Edgbaston outfit looked in control.

Chopra was playing the anchor role well until he played on, to give Arshad a second victim.

Pakistan International Shoaib Malik added 28 before Stokes chipped in with a wicket, but Evans hit the next ball for four, meaning the Bears needed just another boundary to win from the final over.

Chris Rushworth couldn't recreate his heroics in the last match at Trent Bridge as Evans crashed the ball to the offside fence.

The Jets have a chance to make amends for this defeat on Saturday as they take on Worcestershire Rapids in a televised game at New Road (2.30pm start)

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