Yorkshire 200 for 3 (Kohler-Cadmore 94*) beat Birmingham 181 for 5 (Hain 64*) by 19 runs
Tom Kohler-Cadmore was among the runs again as an unbeaten 94 earned Yorkshire Vikings a 19-run T20 Vitality Blast victory over Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston.
Opener Kohler-Cadmore made a half century in his previous game against Northamptonshire Steelbacks. And the Vikings captain kept that form going with nine fours and two sixes – ending six short of his century – as Yorkshire completed their T20 campaign with back-to-back wins after Birmingham replied with 181 for 5, including a 46-ball 64 from Sam Hain who hit five fours and two sixes.
The match may have been a dead rubber with neither side able to qualify from the North Group, but Kohler-Cadmore and Adam Lyth punished Birmingham yet again with a new best T20 stand against the Bears following on from their 88 stand at Headingley this season. This time they piled on 102 runs to set up a total of 200 for 3.
Birmingham won the toss but Yorkshire made a solid start and the opening 50 stand came inside six overs – off 32 balls – after some loose bowling from the Bears early on. Lyth brought up the half-century with a boundary as Vikings made the most of the Powerplay.
Vikings were 92 for no wicket after 10 overs and Kohler-Cadmore reached his 50 after hitting seven fours and a six, with the pair completing a century stand a in the 12th over. But Bears made the breakthrough when Lyth tried to pull a George Garrett ball and was caught on the boundary by Dom Sibley on the deep midwicket boundary.
Garrett, aged 19, earned his first wicket in T20 cricket as a result with the score on 102 – that follows his wicket on his first-class debut against Somerset this month.
But Yorkshire were still in a strong position and David Willey kit the Vikings’ momentum going as he hit the first and third ball of his innings for six.
Willey continued to take the game to Birmingham and drove Chris Green for a huge straight six. But Bears picked up a second wicket as Willey tried one big shot too many and hit Green’s full toss to long-off where he was caught by Will Rhodes after making a rapid 25 off 10 balls to leave Vikings 137 for 2.
Harry Brook came in and provided more valuable support for Kohler-Cadmore and the pair hauled in 24 runs from the 17th over. Vikings reached 200 off the last ball of the innings leaving Kohler-Cadmore not out after carrying his bat.
Bears made an encouraging start and Ed Pollock took the game to Yorkshire only to edge Tim Bresnan to wicket keeper Tattersall and depart for 22 hitting four boundaries and a six. But Green then went from his second delivery as Bresnan struck again in the same over with Will Fraine taking a fine catch as Bears were reduced to 35 for 2.
And it was 56 for 3 when Matt Pillans bowled Lamb for 11 – but Vikings took command when Lyth trapped opener Dom Sibley for 37 with the Bears score on 100.