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Hampshire hammer Birmingham to qualify for Finals Day

Hampshire Hawks attain Vitality Blast Finals Day after thumping Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston; guests publish 186-6 as Ben McDermott top-scores with 61 earlier than razing dwelling facet for simply 82; Hampshire be part of Yorkshire Vikings at Finals Day; final two quarter-finals on Friday and Saturday

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Final Up to date: 08/07/22 12:38am

Ben McDermott hit six fours and four sixes in Hampshire Hawks' win over Birmingham Bears Ben McDermott hit six fours and four sixes in Hampshire Hawks' win over Birmingham Bears

Ben McDermott hit six fours and 4 sixes in Hampshire Hawks’ win over Birmingham Bears

​Hampshire Hawks booked their place at Vitality Blast Finals Day as they skittled Birmingham Bears for 82 throughout a thumping 104-run win at Edgbaston.

The Hawks emphatically ended the Bears’ T20 marketing campaign, denying their hosts a Finals Day place again in Birmingham on July 16 and, on the identical time, silencing a giant, sun-soaked crowd.

The Hawks had been lifted to an imposing 186-6 by the clear hitting of Ben McDermott (61 off 36 balls) and Joe Weatherley (47 off 31).

Watch the last over from Hampshire's thrashing of Birmingham in the Vitality Blast quarter-final

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Watch the final over from Hampshire’s thrashing of Birmingham within the Vitality Blast quarter-final

Watch the final over from Hampshire’s thrashing of Birmingham within the Vitality Blast quarter-final

Bears’ linchpin spinners Danny Briggs and Jake Lintott took some unaccustomed punishment (a mixed six overs for 76), though skipper Carlos Brathwaite stepped up with 4-31.

The Bears had topped 200 seven instances within the group stage however this time had been bowled out in solely 13.3 overs by top-drawer bowling led by James Fuller (4-17) Nathan Ellis (3-4) and Brad Wheal (2-9).

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After the Hawks selected to bat, England paceman Olly Stone opened up with two wonderful overs for eight runs, however McDermott and James Vince (31 off 22) quickly upped the ante.

After scoring 11 from the primary two overs, they smashed 50 from the subsequent 4 as Australian McDermott, particularly, broke free. His fourth six, hoisted over additional cowl off former Hawks spinner Briggs, took him to 50 from 28 balls.

The openers added 93 in 56 balls earlier than Brathwaite dismissed each in 4 balls. Vince edged to wicketkeeper Alex Davies and McDermott dragged a yorker onto his stumps.

It was three wickets in 10 balls when Tom Prest (2) missed a reverse sweep and was lbw to Dan Mousley.

Birmingham captain Carlos Brathwaite was dismissed second delivery in his side's crushing defeat

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Birmingham captain Carlos Brathwaite was dismissed second supply in his facet’s crushing defeat

Birmingham captain Carlos Brathwaite was dismissed second supply in his facet’s crushing defeat

Weatherley and Ross Whiteley (24 off 16) received issues again on observe with a stand of 69 in 40 balls earlier than the latter was beautifully held by Lintott at long-off off Brathwaite.

Craig Miles and Adam Hose held their nerve underneath skiers to oust Weatherley and Liam Dawson (2) respectively, the latter wicket giving Brathwaite his four-for.

The Hawks’ complete appeared about par on an excellent pitch however they received their talons straight into the Bears’ reply as Ellis compelled Paul Stirling (1) right into a miscue and Wheal’s first ball bowled Davies (6).

Sam Hain (11) hoicked Wheal to deep midwicket and when Fuller’s third ball yorked Hose (16), the Bears had been 40-4 within the seventh over.

The Hawks stored the stress on and Chris Benjamin (10) and Brathwaite (4) despatched up catches off Fuller to depart the bowler with 3-11 from his first two overs and Vince’s facet closed out victory with out breaking sweat.

Watch the final two Vitality Blast quarter-finals dwell on Sky Sports activities Cricket, beginning with Lancashire Lightning vs Essex Eagles on Friday (on air at 6.15pm, first ball at 6.30pm) after which Somerset vs Derbyshire Falcons on Saturday (on air at 6.30pm, first ball at 7pm).

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