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BIRM­ING­HAM – An ex­plo­sive Car­los Brath­waite half-cen­tu­ry over­shad­owed Kyle May­ers’s de­but for Birm­ing­ham Bears, as the home side brushed aside Worces­ter­shire Rapids by 17 runs, to im­prove their chances of a berth in the next round of the T20 Blast in Eng­land.

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Choos­ing to bat first at Edg­bas­ton on Fri­day, Bears re­cov­ered from 63 for five in the ninth over to reach 169 with­out fur­ther loss off 20 overs, with Sam Hain hit­ting an un­beat­en 83 off 53 balls and Brath­waite, 52 not out off 38 balls.

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May­ers, en­ter­ing at num­ber five, made on­ly 13.

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In re­ply, Jake Lib­by top-scored with 36, Daryl Mitchell got 29 and Ross White­ley, 28, as Rapids came up short on 152 for six, af­ter need­ing 23 from the fi­nal over.

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The vic­to­ry, the first in three out­ings for the Bears, left them fifth in the North Group on 13 points but on­ly six points off lead­ers Not­ting­hamshire, with one game left against Northamp­ton­shire on Sun­day

Bears start­ed poor­ly when Ed Pol­lock was com­pre­hen­sive­ly bowled by Aus­tralian left-arm seam­er Ben Dwarshuis for five off the fourth ball of the match, and open­ing part­ner Sam Hose played on to pac­er Dil­lon Pen­ning­ton (2-11) for four in the next over

Cap­tain Will Rhodes edged Pen­ning­ton to short third man in the fifth over for 11, paving the way for May­ers’ ar­rival but the West In­dies Test left-han­der blast­ed seam­er Char­lie Mor­ris for a straight six be­fore hol­ing out to long on off pac­er Ed Barnard in the eighth over

When Robert Yates (1) spooned a re­turn catch to leg-spin­ner Brett D’Oliveira in the next over, Bears were star­ing down the bar­rel but Hain and Brath­waite com­bined in an en­ter­tain­ing un­bro­ken 106-run, sixth wick­et stand to bail them out

Hain struck eight fours and a cou­ple of six­es while Brath­waite, whose first 19 runs re­quired 27 balls, picked up the tem­po to lash two fours and three six­es as his last 33 runs came from on­ly 11 de­liv­er­ies

With both bats­men on the charge, Bears gath­ered 53 runs from the last three overs, Brath­waite reach­ing his third T20 half-cen­tu­ry off the last ball of the in­nings with a bound­ary to ex­tra cov­er off Mor­ris

Star­ing at a straight­for­ward to­tal, Rapids slumped to 21 for two in the fourth be­fore Lib­by and Mitchell re­vived the in­nings in a 55-run, third wick­et stand

But once Mitchell picked out deep mid-wick­et with seam­er Craig Miles (2-27) in the 11th over and Lib­by holed out to deep ex­tra cov­er in the 14th over off Rhodes’s medi­um pace, Rapids quick­ly fad­ed

They need­ed 29 from the last two overs but medi­um pac­er Brath­waite pro­duced a miser­ly penul­ti­mate over which cost on­ly six runs, to snuff out any re­main­ing threat

The for­mer West In­dies T20 cap­tain, who has al­ready tak­en 18 wick­ets in the tour­na­ment, went wick­et­less from four overs which cost 39 runs

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