Sunday 24 August 2014 

NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day - Highlights & Reaction

Birmingham Bears are the 2014 NatWest T20 Blast champions
Birmingham Bears are the 2014 NatWest T20 Blast champions
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Watch match highlights, interviews and Cricket World's own reaction of the 2014 NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day at Edgbaston, where Birmingham Bears beat Lancashire Lightning in a thrilling final.

Birmingham beat Surrey by 15 runs in the first semi-final, after William Porterfield struck 81 not out and Chris Woakes and Ateeq Javid took a brace of wickets.

Jason Roy hit a 19-ball half-century but that was as good as it got for Surrey, who were unable to make it to the final for the second year in a row.

The second semi-final was a much more low-scoring affair as Lancashire defended 160 to beat Hampshire by 41 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method.

A fine innings of 72 from Ashwell Prince anchored their innings and although Jimmy Adams made 53 for Hampshire, there was to be no third title in five years for them as Steven Croft, Jimmy Anderson, Stephen Parry and Tom Smith all took two wickets.

So to the final, and Birmingham piled on the runs, scoring 181 for five with Laurie Evans cracking 53. There was a moment of high drama when Andrew Flintoff struck with his first ball.

In reply, Lancashire struggled but after Karl Brown's 55 in 28 balls, there was a glimmer of hope and more so when Flintoff hit two sixes in the penultimate over.

However, it was not to be, Woakes holding his nerve in the last over to close it out for the Bears, who win England's domestic Twenty20 competition for the first time.

Here's how Cricket World's John Pennington and Matt Carter reacted to Finals Day.

And here are Birmingham's Ian Bell and Laurie Evans.

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