Bears win dramatic T20 trophy

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The 2014 NatWest T20 trophy was won by Birmingham Bears at their home ground, Edgbaston, beating Andrew Flintoff’s Lancashire by just four runs.

Bears’ star of the show was Laurie Evans who scored an impressive 53 from just 30 balls, including four sixes, helping the Bears to amass a total 181 for 5 after electing to bat first.

The final went to the last ball of the game, with Lancashire’s Stephen Parry needing to smash a six for a dramatic victory, but instead he managed just a single off Chris Woakes’ last delivery, who finished with figures of 2 for 34.

Flintoff, who was brought into the team for the final, dismissed his former England team mate Ian Bell with his first ball, and even though he scored 20 not out including two sixes, his contribution was not enough to push Lancashire across the line.

Birmingham Bears’ victory brought them their first ever T20 trophy, which could be just the first in a potential domestic treble this season.

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