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Bears on track, but Rapids washed out

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Birmingham Bears sealed a convincing 15-run win over Vitality T20 Blast North Group leaders Lancashire Lightning.

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Adam Hose starred with the bat for Bears – hitting a mighty seven sixes in an innings of 65 from just 34 balls from a total of 179 for six.

But, after losing their first three wickets for 28, Lightning staged a superb recovery with Glenn Maxwell and Keaton Jennings putting together a century stand which threatened to earn Lancashire an impressive victory.

Maxwell’s dismissal for 79 – when he was bowled by Will Rhodes – brought an end to Lightning’s hopes as they finished on 164 for seven.

And when Jennings fell to Rhodes in the final over for 35, it sealed a much-needed win for Bears, who are now fifth after reviving their own fortunes in the competition.

Meanwhile, Worcestershire Rapids’ home Vitality Blast encounter with Northamptonshire Steelbacks was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Play had been scheduled to finally get under way at 5pm in an eight overs a side game.

It followed several inspections by umpires Rob Bailey and Martin Saggers after morning and early afternoon downpours.

But a torrential downpour at 4.20pm ended hopes of any play.

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Both sides collected one point apiece with Worcestershire remaining in third spot.

The Rapids are level on points with second placed Notts Outlaws but have a game in hand.

It is Worcestershire’s second home Blast wash-out of the campaign after the derby match with Birmingham Bears suffered the same fate.

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