Report: Birmingham Bears v Yorkshire Vikings, NatWest T20 Blast 2017

There was deep frustration all round at Edgbaston as the NatWest T20 Blast tussle between in-form Birmingham Bears and North Group leaders Yorkshire was washed out without a ball bowled.

Yorkshire had been looking to complete a quickfire double over the Bears, who they beat comfortably at Headingley seven days earlier, though Ian Bell’s side had bounced back with two wins since then.

But the teams never got as far as tossing up as steady rain set in before the scheduled 7pm start and settled in for most of the night before the umpires finally called off the game at 8.30pm. Birmingham’s new signing from Somerset, batsman Adam Hose, had been in line for his debut but had to settle, like everyone else, for watching the rain hose down.