OHD: “Extra special if we beat the Rapids to qualify”

Birmingham Bears bowler Olly Hannon-Dalby is looking forward to a “massive game” against arch-rivals Worcestershire Rapids at Edgbaston tomorrow – but in the meantime, like all Bears fans, will be a big Northants Steelbacks fan tonight.

Hannon-Dalby’s T20-best four for 20 against Lancashire Lightning last night powered the Bears to a seven-wicket win which keeps their quarter-finals hopes alive.

"The Rapids at Edgbaston is always a massive game with the local rivalry. There is always a fantastic crowd in."

Olly Hannon-Dalby

Their fate is not entirely in their own hands though. Birmingham must beat the Rapids tomorrow, but also need other results to go their way, starting at Northampton tonight when the Steelbacks must defeat Yorkshire Vikings to keep the Bears in the race.

“We need Northants to beat Yorkshire and then Yorkshire to beat Notts on Friday so we’ll be changing allegiances a few times over the next couple of days,” said Hannon-Dalby. “But all we can do is our jobs as well as we possibly can.

A win last night helped and now hopefully we can play that well again tomorrow and beat Worcestershire to keep the dream alive.

“The Rapids at Edgbaston is always a massive game with the local rivalry. There is always a fantastic crowd in and it is a big game regardless but it would be extra special if we need to beat them to qualify.

“We will go into it in confident mood after a really good performance last night. It was nice to get a few wickets and a T20 best for myself but all the bowlers were outstanding through the middle of the innings to keep the pressure on. It was just a really strong all-round team display.”

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