Vitality T20 Blast: Glenn Maxwell’s 39-ball 79 not enough as Birmingham Bears upset leaders Lancashire Lightning
Glenn Maxwell's blitz was not enough to take Lancashire to victory. (Image: Twitter/@eastlancslive)

Birmingham Bears snapped a winless run of five matches by beating North Group leaders Lancashire Lightning in the Vitality T20 Blast on Sunday.

Glenn Maxwell‘s 79 off 39 deliveries was not enough to get Birmingham over the line, which gave them their first loss of the competition.

Chasing 180, Lancashire slipped to 28/3 before Maxwell got going on a partnership of 107 with Keaton Kennings. The Australia hit eight fours and four sixes to revive Lancashire’s chase, hitting Oliver Hannon-Dalby for 16 and 22 in two overs as he sped to his half-century in 28 balls.

Maxwell’s second assault on Hannon-Dalby brought the asking for Lancashire to 48 from the last five over the match. But on 79, Maxwell missed a yorker from Will Rhodes and was bowled. From here, Birmingham closed out a 15-run win.

Earlier, Birmingham’s total of 179/6 was set up by Adam Hose’s 34-ball 65, which featured seven sixes.

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Elsewhere in the Vitality Blast on Sunday, Surrey kept Glamorgan searching for their first win with a seven-wicket victory at Sophia Gardens.

Glamorgan made 152/6 in 20 overs, with skipper Colin Ingram the top-scorer with 41. Surrey eased home on the basis of Mark Stoneman’s 53 off 49 balls and a stand of 53 off 4.3 overs between Ollie Pope (28* off 17) and Ben Foakes (29* off 16).

At Radlett, Middlesex took second place on the South Group table with a rain-hit win over Gloucestershire. Starring was Dawid Malan with 91 not out off 59 balls to drive Surrey’s chase of 169. Steven Finn took 3/18 from his four overs.

At Headingley, Derbyshire Falcons beat Yorkshire Vikings by 52 runs. Leus du Plooy and Will Madsen hit fifties in Falcons’ total of 207/5 and then Logan van Been took 4/17 to down the home team.