Elliott knock takes Bears to Finals Day

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Grant Elliott survived a review for a catch on 46 to take Birmingham Bears to victory
NatWest T20 Blast quarter-final, The Oval
Surrey 204-5 (20 overs): Roy 74, Henriques 48*, Finch 39; Thomason 2-26
Birmingham Bears 207-4 (19.2 overs): Elliott 59*, De Grandhomme 39*, Hose 36; Clarke 2-56
Birmingham Bears win by six wickets

Grant Elliott scored an unbeaten 59 as Birmingham Bears chased 205 with four balls left to beat Surrey in the fourth T20 Blast quarter-final at The Oval.

Elliott survived a review for a catch by Rory Burns when on 46 but went on to share an unbeaten 64-run partnership with Colin de Grandhomme (39 not out).

The Bears reached 207-4 after Surrey had earlier posted 204-5 in their 20 overs as Jason Roy top-scored (74).

They will face Glamorgan in their last-four tie at Finals Day on 2 September.

Hampshire will take on Notts Outlaws in the other semi-final at Edgbaston.

New Zealand international Elliott, captain of the Bears after Ian Bell’s decision to step down, was given not out by the on-field umpires when Burns was convinced he had caught him in the deep diving forward.

Following numerous television replays, he survived and went on to take his side into a home Finals Day.

Controversy as Elliott is reprieved

Surrey’s innings tailed away after Roy (74 off 38 balls) and Aaron Finch (39 off 27 balls) had shared a 98-run opening partnership in just 9.1 overs. Finch was forced to bat with a runner after he injured his right calf when getting off the mark.

Ed Pollock (24), Adam Hose (36) and Sam Hain (29) gave the Bears a platform in the run chase before Elliott and De Grandhomme came together at 143-4 and guided them to their third Finals Day in four years.

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