T20 Blast: Ireland’s Paul Stirling lights up Edgbaston with a 51-ball 119 against Northants Steelbacks

On Thursday, May 26, Paul Stirling’s century helped the Birmingham Bears beat the Northants Steelbacks by 125 runs (DLS Method) at Edgbaston.

Paul Stirling. Courtesy: Birmingham Bears Twitter

Paul Stirling. Courtesy: Birmingham Bears Twitter


  • Stirling smashed pacer James Sales for 34 runs in the 13th over
  • On Thursday, the Birmingham Bears defeated the Steelbacks by 125 runs (DLS Method)
  • Stirling smashed 10 sixes in his knock

Ireland batter Paul Stirling was at his very best during Birmingham Bears’ opening match against the Northants Steelbacks in the T20 Blast on Thursday, May 26. At Edgbaston in Birmingham, the right-hander went berserk and scored 119 off a mere 51 balls with the help of nine fours and as many as 10 sixes.

On the back of his knock, the Bears, led by West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, racked up a humongous score of 207/3 in the rain-curtained 16-over match. After electing to bat first, the Bears found themselves in trouble as Jacob Bethell and Alex Davies perished cheaply inside the first four overs.


From there on, Stirling made sure that he took the game away from his opponent. The veteran stitched together a partnership of 170 runs for the third wicket with Sam Hain off 70 balls. Hain also looked in ominous touch, having scored 66 runs off 32 balls with nine fours and one six.

Stirling also scored 34 runs in the 13th over from medium pacer James Sales. He smashed the first balls for sixes, after which he finished off with a four. Right-arm pacer Ben Sanderson got rid of Stirling, but by then the latter had already done quite a bit of damage.

The Steelbacks, led by Josh Cobb, strained to gather any sort of momentum as they were bowled out for 81 in 14.2 overs. The spin duo of Danny Briggs and Jake Lintott picked up a combined tally of six wickets. Henry Brookes accounted for two crucial scalps as well.

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