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Birmingham book place in T20 Blast final

Birmingham are in the final. Credit: PA

Birmingham Bears were given a slight final over scare by tail-end batsman Andrew Salter before sealing their place in the NatWest T20 Blast final with an 11-run victory over Glamorgan at Edgbaston.

Salter took 14 runs from the first three balls off Chris Woakes to leave Glamorgan needing 12 from three but then holed out, to the relief of a partisan home support under blue skies.

Ed Pollock's blistering 50 from 27 balls in only his eighth T20 lit up Finals Day and lifted Birmingham to 175 for nine after they were put into bat, while Glamorgan lost early wickets in their reply and Jacques Rudolph's lone hand seemed to be in vain - until Salter got them close.

Birmingham now await the winners of this afternoon's second semi-final between Hampshire and Nottinghamshire.

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Root equals record with half-century against West Indies

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England captain Joe Root equalled AB de Villiers' world record of half-centuries in 12 successive Tests after surviving an early drop on the first morning of the second Test against the West Indies.

Root offered a simple chance with just eight to his name but was dropped by Kieran Powell at slip and went on to pass 50 on his home ground of Headingley.

He had already set a new English record with his hundred at Edgbaston last week and now sits level with South Africa star De Villiers, continuing a consistent streak of scoring that dates back to the second Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka last October.

Root's landmark left England 114 for four after the tourists turned in a much-improved performance with the ball to expose familiar top-order frailties.

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