Result: Birmingham Bears reach T20 Blast final

Birmingham Bears will play in the T20 Blast final this evening after beating Surrey by 16 runs in their semi-final at Edgbaston.

Birmingham Bears have reached the final of the T20 Blast after beating Surrey by 16 runs at Edgbaston today.

William Porterfield of Birmingham Bears hits out during the Natwest T20 Blast Semi Final match between Birmingham Bears and Surrey at Edgbaston on August 23, 2014© Getty Images

Surrey won the toss and decided to put Birmingham in to bat in the first of the semi-finals.

Will Porterfield led the charge for the Bears, hitting an unbeaten 81 off 47 balls as the Warwickshire side posted a total of 194-4.

Ian Bell [38] and Rikki Clarke [35] were also among the runs for Birmingham, while Gareth Batty was the pick of the Surrey bowlers with 1-24.

In reply, Surrey made a strong start to their innings, with Jason Roy [58] needing just 20 balls to reach his half-century.

After Roy's departure, former England batsman Kevin Pietersen came to the crease for Surrey, but added just 13 runs in a 16-ball knock.

Steven Davies and Gary Wilson both followed Pietersen back to the pavillion in quick succession as the required run rate for Surrey headed towards 14 going into the final five overs, leaving them too far behind their opponents to make a late charge.

Birmingham will face either Hampshire or Lancashire in the final this evening.

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