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Cricket
Moeen Ali reflects on his Birmingham upbringing 

13 Dec 17

England all-rounder Moeen Ali visits his hometown in Sparkhill, Birmingham to reflect on his younger days and how street cricket helped him tackle his confidence.


Cricket
T20 Blast: Notts Outlaws start defence against Birmingham Bears in repeat of 2017 final 

28 Nov 17

In a repeat of the 2017 final, holders Notts Outlaws will host Birmingham Bears on day one of next summer’s T20 Blast.


Cricket
‘This is my backyard’ – Moeen’s England take on Birmingham street cricketers 

21 Nov 17

England cricketers Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes rock up in Sparkhill, Birmingham to take on a group of young street cricketers at their own game.


Cricket
Ian Westwood: Former Warwickshire skipper joins Edgbaston coaching staff 

7 Nov 17

Warwickshire create a new development coach role for retired former Bears captain Ian Westwood.


Cricket
Warwickshire: Graeme Welch returns to Edgbaston as Bears bowling coach 

3 Nov 17

Warwickshire reappoint Leicestershire’s Graeme Welch as bowling coach following Alan Richardson’s departure.


Cricket
Alan Richardson: Warwickshire bowling coach leaves Edgbaston for second time 

24 Oct 17

Warwickshire part company with bowling coach Alan Richardson following the Bears’ relegation in the County Championship.


Cricket
Warwickshire v Hampshire: Ian Bell’s half-century leaves Hants in relegation danger 

27 Sep 17

Ian Bell’s unbeaten 77 leaves relegation-threatened Hampshire needing 239 to beat Warwickshire at Edgbaston.


Cricket
Warwickshire v Somerset: Tom Abell and Steven Davies help visitors respond 

5 Sep 17

Tom Abell and Steven Davies help Somerset reach 203-4 on a rain-affected first day against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.


Cricket
T20 Blast final: Samit Patel & Brendan Taylor’s partnership helps Notts to victory 

2 Sep 17

Samit Patel and Brendan Taylor’s superb 132-run stand helps Notts Outlaws to their first T20 title with victory over at Edgbaston.


Cricket
Watch: ‘They’ve waited so long’ – Notts seal T20 Blast win 

2 Sep 17

Watch the winning moment as Notts Outlaws beat Birmingham Bears by 22 runs to be crowned T20 Blast champions at Edgbaston.


Cricket
T20 Blast: Dan Christian smashes ‘searing’ six as Notts post big total 

2 Sep 17

Notts captain Dan Christian smashes a “searing” six in the final over of the innings as his side make 190-4 against Birmingham in the T20 Blast final.


Cricket
T20 Blast: Birmingham’s Chris Woakes dismisses Nottinghamshire’s Riki Wessels 

2 Sep 17

Watch Birmingham’s Chris Woakes dismiss Nottinghamshire’s Riki Wessels as he takes three early wickets in the T20 Blast final at Edgbaston.


Cricket
T20 Blast semi-final: Notts Outlaws beat Hampshire to reach final 

2 Sep 17

Notts Outlaws will face Birmingham Bears in the T20 Blast final after beating Hampshire by 23 runs in their semi-final.


Cricket
T20 Blast: Fielding masterclass helps Birmingham Bears to victory over Glamorgan 

2 Sep 17

Watch as a fielding masterclass helps Birmingham Bears to victory over Glamorgan in their T20 Blast semi-final at Edgbaston.


Cricket
T20 Blast: James Vince confident Hampshire will thrive on Finals Day 

1 Sep 17

Hampshire captain James Vince is confident his side can reverse their previous poor form in T20 Blast Finals Day at Edgbaston.


Cricket
T20 Blast: Birmingham Bears, Glamorgan, Hampshire and Notts seek Finals Day glory 

1 Sep 17

BBC Sport takes a close look at the likely stars as four teams chase glory at T20 Blast Finals Day at Edgbaston on Saturday.


Cricket
T20 Blast: Elliott and de Grandhomme guide Birmingham Bears into T20 finals day 

25 Aug 17

Grant Elliott and Colin de Grandhomme guide Birmingham Bearsto victory over Surrey at The Oval.


Cricket
T20 Blast: Birmingham Bears Grant Elliott gets controversial reprieve 

25 Aug 17

Watch the controversial moment Birmingham Bears skipper Grant Elliott is reprieved via a review by the third umpire after he looked to have been caught by Surrey’s Rory Burns.


Cricket
This series will be sad to watch – Vaughan 

19 Aug 17

England’s series against West Indies will be “sad to watch”, says ex-England captain Michael Vaughan after the hosts’ crushing win at Edgbaston.


Cricket
Pint-sized TMS: Landmark Stuart Broad wicket as England cruise to win over poor West Indies 

19 Aug 17

Stuart Broad passes Ian Botham’s tally of 383 wickets as England thrash West Indies by an innings and 209 runs in the day-night Test at Edgbaston.


Cricket
England thrash West Indies in three days – report & highlights 

19 Aug 17

England take 19 wickets on the third day to beat West Indies by an innings and 209 runs in the day-night Test at Edgbaston.


Cricket
Watch: Broad passes Botham as England close in on win 

19 Aug 17

Stuart Broad claims his 384th Test wicket to go past Sir Ian Botham’s tally in England’s innings-and-209-run win over West Indies inside three days at Edgbaston.


Cricket
Can we have our ball back? Fancy dress fans celebrate steward’s u-turn 

19 Aug 17

Amusing scenes at Edgbaston as cricket fans in a wide variety of fancy dress protest against a steward taking away their inflatable ball by rushing towards the edge of the stand – and then celebrate wildly when the ball is returned.


Cricket
Where’s the ball, Joe? Root searches for lost six 

19 Aug 17

England captain Joe Root goes searching under the covers to retrieve the ball after West Indies’ Jermaine Blackwood hit a six in the first Test at Edgbaston.


Cricket
Pint-sized TMS: England take control against West Indies thanks to 243 from Alastair Cook 

18 Aug 17

Alastair Cook finishes on 243 as England tighten their grip on the West Indies on a rain-affected second day of the first day-night Test at Edgbaston.


Cricket
England v West Indies: Alastair Cook’s 243 puts hosts in control of first Test 

18 Aug 17

Alastair Cook churns out 243 as England tighten their grip on West Indies on day two of the day-night Test at Edgbaston.


Cricket
Watch: Cook out for 243 as England declare 

18 Aug 17

Alastair Cook is dismissed lbw for 243, sparking England’s declaration on 514-8 on day two of the first Test against the West Indies at Edgbaston.


Cricket
England v West Indies: Ashes places up for grabs – Joe Root 

16 Aug 17

Ashes opportunities will be up for grabs when the first Test against West Indies begins at Edgbaston on Thursday, says England captain Joe Root.


Sport
Sport on the BBC: Best of this week’s TV & radio coverage 

14 Aug 17

This week’s sport on the BBC includes England’s first Test against West Indies, the Women’s Rugby World Cup and the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix.


Cricket
T20 Blast: John Hastings and Joe Clarke help Worcester Rapids beat Birmingham Bears 

4 Aug 17

An opening partnership of 75 from John Hastings and Joe Clarke helps Worcestershire Rapids to a five-run win over Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston.


Cricket
Fastest fifties, nightmare journeys & tight finishes – T20 Blast round-up 

4 Aug 17

Worcestershire keep alive their hopes of reaching the T20 Blast quarter-finals with a thrilling win against Birmingham Bears.


Cricket
England v South Africa: Quinton de Kock’s ‘brilliant’ catch brings up his 100th Test dismissal 

4 Aug 17

South Africa’s Quinton de Kock claims his 100th Test dismissal, catching England’s Tom Westley off the bowling of Kagiso Rabada.


Cricket
England v South Africa: Keaton Jennings caught by Quinton de Kock off Duanne Olivier 

4 Aug 17

Duanne Olivier finds Keaton Jennings’ outside edge on the first day of the fourth Test against South Africa at Old Trafford.


Cricket
T20 Blast: Birmingham beat Northants in thrilling finale while Kent beat Hampshire 

1 Aug 17

Birmingham Bears go top of the T20 Blast North Group with a two-run win against Northants, while Kent beat Hampshire.


Cricket
T20 Blast: Watch thrilling final over as Birmingham Bears beat Northamptonshire Steelbacks 

1 Aug 17

Watch the thrilling final over as Birmingham Bears beat Northamptonshire Steelbacks by two runs in the T20 Blast.


Cricket
Adam Hose: Birmingham Bears skipper Ian Bell hails debut knock the best he has seen 

31 Jul 17

Birmingham Bears captain Ian Bell says Adam Hose’s 76 off 43 balls against Lancashire is the club’s best-ever debut.


Cricket
England v South Africa: Debutant Roland-Jones bowls De Kock to take fourth wicket 

28 Jul 17

Debutant Toby Roland-Jones bowls Quinton de Kock to complete his removal of South Africa’s top four and put England firmly in control at The Oval.


Cricket
England v South Africa: Joe Root out after Quinton de Kock takes ‘unbelievable’ catch 

27 Jul 17

Quinton de Kock takes an “unbelievable” catch to dismiss England captain Joe Root for 29 on the first day of the third Test against South Africa at The Oval.


Cricket
Notts’ Fletcher set to leave hospital after head injury 

9 Jul 17

Notts seamer Luke Fletcher is set to leave hospital on Sunday after being hit on the head against Birmingham Bears.


Cricket
Incredible missed run-out gives Bears last-ball win in T20 Blast 

8 Jul 17

Birmingham win a dramatic T20 Blast encounter against Nottinghamshire as Michael Lumb fails to run out Rikki Clarke from the final ball of the match.


Cricket
T20 Blast: Birmingham beat Notts, Derbyshire edge out Yorkshire 

8 Jul 17

Ian Bell stars as Birmingham beat Notts at Edgbaston, while Derbyshire make it two wins from two in this season’s T20 Blast.


Cricket
Play suspended in T20 Blast as Notts’ Fletcher suffers head injury 

8 Jul 17

Play against Birmingham in the T20 Blast is suspended after Nottinghamshire bowler Luke Fletcher suffers a serious-looking head injury.


Cricket
Watch: De Kock hits second-fastest Test 50 at Lord’s 

8 Jul 17

South Africa’s Quinton de Kock reaches the second-fastest Test 50 in Lord’s history – off 36 balls – during the first Test against England.


Rugby
‘Astonishing’ Jones prepares for ninth consecutive Lions Test 

7 Jul 17

Former players praise “astonishing” Alun Wyn Jones as he prepares for ninth consecutive Lions Test.


Cricket
Warwickshire v Middlesex: Stevie Eskinazi’s century puts visitors on top 

4 Jul 17

Stevie Eskinazi’s unbeaten 178 helps Middlesex take the edge over struggling Warwickshire at Edgbaston.


Cricket
Warwickshire v Lancashire: Andrew Umeed century offers Bears hope at Egbaston 

27 Jun 17

Warwickshire’s Andrew Umeed bats all day (and night) against Lancashire to offer hope of a first-innings lead.


Cricket
Warwickshire v Lancashire: Shivnarine Chanderpaul scores century at Edgbaston 

26 Jun 17

Shivnarine Chanderpaul makes a century to help Lancashire defy Warwickshire on day one of the day-night Championship match.


Saddlers
Walsall sign Ayr right-back Devlin 

26 Jun 17

Walsall sign Scottish right-back Nicky Devlin following his decision to turn down a new deal with Ayr United.


Sport
Eastbourne: Petra Kvitova opts out of tournament with abdominal injury 

26 Jun 17

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova pulls out of Eastbourne with an abdominal injury, a day after winning in Birmingham.


Sport
Aegon Classic: Petra Kvitova wins first title since stabbing by beating Ashleigh Barty 

25 Jun 17

Petra Kvitova caps her remarkable comeback from a career-threatening hand injury by winning the Aegon Classic in Birmingham.







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