Steve Patterson accepts Yorkshire were nowhere near their best in defeat to Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston today, but the skipper is refusing to be downbeat.

The Vikings captain saw his side, defending 158, lose by eight wickets with 25 balls to spare against last year’s finalists and 2014 champions.

The Bears have now won two and lost one of their first three North Group matches, while Yorkshire have won one and lost one after Thursday’s victory over Durham at Emerald Headingley.

Yorkshire lost this game with the bat as the hosts succeeded with pace off the ball.

Patterson’s side lost three wickets in the first five overs having been inserted, and only Gary Ballance’s 49-ball 79 topped 20 as they posted 157-7.

Ed Pollock then smashed the lion’s share of 33 off the first over, bowled by Matthew Fisher, who the Yorkshire dressing room have already told to keep his chin up.

Pollock hit 39 off 14 balls before unbeaten fifties for his opening partner Ian Bell and Adam Hose steered the rest of what proved to be a routine chase.

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