Birmingham 242 for 2 (McCullum 158*, Chopra 51) beat Derbyshire 182 (Durston 43, Poysden 4-51) by 60 runs.
Brendon McCullum blazed a brilliant unbeaten 158 – the joint second-highest individual score in world T20 cricket – as Birmingham beat Derbyshire by 60 runs in the NatWest T20 Blast at Edgbaston.
The New Zealand captain more than lived up to expectations on his home debut, thrilling the locals with a thunderous 158 from 64 balls with 13 fours and 11 sixes. His onslaught lifted Birmingham to 242 for 2 – their highest total in the format and the joint-third highest by any team in English domestic T20. Derbyshire’s 182 all out in reply was a plucky effort but predictably fell short as they had to go for broke from the off. They remain rooted to the bottom of the North Group while Birmingham strengthened their position at the top.
The visitors won the toss but soon harboured doubts about the merit of their decision to bowl when Bears openers McCullum and Varun Chopra had 50 on the board in 25 balls. There was to be no let-up.