Ultimately, our innings followed a familiar pattern - a quick start, then the openers get out, Duckett adds little, Wakely/Keogh consolidate but allow the required run rate to rise, then one of them gets out and there is very little batting to follow.
Duckett had gone completely off the boil, and Crook now seems to be in the team only because of injuries to others. On that subject, we're missing Azharullah, Prasanna, White and (most importantly) Cobb, so we have excuses. Without Cobb, our batting looks one short, whoever replaces him. One baffling thing last night is why, with quick runs needed, Zaib was sent in before Kleinveldt, who ended up facing just two balls. A narrow defeat can never be put down to just one thing, but that seemed odd at the time and so it proved.
Our one piece of bad luck was that Grandhomme really looked to have been stumped early in his innings. His knee was on the ground but over the crease, and he did overbalance and raise his foot. Sky didn't comment, but that's how it looked to me. Sky does seem sometimes to avoid commenting on anything controversial, particularly umpiring decisions.
After our 2013 win, Ripley made the point that T20 was won by the teams that hit the most sixes. Last night Bears hit 9, we hit just 4. The openers made such a good start, I still can't work out how we lost!