Bell had only one idea in his mind, hoisting his former team mate high into the air in an attempt to clear long off.
Flintoff immediately induldged himself with a version of his famous celebration before being mobbed by team mates.
Instead it looped obligingly and was well held by Karl Brown.
The silverware belonged to Birmingham Warwickshire's short form alter ego after they overcame Kevin Pietersen's Surrey in the semi finals then held off a Lancashire side who took what would have been a record chase in the final to the last ball.
Having eked 11 runs from his first 16 balls, he added 42 from his next 14, including four muscular sixes Jordan Clark, Anderson and Tom Smith twice on the receiving end.
His next five balls conceded just three runs but his second over was a reality check, Chopra crashing a no ball for six and Will Porterfield repeating the dose with a flowing strike down the ground.
But the defining image of the day is sure to involve Flintoff, appearing exactly five years since last pulling on an England shirt and long after a Adidas Duramo 5 Leather Mens
He removed former Test team mate Ian Bell with his first ball celebrating with his familiar arms outstretched pose and returned at the 11th hour to take his side to within touching distance with two muscular sixes in the penultimate over.
Former England captain Flintoff, who has played just twice since his comeback from retirement and has been filming a documentary about fish and chips in recent weeks, was destined for a watching brief until being called up as a late replacement for the injured Kabir Ali and the 36 year old was close to a dream ending.
He had Smith in his sights for a third time in the penultimate over but instead top edged to the waiting Ashwell Prince.
He came on first change and immediately hit his mark, just back of a length and tight to the stumps.
He appeared on the cusp of a match winning intervention but with 14 still needed from the last six balls, Chris Woakes sent down a superb over to make sure his team won the competition for the first time.
Rikki Clarke made a run a ball 27 before losing his off stump and at 107 for four, the innings needed Evans' adrenaline shot.
Birmingham chose to bat first, starting serenely with 19 off the first two overs, including an enormous swatted six from Varun Chopra off England's James Anderson.
Dalby, as Stephen Parry tried and failed to hit the final ball of the game for a match winning six.
Seventeen off the over helped Birmingham to a healthy 63 from the powerplay, before Steven Croft and Parry put the brakes on with some canny spin bowling.
His mark will certainly live longer in the memory than Pietersen's, England's prodigal son coming and going almost without notice.
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But that was merely the set up for Flintoff's first magic moment.
career of panel shows and reality television appeared to have taken him out of the sporting arena for good.
Just as he would be later, Woakes excelled in the closing moments of the innings, ending with successive fours off Anderson, scores which proved crucial.
overs in harness with a wicket apiece as both Chopra (30) and Porterfield (31) were bowled by marginal movement off the pitch.
Laurie Evans was a key performer, guiding his side to an imposing 181 for five with a fine 53, while Woakes, Boyd Rankin and Oliver Hannon Dalby all turned in admirable showings with the ball.
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