Foxes fail to end dismal home run
Leicestershire Foxes crashed to the seventh home defeat of their Friends Provident t20 campaign as Warwickshire earned an eight-run victory at Grace Road.
Having restricted the Bears to 137 for seven with a fine bowling and fielding performance, the Foxes never showed with the bat, failing to chase what looked to be a comfortable victory target and closing on 129 for six.
Former Foxes player Darren Maddy top scored for the Bears with a blistering 41 off 29 balls, hitting three sixes, while Chris Woakes and Keith Barker each claimed two wickets to help clinch victory.
On a slow pitch, the home side were never up with the rate needed after the early loss of opener Jacques Du Toit, who was trapped lbw by Woakes.
Brad Hodge tried in vein to keep the chase afloat, cracking four boundaries in a belligerent 22 before becoming Woakes’ second victim with the total on 31.
The innings then crawled along with no boundary for 10 overs until James Taylor produced a reverse sweep for a four off the bowling of Stef Piolet.
Taylor went on to top score with 29, but it was all too little too late for the Foxes, with the asking rate having climbed above 11 an over.
Barker ended their slim hopes of reaching the target by taking two wickets in an over, dismissing first Taylor and then clean bowling Wayne White.
Despite Claude Henderson hitting Barker for the only six of the innings, the Foxes were still left needing 17 off the last over, and Neil Carter bowled well enough to ensure that did not happen.
In the field the Foxes fared much better, with Hodge taking the early wicket of England man Jonathan Trott who was trapped lbw, and the big-hitting Carter bowled by Matthew Hoggard for 21.
But Barker, Jim Troughton and then Maddy kept the scoreboard moving, with the latter in impressive form.
After a slow start, he found his timing despite the slowness of the surface, smashing superb sixes off Henderson, James Benning and Nadeem Malik.
A brisk innings from Woakes took the Bears to 137 and, although the total hardly seemed enough, it proved more than adequate as the Foxes once again disappointed in front of their home fans.
As it turned out, even had they won for the first time at Grace Road, it would not have been enough, with Northamptonshire Steelbacks clinching a quarter-final place with a victory at Durham.