Foxes outwit Bears at Edgbaston
Leicestershire Foxes reinvigorated their faltering Friends Provident t20 campaign with a demolition job on Warwickshire Bears at Edgbaston.
After three defeats on the bounce, the Foxes stormed back by making 172 for six and wrapping up a 32-run victory by dismissing the home side for 140 in 16.5 overs.
A chaotic performance by the Bears began when Jonathan Trott was given out, caught low
at cover by James Taylor and continued with substitute Matthew Boyce running out three batsmen.
This was all in sharp contrast to Leicestershire’s progress to their highest t20 total this season.
Will Jefferson smashed 50 from 31 balls and Brad Hodge top-scored with 54 in a throwback to his last Twenty20 fifty for the county in the 2004 final against Surrey at Edgbaston.
Rejoining the Foxes for this year’s competition, the Australian scored only 38 runs in five innings before making 43 against Yorkshire at Grace Road on Sunday.
With form restored, he subdued Warwickshire’s attack in successive partnerships of 71 with Jacques du Toit and 73 in eight overs with the hard-hitting Jefferson.
The home side may have thought it was a much-needed breakthrough when Tim Ambrose stumped du Toit for 40, but the South African's departure only exposed them to rougher treatment from Jefferson.
The former Essex batsman hit sixes in four consecutive overs before sparking a spate of dismissals when pulling a full toss from Ant Botha to deep square-leg.
Keith Barker benefited most from the late stumble by taking three wickets, the first when Hodge carved a catch to backward point.
Jefferson did not field when Warwickshire began heir reply and his absence worked in Leicestershire’s favour when livewire replacement Boyce ran out Neil Carter, Jim Troughton and Ambrose.
Darren Maddy made a quickfire 20 against his former county before adding to the catalogue of errors with an ugly heave to midwicket.
The lower order attempted to restore some pride as Botha, Chris Woakes and Ian Westwood entertained the crowd before falling in quick succession to left-arm spinner Claude Henderson.
There was more fun when the last pair, Barker and Imran Tahir, put on 33 and took the Bears beyond their previous lowest-ever total of 114.