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Foxes foiled by Birmingham

A half-century from William Porterfield helped Birmingham Bears clinch a 25-run win over Leicestershire Foxes at Grace Road.

Irishman Porterfield top-scored with 67 from 46 deliveries as the Bears - beaten by Lancashire on Friday night - posted a total of 175-9, one that proved beyond their opponents as Leicestershire managed 150-6 in reply.

Tom Wells did his best to keep the Foxes in the running for victory with a breezy 51 that included four sixes, though Leicestershire were ultimately undone by a poor start.

They lost openers Niall O'Brien and Josh Cobb in the space of six deliveries to sit on 17-2, while Boyd Rankin emphatically bowled Greg Smith in the sixth over to leave the score at 29-3.

Ned Eckersley made 18 before being smartly stumped by wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose off the bowling of Jeetan Patel, with the spinner then also going on to dismiss Ramnaresh Sarwan (37).

Wells at least gave the home crowd something to cheer with a maiden half-century in the shortest format. He was eventually bowled by Chris Wright from the final delivery of the match, having faced 30 balls for his runs.

Unlike their opponents, Birmingham had been given an excellent platform in their innings as opening pair Porterfield and Varun Chopra (24) put on 49 for the first wicket.

Laurie Evans contributed 23 before becoming one of three wickets for seamer Nathan Buck, but it was Ateeq Javid who gave the Bears late impetus with a lively cameo of 27 that saw him hit five of the 12 deliveries he faced to the boundary.