Foxes hunted down by Bears
Carter and Botha star in comprehensive win
Last Updated: 29/07/08 11:13pm
Maddy: returned to haunt former county
NatWest Pro40 - Division Two
Warwickshire Bears 276-7 Innings Complete (N M Carter 78, D L Maddy 56, C W Henderson 4-42) v Leicestershire Foxes 195 (A G Botha 5-43)
Warwickshire beat Leicestershire by 81 runs
Warwickshire Bears claimed an 81-run victory over Leicestershire Foxes in NatWest Pro40 Division Two.
Off-spinner Ant Botha took 5-43 in eight overs to destroy the Foxes' hopes of chasing a target of 277 under the Grace Road floodlights.
Jim Allenby top-scored with just 39 as the hosts slumped to 195 all out in 36.3 overs.
The tone of the match was set by Neil Carter, whose rapid 78 got Warwickshire off to a flying start after they opted to bat first.
Carter struck 10 fours and five sixes in his 55-ball innings and shared an opening stand of 91 in 12 overs with Jonathan Trott (22).
The early momentum was kept up during a third-wicket stand of 96 in 13 overs between Jim Troughton (48) and former Leicestershire player Darren Maddy, who hit a splendid 56 off 42 balls on his return to his old ground.
The Bears looked on course for a total in excess of 300 before being pegged back by left-arm spinner Claude Henderson.
Henderson (4-42) claimed four wickets for 12 runs during a four-over spell in the middle of the innings to send Warwickshire tumbling from an imposing 207-2 to 224-6.
But a late flurry, including 17 off Allenby's (1-45) final over, ensured a formidable final total.