Report: Birmingham Bears 2nd XI v Leicestershire 2nd XI, SE T20

Match 1

Toss won by Birmingham Bears 2nd XI who decided to field

Leicestershire 2nd XI 159-7 (20.0 overs)

Birmingham Bears 2nd XI 163-3 (17.4overs)

Birmingham Bears 2nd XI (2 points) won by 7 wickets

The Bears chose to field at Moseley against Leicestershire who made a strong start, reaching 50 without loss in just the sixth over before Javid bowled Ali for 24 and then two balls later trapped Fazackerley for a duck.

Mark Pettini 21 became Javid’s third victim before Josh Poysden picked up the dangerous Deport for 60 from just 45 deliveries.

After Deport had departed, Leicestershire found scoring more difficult and with Spencer picking up two wickets, the innings closed on 159-7 from their 20 overs.

Pollock was dismissed, lbw to the second ball of the innings, but Alex Mellor 47, Liam Banks 28 and Grant Elliot 68*, from just 37 balls, saw the Bears home with deliveries in hand.

Match 2

Toss won by Birmingham Bears 2nd XI who decided to bat

Birmingham Bears 2nd XI 133-8 (20.0 overs)

Leicestershire 2nd XI 106-7 (20.0 overs)

Birmingham Bears 2nd XI (2 points) won by 27 runs

In the second match, the Bears won the toss again, but this time batted first and soon lost Pollock 0, Mellor 2 and Lamb 4 were 11-3 in the third over. Thomason 17 and Banks 24 came together to steady the innings.

Javid 36 and an unbeaten 19 from Poysden helped the Bears to 133-8, with Parkinson finishing with 4-13 from his four overs.

Wickets fell at regular intervals in Leicestershire’s reply, but they found scoring difficult as they tried to chase down the target, with Ali 37 the only batsman to make a sizeable contribution to the visitor’s total.

With the wickets being spread around all of their economic bowlers, Birmingham Bears were able to restrict Leicestershire to 106-7 from their 20 overs and gaining a second win on the day and a further two points.