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Ronchi turns on the Bears on Edgbaston return

Leicestershire 147 for 8 (Ronchi 46, Delport 37, Rankin 3-26) beat Birmingham 138 for 8 (Ackermann 3-21) by nine runs

Leicestershire Foxes continued their 100 per cent start to the NatWestT20Blast campaign with a nine-run win over Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston.

Put in, the Foxes raced to 50 in the fifth over thanks to Luke Ronchi’s 23-ball 46, but went on to total only 147 for 9. At 72 for one in the eighth over, they seemed set for a tall score but the last 12 overs brought 75 for 8.

It was a modest total but one they defended with great skill, restricting the Bears to 138 for 8. Clint McKay, fresh from a Foxes T20-best 5 for 11 against Worcestershire Rapids on Friday, denied the Bears a flying start with two overs for 11 runs and then the pressure was maintained by Colin Ackermann (4-0-21-3) , Cameron Delport (3-0-14-1) and Mathew Pillans (4-0-23-1).

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