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1sts end season in style

Warwickshire Premier League
1st XI
Aston Manor 291-6
Standard 182 all out
ASTON MANOR WON BY 109 RUNS

Aston Manor ended their season in style at Church Road with a comprehensive victory which sees them finishing in 5th place in the Premier League.

The second half of the season saw a major improvement in Manor’s performances and results, but unfortunately their poor start prevented any hope of a late charge for promotion.

With such a turn-around of players it was always going to take time for the team to gel, but a major factor in the upturn in fortunes was the acquisition of Danial Chaudhry from Walmley.

He gave Manor’s talented but erratic batting line up the focal point from which to build large winning totals, and this was again evident on Saturday.

His assured knock of 85 provided the base for a consistent batting display which saw the hosts amass 291-6 from their 50 overs. David Yeend (51) has also had an encouraging debut season, and there were useful contributions from Ibbat Thaman (34), Russell Guy (30no), Sahal Malvernkhar (27no), Recordo Gordon (26) and Adam Nevitt (22) in Manor’s imposing total.

The visitors were never in contention as an aggressive spell from Clement Smith (6-53) left their top order batting in disarray. Manor could even afford the luxury of not bowling Recordo Gordon (2-4) until late in the proceedings and with Ibbat Thaman and Connor Woakes each also taking a wicket Standard were finally dismissed for 182 leaving the Perry Barr men as comfortable victors.

Efficient performance beats Highway

Warwickshire Premier League
1st XI
Highway 208 all out
Aston Manor 212-5
ASTON MANOR WON BY 5 WICKETS

A thoroughly competent and efficient performance saw Manor secure a comfortable victory at Church Road against struggling Highway.

Matt McCarthy (83) and Jamie Marsh (35) gave the visitors a positive start, but Manor kept their discipline with the ball to claw themselves back into the contest and ultimately dismiss their opponents for an under par total of 208. Wickets were shared between Kieran Carroll (3-39), Ibbat Thaman (3-47), Recordo Gordon (2-17), Shaun Carroll (1-28) and Sahal Malvernkhar (1-37) in a consistent and impressive performance from the bowlers.

In reply Recordo Gordon (35) again got Manor off to a blistering start, leaving skipper Russell Guy (62) to expertly anchor the innings, and with good support from Ibbat Thaman (38) and Adam Nevitt (28) Manor completed their victory with 8 overs remaining.

Mixed fortunes over the Bank Holiday Weekend

1st XI Saturday
Solihull Municipal 211-9
Aston Manor 115
SOLIHULL MUNICIPAL WON BY 96 RUNS

1st XI Monday
Aston Manor 381-8
Studley 258
ASTON MANOR WON BY 123 RUNS

Aston Manor had mixed fortunes over the Bank Holiday fixtures.

They were ultimately well beaten away from home by promotion chasing Solihull Municipal on Saturday in a feisty and ill-tempered match. It was a game where Manor would have thought that they didn’t play too badly, but lost the key moments when they arrived. Good consistent bowling had reduced Solihull to 119-7, but Manor were unable to press home their advantage and the hosts finished on 211-9. This total included 12 penalty runs for a slow over rate! Wickets were shared between manor’s bowlers with Sahal Malvernkhar taking 3 wickets and Recordo Gordon, Clem Smith and Imran Khan 2 each. Manor’s openers, Recordo Gordon (30) and David Yeend (19) got their team off to a solid start, but in the face of some aggressive appealing and good bowling from Tyler Walsh (5-34) the visitors slumped to 115 all out with only Russell Guy (30 no) showing the required temperament to apply themself in a hostile and unpleasant environment.

At Church road on Monday it was a completely different story against struggling Studley. A magnificent partnership between the impressive Danial Chauhdry (180) and David Yeend (90) set up Manor’s huge total of 381-8 from their 50 overs. Despite fine batting from Jack Williams (95) and Stephen Rose (55) the visitors were never really in contention and they were finally dismissed for a credible 258. Recordo Gordon, Imran Khan and Kieran Carroll all grabbed two wickets each. Russell Guy also took one, but a special mention to Connor Woakes on his first team debut who ended up with 3-35 having earlier hit a quick fire 22 when Manor were batting. With a mid-table place guaranteed the Perry Barr team have given a number of their younger players the opportunity to sample 1st XI cricket over the last few weeks, and full marks to Connor for making the most of this opportunity.

Manor fall short

Warwickshire Premier League
1st XI
Rugby 194 all out
Aston Manor 168 all out
RUGBY WON BY 26 RUNS

Manor’s long unbeaten run came controversially to an end against high flying Rugby as the Perry Barr men slipped to a narrow defeat.

On a wicket that definitely offered assistance to the bowlers Rugby’s total of 194 was built around an excellent partnership between Matthew Ewer (44) and Henry Parker (42) after Manor’s seam bowlers had threatened to rip through their batting order. Manor were sharp in the field in what was generally a good overall performance with the wickets being shared by Danial Chaudhry (3-53), Recordo Gordon (2-22), Imran Khan (2-28), Sahal Malvernkar (1-12) and the economical Shaun Carroll (1-33).

In reply only Danial Chaudhry (47) was able to offer a significant contribution although there were also useful runs scored by Taimur Imran (27) and Imran Khan (16). Manor however were always within sight of a victory, but the match was turned in Rugby’s favour in a moment of some debate!

Manor had already been frustrated by a couple of apparently harsh decisions when with the score on 132-7 Junior Johnson (23) launched a big hit toward the boundary. The catch was taken cleanly, but a large contingent of the Church Road crowd were adamant that the fielder had stepped over the boundary. The Umpires consulted for some considerable time before deciding to uphold the catch. Johnson had looked in good form, but with him gone skipper Jason Furnell was left stranded on 18 not out as Manor fell 26 runs short of their target.

2s come close to victory against leaders

Division Four
Aston Manor 2nd XI 291-6
Warwick University 1st XI 242-9
MATCH DRAWN

Manor’s 2nd XI kept their outside chances of promotion alive with this excellent performance at Church Road against the league leaders, but they will also be rueing the fact that they were unable to take the final wicket to seal an outstanding victory.

Despite the loss of a couple of early wickets on a superb batting track the hosts remained undeterred and a splendid partnership between Arun Toora (81) and Kamran Zaman (75) put the Perry Barr team into a strong position. Craig Reynolds (72no) added the late fireworks in impressive style as Manor closed on a commanding 291-6 from 50 overs.

The confidence of being top of the table meant that the University side were always going to try and chase this total down, but Manor to their credit continued to remain disciplined and took wickets at important times to keep their progress in check. Some fiery bowling from Avon Turner (3-33) then blew away the visitors middle order, but unfortunately Manor couldn’t grab that final wicket to earn what would have been an impressive victory.

Improvement continues at Bablake

Warwickshire Premier League
1st XI
Aston Manor 214-8
Bablake 185 all out
ASTON MANOR WON BY 29 RUNS

Aston Manor’s improvement in form continued away at Bablake, but sadly following last week’s postponed game, it is all too late to launch a late promotion bid.

On a difficult wicket Manor’s top three of David Yeend (34), Recordo Gordon (33) and Danial Chaudhry (38) gave Manor a solid base from which to build a commanding total.

Unfortunately a quick rush of wickets meant that they were unable to capitalise on the good early work until Taimur Imran (43no) came to the crease and batted with great authority to see the visitors through to a competitive total of 214-8 from their 50 overs.

Despite a fine opening spell from Recordo Gordon (2-29) the game appeared to be in the balance until stand in skipper Russell Guy took the brave decision to try a couple of his part time bowlers. Guy himself took 2-21 with his ‘off cutters’ whilst the gentle swing bowling of Danial Chaudhry (4-26) provided a match winning spell to see Manor victorious by 29 runs. The other wickets were taken by Imran Khan (1-27) and Junior Johnson (1-29).

Late promotion charge

Warwickshire League Division Four
Aston Manor 2nd XI 227 all out
Oakfield 1st XI 217 all out
ASTON MANOR WON BY 10 RUNS

Manor’s 2nd XI kept alive the possibility of a late charge for promotion with an exciting and tense victory away at Oakfield built on the back of an excellent all round performance from young Warwickshire prospect Sahal Malvernkar.

Malvernkar (104) batted superbly in partnership with Arun Toora (61) as the visitors reached a competitive total of 227 before being bowled out.

Whilst openers Tristan Mobbs (64) and Richard Burnett (48) were at the crease Oakfield appeared to be cruising toward victory. Malvernkar (4-31) though was having none of that, and with an inspiring spell of swing bowling he dragged the visitors back into contention. Craig Reynolds (2-32), Chonchol Md (2-35) and Kieran Carroll (2-53) grabbed the remainder of the wickets as Manor held their nerve to continue their fine unbeaten run.

1sts continue improvement in form

Warwickshire Premier League
Aston Manor 1st XI 262-9
Hampton & Solihull 1st XI 176 all out
ASTON MANOR WON BY 86 RUNS

Aston Manor continued their improvement in form but their victory at Church Road was marred by a nasty shoulder injury to all-rounder Shaun Findlay which will see him sidelined for the remainder of the season.

Some explosive and exciting batting from Recordo Gordon (63) got their innings off to a positive start and with valuable support from Adam Nevitt (45), David Yeend (40) and Russell Guy (36) the hosts were able to post an impressive 262-9 from their 50 overs. At one stage Manor may have hoped to reach 275 plus but they were held back by some fine spin bowling from Tim Keyte (5-49).

Despite solid batting from Matthew James (60) and Johangir Khan (46) the visitors were never really in the hunt to chase down Manor’s total. Gordon also showed his prowess with the ball taking 4-39 with some quick and aggressive bowling and Clement Smith (3-30) also bowled with genuine pace. However, arguably the pick of Manor’s bowlers was Masood Iqbal (1-35) . Iqbal gave Manor control throughout and took the vital wicket of Khan at an important stage of the match. Hampton & Solihull were finally dismissed with more than ten overs remaining, the other wickets being claimed by Shaun Carroll (1-28) and Junior Johnson (1-38).

2nds denied by weather

2nd XI
Aston Manor 2nd XI 277-6
Rowland United 1st XI 185-5
MATCH DRAWN

The weather also denied Manor’s improving 2nd XI the possibility of victory at Church Road.

A commanding innings from James Bemand (106) together with some fluent stroke play from Taz Imran (77) enabled Manor to post a very good total of 277-6 from their 50 overs. Manor’s batsmen benefited from some slack fielding from the opposition, but this was still a very encouraging performance, particularly by Bemand and Imran.

Unfortunately rain cut the visitors innings short after they had reached 185-5. Imran (3-24) also showed his abilities with the ball, and Manor had the feeling that they had just exposed the visitors tail before the weather rendered everything irrelevant.

Rain denies the Manor

1st XI
Warwickshire Premier League
Aston Manor 220-6 (37 overs – declared)
Coleshill Did Not Bat
MATCH ABANDONED

The British weather had the final say at Coleshill and left Manor frustrated after having batted themselves into a strong position.

On a difficult damp wicket it was an excellent partnership between Adam Nevitt (94) and Shaun Findlay (80) which gave skipper Recordo Gordon the option to declare after only 37 overs with Manor having reached an impressive 220-6 on a track that definitely favoured the bowlers. Both players were in excellent form but would also be grateful to some poor catching from the opposition!

For once Manor had their full bowling attack available, and they would have been eager to get the ball in their hands, but unfortunately further torrential rain denied them that opportunity.