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Rain Affected Loss Vs Water Orton

1st XI Birmingham League Division Two

Aston Manor 139-7 (28 overs)
Water Orton 140-3

On Saturday, at a wet Church Road, Manor were again unlucky in losing an important toss and were asked to bat first in a match restricted to 28 overs per side. However, despite a late flurry of wickets, the hosts were able to post a respectable total of 139-7 with the main contributions coming from Chris Whittock (30 – Sponsored by Synergy Insurance Services), Mohammed Nawaz (28) and Darren Baker (25).

The game was taken away from Manor by an effective opening partnership between Michael Showell (60no) and Ed Harris (42) as the hosts opening attack unusually floundered against the aggressive intent of the batsmen and Water Orton reached their target with three overs to spare. Arfan Khan grabbed two wickets and Nabeel Asghar ( Sponsored by RK-SIPS Design Ltd) the other.
Manors young side must have feared the worst on Monday away at St Georges, when in the face of some hostile bowling by Shropshires Steven Taylor (4-52) they were reduced to 18-3. Opener Andrew Forman (Sponsored by Jackson Calvert Accountants) showed great application and determination for 25 overs to give his side a foothold in the game before the first shoots of recovery came via an encouraging cameo from debutant Fawad Ahmad (25). The mantle was then taken up by Ryan van Nierkerk (69) and Shozab Haider (55 – Sponsored by ODC Future Thinking)) who both batted superbly to see Manor through an imposing total of 223 in bowling friendly conditions. Brave support was given by both Rikki Bassi (19), who received a fearful blow from Taylor which smashed his helmet, and skipper Peter Evans (19no – Sponsored by CKW Distribution Ltd) who batted at 11 virtually one handed with a suspected broken hand.