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Aston Manor Lose High Scoring Match

On a baking day at Church Road, Tamworth won the toss and put the hosts in on what looked like a belting batting track. This proved to be the case as Manor openers Whittock (50) and Jamiel (37) looked extremely comfortable as the score progressed to 88/0 at drinks. Following the solid start, skipper Evans promoted himself to number 3 to push the rate along and make use of the remaining wickets. He got off to a flying start, and once Whittock had departed for his second fine half century of his fledgling Birmingham League career, he took on the visitors attack and reached his 50 in just 36 balls. Joined by Viljoen (25) at the crease, the runs flowed as Evans reached his maiden Birmingham League century off just 68 balls, riding his luck at times, but the pair made the most of the dejected visitors lapses in the field. Once Viljoen was unluckily dismissed, Latif mixed rotating the strike with some lusty blows to reach 18* off 16 balls, and Evans was caught in freak fashion in the last over for 142 runs off just 91 balls. Manor had posted their highest score of the season, 292-5, but were aware that this was to be the batsmens day and needed to bowl with control and accuracy to wear the visting Staffordshire team down.

Tamworth got off to a blistering start, putting on 96 for the first wicket before Evans dismissed Breakspear (61) with a sharp return catch off his own bowling. However, runs continued to flow with overseas star Cooke (84*), Orton (41) and captain Burrows (89) making use of the excellent batting surface and tired, under-strength bowling attack. There were further wickets for Ilyas (1-42), Evans (2-41) and Viljoen (1-76), but the visitors reached the huge total in just 51.5 overs. Manor can take good heart from their batting performance, and a useful 5 points picked up against a very strong batting line up. However, two positive results are required next weekend in the bank holiday double header against Sutton Coldfield and Water Orton, and hopefully a large and boisterous Manor crowd on Saturday can help the young Manor team to a vital win.