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Comprehensive victory against Highway Spartans

1st XI
Warwickshire Premier League
Aston Manor 223-9
Highway Spartans 153 all out
ASTON MANOR WON BY 70 RUNS

This comprehensive victory away at Highway Spartans will hopefully provide the platform for Aston Manor to kick start their season and launch a serious challenge at regaining promotion back to the Birmingham League at the first attempt.

Manor opted to bat first and a very solid and consistent performance saw them post a challenging total of 223-9 on what was a difficult wicket.

Useful contributions from Junior Johnson (34), Shaun Findlay (31), Sahal Malvernkar (25), Waqas Younis (24) and Recordo Gordon (24) gave the platform for a sparkling innings from young Joe Griffiths (54no) which saw Manor close on 223-9 from their 50 overs despite some good bowling from Rory Curran (3-40).

In reply the hosts had no answer to the aggression of Manor’s quick bowlers as they were dismissed for 153 with only Ari Doak-Smith (59no) offering any real resistance. Manor have three bowlers in their side with genuine pace and they were all successful as Clement Smith ended with figures of 4-15, Kieran Carroll 3-37 and ex Warwickshire pro Recordo Gordon took 2-28.

Manor were bright and alert in the field and have set the required standard for the rest of the season.