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Feisty Match End in a Tie

1st XI
Birmingham League Division Three
Handsworth 270-3
Aston Manor 270-8
MATCH TIED

A feisty encounter at Handsworth Park between these two local rivals finished in dramatic fashion with the hosts taking a wicket off the last ball to deny Manor victory and ensure that the match ended as a tie.

Manor were left to rue a couple of missed early opportunities as Handsworth finished their 55 overs on a daunting total of 270-3.

Marvarick Perry (97) was particularly impressive and he received good support from Carby Dawkins (67), Dwayne Crossgill (53no) and Renrick Hooper (42). It was a long hard slog in the field for the visitors who to their credit never let their heads drop. The pick of Manor’s bowlers were Phillip deFreitas (14-4-46-1) and left arm spinner James Harris (17-0-72-1). A stunning catch on the boundary from Shaun Findlay gave Arslan Shahid the other wicket off the last ball of the innings to deny Perry his century.

Jason Furnell (34) got Manor’s reply off to a positive start, and despite some classy stroke play from Phil deFreitas (31) the visitors soon found themselves in serious trouble at 111-5. The game was then turned by a tremendous partnership between Shaun Findlay (115) and George Findlay (46). George rotated the strike expertly to allow Shaun to take the attack back to the hosts with some tremendous aggressive stroke play. Shaun also showed an immense amount of courage to continue batting after being hit by a beamer. The game was held up for ten minutes while he received treatment, but it only seemed to galvanise his resolve as he continued his assault on the beleaguered bowlers. When Shaun’s superb innings finally came to an end, Manor needed 6 runs to win off the final three balls. A leg bye got Shozab Haider onto strike who then smashed the penultimate ball to the boundary. With the scores level he tried to drop the ball and run but agonisingly the ball spun back onto the stumps and removed the leg bail to leave the game tied. Great credit must go to Kenrick Smith (3-37) who bowled an excellent last over under immense pressure.