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Gritty Draw Against Old Elizabethans

1st XI Birmingham League Division Two
Old Elizabethans 249-8
Aston Manor 164-8

Manors youngsters recovered well from last weeks heavy defeat to put in a spirited performance and earn a draw away against table topping Old Elizabethans.

After some early impressive bowling by Manor, Krishall Magage (108) and ex Middlesex player Simon Macey (67) put on a fine partnership to leave the hosts in a very strong position at 203-2 with 10 overs still remaining. However, inspired by a fantastic over from Arfan Khan (4-68) which yielded him 3 wickets and saw a run out, Manor were able to claw their way back into the match and restrict Old Elizabethans to 249-8 from their 55 overs. Ryan van Nierkerk (1-50) and Shozab Haider (1-48) sponsored by ODC Future Thinking (Online Decision Analysis Specialists) both bowled well without much luck and were well supported by a much improved fielding performance.

After the loss of two early wickets skipper Peter Evans (30) sponsored by CKW Distribution Ltd (The Tool Market) gave the reply some momentum with an aggressive innings, before another fine knock by Ryan van Nierkerk (67) along with excellent support by debutant Trent Turner saw Manor reach 146-4 and sensing the possibility of victory with 15 overs still remaining. Manor unfortunately then lost four quick wickets and it was left to Arfan Khan and Rikki Bassi to bat out the last ten overs under severe pressure to salvage a well earned draw.