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Hard earned points against Astwood Bank

1st XI
Birmingham League Division Three
Aston Manor 242-7 (55 overs)
Astwood Bank 189-7 (45 overs)

Aston Manor had the better of his drawn match with a good solid team performance in a rain affected game away at Astwood Bank.

Batting first Manor made an excellent start through Rahul Bakshi (107) and Tom Caulfield (59). Indian overseas player Bakshi showed his undoubted class with a superbly controlled innings, whilst the dogged and determined Caulfield gave him great support during a fine opening partnership. Despite their start Manor had difficulty accelerating the innings on a wicket lacking pace and bounce. George Findlay (24) added useful runs, but their momentum was not helped by several stoppages for rain. In an attempt to achieve maximum batting points the visitors lost a clutch of late wickets, but with Shozab Haider smashing a bright 19 from 10 balls they achieved their goal closing on 242-8 from their 55 overs.

The hosts innings was reduced to 45 overs, and they were set a revised target of 208 to gain the winning draw bonus points. Keen fielding and tight bowling, especially from Masood Iqbal (12-2-24-1), kept Astwood Bank in check but Manor struggled to take wickets on such a docile track. In fact the hosts looked favourites to chase down the required target whilst ex Gloucestershire professional Stephen Adshead was at the crease. Adshead appeared in total control of the situation, but the game was turned back in Manor’s favour when he was dismissed for 46 by a splendid catch from Andrew Forman off the bowling of the impressive Rahul Bakshi (3-32). The Indian again showed his all round quality and with Imran Khan finishing with two wickets and Shaun Findlay one, Astwood Bank had to settle for 189-7 thus giving Manor the hard earned bonus points.