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Haunted by Ex Manor Players

1st XI
Birmingham League Division Three
Streetly 227-8
Aston Manor 180 all out

Aston Manor were unable to halt table topping Streetly’s impressive start to the season as the visitors secured victory at Church Road. What was particularly disappointing for Manor was that twice they found themselves in strong match winning situations only to be denied each time by ex-Manor players and brothers Steve and Matt Hinton!

Streetly’s decision to bat first appeared to have backfired as excellent bowling from Imran Khan (12-4-24-3) and Arshlan Shahid (8-2-21-1) reduced the visitors to 59-4. Keen fielding with two run out dismissals and a wicket apiece for Byron Wyngard (1-54) and Shaun Findlay (1-38) further reduced the visitors to 148-8 with only 7 overs remaining. Steve Hinton then strolled out at no 10 and smashed 66 not out from 32 balls with four 4s and seven 6s to totally change the complex of the game. Manor’s bowling should have been better in this phase, but sometimes a player chances his arm and it’s his day. This was one of those occasions!

Jason Furnell (19) got Manor’s reply off to a positive start, and whilst the ex Streetly pair of Russell Guy (52) and Shaun Findlay (18) were at the crease Manor appeared to be cruising to victory at 105-2.

Guy was in fine form scoring runs all around the wicket and looked in complete control against his former team mates. However, the introduction of left arm wrist spinner Matt Hinton (5-26) changed the whole complex of the game. Findlay got a very unfortunate decision, but the remainder of Manor’s batsman failed to cope with in form Hinton as they collapsed to 180 all out. Another ex Streetly player Imran Khan (27) showed some resistance, but this was a very disappointing result in a game in which Manor had been the dominant force for long periods. However, on the day, Streetly had the two match winners in the Hinton brothers.