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Manor beat Fordhouses

1st XI
Birmingham League Division Three
Aston Manor 202-9
Fordhouses 180 all out

A much improved performance saw Manor record an important victory away at Fordhouses to end their recent run of poor results. This victory sees Manor move up to fourth place, but whilst they are 40 points off a promotion place they are also only 40 points above the last relegation spot!

The League has returned to a 50 over format, with the draw taken out of the equation, and so the League positions over the remaining five fixtures could still yet remain quite volatile. One more victory would probably see Manor safe, but they may well need a minimum of four victories to sneak into an unlikely final promotion position.

Some superb quick bowling by Chris Guest (6-25) was instrumental in restricting Manor to 202-9 from their 50 overs. However, the conditions were bowler friendly and the visitors would have been quite content with their efforts in reaching that total. Rahul Bakshi (59) showed great application in anchoring the innings, and of the other top order batsmen only the fluent Shaun Findlay (39) was able to make any significant contribution. Manor’s final total was then boosted by some late impressive and belligerent hitting from Shozab Haider (41) who ensured that Manor’s bowlers had a competitive total to defend.

Manor’s bowlers responded in splendid style, by producing arguably one of their best all round collective performances of the season. Imran Khan (3-24) and Rahul Bakshi (2-38) both bowled with great control and accuracy, whilst youngster Kieran Carroll (2-25) added some pace and hostility to the seam bowling attack. Leg spinner Shaun Findlay bowled well in tandem with fellow spinner James Harris (2-24), who was again in excellent form with his left arm darts! Unfortunately Manor’s fielders did not support their bowlers to the full spilling three important catches at seemingly vital times of the match. Russell Thompson (55) threatened to make the visitors pay for their errors, but thankfully Manor were able to complete the victory by bowling Fordhouses out 22 runs short with 2.4 overs remaining.