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Manor brush Streetly aside

Birmingham League Division Three
1st XI
Aston Manor 335-6
Streetly 124 all out

Aston Manor continued their impressive run of form with an emphatic victory against Streetly at Church Road which keeps alive their very real prospects of promotion. Manor were asked to have first use of an excellent batting surface and Darren Baker (53) again gave the perfect solid support to Armadeep Sonkar (112) in a tremendous opening partnership which gave the base for the hosts massive total. Sonkar appears to have finally adapted to English conditions and produced another high class performance to delight the large Perry Barr crowd. Despite the best efforts of Matt Bates (4-90), being without their overseas professional, the visitors were unable to exert any control on proceedings. Jason Smith (23) continued the good work before Peter Evans (45), Aurrell Kirnon (43no) and Arfan Khan (33no) proceeded to smash the ball to all parts of the ground to see Manor close on a well above par total of 335-6 from their 55 overs.

Bowling out a side on such a good surface looked a difficult task, but superb use of the new ball by the experienced duo of Arfan Khan (2-41) and Aurell Kirnon (1-29) soon had Streetly reeling by dismissing all of their top three batsmen for ducks. Shaun Findlay (45) and Sam Bates (31) tried to restore some order, but 16 year old prodigy Brinder Phaghura (4-38) produced another stunning spell of seam and swing bowling to rip the heart out the oppositions middle order. The batsman also had no answer to the left arm spin of Armadeep Sonkar (2-12) as they were finally dismissed in the 28th over for 124 to give Manor a resounding victory. This was a performance of the highest quality to dismiss a strong batting side on a flat deck, but Manor do have an outstanding bowling attack and when they are supported so well in the field and have a total to bowl at, they can be irrepressible.