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Manor Come Close But Hold On Against Evesham

AMCC 1st XI vs Evesham
5th June 2010
Church Road

On another hot day at Church Road, stand-in skipper Jason Furnell won the toss and put the Worcestershire visitors in to bat on what looked like another superb track. The decision initially paid off with overseas star Ryan Van Niekerk on a hatrick in the third over, but unfortunately couldnt get that third wicket! A fine initial spell by Ryan yielded 5 wickets, and reduced the visitors to 68-6, thanks to some fine slip catching by Fawad Ahmad, who went on to claim five superb catches in the game, and Darren Baker, who snaffled two. Young Worcestershire batsman Kholer-Cadmore (35) dug in for Evesham and formed an innings-saving partnership with Paul Thomas (66*). This was supplemented by 32 by the evergreen ex-England international Neal Radford, and the visitors reached 247 all out in the last over on what proved to be a superb batting track. They were helped by some under-par fielding by Manor, but the bowlers were once again superb with Van Niekerk finishing with 6-78, supported by Arfan Khan 3-70.

Manor had a huge hill to climb and werent helped by the loss of an early wicket and retirement due to injury in the 1st over! However, a superb partnership between young Chris Whittock (sponsored by Synergy Insurance Services) who was controversially run-out on 33, and man-of-the-match Ryan Van Niekerk reaching 72 before falling whilst trying to push for the win. Shozab Haider (sponsored by ODC Future Thinking) hit another impressive 28 before being unnecessarily run-out whilst going for the win. It was left to the experienced Arfan Khan (13*) supported by Ricky Bassi (13) and young Nabeel Asghar (sponsored by RK-SIPS Design Limited) who finished on 9* to see Manor to 225-9 and secure the draw, with a crucial 9 points and restricting Evesham to 16.