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Manor come so close to another win

1st XI
Birmingham League Division Three
Aston Manor 210-9
Milford Hall 198-9

Manor were frustrated in pursuit of their third successive victory by Milford Halls determined last wicket partnership, but in truth it was only a superb last wicket stand between Arfan Khan (42no) and debutant Adam Nevitt (24no) which had kept Manor competitive in the match.

A large sun soaked crowd at Church Road were treated to an absorbing game of cricket which ebbed and flowed from start to finish. In the face of some fine bowling from Guy Bulpitt (3-34), Manor found themselves in serious trouble at 146-9 despite a fine fluent innings of 46 from Jake Lee. Manors batting has been a problem all season, but they do have great resilience within their ranks and this was again typified by the quality and determination in the partnership between Khan and 16 year old Nevitt which enabled the hosts to close on 210-9.

On such a good batting track this was still a below par score, but Manors bowlers are in top form and when they are supported by such a superb fielding performance then they look capable of defending any total. Milford Hall made a slow and steady start in face of some very tight and accurate bowling by Arfan Khan (3-38) and Aurrel Kirnon (1-37). Just when it appeared that through a fine innings from Todd Henderson (44) the visitors had set up a winning platform their middle order was blown away by a tremendous spell of quick bowling from Julius Benjamin (4-42). Manor had five overs to get the last wicket to win the match, but Woodward and Jenkinson showed the same application and determination as their Manor counterparts to hold on for the draw in the face of some serious pressure, particularly from Armadeep Sonkar (1-57).