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Manor continue fine start versus Kings Heath

Birmingham League Division Three
1st XI
Aston Manor 320-5
Kings Heath 144 all out

Aston Manor continued their encouraging start to the season with a crushing victory at Church Road against Kings Heath.

The home side started cautiously and despite a solid contribution from Tom Caulfield (36) found themselves on only 63-3 from 21 overs before Simon Mugava joined Rahul Bakshi at the crease. The complexion of the innings was then completely changed as the visitors had no answer to the classical stroke play of Bakshi (96) and the hard hitting of Mugava (113). Their imperious partnership of 181 put Manor in complete control and the icing on the cake was provided by George Findlay who hammered 49 not out from only 18 balls to allow Manor to post an impressive 320-5 from their 50 overs. In Rahul Bakshi, Manor appear to have signed a quality overseas batsman with the ability to bat for long periods of time. He rarely hit the ball in the air and should provide an excellent foil for the exciting stoke players within Manor’s batting line up.

Bakshi (1-12) is also a fine medium pace seam bowler and in tandem with Imran Khan (1-19) prevented the visitors from being able to get a quick start in their mammoth run chase. Mugava also showed his prowess with the ball taking 3-43 from 10 overs of off spin to keep the batsmen in check, before the searing pace of George Findlay (3-23) and fiery bounce of Kieran Carroll (2-34) ensured that Kings Heath were dismissed for 144 leaving Manor as comfortable winners. After his superb cameo with the bat it was very encouraging to see Findlay bowling with such pace after recovering from niggling injuries that prevented him from bowling toward the end of last season.

As in the previous week Manor were sharp in the field and early indications suggest that a squad may be in place to make a second successive promotion push.