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Manor hang on against Brewood

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Aston Manor 191 all out
Brewood 188-7
MATCH DRAWN

Manor’s run of disappointing results continued, but at least they managed to hang on for a draw away at Brewood. Once again, Manor’s overall performance was good, but they are not taking match winning opportunities when they arise. Hence, they have a League position much nearer the relegation places rather than the promotion ones anticipated.

Batting first on a wet wicket the hosts were soon in deep trouble in the face of some splendid bowling from Robbie Byrne (4-39). To their credit Manor’s middle order responded well led by ex England international Phillip deFreitas (48). DeFreitas showcased his obvious class and was well supported by Joe Griffiths (41), George Findlay (28), Shaun Findlay (24) and Shozab Haider (22no). This was an especially fine effort from youngster Griffiths, who on debut showed great awareness and composure when batting in such difficult circumstances. After their disaterous start Manor would have been more than content with a final total of 191 on a bowler friendly track.

Although batting conditions definitely improved Manor’s opening attack of Arslan Shahid (12-0-42-4) and Imran Khan (13-5-46-3) were superb as it appeared that Manor were in the ascendancy. However, South African Dewald Joubert (111no), hadn’t read the script as he single handedly defied the visitors and took his team to the verge of victory. Joubert decided that aggression was the only approach to take on this wicket as he smashed six 4s and seven 6s during his 82 ball innings. With his partners struggling to get the ball off the square it was an astonishing effort, but Manor did have a couple of half chances to dismiss him which were not taken. His dismissal would have surely led to a Manor victory, but at present they are not seizing these moments, and in this case were left very relieved to hold out for a draw.