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Manor Lose Against Harborne

1st XI Birmingham League Division Two
Harborne 336-8
Aston Manor 180 all out
HARBORNE WIN BY 156 RUNS

After electing to bowl first, and taking an early wicket, Manor were then put to the sword by a superb partnership between Indian Test batsman Shiv Sunder Das (124) and the equally impressive Sri Lankan Nirru Raveenthiraja (65). The standard of the batting was top quality and despite a great effort from Shozab Haider (6-77) sponsored by ODC Future Thinking the hosts were able to reach a massive total of 336-8 from their allocated 55 overs.

In reply, Manor lost a couple of early wickets but a steady partnership between Darren Baker (22) and Chris Whittock (19) sponsored by Synergy Insurance Services gave hope of a recovery which was continued by Ryan van Nierkerk (65) and Shozab Haider (41) sponsored by ODC Future Thinking as the visitors rallied to 164-4. Unfortunately the revival was short lived as the remaining batsman had no answer to the turn and bounce of leg spinner Jonathan Cockcroft (5-62) as Manor fell away to a disappointing 180 all out.

In a high quality and competitive League the Manor youngsters will need to retain belief in themselves to turn their fortunes around, hopefully starting next week at Church Road against Cannock.