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Manor need to reverse trend

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Birmingham League Division Three
Aston Manor 257-9
Pelsall 258-5

This depressing defeat for Manor at Church Road was virtually a carbon copy of the previous weeks performance against C & R Hawkins resulting in an identical 5 wicket loss. Manor again made a reasonable, but slightly disappointing, total on such a good batting surface. The bowling lacked any real penetration and the fielding was shoddy at best.

Although Manor are still 4th in the League they are now the same number of points above the last relegation place as they are off the second promotion place. Time for concern if this worrying trend is not reversed, and on Saturday the Squirrels travel to ever improving Water Orton who are battling desperately to try and get out of what seemed certain relegation a month ago.

Manor chose to bat first and recovered from a dreadful start thanks to a very good partnership between youngster Adam Nevitt (46) and Shaun Findlay (65). Nevitt showed significant promise and Findlay looked in such good form that is was a big disappointment when he didn’t continue to make a match winning contribution. With wickets falling regularly it was left to Russell Guy (69no) to hold the innings together with an accomplished display of patience and composure. It is not the first time this season that Guy has been in this position, and he again responded admirably receiving some useful support from Shozab Haider (24) to see Manor close on 257-9 from their 55 overs.

Although Rahul Bakshi (2-40) grabbed two early wickets Manor were unable to make any serious inroads into the visitors batting line up. Tom Boyd was dropped twice on his way to 64, and match winner, Alex Jones (96no), was also given a life albeit that he was already on 75 at the time. Manor were somewhat unlucky that they were convinced Jones was caught behind on 1, a point the batsman actually agreed with in the bar afterwards! That however is papering over cracks as the performance in the field simply wasn’t good enough. Shaun Findlay also took a couple of wickets, with the other falling to Manor’s best bowler on the day, James Harris (1-30).