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Manor reach 20/20 final

Aston Manor have reached the final of the Sutton Coldfield floodlit 20/20 with victories against Walmley, Four Oaks Saints and Sutton Coldfield in the group stages. Manor will now play Walmley on Friday 5 September at 8.00pm in the final.

In the first group stage match against Walmley Manor posted 167 all out from their fifteen overs. Shaun Findlay (62), George Findlay (38) and Russell Guy (29) were the main contributors. Superb fielding, and fine bowling particularly from Arfan Khan and Brinder Phaghura restricted Walmley to 143-8 to give Manor a comfortable victory.

The next two games though went right down to the wire. Kieran Carroll and Imran Khan were the pick of the Manor bowlers in restricting Four Oaks Saints to 127-6. Jason Furnell (49) gave Manor a brilliant start, but it was left to Andy Forman to hit a six off the penultimate ball to see Manor through to a tense 3 wicket victory.

Against Sutton Coldfield it was even closer. Shaun Carroll was Manors best bowler as Sutton amassed a huge 186-6. However, a wonderful opening partnership between Armadeep Sonkar (95no) and Shaun Findlay (70) got Manor into a great position. With 20 needed of the last over Shaun hit the first three balls for 6. Then got out! Imran Khan missed the first ball, but hit the last for 4 to seal an incredible victory.

All support for the final would be welcome.