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Manor start with 2 friendly victories

Aston Manor recorded a couple of victories in their first two pre-season friendlies over the weekend.

Standard CC were the visitors to Church Road on a cold but dry Saturday, and the hosts recorded a narrow 12 run victory in a most enjoyable fixture. Manor batted first and solid contributions from new signings Kamran Zaman, Aadil Bhayat and George Findlay together with good batting from Shozab Haider and skipper Jason Furnell saw the hosts close on 186-9 from their 45 overs. Despite the loss of a couple of early wickets Standard rallied well and looked favourites for victory at 149-5, but some superb pace bowling from George Findlay (7-39) blew away the lower order as the visitors collapsed to 174 all out. Shaun Findlay, Steve Knowles and Aadil Bhayat shared the other wickets.

Church Road was a warmer place on Sunday for the annual visit of Bharat Parivar CC. The visitors batted first, but a good solid bowling performance with wickets shared saw them dismissed for only 144. In reply, young Adam Nevitt (60no), was the main contributor as Manor reached their target and continued their winning start to the season.