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Manor Win At Evesham By 4 Wickets

On a sunny, but at times blustery day in Evesham, skipper Evans lost the toss and was asked to field by the host captain, ex-England international Neal Radford. This meant if Manor could restrict the home team’s score, then a successful chase would result in 24 points.

The innings got off to the best possible start with Shozab Haider, opening the bowling for the first time, bowling Evesham’s South African star Matt Snyman with a peach of a delivery cleaning him up and finishing with great figures of 9-2-32-2. Things got better as his new ball partner Christi Viljoen also weighed in with two early wickets, and the top order was swiftly removed with the score at 31-4. Evesham managed to string together a couple of decent partnerships, however these were broken before they really got going with Hassan Ansari weighing in with two big wickets, and Shaikh Ilyas taking his first wicket for the club. A fine direct hit run-out from Haider capped off an excellent match for the youngster, and with Viljoen cleaning up the tail to end with figures of 4-50 and be on a hatrick next week, the hosts were bowled out for 186 in 41.2 overs.

Manor’s reply got off to a great start with the promising Chris Whittock making 12 before he was adjudged LBW with the visitors on 37-1. A fine second wicket partnership of 63 between Imran Jamiel (56) and Neal Prichard (44) put the Manor in a great position, but with the loss of a few quick wickets, as usual the boys did it the hard way, but some good nerve showed by Andrew Forman (19*) and again Shozab Haider (9*), saw the new look Squirrels home for their first win of the 2009 campaign, and the 24 points sees us rise to 5th in the table.

Hopefully a big Church Road crowd can cheer us on next week at home to St. George’s as we look to turn in a good display to appease the poor showing in our previous home match.