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Manors run of form comes to an end against Kings Heath

1st XI
Birmingham League Division Three
Kings Heath 170 all out
Aston Manor 93 all out
Kings Heath won by 77 runs

Aston Manors unbeaten run came to an untimely end in controversial circumstances on Saturday, and left the Church Road team embroiled in a battle to avoid the final relegation place. At present there are six teams who will be concerned about occupying that last spot and Manor need to recover from this set back quickly to ensure that they are not the unlucky one to drop out of the Birmingham League.

The situation had looked very rosy when despite a fine innings from Ollie Thomas (45), Manor had dismissed Kings Heath for what appeared to be a below par total of 170. After the seam bowling of Aurell Kirnon (3-52), Julius Benjamin (2-36) and Arfan Khan (1-27) had kept the visitors batsmen in check, left arm spinner Armadeep Sonkar (4-24) polished off the innings with an excellent display of control and guile. The bowlers were well supported in the field, but perhaps alarm bells should have rung in the home dressing room with a couple of generous decisions which went Manors way.

What followed next was very disappointing. Kings Heath bowled superbly, in particular Ian Carey (5-44) and took some very fine catches. Two or three Manor batsmen also showed very poor shot selection, but unfortunately most in the ground were left scratching their head in disbelief at some of the umpiring decisions. Manor must still accept that the main reason for their defeat was a very poor batting performance in which only Aurell Kirnon (30) and Nabeel Asghar (22) reached double figures, but both sets of players were in agreement that unfortunate decisions had turned the game into a lottery.