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Ombersley beat Manor by 87 runs

1st XI Birmingham League Division Two
Ombersley 294-8
Aston Manor 207 all out
Ombersley win by 87 runs

Another poor performance and defeat to league leaders Ombersley has left Aston Manor at the foot of the table at the half way stage of the season. The league standings are however very tight with 5th placed Cannock only 23 points ahead of the Church Road side, and with a maximum 24 points available for a win, then there is still plenty to play for.

Saturdays match epitomised Manors season to date. After a good opening spell of bowling with the new ball and an early wicket for debutant Irfan Saroop (1-57), three crucial dropped catches allowed Robinson (41) and the impressive youngster Steele (104) to put the visitors in control. Further injury problems meant that Kyle Schreuder was unable to bowl, but he did pull off a quite magnificent catch to dismiss Sri Lankan Gayashan (50) and keep the hosts in the game. Steady bowling from Arfan Khan (4-71) encouraged a fight back and saw the visitors contained at 233-8 with five overs remaining. Manor though were unable to keep up the pressure and some late massive hitting by Young (38no) and Fiaz (20no) saw Ombersley close on an imposing 294-8 with Darren Baker (2-59) and Nabeel Asghar (1-60) being the other wicket takers.

In the face of some fiery bowling by Ted Bayliss (6-72) Manors early batting yet again lacked sufficient application or discipline. After only 15 overs Manor found themselves 43-6 on a perfect batting track. As has happened recently the lower middle order rallied, and thankfully, Adam Morris and Darren Baker showed great determination in a partnership of 120 from 30 overs to give the hosts a good chance of saving the game. Unfortunately when Morris was dismissed for a very well made 60, further rash dismissals followed before Mickey Brommall (22no) yet again showed his worth in trying to save the game. He helped guide Manor past the 200 mark, before Baker was adjudged to be LBW for an excellent 69 with less than 2 overs remaining. It was harsh on Baker, who himself has been dreadfully out of form, but hopefully this fine innings will see his form restored for the important second half of the season.