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Rain does not stop the 1s

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Hampton and Solihull 166-9 (50 overs)
Aston Manor 170-5 (33.1 overs)

Aston Manor continued their charge toward the Birmingham League with a vital victory in this rain affected fixture at Solihull.

Despite some tight bowling from Arfan Khan (10-2-26-1) and Imran Khan (15-4-37-1) the Solihull opening pair of Mike Daniels (32) and Mark James (25) gave their side a solid platform to build a substantial total from. However, some fine seam bowling from Kieran Carroll (3-47) and leg spin bowling from Shaun Findlay (4-50) halted the hosts progress, and despite some late hitting from Mike Palmer (36), they were restricted to a well below par total of 166-9 from their 50 overs. This was again another impressive performance from Manor in the field, who despite not getting their customary early wickets, always kept a tight grip on proceedings and built up pressure on the batsmen.

Unfortunately several interventions for rain meant that Manor would only have 34 overs available to bat. Their first target was to achieve a total of 121 to obtain a winning draw. A solid and patient innings of 58 from Tom Caulfield gave the base to ensure that this total would be reached, but with news filtering through that second placed Bedworth had bowled out Kenilworth for only 49 to win it became imperative that Manor also chased down the winning target. George Findlay continued his recent good form scoring 45 from 49 balls, before some explosive hitting from Shaun Findlay 26no (19 balls) and Peter Evans 20 (9 balls) ensured victory with 5 balls to spare, despite two wickets falling when the scores were level.

Monday’s fixture with Kenilworth was lost completely to the weather, as was the whole of the League, and Manor’s 2nd XI ensured an even more frustrating Bank Holiday with both of their matches being abandoned.

On a brighter note, Aston Manor 3rd XI have clinched promotion to Warwickshire League Division Four, and if they win their final game of the season next week will be promoted as Champions.