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Rain Saves St Georges

On a dull, wet and overcast Church Road, the Squirrels won the toss and put the visitors in on a good hard track. The game started at a lively tempo, with Christi Viljoen bowling a very quick and hostile, but luckless opening spell. It was left to Shozab Haider to remove the openers and finish with figures of 2-32 for the second week running. The St. Georges middle order rallied in the face of some controlled bowling by Shaikh Ilyas who finished with figures off 2-60 off 17overs. Hassan Ansari struck with 3 key wickets to take 3-75, as the visitors reached 223 thanks mainly to Taylor’s classy innings of 58. Viljoen wrapped up the tail to finish with figures 3-48.

Due to prevailing conditions, the Manor innings was reduced initially to 47 overs and a revised target of 191 to achieve the winning draw, further stoppages reduced the overs remaining to 38 overs and then 27 overs. To achieve the positive draw, Manor were required to have scored 103 off 25 overs and 113 off the 27 overs if they could be fitted in. The Manor response was all built around promising youngster Chris Whittock’s fantasticly paced innings of 49*, with other contributiuons coming from skipper Evans (13), Viljoen (12) and Ansari (10*). However, it was not meant to be and some time-wasting tactics from the opposition left the Squirrels on 101-4 off 23.4 overs. Another 2 runs scored from the next 8 balls would have left Manor with the lion’s share of the points, however the rain won and the game was abandoned with each side receiving 9 points.

All focus now lies on the bank holiday double-header next weekend where we take on Ombersley at home on Saturday, and travel to Richard Illingworth’s Old Elizabethan’s on bank holiday Monday.

Chris Whittock