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Sunday 1sts are champions

Aston Manor CC have won the Premier League of the Sunday Lichfield League for the first time since joining in 2005.

Successive promotions were won to reach the top flight quickly, but until this year we have not been able to clinch the main prize.

This is a great reward for the commitment of the players throughout the season, and very pleasing for those who have managed to keep Sunday Cricket alive over the last few difficult years.

Heading into the match 8 points ahead of 2nd place Lichfield, the Squirrels knew that a win would secure the title but with rain around an abandoned match would leave the door open for last seasons Champions to sneak home and retain their crown. Fortunately, the rain relented, and with the opposition also keen to play some cricket the match started reduced to 35 overs per side.

Armadeep Sonkar continued from where he left off on Saturday, and smashed 23 4s and 4 6s in a great knock of 157 from only 80 balls. His innings was only ended when he had to retire with an unfortunate injury meaning that he had scored 291 runs over the weekend without being out! It is only to be hoped that this form continues and he can spearhead the Saturday team to promotion back to Division Two in the Birmingham League. Darren Baker (57) also continued his return to form and with both Trent Turner (23) and Alex Rose (22) scoring quick late runs the hosts finished on an imposing 311-6.

Remembering last seasons epic game at Church Road v Lichfield when Manor chased down 385 to win, nothing was being taken for granted. However, impressive bowling by the Carroll Brothers (bowlers, pop stars or gangsters?) ensured no such outcome was possible. Shaun (3-27) was his usual economical self, and Kieran (4-45) further enhanced his reputation as a strike bowler as Lullington were dismissed for 153. Jack Hobbis (2-13) continued his fine spin bowling and Brinda Phaghura (1-28) took the other wicket.

Unfortunately Wily Woody was not available to guide his troops over the finishing line, but a great deal of credit must go to him for his astute picking of other peoples brains during the season.

Many thanks to Kelly for teas and Jayne for standing in when she wasnt available! Also, Dennis for scoring, Jason and his staff behind the bar, KRF and Woody for chasing people up and getting teams out, but most of all to the players who made themselves available and did the club proud.
One trophy, how about another on Saturday Jase?

Then we can have a REAL Squirrel party!!!!!