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The march continues

Birmingham League Division Three
1st XI
Aston Manor 136 all out
Wednesbury 106 all out

Aston Manor produced a performance of great character and determination to overcome Wednesbury in an away match on Saturday and move into the automatic promotion places prior to their Bank Holiday Monday meeting with top of the table Oswestry.

Manor were asked to bat first on a wicket that offered both seam and spin bowling considerable assistance. Of the top order batsmen only Peter Evans (42) was able to master the conditions with a fine hard hitting innings as Manor slumped to 102-9 in the face of some excellent bowling by Indian overseas star Tushar Saha (14-8-11-5). However, Manor will argue that they have the best number 11 bat in the League in wicket keeper Mickey Bromhall, and he again proved his worth with a vital 17no in a partnership with Arfan Khan which saw the visitors scramble to 136 all out which considering the conditions was a competitive total.

Despite an early wicket from Aurell Kirnon (1-36), Wednesbury made a solid and promising start in pursuit of their total. The match changed once Arfan Khan (13-3-35-6) and Armadeep Sonkar (12-3-27-3) started bowling in tandem as the hosts were finally dismissed 30 runs short for 106. Both Khan, with his seam movement, and Sonkar with his left arm spin, used the conditions superbly in an impressive demonstration of bowling tight and accurately to a set field. Again Manor’s team spirit shone through, and this will be very important as the Perry Barr side face a difficult end of season run in to try and clinch immediate promotion back to Division Two.