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What a game…

When the large Sunday gathering of social members at Aston Manor spend their evening predominantly discussing the Cricket match they have just seen, then you know you have been privileged to have watched something very special. The best game I have ever seen was a comment heard on more than one occasion.

So what actually happened?

Aston Manor and Lichfield were joint top of the Lichfield Sunday League before the contest at Church Road, and the visitors having won the toss decide to bat first. From their 40 overs they amassed an amazing 373-4, with John Bassett-Graham (Kiwi Pro) smashing 20 fours and 9 sixes in an unbeaten 218 and Ben Stephens hitting an unbeaten 52 off only 18 balls. Tremendous batting, but amongst the carnage young Shaun Carroll came out with outstanding figures of 8-1-26-2 whilst Wajid Hussain (2-55) grabbed the other wickets. Knowing that Manor are desperately in need of batting practice, Dazzler ensured we had enough runs to chase conceding 110 runs from his 8 overs (he promised he would tell Mickey!).

Game over, another boring one sided match the visitors probably thought.

Mr Wooding was having none of it. In the absence of teas (but they were superb when they finally got there..many thanks to everyone who helped) Manor went out to bat with Kyle Schreuder promoted to open with Wajid Hussain. Intentions were clear from the start, and with Wajid out for 22 from the last ball before the tea interval Manor stood at 98-1 from 9 overs. Some heavy rain then fell, and Manors overs were reduced to 35 and the revised total was 328.

Darren enjoyed his batting more with a quick fire 17, but Kyle was earning all of the plaudits with some quite astonishing stroke play. I doubt whether many at the ground have ever seen a cricket ball hit harder, but when he finally fell for 126 from 59 balls (11 fours 9 sixes) most feared that Manor’s valiant run chase had come to an end. Think again! Both Adam Morris (29..including the biggest six of the day) and Abdul Rahim (18) kept the momentum going before an exciting partnership between Andy Forman and Scott Bryson seemed to turn the match in the hosts favour. Both produced some excellent shots and were tremendous running between the wickets, but when Andy was finally out for 50 there was still another 25 runs to get from 3 overs. Weedy connected with one big six, but it was young Scott who was the ultimate hero clearing the ropes from the penultimate ball to finish on 38 not out and secure an unbelievable win for the Squirrels.

Another word for the spectators. Both Andy and Scott commented how important and lifting the support from the crowd was during their crucial partnership. The players do appreciate the fantastic backing they get at Church Road, it means a lot. Thanks to everyone for a wonderful afternoons entertainment.