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Winning Start Against Bridgnorth

Bridgnorth 194-9 (55 0vers)
Aston Manor 129-7 (31 overs)
Winning draw for Aston Manor

On a cloudy day in the picturesque town of Bridgnorth, skipper Evans (sponsored by The Tool Market) reversed the poor “toss” form of last season by winning the crucial flip of the coin on a day destined to be affected by the rain. He put the newly-promoted hosts into bat and it paid dividends with Bridgnorth being reduced to 32-5 after 23 overs with new signing Arfan Khan posting impressive debut figures of 17-7-25-3, ably supported by overseas star Ryan Van Niekerk 16-5-53-2. However, a fine middle-order partnership between skipper Mark MacPherson-Lees (34) and youngster Jack Edwards (58), aided by some poor bowling and a rain break, and some late hitting by Sam Whitney (33) saw the hosts reach 194-9 off their allotted 55 overs. It could have been a lot more were it not for a fine spell at the death of off-spin bowling by young Warwickshire prospect, Nabeel “Usain” Asghar (sponsored by RK-SIPS Design Limited), 7-0-31-3, taking vital wickets and stemming the late onslaught.

Due to the rain break, Manors reply was limited to 31 overs, and the target set at 111 to obtain the winning draw. Evans told his troops he wanted 120 to secure an additional batting point, and the reply got off to a cautious start reaching 44-3, with Chris Whittock (sponsored by Synergy Insurance Services) making a classy 22 before being caught trying to push along the rate. With overs running out, and runs required to secure the winning draw, Evans (sponsored by The Tool Market) took on the bowling and made 40 off 22 balls, with aggressive support from Van Niekerk (19), saw the visitors to their 120 target with 5 overs remaining. There was drama to follow as 3 quick wickets were lost in two overs to see the Squirrels 7 wickets down, with 23 balls to survive. Luckily the experienced Furnell and Khan dug in to secure a promising 13 points from the first game of the season.

This Saturday sees Manor take to Church Road in front of their new scoreboard for the first time this season. This game will be played in honour of Colin and Christine Smith, and a bumper Manor crowd will be a fitting tribute to these great friends.