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2nds Come So Close Vs Eastnor

Aston Manor made the long trip to Eastnor on Saturday looking for their first win in 4 games to re-establish themselves in the promotion hunt.

In a beautiful setting, in the shadow of Eastnor Castle, skipper Steve Knowles won the toss and despite a damp wicket elected to bat, looking for the maximum 24 points against a team sitting bottom of the table.

Manor got off to a poor start, losing 3 early wickets, before the returning Steve “Silverfox” Evans (39) and the evergreen Saj Amir (51) stabilised the innings. The promising 15 year old Scott Bryson then continued his excellent form, scoring 23 from 24 balls as The Squirrels were eventually bowled out for 187. Although they would have liked more runs on the board, after such a poor start the final total was a good effort.

Eastnors openers got them off to an excellent start, before losing 3 quick wickets to Adam Rana (2-9) and Manni Sehmbi (1-32) to put Manor back in contention. Another good partnership took Eastnor to 130-3, leaving them needing 58 runs from 14 overs with 7 wickets remaining. A defeat looked on the cards until Rimmer was introduced into the attack, as he took 3-11 in a devastating 8 over spell with great support from Aziz Aftab (1-22) as Eastnor suffered a collapse.

However, with 3 overs to go all results were still possible, with the hosts requiring 23 runs with 3 wickets in hand. 15 year old Shaun “The Sheep” Carroll was then re-introduced into the attack and showed no sign of nerves, unlike his father Denis watching from the sidelines, as he bowled a stunning double-wicket maiden to leave Manor on the brink of victory. Unfortunately though the last pair for Eastnor were able to survive the final 2 overs as the game ended in an exciting draw.

In the end the result was a good one, with three of the four sides above the Manor failing to win.