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2nds hold on to draw against Streetly

Aston Manor – 2nd XI vs Streetly
Saturday 2nd June 2012
Streetly CC 2nd XI 283 for 3 off 50 overs
AMCC 2nd XI 241 for 6 off 50 overs
AMCC Losing draw

Winning the toss on a pitch with a little green in it the decision to bowl first again seemed the right thing to do. However after an excellent opening spell by both Ricky Bassi and Shaun Carroll (2 for 50) nothing else went our way. Again a few dropped catches had an impact – before the two experienced Streetly batsmen Yeend (105 no) and hard hitting Griffiths (115) set about the manor attack in a superb 182 partnership. However the young AMCC team stuck to their task with Ricky taking a deserved wicket late on after another excellent spell by left arm spinner Jack Hobbis went un-rewarded.

However a daunting target of 283 was posted probably 40 more than we would have wanted Streetly to get, but all down to the experience of the batsmen rather than poor bowling.

Having scored over 270 the previous week a good start would have meant that we were on for a chase, which once the opening bowling had finished their spells certainly became apparent. However quick early wickets, meant that we were on the back foot only steadied by a mature knock of by Scott Bryson (40) sharing an 80 stand with Shozi Haider to bring us back on track.
At this point the in form Shozi came into his own again with a fantastic first century for the Squirals – finishing on 110 off only 74 balls. Superbly well supported by our ever confident 15 year old Warwickshire wicket-keeper Adam Nevitt (40 no). Sticking to the plan of picking up runs from each ball where possible Streetly didn’t really have an answer to these two excellent young players – and made us think that may be with a start the win would have been on.

An excellent partnership of 103 only finished when Shozi tried one more big hit to go with his other 8 fours and 7 sixes.

Again the young Manor side came good, all round the plan of bringing through our youngsters (this team having an average ave of only 24 – including only three players over 30) is working well, with excellent individual performances helping to bring team effort and spirit through against some really experienced teams and not just holding our own, but pushing further forward.