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2nds win thriller against Penkridge

Penkridge CC 2nd XI 217 ALL OUT off 50 overs
AMCC 2nd XI 218 for 8 off 50 overs
AMCC Win by 2 wickets

Will it get more exciting than this all season?

Choosing to bowl first again Manor started with a bang – Shaun Carroll returning from football duties with an excellent opening spell (3 – 14), putting us in the driving seat, further tightened with Austen Imber and Jack Hobbis (2-40) holding Penkridge up for the first 25 overs or so. From there things didn’t go our way with an experienced Penkridge side putting together a few excellent partnerships hitting both good balls and loose balls to accelerate the run scoring only held up by Dave Woakes (2-21) and return bowling from Onais Bascombe (3-59) and Shaun Caroll (3-28 from 12 overs). In freezing cold and wet conditions the young Manor side held on really well to restrict Penkridge to 217 – taking the final wicket off the last ball of the innings.

Batting in the same dank conditions was never going to be easy and losing a couple of quick wickets didn’t help. However a steady partnership between Scott Bryson (36) and Andy Foreman (74) moved things  forward nicely with Onias Bascombe (49) joining Andy to put together an attacking 75 run partnership to get us within hitting distance with 6 overs to go. The big hitters then didn’t really connect with Shozi, Austen and Dave all falling to the chase leaving us with 18 required from the last over, Adam Nevitt batting well to keep out the Penkridge quickie in really dark conditions.
Step up Jack Hobbis – sore thumb and all (after more fantastic fielding work). Last over 18 required – 5 balls later 4 required – excellent shot selection and hitting into the gaps to get three boundaries – all taken from an excellent and very experienced ex-1st team player. Last ball 4 more and a massive cheer – grit, determination, skill and endeavour the key to a superb win, along with a fantastic team spirit.