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2nds record 1st win of the season

Saturday 12th May 2012
Aston Manor – 2nd XI vs Lichfield
Lichfield 2nd XI 205 for 9 wkts off 50 overs
AMCC 2nd XI 206 for 6 off 40.2 overs
AMCC Win by 4 wickets

Bowling first on a greenish track Manor started brightly with an excellent spell from new boy Onias Bascombe (2-30) and Rikki Bassi (1-46). Beating the bat on numerous occasions with top accuracy. This was continued with seam bowling changes for Scott Bryson and Shozi Haider – who didnt take wickets but bowled tightly supported by some excellent fielding, highlight of which was a superb run out by 15 year old wicket keeper Adam Nevitt. Diving full length (all 1.2m of him) to hit the one wicket showing – superb agility.

The spin of Jack Hobbis (1-52) and Austen Imber (2-36) then initially slowed down a run rate which had started to accelerate, with Austen ending a very good knock by Lichfields Heanen (46). As Lichfield tried to move forward again it was the old heads of Austen and Dave Woakes (2-7) settling things down – again highlighting a number of superb diving and full length stops in the field from Rikki Bassi and Jack Hobbis.

With Onias and Rikki coming back on to close out the innings with some excellent death bowling it meant a chase of 206 to win for Manor (possibly 20 over what Lichfield should have reached)

However, batting got off to a poor start with two quick wickets falling to Lichfields excellent opening bowling (R Stevens 2-42 particularly troubling everyone). But with Abdul Rahim (31) and Scott Bryson (19) settling things down runs started to come, although mainly in singles. With Onias then also falling cheaply to further good bowling (B.Astley 2-38) there was increased pressure on Shozir Haider to bat steadily and get us close to the finish line.

The first few runs where steady before Shozi hit his first few big blows, with Rimmer then falling to again slow Manor down and build the pressure. At this point 105 – 5 big striding and hitting Austen Imber came to the fore. Shozis comment to him of just go do your thing proving vital as the two of them put on a show the IPL would have been proud of, with 4s and mainly 6s (8 of them in total between them), knocking the stuffing out of Lichfield in 8 fantastic overs – a stand of 70. Austens fine hit of (37) end caught in the deep meaning that there was still 30 required. Rikki Bassi (18 no) joining Shozi to take us through to the end with real composure and a few big shots of his own. Top knock by Shozi Haider though finishing on 69 not out in one of his best innings for Manor.