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Manor win close contest

After persistent rain on friday night and saturday morning, the chances of a game against Penn looked bleak at Church Road, but due to the excellent facilities available to Aston Manor, a game was possible, although it was delayed and reduced. The game was reduced to 33 overs per side.

The visitors won the toss and decided to put the squirrels in to bat. Manor began brightly attacking the bowling of Penn, before Lawley struck to remove Jason Furnell (9). Manor then began to rebuild their innings in style, as Pete Evans (94 off 75) and Darren Baker (53 off 62) displayed their intentions and put the Penn bowling attack under severe pressure as they continued to attack the bowling. The young Malhotra for Penn removed both Evans and Baker in his impressive spell, but young Brinder Phagura (29 off 30) and the experienced Sharafath Yoosuf (39 off 20) gave Manor a quality finish, as they attacked the bowling and gave their side an excellent late flurry of runs. The home side finished on a large 249-3 off their 33 overs. The mammoth total posted by Aston Manor seemed a very difficult task, but Penn came out with their intentions clear.

Nutting (35) and Samra (66) both opened the innings all guns blazing, as they clearly displayed their intentions. The breakthrough Manor needed was provided by Trent Turner (3-45) who bowled very well, restricting the run rate, and placing pressure on the Penn batsmen. Despite losing wickets, Penn continued to attack the bowling of Manor, edging closer towards their target of 250. Ricky Bassi (1-62) dismissed the dangerous Samra, as Brinder Phagura (1-54) dismissed the equally dangerous Homer (46). Phagura also ran out Hudson (52), which was a vital wicket as this game continued to sway from side to side. Penn required 7 from the last over, which was to be bowled by the young Phagura. Phagura bowled with great control, and displayed his wide array of variations, which meant all three results were still possible come the last ball.

The visitors (needing two runs to tie, three runs to win) attempted to run two, but Heath was run out by Pete Evans in an amazing finish to a sensational game.