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Aston Manor 3rds win league

Going along with their business quietly this season has been the Manor 3rds with a side mainly made up of u15 to u18 players and a few senior members in each game. On Saturday they achieved a great result beating Bridge Trusts 1st XI to win Div 5 of the Warwickshire League.

Batting first on a wet and very green strip an improssive total of 299 for 8 was acheived (this being the third week in a row where over 250 has been posted). Waqas Younis (18) again proved his quality with a superb 87, supported by the ever reliant Zayn Hussain (16) with 50, before the middle order kicked into overdrive smashing an experienced BT attack around Khayam Khan (15) and Vice Skipper Vinay Thakur smashing 40 and 37 respectively.

After a very difficult start to achieve 299 again showed the quality and grit of the whole team.

However, the bowling attack has been probably the strength of the Manor success this season and again proved to be the case, bowling out Bridge Trust for only 88. Zayn Baig (18) was immaculate in opening and gaining the first wicket, caught superbly by wicketkeeper Joe Griffiths (15) standing up to pace. Zayn Hussain then cleared the rest of the top order with 3 for 17.

The middle order was then simply blown away by the pace and hostility of Khayam Khan whose 3 for 17 ripped through allowing the guile of Hamza Akthar (16) to then move the team close to victory with 2 for 10. Taking the final wicket was one of the proudest moments ot skipper Dave Woakes career.

He commeneted aferwards “this has been a fantastic team effort with the senior players – Hardep Panesar, Vinay Thakur, Ricky Singh and Igbal Choudry all offering game winning contributions – but the youth element has been the most important thing and each and everyone one of the guys who played today but also the others that have been the nucleas of this team have played the major parts – Joe Griffiths, Sahil Aqil, Connor Woakes, Russell Brown, Harrison Glastonbury and the irrepressible Haroon Mohammed. Taking wickets regularly, scoring runs – quickly when needed or by digging in as required and listening to the other guys.

The most important element has been the fantastic team spirit throughout”

Most of this side will now go onto competing in the u17 side as they try to complete the League & Cup double with games this week. Whatever happens it has been a remarkable season and shows fantastic promise for the future.