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4ths can’t get that last wicket

12.05.2012 Aston Manor 4ths at West Walsall

Aston Manor 4ths 235 for 9 off 45 overs
West Walsall 132 for 9 off 45 overs
Aston Manor gained a winning draw and 18pts.

For a second week running Aston Manor were put into bat. 32 was put on for the first wicket in a steady start before Amritpat Singh (the Beast) joined Qas Haider in a 98 run partnership spanning 20 overs to lay down a solid platform. Qas made 51 riding his luck, while the Beast hit 79 (5, 4s and 3, 6s) showing some excellent command of the bowling attack. Deep boundaries and a slow outfield required solid effort and sure shot selection. Contributions through the middle order Talat Rashid (11), Adnan Akhtar (12) and another Reece Murray cameo 28 (16 balls, 1, 6 and 2, 4s) allowed the tail to throw the bat to reach 235 at close.

As the sun shone, the outfield quickened, tight bowling was required. Talat Rashid opened with some lively attacking bowling that took out the West Walsall top order in the first 10 overs finishing with figures of 10-3-29-3. Talat was supported by an impressive Kieran Carroll, once again bowling tight lines, moving the ball and asking questions. Kieran returned 9-5-14-2, growing into the role of an opening bowler. With West Walsall on the back foot they were forced to shut up shop.
Qas Haider could not tempt them out of their shells (9-3-16-1) and our under 15s spin duo of Adnan Akhtar and Reece Murray took to trying to winkle out the remaining batsman. Adnan (8-2-18-2) and Reece (5-0-19-1) almost got us there, unfortunately a superb rearguard action from R. Thompson (35 n. o) managed to hold us at bay. Qas took a wicket with the first ball of the final over, but the veteran Carlos Mechaldo in at 11 held firm as the home team ended on 132 for 9.

Today we saw two more impressive debuts for Aston Manor senior squads. Talat was one, the second was a youngster U13s Joe Griffiths. Although a nervy first few overs, Joe grew into the role as wicket keeper, supported by Alex Rose at slip. He was tested by the pace and movement of Talat, Kieran and Qas, examined by the spin and bounce of Adnan and Reece, taunted or maybe haunted by Mini Heaney. The figures show 11 byes against him, without him it might have been double or triple that.

He was deservedly clapped from the field. Welcome to Aston Manor seniors Joe. Well done to all on Saturday a mature display, sorry we couldnt get that last wicket.