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4ths Win Closely Fought Game

Sheldon Marlborough 199 for 8 in 45 overs
Aston Manor 4ths 200 for 8 in 38,2 overs
2 wicket victory to Aston Manor

Put into bat Sheldon took to the Manor attack early reaching 45 by the 6th over! A wicket from Geoff Knowles (1-45) started the fight back. Tight bowling then ensued stemming the flow of runs over the remainder of their innings. Further wickets came restricting the team to a 199 total. A wicket each for Mehmood Dawawala (1-36 in 8), and youngster Reece Murray (1-35 in 7) growing into a great leg spinner, but the star by far Jagit Sandhu with a 5 for 37 in an unbroken 13 over spell to the death.

The total looked chase-able at tea, 7 overs in, at 19 for 3, the top three gone for 5 only off the bat, the target was fading from view. Then once more into the breach stepped Jagit, scoring 100 from 89 balls, in a partnership of 148 with the skipper, a paltry 25 by comparison to Jagit, the game was turned on its head again.

As the skipper said from the comfort of the non-strikers end, he had the best view. Enjoying 13 fours and five mighty sixes, we believe further than Jagit had ever thrown a javelin!
At 167 for 3 in only 29 overs the game looked won by our hero with the shiny silver toupee. Unfortunately cricket doesnt go that way, with the loss of the skipper, due he said to eyesight problems, we lost wickets at an alarming rate with few runs being scored.

Being the team that the 4ths are pitched together our elder statesman and our youngest recruit (their average age being 42, work it out yourselves!), into the fray to amass a partnership of 5 in singles and byes to squeak us past the winning post.

A win is a win, but when your hearts going at 200 beats those jugs Jagit Sandhu now owes (3 of them) is what the doctor is ordering.