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4ths win first game of season

Aston Manor 4ths vs Streetly 3rds
Aston Manor 4ths 254 for 6 off 45 overs
Streetly 3rds 194 All Out off 43.1 overs
Aston Manor win by 60 runs, 24pts

A match that was off and on more times than our landing light eventually took place at our new home, St Francis of Assisi Technology College in Aldridge.

On a freezing Bank Holiday Saturday, Manor lost the toss and were put into bat. Due to injury and last minute replacements, the skipper made way for Trent Turner to take the captains mantle and a sickly Scott Bryson to bolster the batting line-up. Losing an early wicket bought Scott and Trent together and slowly but surely they took command of the Streetly attack. With a partnership of 93, Scotts run a ball 70 (3x4s, 3x6s) set Manor on its way. The middle overs required some stalwart response, a young 15 year old, Reece Murray, came to join the foray and made 35 (3x4s, 3x6s) in short order to tip the balance of match towards Manor, in an 80 partnership with Trent.

Manor accelerated through the last 15 overs at nearly 9 runs an over to post a 254 total. In the last over a huge straight six over mid-on saw Trent Turner to a well deserved 100 (108 n.o 11x4s, 6x6s). This was his maiden century, a determined, defiant start to an innings that developed and accelerated with a maturity gained from the youth culture down at Aston Manor. Congratulations Trent, well done.

Due to technical problems, tea had to be taken in the open air, in near freezing conditions, Streetly took it in their stride, and I can only thank them for their acceptance and understanding.

In the same way Streetly took to chasing down the Manor total. A steady start against our opening attack of Liam Rake (1-36) and Kieran Carroll saw parity 10 overs in. On the back of a miserly Kieran (9 overs, 5 maidens, 2 for 6) the Manor bowlers managed to tighten the screw. A great innings from A Reed junior (60) and A Thomas (72) had us worried in the middle, but a total of 254 meant risks had to be taken, and the spin pairing of Trent (3-37) and Reece (1-39) put paid to the Streetly response. Bowling all round was difficult in worsening conditions but all stuck to the task, contributions from M Heaney (1-32), S Bryson (0-17) and a debut 6,1-1-23-1 and the final wicket to Michael Milky Bryne saw us home.

A great show boys, a big fat 24 pts to start the season.