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Emphatic 185 Run Victory Vs Studley

Aston Manor Fourths 225 for 7 in 45 overs
Studley 41 all out in 19.5 overs
An emphatic 184 run victory for Aston Manor

Pre-match downpours made the wicket look dubious and losing the toss meant batting first. True to form the wicket enabled lifters, shooters and damn well nearly stars. Unlucky Alex Rose got a steeple-ing one off a length into his face guard, spinning his helmet through 180 degrees, the ball to drop on leg stump. Leaving most, the skipper being well padded was joined by more padding in Tony Heaney. Together a partnership of 95 quelled Studleys attack.

Unfortunately the skipper tried an attacking stroke to his demise for 30; Tony continued determined in his quest for a full set, unfortunately another lifter was gloved behind for 75. All other batsmen got to double figures before the wicket did for them too, but the score carried on building. A special mention for Amar Javid (U13s) who took it all in his stride to reach 34. So a target of 225 looked competitive at tea.

The swing of G Knowles (4-20) and pace of Usman Rana (5-17) saw a wicket in each of the first 3 overs to leave Studley reeling. With Studleys batsmen struggling with the variable bounce the race was on for five fors.

A superb run-out from the Rose brothers (Harmony and Melody) made the contest even tighter. Studley in disarray at 16 for 9 in the 16th over, the two contenders given 2 more overs to finish the job or the skipper was threatening to come on!

The tail wagged a little, Geoff unlucky twice (the silver toupee a little rusty this week!), before being retired. Ussy had 6 balls, the fifth skied to mid-wicket, all the field up bar Harmony sweeping the boundary and the skipper wearing a bald patch at mid- off. How Ussy got there Im not sure, but he definitely managed one of the furthest caught and bowled Ive ever seen.

Studley all out for 41 in less than 20. Manor back at the club, for a much calmer pint than last week, by 6:45pm.