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Nervous finish as Aston Manor U10s beat Walmley-Mon 3/8/09

Held at Walmley’s Douglas ground, elected-skipper Kaylam, won the toss and decided to put the opposition into bat. The Young squirrels capitalised on this and within 4 overs, Walmley’s score went down to 188 with Sahal and Kiran taking 3 quick wickets. Walmley’s second pairing weren’t given that much space either with near perfect bowling from Tom and Owen. Walmley’s third pairing steadied the ship and brought the score back into the 200s. The last pair scored 19 runs to raise Walmley’s total to 232.


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After the interval, Manor’s first pairing, Kaylam & Owen, started nervously, scoring 3 and losing a wicket, taking the score just below 200. Joe and Tom our second pairing, started scoring freely for their team. They brought the scored to 226 after their third over. Horrified at the situation, Walmley put on their pace bowler. He took two wickets in his first over leaving the young squirrels with a mountain to climb. Wanting to rectify the situation, Manors’ William and Andy started smashing the ball around the field. Excellent fielding by Walmley confined the third pairing leaving Aston Manor wanting 9 off the last pair of batsman.

No problem, I hear you say when our last pairing contains Sahal, who trains for the district, and Kiran, looking very comfortable. Wise words emanated from all corners of the pitch by all supporters telling them to do this and do that. Walmley looking desperate brought on their pace bowler. A positive decision as this brought a wicket in the 3rd bowl of the over, leaving us wanting 11 off 3 overs. Sahal was run out in the 12th over and caught at mid-on in the 13th, leaving all the Manor supporters biting their finger nails and Walmley sniffing victory . Calm play from Kiran saw us requiring us to block the last three balls to a Manor victory.