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Aston Manor u15 won a closely fought final played on Wednesday 20th July, at West Bromwich Dartmouth.

Aston Manor win WMYCA under 15 cup, 2011 with two balls to spare.

Aston Manor win WMYCA under 15 cup, 2011 with two balls to spare.

Walmley won the toss on a dull overcast evening and decided to bat on a ground and cricket arena that would grace any cup final.

The openers, S Mubarik & C Pallister started cautiously, hoping to make a solid start against the medium pace bowling of Pharuga & Byrne. The fielders were well placed & the batsmen found it hard to find the gaps. Pallister departed for 12, C&B by Younis, who had replaced Pharuga at the Golf course end. H Rehman joined Mubarik and they looked comfortable with singles & two`s but the overs were rapidly being consumed; at the end of the 14thover the score was less than 60.This had something to do with K Carrol who had been introduced in to the attack and he bowled at a lively pace. He varied his length well and both batsmen found it difficult to improve the run rate. Rehman tried to up the anti and was caught by Pharuga, bowled Carrol, for 20. M Waugh the incoming batsman was soon out well caught by Pharuga, bowled Carrol for 0.

This brought J Lines to the crease and the atmosphere and intent swiftly changed. He struck the ball crisply and found the boundary well within his capabilities. As is so often the case, his belligerent approach sparked his partner in to life and S Mubarik suddenly found runs more plentiful. This was the turning point for Walmley. The innings closed when J. Lines was caught off the last ball for a worthy 32. S Mubarik was not out 45 with the total on 120 for4. Aston Manor bowled and fielded well. Walmley recovered and gave themselves a chance provided they could keep Aston Manor to less than a run per ball.

K Hasad & B Pharuga the opening batsmen started with some quick running between the wickets which turned singles in to twos with a commendable understanding of each other`s play. The first wicket fell at 36 when Hasad was caught by Woods off the bowling of M. Waugh for 6. W Younis came to the wicket and kept the momentum going as he looked to score off every delivery. Pharuga`s role was pivotal at the other end. From the first over he had an urgency to his play he scored all round the wicket with fluent shots. He is a precocious young batsman and the content of his play and the eagerness of Younis took the game away from Walmley and in to the arms of Aston Manor. Younis was out stumped by Lines off the bowling of Buckley for 24 with the score on 81. Amar took his place at the wicket and hit a good 13 before being caught, by wicketkeeper Lines, bowled Mubarik. Pharuga came to a memorable half-century and retired on 51. It was down to U Shaikh & A Nevitt to score the necessary 5 runs off the last over to win and this was achieved with 2 balls remaining. S. Isodia was the pick of the Walmley bowlers; 4-0-19-1. Aston Manor reached 121 for 3 & won by 7 wickets.

An excellent closely fought contest with Aston Manor the worthy winners, as John Whistance, Secretary of W.M.Y.C.A stated, before presenting the awards to the Runners-Up and the Cup and Winners awards to B Pharuga, Captain of Aston Manor and his team. The Secretary thanked West Bromwich Dartmouth for hosting the event, the umpires and the clubs, coaches and managers for the good spirit in which the match was played. There was no man-of-the- match award but B Pharuga, Aston Manor`s Captain, can be assured, as he clasped the cup in his arms,if there had been, the choice would have been easy.