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Over 40s are finalists after beating Water Orton

The Over 40s entered the third semi-final in four years having lost the previous two.

Water Orton won the toss and invited the Manor to bat on an excellent track in the evening sun. Simon Bowen worked the field and also hit regular boundaries before departing at the half-way stage on 34. Austen Imber followed shortly afterwards for 50. Rob Bartlett then suffered similarly to Bowen’s fate with another contentious lbw decision from the home umpire. Hard-hitting knocks from Aurrel Kirnon with 25 and Loky Perera with 18 both included sixes into the pavilion. Barry Holbutt also impressed with late runs as the innings ended on 168-8.

Kirnon’s opening four overs for 15 held Water Orton back, including an early wicket, helped also by David Bond’s tight two overs. After Martin Rose further restricted the run rate, including another victim, Shashi Thakor bowled economically and also took two vital wickets. The Manor’s high energy fielding cut off twos and fours, in particular due to the excellent boundary fielding of Bartlett, Bowen, Perera and Matt Buttle. Chris Wooding’s tidy display behind the stumps included key dismissals. The limited fielding lapses with dropped catches, albeit some difficult, unfortunately only benefitted Water Orton’s dominant opener who continued to challenge the total. However, Imber’s final four overs, and Bond’s final two, were economical with a wicket apiece, meaning the hosts fell short on 142-6.