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Versus Aston Unity

23rd May, League, Home, Aston Unity

The fifth league season for the Over 40s got under way with the Manor batting first against league newcomers Aston Unity. Tight opening bowling from both ends merited a cautious start, but the run rate accelerated as Austen Imber hit five sixes in his 62 before being caught. On his Over 40s debut, Abdul Rahim continued to dominate, hitting seven fours and two sixes in his 64 until also being caught. The 153-6 total looked light, and quickly proved to be so as Aston Unity’s high-class opening batsman began stroking ones, two and fours around the ground, comfortably ahead of the run rate, despite a good bowling and fielding performance including Ansar Mahmood’s accurate opening spell. Chris Wooding’s impressive wicket-keeping secured a late stumping off Shashi Thakor’s bowling, and the visitors closed on 154-1 with four overs remaining.