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Rain denies the Manor

1st XI
Warwickshire Premier League
Aston Manor 220-6 (37 overs – declared)
Coleshill Did Not Bat

The British weather had the final say at Coleshill and left Manor frustrated after having batted themselves into a strong position.

On a difficult damp wicket it was an excellent partnership between Adam Nevitt (94) and Shaun Findlay (80) which gave skipper Recordo Gordon the option to declare after only 37 overs with Manor having reached an impressive 220-6 on a track that definitely favoured the bowlers. Both players were in excellent form but would also be grateful to some poor catching from the opposition!

For once Manor had their full bowling attack available, and they would have been eager to get the ball in their hands, but unfortunately further torrential rain denied them that opportunity.

Manor get the better of Barby

Warwickshire Premier League
1st XI
Aston Manor 294-9
Barby 228-6

Manor had the better of a high scoring game at Church Road on Saturday to continue their gradual improvement in results as the season progresses.

The hosts total of 294-9 from their 50 overs was built around an excellent partnership between Danial Chaudhry (80) and David Yeend (64). Chaudhry is a recent signing for the Club and is already providing the required consistency which had been lacking from early season performances. Adam Nevitt also contributed 46 toward Manor’s impressive total.

Whilst South African, Pieter Pretorious (66), was at the crease it appeared that Barby may have a chance of chasing the total down. He received good support from Tom Gleghorn (61) and Will Sinclair (57) but once he was dismissed the visitors took no risks in trying to win the game and settled for a draw. Manor’s opening bowling pair of Recordo Gordon (2-35) and Masood Iqbal (2-42) were both dangerous and economic from their 12 over spells and the other two wickets were picked up by spinners Shaun Findlay (1-36) and Junior Johnson (1-45).

Manor will just regret that they couldn’t dismiss Pretorious a little earlier to open up the possibility of a victory.

Tremendous win against high flying Olton

Warwickshire Premier League
1st XI
Olton & NW 169 all out
Aston Manor 170-9

Aston Manor pulled off a tremendous win against high flying Olton in a nail biting match at Church Road.

On a wicket that surprisingly favoured seam bowling Manor were excellent with the ball and well supported in the field with a performance far superior to that of their last two matches.

When Recordo Gordon is in full flow it is a daunting prospect for any batsman and the ex-Warwickshire man finished with 5-47 after a spell of seriously quick and intimidating bowling. He set the tone with a fantastic double wicket maiden first over which immediately put the visitors under pressure. Clement Smith complemented Gordon well with some very tight and accurate opening bowling and the pressure was maintained by Masood Iqbal who also bowled sharply in his first game of the season finishing with 2-43. Manor’s spin twins of Junior Johnson (2-20) and Shaun Findlay (1-20) were also impressive as the hosts dismissed Olton’s much vaunted batting line up for 169.

In reply Gordon definitely decided that attack was the best option as he incredibly smashed 42 from only 12 balls. All of his runs were boundaries, five sixes and three fours, but unfortunately none of Manor’s other top order batsman could complement his aggression. Incredibly despite Gordon’s contribution Manor found themselves in dire trouble at 66-6! With Phil Trilloe bowling superbly and taking 5 wickets a win looked inevitable for the visitors when Manor’s ninth wicket fell with the score only on 123. Manor had three debutants playing their first game of 1st XI cricket and one of them was number 11 bat, 15 year old Ridouan Asselman. He joined Clement Smith in a seemingly impossible position, but showed incredible determination and application to survive 47 balls to finish on 3 not out. The stubborn support given by Asselman enabled Smith to go on the counter attack and he did this superbly finishing on 76 not out from 71 balls to see Manor home to an exciting and important victory.

Versus Four Oaks

27 June, League, Home, Four Oaks

In a rain-reduced 15 overs encounter, Four Oaks started strongly with their openers hitting 40 and 47, followed by a later 28 not out in the 143-4 total. David Woakes and Shashi Thakor took two wickets each, including a sharp Chris Wooding stumping. The challenging total became out of reach when Simon Bowen departed for 42, and the Manor eventually closed at 113-5.

2s win 2nd on the bounce

Division Four
Aston Manor 2nd XI 238-7
Water Orton 2nd XI 110 all out

Manor recorded their second successive win, this time against bottom of the table Water Orton, to ease their relegation concerns.

This was a thoroughly comprehensive and deserved victory and hopefully will act as a springboard to a comfortable mid table finish. That would represent a satisfactory season after losing so many players over the winter.

James Bemand (86) was the latest player to make the most of his opportunity with a very fine and controlled innings. Another good clubman, Bemand was the cornerstone of Manor’s excellent total of 238-7.

The visitors were equally relentless with the ball as Steve Knowles (4-27) ripped the heart out of the hosts batting. It was a day for the brothers union in the 2nd XI as well as the Turner’s, Trent and Avon, both grabbed a couple of wickets each in this impressive performance.

Manor must turn season around

Warwickshire League
Premier League
1st XI
Solihull Municipal 368-6
Aston Manor 247 all out

Aston Manor’s poor fielding from last week was repeated at Church Road as an impressive Solihull team took full advantage and rattled up an imposing 368-6 on a superb batting track.

Tyler Walsh (130) led the way with support from George Gray (84) as Manor’s hapless bowlers were put to the sword. Brothers Kieran and Shaun Carroll each grabbed a couple of wickets, and although this may be a virtually new Manor 1st XI, it is a young team and there is no excuse for the poor performances in the field over the last couple of matches.

On such a good surface chances are at a premium and again Manor were guilty of wasting too many.

Application is also required in the batting department, and again this was sadly lacking. Recordo Gordon (81) continued his good form but apart from a short cameo from Shaun Findlay (37) no other batsman was able to offer Gordon the required support. There was certainly no change in the quality of the wicket as was proved by the ease in which Manor’s last pair batted to become within 4 overs of the saving the match. The stand of 60 between the Carroll brothers brought some respectability to Manors final score with Shaun finally being dismissed for 34 leaving Kieran unbeaten.

After looking at a late promotion charge two weeks ago Manor now need to get a couple of wins under their belt to ensure that they are not dragged into a relegation battle.

Versus Tamworth

21 June, League, Away, Tamworth

The Over 40s took on Tamworth for the first time at their picturesque countryside ground on a hot summer evening, in front of the largest Over 40s crowd to date. Fielding first, the Manor’s bowling was tight and long boundaries were defended well as the hosts stroked the ball round the field on an excellent rock-hard track. Only two wickets were taken in the 136 total – Loky Perera’s catch at extra cover off Shashi Thakor and Chris Wooding’s catch behind the stumps off Abdul Rahim.

An uncharacteristic disappointing attempt was then made to chase down a gettable score, losing early wickets and later suffering unnecessary run-outs, reaching only 89 all out, including Simon Bowen 34, Ian Hudson 19 and Perera 13.

Much needed win for the 2s

Division Four
Aston Manor 2nd XI 274-8
Collycroft 1st XI 223 all out

Manor’s 2nd XI recorded a much needed victory at Church Road to move them out of the relegation places.

It had looked so different though, when despite the efforts of Taimur Imran (32), Manor found themselves 110-5 on a perfect batting track.

Skipper Trent Turner (41) then played a true Captain’s innings in an excellent partnership with the impressive Antony Rose (135no) which helped the hosts close on a formidable total of 274-8.

In previous seasons Rose has predominantly played 3rd and 4th XI cricket, but he is definitely one player who has benefited enormously with the opportunities available at 2nd XI cricket this season following the mass exodus of players. This was a quite superb innings which will cement the players belief that he belongs at this level, and will give the Club a major boost to have such a good clubman improve so rapidly.

To bowl an opposition out on such a good track was always going to be difficult, but Manor stuck at their task admirably. Wickets were shared between Jude Hocknull, Taimur Imran, Kieran Carroll and Trent Turner but the star performer was young Ridouan Asselman (4-38) with his first appearance of the season since finishing his exams. Collycroft were finally dismissed with two overs remaining, and there does finally appear to be a little light at the end of the tunnel for Manor’s 2nd XI

Manor lose a game they should have won

Warwickshire League
Premier Division
1st XI
Rugby 231 all out
Aston Manor 213 all out

Aston Manor’s mini revival was stalled away at Rugby as they fell to a narrow defeat in a game they really should have won.

Manor put down six fairly straight forward catches as the hosts were ultimately able to post a competitive total to be able to defend.

Excellent new ball bowling from Clement Smith (5-78) together with the steady Shaun Carroll (1-15) saw Rugby in serious early trouble but fine batting by Owen Edwards (58) and Henry Wilkins (48) along with Manor’s poor catching saw the hosts post a mini revival to reach 168-8. Manor were again guilty of letting their opponents off the hook as some strong late hitting by Lee Golding (48) saw Rugby finally reach 231 before being bowled out. Junior Johnson (2-20) and Recordo Gordon (1-50) were the other wicket takers.

In reply Recordo Gordon decided the best policy was all out attack, and his aggression was richly rewarded as he smashed 103 from only 72 balls including ten fours and five sixes. The problem was that the rest of the Manor batsmen tried to copy his approach with no success at all. At one stage Manor had slumped to 96-7 with Gordon 78 not out! It was only when Adam Nevitt came to the crease that Gordon received any support and Manor were able to put together a meaningful partnership. Once Gordon had finally been dismissed for his excellent century Nevitt (70no) battled on with the tail to try and see the visitors through to success. It was a splendid effort by the youngster playing his first game since returning from University, but it was ultimately in vain. A defeat very much down to dreadful catching and irresponsible batting.

Tight finish away at Walmley

14 June, League, Away, Walmley

The Over 40s opened the bowling with tight overs from Martin Rose and Paul Smith. The first wicket fell when David Woakes pounced sharply on an attempted quick single and ran out Appleby with a direct hit. Kayani then began hitting regular boundaries, and the hosts reached the half-way stage at a run rate indicating a total nearing 200 could be in reach. An outstanding four overs of off-spin by Shashi Thakor included the vital wicket to halt Kayani on 65, and a later stumping was efficiently executed by captain and wicket-keeper Chris Wooding. The Over 40s then saw one their greatest spells of bowling and fielding as the run-rate slowed considerably. Woakes added to his early two economical overs to complete three overs for only 16, Abdul Rahim’s four overs went for only 17 and Paul Smith returned to take late wicket in a high-class final over, all helped by boundary fielding of John Page and Rob Bartlett in their first game of the season.

Walmey’s 136-6 looked straightforward if batsmen could remain at the crease. Austen Imber hit regular boundaries before being caught in the fifth over for 35. Simon Bowen and Wooding then guided the visitors steadily through the next ten overs before a flurry of boundaries from both batsmen, including 14 runs off the 15th over, left what appeared to be a coast to victory with 12 runs needed from four overs. However, the return of the impressive Ellis saw Bowen bowled for 44 and Wooding bowled for 27 in the same 16th over. Panic set in as the Manor lost two further wickets, both to catches with failed attempts to clear the pressurised ring-field. Seven runs needed from three overs had fallen to six off two overs and then four off the final over. The final over task fell to Matthew Buttle and Smith. After scraping two singles, one run was needed from the final ball to Buttle. Walmley fortunately took their extras total to 30 as a leg-side delivery ran for byes, giving the Over 40s their hat-trick of away league wins at Walmley.