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Young squirrels clip Walmley’s wings to lift the Under 11s West Midlands League Cup

Aston Manor’s under 11s brushed aside Walmley to win the West Midlands Cup and bring home Manors’ first trophy for the season.  The young squirrels, having finished runners up in the league, outshone the home side courtesy of disciplined bowling, excellent fielding/wicket-keeping and batting of the highest calibre the supporters have ever seen.

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Walmley laboured to 250 from their allocated 16 overs.  The first pair were out twice due to some fine bowling and restricted to 205.

Walmley recovered when their 2nd pairing put on 24 runs to bring the total to 229 after 8 overs.

Manor needed to peg the third pairing down or take wickets.  This duly came when Sahal drifted one to the offside and Khayam caught the ball in the gully.  Not wanting to lose any more wickets the batsman just blocked out their remaining overs, leaving Walmley on 231 after 12 overs.

Walmley’s last pairing came in guns blazing scoring 19 off their final overs.  This could have been more if it hadn’t been for James, who deceived the batsman with an accurate slow-medium bowl that took out the middle stump.

The Manor kids replied swiftly to Walmley’s total. Mo took 4 from the first bowl of the innings and after 2 overs, the total reach 212. Joey tried to do the same but saw his stumps get hit twice, one to a ball that kept low and one, as he tried to smack the ball to deep mid-wicket. No worries, we were 213 after 4 overs compared to Walmley’s 205. James and Ronan were up next and took the safe approach pushing for singles. Ronan pushed a 4 into deep fine area before being deceived by a slower ball that took off the bails. James too went, caught at mid-wicket leaving us struggling at 221 after 8 overs (Walmley were 229).

Next up were Joe and Sahal. Everyone, coaches, parents & supports, kept telling them to keep up with the run rate and not lose their wickets. Joe hit the bowler over mid wicket for 4 and the next ball, past gully, for another one. Wow, keep it up guys! Then disaster struck. 2 yes, no hesitations, and 2 runs outs, brought the pairing back down to earth. Another driven shot past the bowler for 4 by Joe saw the partnership bring the total to 234, 3 more than Walmley had at the same stage.

The squirrels required another 17 runs, without conceding another wicket, to win. Ozzy and Khayam came to the crease and blasted 14 off the over, leaving us 3 short and 3 overs to go.  Calm down, calm down echoed through out the ground. After dropping Ozzy in the 15th over, Walmley heads dropped and the young squirrels finally sensing victory was only a sniff away.  And this came as the last ball was delivered. 269 final total.

My thanks to all who came and supported us, and to the two squad players, Rikesh Patel and William Hawkins, who came on as rolling subs and fielded magnificently.

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The winning team...

The winning team...