Round 2 – U17 (1) v Inner West Harbour match report

Manly Warringah under 16/17 DCA v Inner West Harbour

Match Report courtesy of Hugh McConnell

28th November 2021
Manly won by 9 wickets


Inner West Harbour 143 (McConnell 4 for 20, Laughton 4 for 23)
Manly 1/144 (Hutchings 51*, Akbarally 50*, Foster 32)

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After a first round washout the week before and the wet week that followed, it was looking like Round 2 against Inner West Harbour may have been relegated to an artificial pitch encounter. However, the well-drained Weldon Oval became free when the Masters’ kindly decided to stay at home with a cuppa in front of the telly.

Manly won the toss and elected to bowl. Manly were on top from the start with runs hard to come by and wickets falling at a steady rate. At 7 wickets down for 73, Inner West Harbour were in trouble, but as is the way with cricket, the pesky lower order dug in. It took another 15 overs and 60 runs for the next wicket to fall.

At the end of 50 overs, Inner West Harbour had limped home to post a total of 9 for 143. Toby Laughton and Gus McConnell each took 4 wickets, Billy Kwan took 3 catches behind the stumps and the fielding performance was sharp. Special mention to Beau Kelley on debut who bowled fast and tight but without luck.

Manly’s innings started strongly as Baily Foster and Veehan Akbarally set to work. In the 17th over, Baily sent one to the heavens and was caught for a well-played 32. Jake Hutchings came to the crease and after steadying himself for a couple of overs found his rhythm. From there, Jake and Veehan took it home. Both boys ground their way to half century’s with Jake ending on 51 and Veehan scoring the winning run to take himself to 50. Manly reached the target of 144 in the 43rd over for the loss of 1 wicket.

Congratulation to the boys for a solid start to the season. Thanks to Loz, Harj and Michael for monitoring grounds through the wet weather and keeping everyone informed. Hopefully La Niña decides to take the weekends off for the weeks ahead.