Round 2 – U17 Div1 A v Penrith

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With ominous clouds looming overhead, the Manly Warringah boys arrived at a slow-looking
Millers Reserve. After the toss was won by skipper, Jez, the boys were confident and ready to
go in the field for the first innings. After a solid start from the Manly bowlers as well as the
Penrith opening batsmen, it was Sean Rose with the first break-through, when a catch at
mid-off (and mid-on) was taken by Arjun Chakravarty. After this important wicket of their
skipper, the momentum shifted Penrith’s way. Their other opening batsman, Leo, utilised his
strength and size to hit balls over the top, with no preference in bowling, as long as it was full
and on the pitch, it went the distance. His partner up the other end batted just as well, holding
up an end and giving Leo the strike, proving very hard to bowl to and find the right line and
length. Leo reached 50, and after one big over, was on his way to 100, which came in the 32nd
over, followed by a passionate celebration to his mates in the sheds. However, before the
second drinks break, Nate Roberts (in his debut game for Manly) pulled off the unthinkable,
dismissing Leo for 107 off 111 balls (with 11 4’s and 4 6’s), following a spectacular catch by
Pat Day, sprinting in from the deep.
It was after this wicket that the momentum began to shift, with Nate, Miles, Pat and Ryan
picking up key wickets in the middle overs, as well as some awesome support bowling from
Carlo and Alex (both on debut). Manly were able to restrict their runs in the last session,
thanks to the help of tight bowling and good fields. In addition to this, Max Thompson (our
newly recruited keeper), kept very well, letting through just one bye the whole innings, diving
all over the place. The innings came to an end with Penrith having scored 7/231, a daunting
target for the Manly batsmen to soon face.
After the lunch break, the Manly opening batsmen and veterans, Arjun and Luke, walked out to
face a fired up field and bowling attack. Arjun fell to an unlucky dismissal in the first over,
bringing skipper, Jez, to the crease. Luke and Jez started to see off their opening bowlers, until
Luke fell to an in-swinging jaffa which struck him on the pads, and he was gone for just 5. This
brought Nate to the crease, ready to go against a lively Penrith bowling attack. As Jez and Nate
began to consolidate and build a partnership, the slow outfield was proving a frustration to our
strokemaking batsmen. This led to a wild slash at a wide ball from the skipper, falling caught
behind for just 4. Nate and Archie built a partnership, but after a brutal ball from their fired-up
quick, a fast, full and straight delivery cannoned into Archie’s stumps, after a well made 19-run
partnership. This brought Patty Day to the crease, batting with Nate beautifully and building a
partnership. Together they put on 8, before Nate was dismissed for 17, caught behind.
Followed by this Pat and Carlo fell trying to up the tempo.
This brought Ryan Osbourne to the crease. He batted with Sean Rose, before Seans stumps
were again rattled by their big quick, so in came Miles. At this point in the game, Manly were
8/82 chasing 232, with just 13 overs to go. With the win almost impossible at this point, the
game plan changed, with Manly hoping to bat out the 50 and score 130 runs as a team.
Together, Ryan and Miles put on the best partnership of the day by far, putting on 47 runs on a
slow outfield, frustrating the Penrith bowlers with their running, solid defence and quick
singles. With Ryan smashing 4’s all around the ground at this point, he was unluckily
dismissed by an awesome high catch for 40, followed by enthusiastic applause from both
teams spectators, as well as a cheeky bat raise to the fans from Ryan.
Alex came to the crease and he and Miles batted the rest of the 50 perfectly, running singles
and being solid in defence.
After the 50th over was completed, Manly
finished 9/133.
A huge thanks goes out to Jen for scoring
the whole day, as well as Hamish and Nick
for spectating, despite not actually playing
on the day. Thanks also goes out to Tim
and Ben for their coaching help and efforts
on the day, encouraging and pushing the
boys when times looked tough. Overall,
despite a convincing loss and some things to work on, the boys showed real grit and
determination to bat the full 50 and put a decent score on the board, giving us great
confidence for next week, at Fairfield-Liverpool