Rd 3 v Hornsby
Manly 4 for 210 (Hutchings 69, Akbarally 50, Foster 35, Dhillon 31) defeated Hornsby 8 for 209 (Lawson 4 for 28) by 6 wickets.
Full scorecard – Match Details | NSW Youth Championships (nswyc.com.au)
17 degrees cloudy but no rain. That was forecast but on the day there were fine showers. Nonetheless, the game started on time.
Toby got straight to business catching the edge twice in his first over amidst the heaviest shower of the day. Unfortunately, without result.
Josh’s second over drew a lofted drive taken with ease by Roop at long off. Next ball LBW! Josh was on a hat trick. He didn’t get the hat trick but succeeded a delivery later for a three wicket maiden. What a start for Manly!
Toby completed a wonderful opening spell unlucky not to have had two or three in the bag.
There was no let up for Hornsby as Gus and Beau tied them down and the batsmen dug in.
The spinners came on with Roop getting an edge in his first over.
Seth plied away getting a firmly struck c&b opportunity that went to ground. He quickly made up for that by taking the next opportunity down low.
Hornsby were looking set with a strong partnership when Toby finally got reward for his efforts with a lovely outswinger catching the edge which Billy comfortably took.
Hornsby’s set batsman got to 75 looking strong but good teams find a way and Manly got him RO with a fine throw in from long off by Roop for Toby to take the bails off.
Josh quickly followed up with another fine LBW to finish the day with 4/28 from 10 overs. The best bowling performance of the day.
Hornsby were playing tip and run when Gus managed to get one high on the bat which Roop took bravely at long off with an injured hand.
Gus closed out the innings with a very tight over conceding only 2 runs.
After a very shaky start at 3/10 Hornsby recovered well to put on 209 runs. A good challenge for our boys.
Bailey and Vehaan took the crease and were 0/67 at drinks with some lovely boundaries from Bailey. The platform is set.
As the openers started to accelerate Bailey hit a firm lofted cover drive which was caught when he was on 35. A solid start for the team at 1/73 from 18.4 overs.
Vehaan held things together while Jake displayed magnificent, perfectly placed strokes perfectly taking maximum advantage of the fast outfield. None better than his straight drive at the start of his innings.
Vehaan made a patient and measured 50 only to fall shortly after the second drinks break. The task was now 4.95 RPO.
Jake and Roop set about chasing the total down with regular boundaries and excellent running between the wickets. As they pushed on Jake hit a top edge caught at extra cover but not before scoring a quick and seemingly effortless 69 which included 11 fours. His innings was a class in patience skill and timing.
Roop fell a little while later in a similar way albeit the fielder needed to take a couple of grabs at it to complete the catch but by that time Manly’s job was nearly done.
Seth and Hayden, on his debut, were at the crease. After a couple of near run outs without having faced a ball Hayden finally took strike and guided a 4 down gully to hit the winning runs.
What started so well with the ball became quite a challenging target to chase and full credit to Hornsby for their fightback. The Manly boys weren’t daunted and played a text book chasing innings keeping their heads, not losing wickets and building a platform on which to accelerate the run rate and win the match with 3 overs to spare.
The rain stayed away after the first couple of overs and an impressive game was enjoyed by all.
Special thanks go to Loz and Harj for preparing the boys so well and creating a strong cohesive team. As always extra special thanks to Michael for his tremendous supporting role and Hugh and Rick for scoring. Not to mentioned the wonderful support the boys families bring.