Round 3 – U17/2 v Fairfield Liverpool

Match Report
Round 3 Manly vs Fairfield-Liverpool
5 Dec 2021
by Luke Burgess

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After the disappointment of last week’s loss and being moved to a synthetic pitch for the second week
in a row, the boys were ready to get their first win in the competition. To begin the day, captain Jez
Scarf went out to the middle and unfortunately lost the toss and Fairfield decided to bat first. Not to
worry though, as Ryan and Pat started off the bowling innings well and created pressure on their
opening batters with dot balls, eventually snaring the first wicket with a runout of some
miscommunication, Carlo picking up the ball and throwing it over the stumps to Max who whipped
off the bails having them 1-6 after 5.2 overs. Pat and Ryan continued to bowl well, with Pat eventually
taking the second wicket from an LBW and after 10 overs Manly had them 2-16 and looked on top.
Nate and Sean then came on for a spell, keeping the pressure on and strangling them for runs. After
another good spell from Alex taking a wicket, Jez decided to bring himself on and in his first over took
a wicket. In the consecutive over Luke took another wicket. Manly now had them 5-61 after 28. After
a rebuild from Fairfield-Liverpool, Manly thought of a plan to dismiss the guy on 50, they would starve
him of strike, and he would get frustrated. It worked, and Pat took a big wicket with a good catch from
Ryan at cover. After that seed to dismiss their number 8 batsman, the batting side decide to go
aggressive and looking for runs. This put Manly on the backfoot after the two batsmen took many
quick singles and picked gaps and after a quickfire 38 run partnership Nate delivered, getting out the
number 6 batsmen for 23. With some good fielding from Arjun to get a runout, Fairfield-Liverpool
ended up 9-146 after 50.
After a quick chat after the bowling innings the boys had lunch and thought that 147 would be a tricky
total to chase on a very slow outfield.
After the lunch break, the boys were ready to chase their opposition’s score of 9-146. Luke and Arjun
strode to the crease and started well at a rate of 3-4 an over before Luke was dismissed by a top edge,
leaving Manly in a position of 1-36 after 12. This brought Captain Jez to the crease, with he and Arjun
building a solid partnership of hitting gaps and putting the bad ball away until Arjun got dismissed for
a well-made score of 23. Manly were now 2-44 after 20. The game was in the balance. Nate came out
and was turning over the strike well before he got out from a brilliant catch at point. This dismissal
brought Archie to the crease, who started well batting with Jeremy to build a good partnership, until
a questionable runout decision when Archie came back for two. They had put on a very needed
partnership of 31. This meant that the Manly boys were 3-87 after 38 needing 60 off 72, very doable
it felt with the batters we had in the shed. Out came Pat who was pressuring fielders and taking ones
and so was Jeremy, before Pat out for 6, but they had put on a handy partnership of 20 in the span of
4 overs. We were now 5-105 after 42, needing 42 off 48 balls. Pat’s dismissal meant that Ryan had
come to the crease, and on the back of a 40 in the previous week he started well again, hitting gaps
and running hard. Jeremy up the other end was doing a great job of rotating strike, but unfortunately
got caught on a great score of 39 after a terrific effort of anchoring the innings and consistently turning
the strike over. Manly now 6-126 after 47. We needed 21 off 18 with four wickets in the sheds.
Fairfield-Liverpool bowled well in the next two overs restricting us to 4 runs and also taking three
wickets. Miles and Max were now at the crease needing 17, could it be done? The boys tried to go big
but we fell short of Fairfield-Liverpool’s total of 146 by 9 runs. Overall though it was a great effort
from the boys and they should be ready for next Saturday against the Blacktown second team. A huge
thanks to Eric for scoring and our coaches for their support