Round 4 – U14/2 v Parramatta

MWJCA u14/2 Round 4 vs Parramatta – 30 January 2022

A grassy and lush Terry Hills was the venue for our game against top of the table / defending champions Parramatta.
Back together and fresh from competitions in Newcastle and Canberra, our boys needed the win for any chance of making the top two, and play the final. Harrison was ruled out due to COVID and Claude was brought in from shadow squad to make up the 12. 
Neo won the toss and elected to bowl. Our plan was to go on the attack while fresh and early in the day, as we look to bowl them out for a low target or at least restrict them to a score below 150 off the 50 overs.
Manly opened with very tight bowling from Max and Claude, with Parramatta’s first wicket falling with the score at 3. After 10 overs Parra were just 1-12 and we looked on top. With a few sharp chances dropped, Parramatta managed to get away from us and build partnerships of 71 and then 31 for the next two wickets. Manly struck back in the last 3rd of the innings with sustained pressure from tight bowling and wickets fell regularly to have Parramatta finish on 9 for 146 off 50 overs.
Claude 3-19 off 10 with 5 maidens, Max 2-14 off 9 with 4 maidens, Luke K 1-10 off 5, Luke P 1-11 off 5 with 2 maidens, Sam 1-27 off 10 with 3 maidens. Keagan took 2 catches, Luke K, Sam, Harper & Neo took good catches. 
I was really pleased with the planning, execution and the fight shown by our boys to finish off the innings and stop Parra from getting away, after dominating us in the middle session.
Manly opened their innings with Neo and Luke M, with Neo being bowled by the same P Das that took 4 for 6 against us in last years semi-final. Luke M was caught spectacularly in the slips with a sharp one hander. Claude (fresh from 20/20 cricket) was a little too keen when pushing for a 2nd run and was run out 2 balls later. Nelson dug in and batted well to top score with 23 and was going well with Luke K (15) before his Joe Root impersonation – hit in the box and had to temporarily retire hurt. This was not the break we wanted and Kegan was sent in to steady the ship, rotate the strike and save our hitters for the weaker bowling to come. 
In the middle session Parramatta brought on their spinners and simply bowled fuller and straighter than we did. It was nothing special but they plugged more of the gaps, and were able to frustrate our boys out of the contest. Our last 5 wickets falling for just 13 runs. Max got off the mark with a lovely 6 and once again finished unbeaten and is still yet to have an average. 
Manly finished 10 for 74 off 40.2 overs.
Thanks this week to our always busy manager Tom, square leg Chin and scorers Michelle & Eloise.