Round 4 – U17/1 v Eastern Suburbs

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Match Report Manly vs Eastern Suburbs

Manly 4 for 263 (Dhillon 89*, Hutchings 72, Thompson 34) defeated Eastern Suburbs 10 for 233 (Laughton 3/29, Kelley 2/49). Full Scorecard below.

Another bit of scheduling fortune meant that we were moved to the wonderful Weldon Oval. Some of our boys moonlighting in Shires played there on Saturday and knew the ground was going to be fast and so it was a good thing that when Captain Roop won the toss, he elected first use of the pitch for the boys.

After losing our openers Bailey (5) and Vehaan (18), at 2 for 45 in the 14th, we needed to rebuild. Jake (72) and Roop’s 100-run partnership was what was needed to build a firm foundation. 

Where can we go to from 3 for 145 in the 36th over? Can we accelerate? What total can we achieve?

Well accelerate we did. After seeing 7 runs off 22 balls, it was pedal to the metal for Seth who scored the next 28 runs off 16 balls before being dismissed LBW. Hayden then came in putting on a handy 18 runs off 13 balls (topping the team’s Strike Rate [138.5] and Scoring Shot Percentage 77%), all this while Roop was dispatching the ball 360 around the paddock. The boys put on an amazing 118 runs in the last 88 balls. The only negative was poor ol’ Roop running out of overs to get his century.

263 that going to be enough?

We know that we have one of the best bowling attacks in the competition, but East’s openers looked comfortable and were steadily piling on the runs. Beau’s beauty gave us the crucial breakthrough we needed at 1/61. Another wicket came by Will (FOW 2/101) and then a catch by Gus off Roop’s leggies saw us at FOW 3/128 in the 30th over.

We’ve been behind in the comparison so far and we needed to put the brakes on. Our hopes seemed to be dashed when their captain came to the crease and smashed everything including quality balls. Easts were getting further and further ahead. 64.141144 What can we do to stop this machine?

In the second last ball of the 40th over when one of Seth’s offies was struck, a quick single was called by their gun Captain at the non-striker’s end. And then Bailey Foster, in one action, picked up and threw to the stumps. Direct hit! It never looked like missing. But was it out? Yes! East’s Captain was over the line but made the elementary mistake of not sliding in his bat. Still, an amazing quick fire 79 off 47 with 6x4s and 4x6s.

4 for 193 with 10 overs to go. Easts now needed a little over a run a ball. 

Tight bowling by Toby, (3 for 39), Beau (2 for 49), and Josh (1 for 37) meant that they couldn’t accelerate like us in the last 10 overs, especially with regular wickets tumbling. In the end Easts were all out for 233, losing by 30 runs.

What a great win over strong opposition in a see-sawing encounter.

Thanks to Loz and Harj for preparing the boys so well, Jerome and Rick for doing the unseen hard work in setting up the field, Rick (again) for scoring all day, and Steve and Tanya managing the boys’ drinks.

Next mission, another high-quality opponent in Blacktown #1 at Jim Hanshaw Oval on Monday 20th December.