U14/1 Round 1 v SEJCA

U14 NSW YC Moore Shield Rd 1 8th October 2023. 

MWJCA 165 (Rosenkowitz 49, Horstead 38, Graham 29) defeated SEJCA 126 (Rosenkowitz 3/22, Moran 2/20, Graham 2/20).

Manly’s U14/1 season began on a sunny day, with a game against SEJCA at Snape Oval, giving the Manly boys an opportunity to play their first ever game on turf in the Youth Championship. Harvey won the toss and elected for Manly to have a bat.

Out walked the openers Rohit and Harvey to the crease, ready to face SEJCA’s opening bowlers. Unfortunately, Rohit got out early to an unlucky top edge caught at fine leg. This had a ripple on affect for Manly’s next few batters and saw Harvey (2 off 17) caught and Noah (2 off 9) caught as well. Just as Manly looked as though they were going to regain some control in the game, they lost another unfortunate wicket with a mix up leading to Angus (13 off 26) being dismissed via a run out. Lewis (10 off 27) made an important contribution for Manly, but at 6 for 65, the team needed someone to partner with Darcy and out came Caden. Caden (49 off 77) along with Darcy (38 off 82) had a prosperous partnership of 47, helping Manly get back on the tracks of a defendable score. Some late fireworks from Will saw Manly reach a total of 168, which was a score the boys took good confidence in.  

Some wise words of encouragement from Richard and Manly was ready to get back at it in the field. The opening bowlers, Louis and Will, kept the runs dried up until Will made the first breakthrough. Lewis and Murray got in on the action, with wickets now coming from both ends. A superb catch From Mitch at first slip, low down too his right, capped off a brilliant spell of bowling from the two boys. Through the middle overs of Manly’s bowling innings, the boys toiled hard to find the breakthroughs with the three spin bowlers, Caden, Mitch and Noah all bowling a consistent line and length. This troubled SEJCA’s middle to lower order batsmen, as Caden ended up with 3 wickets and Noah 1 wicket. To finish off the innings, Harvey brought the pace attack back on and eventually Manly was able to bowl out SEJCA for 126 and win by a total of 42 runs. Catches to Darcy up to the stumps off Caden, Mitch 2, Harvey and two to Rohit.  A clinical Mitch and Lousi combined for runout to close the innings in the 49th over.

Report by Louis Corcoran