U14/1 Round 2 v Fairfield-Liverpool

U14 NSW Youth Championship Moore Shield, Round 2, Mike Pawley Oval, 15th October 2023.

MWJCA 1 for 78 (Matheson 41*, Jayaram 30) defeated Fairfield Liverpool 77 (Rosenkowitz 4 for 16, McCombe 2 for 12).

The conditions were fine and sunny, perfect for the match against a Fairfield, an opposition that we had a 2-2 record against in our last 4 meetings. The 2 wins had come from games where we bowled first so the plan was to win the toss and bowl – which we did. 

The boys arrived early at Mike Pawley Oval with the job of managing the covers on the turf wicket for the first time. 

Louis began the game and got off to a good start. William opened from the other end and started with a maiden. Louis then struck on the first ball of his second over, getting an LBW and continued to bowl a maiden. 

Will struck next in his 4th over with a regulation catch to Darcy behind the stumps, leaving Fairfield 2/20 after the 8 over opening spell. Murray and Lewis lined up for the 1st change, Murray having immediate impact, taking a wicket with his first delivery. The visitors were dominated by the bowling side with only a few runs leaking past the close-in fielders. Mitch bowled the 1 over of spin before drinks, leaving Fairfield 3/50 at the first break. 

Caden and Mitch continued with spin in the middle overs. Mitch ended with 2 wickets before Noah came in the attack to continue the spin dominance in the 33rd over and struck the stumps with his first ball.  Caden finished the job in the 34th over, taking his fourth wicket, Fairfield all out for 78 on a wicket that was supposed to be a batter’s paradise. 

After an early lunch it was time for Manly to bat. Harvey and Rohit started well with 7 off the first over and a confident start. The Fairfield opening bowlers, unable to break the Manly openers for the third time. Without many runs to defend, Fairfield tried several options but only managed 1 wicket before Manly passed the target 1 down in the 15th over. Harvey was unbeaten on 41* while Rohit made a solid contribution of 30, and Angus with a 6 not out. 

Report by Lewis Cruickshank