Margaret Peden U15 Girls vs North Shore - Round 4 Match Report - 4 November 2018
Manly 8/152 off 40 overs (Jess Mulcahy 48, Breanna Henry 15, Amelia Sim 11 not out, Gemma Lacey 10)
North Shore 8/203 off 40 overs (Gemma Lacey 3/20, Breanna Henry 2/11, Abbey Melville 1/13, Robyn Medley 1/19, Jasmin Wilson 1/26
We arrived for our first game at LM Graham Reserve after two away wins. The pitch looked like a good second day pitch with a quick outfield and overcast conditions. This was a big clash with our local rivals and last year’s premiers North Shore.
Manly lost the toss and North Shore decided to bat first. Amelia Sim (5-0-0-20) and Chelsea McLerie (5-0-0-30) opened the bowling and with good line and length managed to keep the run rate below 5 runs an over. The Manly fielders also ran hard, getting their bodies down and behind the ball. Manly were unlucky not to get a few run outs.
Gemma Lacey (5-0-3-20) and Jasmin Wilson (4-0-1-26) then came into the bowling attack and immediately had a breakthrough. Gemma bowled ex-Manly player Charlie Camburn and next ball found the edge for a great catch to Hannah Woolf behind the stumps. Jasmin follow with lbw shortly after.
When Robyn Medley (5-0-1-19) picked up the wicket of their skipper to a great catch by Abbey Melville, North Shore were 4-75 and the Manly girls were confident of restricting them to an low score.
A key 5th wicket partnership however started to turn the game for North Shore with some good running between the wickets and big hitting by their number 6 despite some good bowling by Robyn Medley, Sienna James (4-0-0-18) Jess Manning (3-0-0-25) and Jess Mulcahy (3-0-0-13).
The Manly girls were starting to look a bit deflated and some mis-fields and poor backing up, let North Shore off the hook and back into the game. They put on 69 runs but a wicket can change a game and a good catch in the deep by Jess Mulcahy did just that off Breanna Henry’s bowling. Breanna Henry (3-0-2-11) backed it up by sending a ball crashing into the stumps soon after. Abbey Melville (3-0-1-13) flighted and turned one through the North Shore defences to pick up the 6th wicket and Gemma Lacey then came back into the attack to clean bowl another. The North Shore opener was still at the crease however and she worked the ball around well to guide the total up to 8/203 off 40 overs.
While Manly restricted the sundries to a reasonable total of 21, our high standards in the field dropped as we were unable to build pressure in key moments of the innings resulting in no maidens being bowled.
After a tasty lunch, Manly came out to bat chasing 204 runs for a win (run rate 5.1/over). With a fast outfield this would be achievable but needed some good partnerships. Robyn Medley (9) and Hannah Woolf (8) opened with 3 quick fours before they were out. Jess Mulcahy (48) came to the crease and put bat to ball brilliantly. She kept the run rate going and with the help of some wayward bowling Manly were 6 runs ahead after 15 overs. Jess Mulcahy was becoming the mainstay of Manly's innings but as wickets started to fall around her, so did our run rate and we stopped picking up singles. There was a glimmer of hope as Gemma Lacey (10) and Breanna Henry (15) defended the good ball and connected with a few lusty blows but when they were both dismissed and then Jess soon after, the task became that much harder. North Shore bowled well and were hungry to cut off any runs, making it difficult by the time Amelia Sim (11*), Mia Nel (0) and Chelsea McLerie (1*) came in the run rate required was up around 8 to 9 runs per over.
Unfortunately Manly came up 50 runs short but with some more aggressive fielding through the whole innings and some greater intent to pick up singles, the scores would be much closer. North Shore are a good side but not unbeatable. Well played everyone and keep going onwards and upwards.
Player of the match was Gemma Lacey for her controlled swing bowling taking 3 wickets, her middle order contribution with the bat and some great diving saves in the field.
Thanks to Luis Nel for his assistance with the report.
Round 4 Player of the Match Gemma Lacey