Sunday, November 24, 2018
Plateau Park (Vic Huxley Oval), Collaroy Plateau
Result: Manly Warringah def Hornsby Ku-ring-gai & Hills by 14 runs
B Martin 36
L Overhoff 26
H Cruickshank 3/13 (8 overs)
A Boulton 3/16 ( 5 overs)
Manly won the toss and elected to bat. Partly cloudy, cool NE breeze at times – no chance of rain!
Manly officials must have been wondering how 2 top class fixtures were scheduled at the same time, the significant crowd at “the Plateau” must have hit the gate takings back at base camp!
Manly had to work hard from the outset, actually having to win the toss on this occasion to get the opportunity to bat first.
The Manly opening pair had a good look at the bowlers as they ran in from the cones. When they arrived at the crease they delivered a steady stream of swift outswing on an off-side line.
Angus “Gussy” Greenland fell early trying to cut some shorter wider deliveries, managing to edge to his opposing keeper.
To date, no 3 has waited some time before being called into action but today when “Silky” Neo Pressley came to the crease he had an openers roles to play.
The score was on the unlucky 13 when “Scotty” Tipton scooped a low catch back to the bowler. There was a lengthy period of mid-wicket deliberation between the umpires before they confirmed that the ball had in fact carried. “Scotty” gone, 2 for 13, unchartered waters!
Bill “Aston” Martin joined Pressely in the middle, the pair resumed the scoring and rotating the strike with some quick, at times, “risky” singles. Martin took the lead role, scoring off the shorter balls while Pressely played the patient support act waiting for the bowling change (but always ready for those singles).
When the bowling change came, it also brought about a batting change, the patient Pressley making way for Captain Caleb Conners. Conners and Martin batted through to drinks, 3 for 45.
Enter the spinner and Billy “Aston” Martin found a new gear, moving quickly to 36 of 42 balls. But even “Aston” Martin wasn’t quick enough coming back for the second, run-out in successive innings!
Aidan “smiling assassin” Boulton came to the crease and the opposition was full of energy and confidence, appealing for catches, leg before, leg before…
Aidan settling in…
As the fielding teams ‘s intensity mounted, The Captain, Caleb Conners was next to go, just as he was getting comfortable.
5 down and Lukas “overdrive” Overhoff joined Boulton. The fresh batting pair looked to rebuild the innings as the coaches urged for patience (a word that doesn’t appear to be in Lukas’s vocabulary)
Following drinks at 5/88, it was a case of the hare and the tortoise as the 100 mark was passed. After a another rapid innings of 26, Overhoff was ironically dismissed trying to “gently steer” the ball passed the keeper only to steer it into his gloves.
Boulton followed soon after and at 7 for 113, the lower order was called upon. As lower order’s do, they moved the run total to a level they felt comfortable to defend, all out for 123, everyone getting their batting underway for the season.
Another fine feed at the lunch break
Defending their lowest total of the season so far, tight bowling and early wickets were vital. H “love a chat” Cruickshank delivered 2 early blows and the visitors 2 for 22.
The Hornsby No 3 proved resilient and found form, after being given a life on 0, with expansive shots taking him to 40. Boulton then stuck twice, cutting the opponents to 4/59 at first drinks.
Arlo “the Shiek” Thompson applied the brakes and the pressure after drinks, drawing the run-rate to a stand-still.
Zane “smiley” Cassie looked to bring some recent Saturday form into the Sunday fixture, focussing some angry fast bowling on the stumps and pads. He was rewarded with a “wicked” wicket-maiden that was unlucky not to deliver a succession of dismissals. His continual tight bowling putting further pressure on the batsmen to score runs.
Zane’s “wicked” ball
At 6 for 73 with 16 overs to bowl, the parents were busily lapping the boundary. Manly at the same stage in their innings were 5 for 76. This was going down to the wire. Lukas Overhoff struck next, removing a stubborn threat, eventually caught by Scotty Tipton after he’d been given several chances by the boys (7/88).
A difficult catch by Matthew “Matty” Melville, diving forward, took the home side to the precipice of victory at 8 for 95, 5 overs to bowl, 28 runs to get.
Aidan “smiling assassin” Boulton claimed his 3rd wicket for the afternoon, doing all the work with a deserved C&B (9/109).
Hornsby eventually capitulated as the opposing No 11 was run-out first ball, all out for 109.
This effort really was the sum of all individual efforts and after 3 games, everyone is finding a way to contribute. 2 games on the road to round out the regular season…
Celebration and relief after a close fought game