Under 13 Girls DCA Mollie Dive Shield
Semi-final vs. North Shore, 12th November 2017
Lionel Watts 2, Belrose
Manly Warringah 5/79 (20.4 overs) defeated North Shore all out for 78 (30 overs)
Jessica Mulcahy 46 not out
Kate Salmon 6 (partnership of 47 with Jess)
Hannah Woolf 11 not out (winning partnership of 27 with Jess)
Mia Nel 4/8 (+ 1 catch)
Jessica Mulcahy 3/6 (6 overs, 3 maidens)
Lulu Ryals 1/3 (1 maiden over + 1 catch)
Chelsea McLerie 1/6 (+ 1 catch)
Ellie James 1/6
Amelia Sim 0/6
Breanna Henry 0/7
Kate Salmon 0/7
Abbey Melville 0/10
Jessica Manning 0/13
Hannah Woolf Wicket keeper, did not bowl (1 catch)
Lionel Watts had greened a bit with recent rain but still some dirt patches and some outfield thicket grass. The batsmen would need to pick their path for boundaries. After the last couple of weeks of rain and heat, the day was a perfect sunny 22c
North Shore won the toss and decided to bat first so Manly prepared their opening bowlers Abbey Melville and Chelsea McLerie.
The opening batsmen were mostly cautious and we conceded only 5 runs in the first 4 overs. The first big hit was off Abbey and looked headed for a 4 but was headed off by Breanna after a magnificent chase to the boundary. Chelsea took the first wicket in the 5th over with a great catch by Hannah (WK) with only 11 runs on the score.
Jess Mulcahy then came in as our 3rd bowler and had the first 3 of her 6 overs alternating with Mia Nel. Jess’s bowling was insanely tight conceding just 1 run for her first 3 overs! Mia also bowled consistently with 0/7 after her first 2 overs including North Shore’s first 4 off the bat of Olivia Maxwell.
Jess came back in for her 4th over and took out their other opening bat with an LBW and next ball took out the new batter clean bowled for a Golden Duck giving Jess a double wicket maiden! Understandably Jessica Mulcahy was player of the match – 3 wickets and 3 maidens and more to come with the bat!
North Shore settled in for a bit with Maxwell and Overton taking the score to 49 before Lulu Ryals was rewarded in her first over taking the wicket of Maxell their #3 batter, giving Lulu a Wicket Maiden over!
It would be another ½ hr before our next breakthrough with Mia taking a great catch at first slip off an Ellie James delivery. Mia then followed up with a wicket in her 3rd over with a sensational catch by Lulu to take out their #5 batter. The score was 5/70 and we had momentum with the batsmen on the crease notably less confident.
The next 4 wickets fell quickly, cleaned up by Jess Mulcahy and Mia Nel. North Shore were all out in the 30th over for just 78 runs. It seemed a manageable target!
After lunch we marched out to bat with openers Amelia Sim and Mia Nel quickly dismissed by their opening bowler along with Breanna Henry and Chloe Osborne! OUCH – we were 4/5 in the 3rd over!!!
Jess Mulcahy , our #3 batter survived the opening bowler onslaught and settled into a partnership with Kate Salmon for 47 runs. Kate and Jess displayed excellent calling and running skills and really steadied the ship. After nearly an hour of chipping away at the total Kate was dismissed for 6 runs, caught at short mid-wicket to a ball that was challenging the waist!
Disappointing for Kate but their partnership was the turning point in the match – we were now back in the game. 5/52 after 17 overs.
We had the overs in hand and still had some talented batters to come to the crease – game on!
Hannah Woolf replaced Kate out in the middle and immediately went on the attack with some great shots, picking up 11 runs and partnering with Jess for a further 27 run partnership before we reached our target of 79 runs to win in the 21st over.
History now made with the first Manly girls rep team to make a DCA grand final