Under 16 Round 5 DCA Match report
Date of Event : Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:53PM

Canterbury all out 75 (Bennett 4/20, Park 2/7, Davies 2/10, Hobson 1/7, Osborne 1/13) defeated by Manly 6 for 76 (Ovenden 27, McGregor 14 no)


Manly confirmed their position as minor premiers with a comprehensive victory over Canterbury and Western Suburbs at Blick Oval, despite some profligate batting in chasing a very small total.

Watts continued with his poor form at the toss and lost his fourth in a row as Canterbury decided to bat on a good looking wicket; the decision looked a mistake as Bennett bowled a fast and furious opening over that yielded two wickets with shell shocked batsmen looking like they had walked from a 1970's highlight reel. In fact, the whole team never really got to grips with Manly's fast bowlers as they made very slow progress whilst losing wickets regularly as Bennett was well supported by Hobson and Park. Equally important was the excellent slip catching, it would seem that more edges have been taken in the last two matches than in all the previous years of Reps.


The Manly spinners continued to exert the vice-like grip with Davies picking up 2 and Osborne propelling some round the wicket darts too - Canterbury eventually crawled to 74 with the last 2 batsman being Bennett's third and fourth victims in true pace bowling style.


For the second week running Manly's innings began before lunch but this time with less success as the boys sought to find different and frustrating ways to get out - Osborne and Mendel were back in the pavillion before the sandwiches against opponents who had a surprising amount to say.


After lunch the helter-skelter style continued; Ovenden smashing boundaries before being stumped and Colyer running himself out after a composed start. Molyneaux and Bennett also fell trying to loft balls in the nearby race course and it was left to McGregor to guide the team home relatively comfortably. Many of the batsman would be happy to get a bad innings out of the way before the home quarter final next week.

Last updated: Monday November 20, 2017 3:55PM