Manly 8/213 (Molyneux 57, Colyer 37, Jones 30) defeated Hawkesbury all out 133 (Park 2/12, McGregor 2/21, Watts 2/27)
The Under 16's continued their impressive progress to the semi finals with a comprehensive victory over Hawkesbury at Mike Pawley Oval on Sunday. Despite a few early scares, this was another solid performance with all members of the team contributing at some stage.
Watts chose to bat on a good wicket, albeit the outfield was slower than one would normally expect, but it was Hawkesbury who began with a charge picking up the early scalps of Osborne and Ovenden. Such a shaky beginning meant a period of consolidation as Mendel and Colyer tempered their normally aggressive approach as both made sensible contributions. However, wickets continued to fall and the boys found themselves at 4-46 before the innings really found momentum. In particular, the judicious hitting and aggressive running of Molyneux and debutant Jones changed the course of the game. Jones showed no nerves and easily won the Molyneux lookalike competition in an entertaining stand with his mentor. The excellent tempo continued as Bennett and Watts both produced good cameos as the score eased past 200 (well above expectations at the halfway point).
The visitors innings began in a very sedate manner; a more agricultural approach would certainly have been more applicable from the Hawkesbury men as they dawdled along at less than 2 runs per over with Hobson and Park bowling excellent early spells. With Bennett injured, the team were down a bowler, but all those used produced excellent tight spells and only one partnership from the visitors briefly threatened to cause any damage. As it was Park, McGregor and Watts each picked up 2 wickets and there were two sharp run outs to cap a comfortable win.
Manly eagerly await next Sunday with another home game against old foes North Shore.