Under 11 DCA JH Creak Shield
Quarter-Final vs South Eastern Sunday 26th November
Nagle Park, Maroubra
South Eastern won the toss and elected to field:
MANLY WARRINGAH 136 all out (38.5 overs) defeated South Eastern 105 All Out
MANLY PROGRESS TO THE SEMI-FINALS
Tom Molloy 36 ; Will Brewster 25 ; Ethan Buchanan 23 ; Matt Evans 17
Ethan Buchanan 7-1-1-19, Matt Evans 4.3-0-1-9, Tom Cole 4-0-0-8, Eshaan Holla 6-0-4-22, Lewis Whilley 7-0-1-17, Tom Molloy 4-0-0-15, Will Brewster 4-0-1-10
Everyone was up and out early as we traversed the Spit and the Harbour heading for Maroubra to take on South Eastern in the quarter-final. The boys played SE in their first trial and won that convincingly, but SE had a few new faces and romped through their preliminary rounds undefeated so we knew we were in for a very tough game.
Tommy M can’t take a trick at toss time, calling incorrectly and Manly were sent in to bat. SE showed their intent early on setting an attacking field of two slips, gully, short mid-on and short mid-off. The ball was swinging and things were going to be tricky. Harry O’Sullivan and Matt Evans opened and as per usual, got off to a very safe start. Runs were hard to come by as SE piled on the pressure. In the 9th over Harry’s edge was found and an excellent catch in 2nd slip saw him walk, 1-19. Tommy Molloy came in at 3 and the hard graft continued. Only 13 runs came from the next 7 overs to be 1-35 off 17 as both boys played cautiously although failing to connect with the bad balls they tried to dispatch. Drinks were taken after the 20th over, 1-45 and time to up the ante.
1st over after drinks and whilst pushing for two, Matt was run out for 17, 2-46. This was a key moment in the game as Ethan Buchanan strode out and showed attacking intent from ball one. SE definitely felt they were on top with run rate barely breaking two an over, but this changed dramatically over the course of the next 20 minutes. Overs of 7, 12, 6, 6, 10 turned the game on its head as within nearly 6 overs, the boys almost doubled the score. The running between wickets was outstanding; Ethan creates a cricketing whirlwind, which swept across Nagle Park like a tornado. He likes to puts the foot to the floor. Tommy released his shackles in Ethan’s slipstream and their partnership had yielded 43 off 35 balls before Ethan was bowled for a superb 23 off 18 balls. Tom tried to continue the intent but skied one reducing Manly to 4-92, trudging off for a top score of 36 off 67 and a solid captains knock. Lochie Kinstler-Smith joined Will Brewster in the middle and they kept the run rate moving, Will clubbing some cracking off-drives and looking settled. We had a moment when Will was short of his ground and the bails were off, only for Will to be given out then recalled. It agitated the SE contingent somewhat, but the umpires made the right call as the keeper dislodged the bails with his knees. The issue was complicated by the use of spring stumps – but clarity was restored and play continued.
Lochie was bowled for 7 in the 32nd over as was Lewis a few overs later for 6. Ollie Mann cannot take a trick with the bat at the moment, out lbw for a duck. All of a sudden we were 7-122 with 4 overs left. Benji Cook showed his usual flair before being run out attempting a 2nd, and Will was eventually caught for 25 off 43 with the score on 132. It was a solid knock of good composure and he was disappointed not to see the team innings out. Charlie Poynton came in and clubbed a good boundary before succumbing to a catch, 136 all out with 7 balls to spare. Runs on the board. It’s a great adage. Could our boys defend it?
When our boys are ‘on’ in the field, they can place an incredible amount of pressure on opposition teams. Like a giant crab claw, the blue swimmers of the U-11’s were pouncing on everything, fabulous talk and support in the field but most importantly, tight line and length bowling. It is their pincer movement. It was probably apt we were in Maroubra, because the boys were really playing like they were their brother’s keeper. It was an intriguing match as the South Eastern ‘worm’ almost identically matched Manly’s across the first 20 overs. Ethan combined with Tommy’s safe hands to snaffle the first wicket, 1-16 after 7. Lewis was bowling really well at the other end as the boys kept the heat on SE, applying the blowtorch. Manly introduced the banana-benders – Tom Cole and Matt Evans who bowled with good pace and control of the swinging ball. Their combined 8 overs conceded only 12 runs before Matt clean bowled their opener, 2-32 off 15. Pressure.
One wicket can bring another and another. Tommy M was introduced and on the 4th ball they took a cheeky run to Lochie Kinstler-Smith – bad move: Lochie is an outstanding fielder, he launched the perfect zing back to the stumps where Tom was hovering over, bails off, finger raised, 3-38. Absolute textbook run out and showed the importance of the bowler to get back over the stumps every time. It is a concept the boys need to work on but they are getting better at it. Next over saw Will Brewster take the kooka, 3rd ball in he knocked over their gun bat for a golden, taking out middle stump with a jaffa. The video is doing rounds on Facebook! The boys had their backs up, their overall efforts in the field outstanding but cricket is a crazy, if not brutal game (remember last week) and this was far from finished. SE headed into drinks 4-42 after 20 – Manly were 1-45 at the same time.
The SE bats went about building a partnership by batting sensibly but had a life. Will bowled yet another jaffa that sent middle stump back BUT – front foot no ball! Poor lad was dejected however he picked himself up and continued to bowl well. SE were about to be introduced to Eshaan ‘Itchy’ Holla, our leggie. The lads needed a breakthrough and an attempt to hit over mid-off was thwarted by Charlie Poynton who took a good catch in Itchy’s second over. Lewis compounded SE’s problems by clean bowling their new batsman first ball, 6-70 after 28 and a very deserving wicket for the Peninsula junior. Manly’s backs were up as the afternoon breeze really started to flow across the ground.
SE were in further trouble when Benji Cook took yet another good catch, running backwards at mid-on off Eshaan: SE staring at 7-71 in the 29th. The most endearing attribute was the support in the field of the bowlers by the Manly players. They were playing as a tigh-knit team – probably the best they have displayed all season in that regard, and it was rubbing off in their general play. Drinks were called and in Eshaan’s 5th over the game was there for the taking. Despite holding onto the difficult chances, we put down a sitter, grassed another very tough one-hander, and should have had a regulation run out. Instead SE had 5 off the over. Composure is a wonderful thing, and the boys talked themselves back around when it could have gone awry. The boys still need to learn a little about body language – what it shows their team mates and the opposition. Naturally boys will be disappointed when they grass one, but heads need to raise immediately and play on. It’s a big learning curve!
SE mounted somewhat of a rear-guard action scoring at a run-a-ball for the next 4 overs, enough to keep them in the game but the Manly boys never wavered and kept hunting for that next wicket. A wonderful catch by Will Brewster at mid-wicket running backwards looking into the sun was just the tonic, ‘Itchy’ had snaffled his 3rd that soon became his 4th, after he held a sharp return catch, seeing him finish up at 4-22. SE were in deep, deep trouble at 9-98. Still 30 balls to go, 39 required.
The last word was by whom else – Ethan. Fielding at short mid-wicket cutting off the ones, the bat flicked one that was going past Ethan for all money, the panther lowered his paw, scooped it up and zipped it over the bails, where Matt Evans was waiting to take the ball and whip the bails off, run out, end of the game. It is worth noting our boys pulled off two excellent run outs with the bowlers back standing over the stumps and Matt was Johnny on the spot here. It’s so good to see the little positive aspects of cricket creeping into their games.
Manly ran out deserved winners, securing a semi-final spot on Sunday. This was a pulsating game of cricket against a good side and both sides played to a very high standard for this age group. We thank the excellent parental support who cheered our boys on.
The day was made even better when our boys came off asking enthusiastically about ‘how are we going in the Ashes?!?’. They delighted in hearing of England’s demise in the first test. No less than 8 boys in the team hold English passports through at least one pommy parent and in future we hope it enables them to cause havoc across the English village cricket scene but in the interim for these little Aussies, it adds plenty of spice to dinner conversation!
Like their national predecessors, the U-11 DCA go marching on.