Round 1 - Manly Warringah (8/152 off 50 overs) v NWS Hurricanes (7/153 off 48.3 overs) at Balgowlah Oval
Ollie Kantor Smith
13 not out
5 not out
1/25 (7 overs)
3/9 (5 overs)
0/16 (7 overs)
0/8 (4 overs)
0/19 (6 overs)
0/34 (10 overs)
0/4 (2 overs)
0/11 (3 overs)
1/14 (4.3 overs)
In an exhilarating, breath-taking, tantalizing showdown that left spectators amazed and shocked at the burgeoning talent of youngsters in the game of cricket, Manly Warringah lost to North Sydney in the second last over.
On a sunny morning at Balgowlah Oval, captain Will Pavely won the toss and elected to bat on a dusty and slow outfield. Straight away, Whiley Toll and Ollie Kantor-Smith got Manly off to a cracking start. They looked unbreakable until an astonishingly accurate throw from the fine leg boundary saw Ollie a metre short of his crease, the NWS crowd jubilant and Ollie departed for 6 and Manly were 1 for 33.
Mitch Gilligan walked out to join Whiley in the middle and they slowly built a solid foundation for the innings. Finally this patient partnership of 61 was broken by a yorker, with Mitch leaving for 19. Charlie Johnston followed soon after, well caught off his pad for 1. Sentarou Murata Davidson joined Whiley and Manly was in need of some steadying. Whiley provided this in a spectacular fashion, pulling a short ball to the boundary to bring up his 50. Both sides joined in the applause to recognize a great knock. Whiley then applied the gas and accelerated the scoring, hitting the ball over the park before being dismissed for 65.
With Whiley out, we had two new batsmen at the crease. Unfortunately a mini collapse ensued. We lost Jesse Reed quickly as well at the hands of NWS' best bowler who took his third wicket. Then followed Pavely, bowled by a viscous inswinger for 3. Then we lost Sentarou for a quick fire 15 followed by Cam Frost. We had lost 5-26 and the tail wasn't wagging. Fortunately some fine lower order batting from Jasper Vajdic and Kai Connors saw the total reach 8-152.
Manly then took the ball and Kai Connors and Noah Sturzaker renewed their third year of opening the bowling. Both were swinging the ball, using the Manly "Doctor" to full advantage. Connors was the first to make a breakthrough with a fine caught and bowled. Noah then chimed in, bowling a quick delivery through bat and pad that saw the end of the NWS hard hitting opener for 16. NWS were suddenly reeling at 2-21 and in sore need of some resistance.
Unfortunately for Manly, NWS batsmen, Jeyanthan and Bichler came to the rescue. Together they batted for some 30 overs and put on a valuable 63 runs. Sentarou finally took the vital wicket of Bichler for 24. He then executed a fine run out of the incoming batsman with a fast throw from fine leg. All of a sudden Manly were back in the game and NWS were looking nervous at 5-105.
Jeyanthan soon steadied the ship, and brought up a well-deserved half century. He and the new batsman, Vayan started getting on top of the Manly bowlers and they edged closer to the target. The runs were flowing, and when opening bowler Sturzaker came back into the attack the required run rate was only 7 runs from 3 overs.
Noah's first delivery was a quick inswinging yorker that left the batsman's middle stump flattened. NWS were aghast and Manly suddenly hopeful. The second ball was edged for a single by the new batsman which saw the imposing Jeyanthan on strike. He struck the ball in the air to mid-off but we couldn't hold the difficult chance. Two balls later Noah claimed his third wicket for the day with another quick yorker that took out middle stump.
The sliver of hope that this over had given was quickly extinguished the following over when Jeyanthan hit the required 3 runs to finish with 73 not out.
Manly now head off to Penrith and will need to win their remaining matches if they want to defend their premiers' title.