Under 12 Alfred James Cup – Sunday 3rd of December 2017 at Collaroy Plateau Park
North Shore won the toss and decided to bowl.
Manly 7/136 (50) def by North Shore 6/139 (45.3).
Jack Beverley (38), Vehaan Akbarrally (23), Will Day (12), George Saunders (11 no).
Joshua Wikinson 2/18 (8), Joshua Lawson 1/9 (8), Gus Anderson 2/14 (4), George Saunders 0/10 (5), Archie Hodgson 0/4 (4)
Another glorious days weather greeted us at home against North Shore who we played in our 1st trial match at the same ground ending in a tie that day. Both teams scoring 143 runs!
Our opening batting pair of Vehaan Akbarrally and Hayden MacFarlane produced a classic opening partnership determined to take the shine off the new ball and pick up some valuable early runs.
The boys were very solid and weathered the early tight bowling and targeted sledging really well.
Neither batsman looked fazed until Hayden departed in the 12th over.
Manly 1/25 off 12 overs
Our boys had to work hard for their runs with the outfield considerably slower than the previous week at Maitland. Cover drives out of the middle resulting in 1 run were not going to be the order of the day. A few quick wickets and our middle order was called upon to join Vehaan at the other end who looked set for a big innings. Vehaan is a born opening batsman. He goes about his business without any fuss and doesn’t get caught up in any of the oppositions tactics to distract him.
Manly 4/60 off 30 overs
North Shore had done well to restrict our run rate to 2 runs per over with tight bowling and impressive fielding not out of place in an U14’S rep match.
Jack Beverley strode to the crease with an air of confidence and quickly showed positive intent with his stroke play and use of his feet to the spinners. Jack wasn’t going to let the visitors tie him down. Jack might be one of the younger boys in our team but watching him take the attack to North Shore with smart lofted shots down the ground over the slow outfield, Jack was showing maturity well beyond his years.
Vehaan exited in the 35th over to applause of the local crowd after producing a patient and disciplined openers knock. Well done Vehaan.
Manly 5/89 off 40 overs
Will Day joined Jack at the crease and worked hard for his runs knowing there were valuable runs on offer and anything short on Will’s leg stump is only ever going to the boundary as Will has one of the best pull shots in our side. Legend has it, Will brought up a half century for his club side early in the season with 12 brutal pull shots that no fielder wanted to get in the way of. Will and Jack batted together beautifully until the 43rd over when Will departed after a good innings.
Jack continued thrilling the crowd until he was out in the 49th over and had put a great deal of respect back into the Manly innings…well done Jack! Number 6 batsman around the district would be proud of your strong contribution today.
Manly 7/136 off 50 overs!
The lunch break at home is always a feast that the visiting side looks forward to and is very appreciative of.
Matt Vlatko had the snags singing on the BBQ and the mums had a feast of chicken, salads, fruit platters and slices to feed the whole of the postcode. Well done to all....
With our boys fed and raring to go they headed out for early wickets to remind the locals that this is our home.
Joshua Wilkinson and Joshua Lawson didn't disappoint sending both openers back to the gazebo within the first 4 overs. Both boys honed in on off stump and produced the goods early. Wilko knocking middle stump out of the ground and our captain Joshua Lawson trapping the other LBW.
North Shore 2/23 off 12 overs
George Saunders and Dylan Vlatko backed up our opening bowlers with good pace and variation. George has a beautiful out swinger and is very accurate and Dylan is a classic left arm quick with a dangerous angle across the right hander that always has the keeper Will Day and first slip interested. Both boys bowled fast and aggressively bowling an 8 over spell for just 26 runs.
Seth Thompson (the first of our leggies) bowled with good control and Pat Day charged in from the other end bowling his thunder bolts. Both bowlers were threatening and Pat in particular really bent his back looking to knock stumps flying, Brett Lee style.
Archie Hodgson was thrown the ball next and he bowled his off spin with great flight and accuracy with figures of 0/4 off 4 overs. This was just what the team required as we weren't defending a big total.
Gus Anderson also bowled his leg spin with great flight and variation tempting the batsman to go after him. A few of them took Gus on however they got themselves out in the process holing out to tidy catches by Wilko and George under lots of pressure as we were desperate for wickets at this stage as North Shore were building partnerships and scoring with more freedom as the outfield hardened throughout the day after the overnight rain.
North Shore 5/82 off 30 overs
It was time to re-introduce the two Josh's who had bowled beautifully earlier to get us off to such a good start.
They both continued to bowl economically and threatened the bat regularly with Josh Lawson ending with superb figures of 1/9 off 8 overs and Wilko chipped in with another wicket which his mate Josh fittingly caught giving Wilko figures of 2/18 off 8 overs. To produce a bowling partnership of 16 overs, 4 maidens, 3 wickets and only 27 runs is outstanding bowling. We couldn't have asked anymore from the 2 of you today. Well done boys!
To North Shores credit they produced 2 batting partnerships that took the game away from us, one was 44 runs and the other was 34 runs towards the end of the innings.
North Shore 6/139 off 45.3 overs
We were beaten by a better team on the day however more positive signs emerged for our young boys including a classic opening batting partnership, ruthless opening bowling partnership and man of the match batting display by our No. 6 (all rounder), Jack Beverley. Well done boys you didn't give up and you worked hard as a team.
A big thanks to John Jackson and Mick Day for their coaching, our mums for organising a great feast, Matty Vlatko on the BBQ, Nick Beverley for scoring & Guzman Y Gomez for sponsoring the MOM award.
Bring on Penrith next week!