U14 Anthony Neale Cup Round 2
Manly-Warringah (7/217 cc) defeated Newcastle (8/212 cc)
Jack Chick 119 (135 balls), Jackson Griffiths 26 (49 balls)
Jasper Straetemans 9-0- 2/39, Sam Debien 8-2- 2/23
GYG Man of the Match: Jack Chick
After the rain late Saturday we were relieved to arrive at a dry Terrey Hills Oval, complete with a recent mow and the calming sounds of Cicada’s & trail bikes in the surrounding bushland. And finally, a toss that goes Manly’s way! Captains Ben Eady and Nathan Colyer were quick to advise we’d be batting first.
The coaches gut feel was a score of 220 would give us an 80% chance of a win but 250 would be ideal. No pressure (!!) on our new un-tested opening batting pair of Jack Chick and Jack Reilly who got off to a great start frustrating the Newcastle opening bowlers who looked almost ready for a nap in the 5th over. Unfortunately an attempt at a quick single had Newcastle on their toes and Reilly was run out with the score 1/26 in the 5th.
Chick continued to take advantage of some loose bowling supported by Eady at the other end and at the 13th over drinks break we were 1/55. Bang on target but with boys in the tent it was time to start swinging the bat a little to up the run rate to around 5 an over. Colyer joined Chick at the crease after a crack at a full toss had Eady caught at gully. Colyer was quick off the mark but lost his wicket trying to play into the carpark.
Jackson Griffiths joined Chick and with both keen to smack a few into the Belrose SupaCentre, the run rate lifted, Chick reached his 50 and we were 2/128 at the 30th. Griffiths was unlucky – caught and bowled on 26 having put on a great partnership with Chick who had suddenly reached 85.
Chick continued to entertain the crowd and reached his maiden 100 in the 42nd over (score 6/184) much to the delight of the Manly and Newcastle teams and supporters. He fell short of batting the complete innings by only a few overs but was ready for a rest. In his post innings interview, his summary was: “I’m tired”. Well done Chick, a fantastic display of cricket and it was of no surprise he was our GYG Manly MOM recipient.
We headed in to lunch with 217 on the score board, satisfied but not convinced it was enough.
With the breeze changing direction every few minutes, Eady changed the opening bowling partnership and despite not taking wickets in the opening 10 overs, Jasper Straetemans and Zac Wishart frustrated the Newcastle openers and restricted the start of their chase, 0/25 after 10. Sam Debien commenced his Rep career, having missed Round 1 due to illness, and was keen to make an impact. He did that taking 2 wickets in his opening spell and Newcastle were now 2/66 after 22 overs. Whilst we were satisfied with our progress there were some rather solid & strong boys in the Newcastle tent padded up & itching to get out in the middle and rumour had it they were ‘big hitters’. Hurshwin Sharma stared down the wicket with his pace and a few bouncers but was unlucky not to take a wicket in his 8 overs. Sharma worked hard on the boundary line and with his strong arm ensured the batsmen weren’t taking any risks on his arm.
Newcastle struggled against the spin attack from Finlay Marks who had the Newcastle #4 in all sorts of trouble. He struggled to punch out singles before giving up his wicket to the Marks spin.
With Newcastle on 174 in the 45th over and their #3 still on fire sitting pretty on 78 we needed him gone in order to calm our nerves and bowl to the tail. Bring on the return of Straetemans combined with Nathan (I can catch anything) Colyer to get our scalp. With a sideways dive and an arm extension Colyer took an amazing catch, which was just a warm-up for his second crazy catch off some perfect line & length bowling from Mr Reliable Jimmy Downs. Downs as usual, also put on an energetic display of fielding stopping many singles and putting pressure on the batsmen throughout the innings.
With the Newcastle supporters increasing the intensity it became known to the residents of Terrey Hills that they needed 8 an over to win. All pressure now back to Straetemans and Wishart to take on the role of the death bowlers in what was now a nail biting finish. With a run out by Hayden Calvert and a C&B to Straetemans in the 48th, there was light at the end of the tunnel and Newcastle needed 17 off 12 balls.
Down to the wire, Manly win by 5 runs on the last ball of the day. What a team effort with some great on-the-fly on-field strategic changes being made by Eady and Colyer as the match got down to the wire
Well done to Calvert who kept his mind on the job behind the stumps with 2 catches, 1 runout and 0 byes.
Thanks to the coaches, manager, scorers, parents, siblings and team mascot Chewy (and his furry friends) for their support. And a huge congratulations again to Jack Chick for his maiden century and fantastic strike rate.