Under 12 Alfred James Cup – Sunday 10th of December 2017 at Jamison Oval Penrith
Manly Warringah won the toss and decided to bowl.
Penrith 11/95 (44.3) def by Manly Warringah 7/96 (37.4).
Gus Anderson 5/15 (8)
Joshua Wilkinson 2/3 (4)
Seth Thompson 1/10 (7)
Dylan Vlatko 1/12 (4)
Joshua Lawson 1/15 (7)
Patrick Day 0/6 (4)
George Saunders 0/10 (5)
Jack Beverley 0/8 (4)
Archie Hodgson 0/8 (2)
Seth Thompson (21)
Will Day (13)
George Saunders (11 no)
Gus Anderson (9)
Arriving early to sunny Penrith, Manly Warringah was led onto the ground by Josh Lawson. All 12 lads were so keen nobody wanted to sit out the opening spell of fast bowling by Josh Wilkinson & Josh Lawson. And boy, did they deliver.
Josh Wilkinson took a return catch in the first over. Not to be outdone Josh Lawson had the other opener caught behind by Will Day in his first over. Both openers out for a duck.
With their tails up the boys did not concede the first run off the bat until the 7th over by which time Josh Wilkinson had clean bowled another batsman and Patrick Day showed great composure to effect a run out from square leg – both batsmen out for a duck.
At 4/6 after 8 overs it was time for George Saunders and Dylan Vlatko to bowl. They maintained the pressure with a superb display of tight bowling and searing pace. After a quick drinks break edges began to fly with two going just out of reach of the slip cordon, before Dylan Vlatko snared the Penrith captain caught at midwicket by Gus Anderson.
Penrith 5/27 off 16 overs.
Another double bowling change and it was time for Seth Thompson and Patrick Day to attack the middle order. But if Penrith were hoping for a drop in class as Manly Warringah went through its bowling attack they were sorely mistaken. Seth’s leg spin was a masterclass in flight, variation and landing the ball on the target. He too picked up a wicket in his first over with Jack Beverley taking a sharp catch at point.
Patrick Day at the other end bowled full fast and furious inswing that had the batsman hoping around with an edge past the outstretched hand of first slip and another French cut just missing leg stump. Another tight bowling display with only 2 runs off the bat for his four overs.
Jack Beverley replaced Patrick from the Panthers End, with Seth continuing from the Pavilion End. The boys heaped the misery on Penrith with tight bowling, few runs and mountains of pressure. Like the fast bowlers before him Jack was on target and there were no easy runs.
The fielders were backing up their bowlers by cutting off singles & reducing two’s to ones. Appeals for run-outs continued with Patrick Day throwing down the stumps another three times – making sure none of the batsmen would perambulate out in the middle.
Penrith 6/56 off 30 overs.
With Seth bowling 7 overs for 1/10 Penrith breathed a sigh of relief, hoping to get some runs as Gus Anderson was thrown the ball to continue leg spin from the Pavilion End. Little did they know that the Manly Warringah bowling clinic had more to give. Gus sent two batsmen packing in his first over a catch to George Saunders at square leg and then a catch at slip by Josh Lawson.
Bowling in tandem with Archie Hodgson, Josh Lawson and George Saunders, Gus Anderson took the game away from Penrith as he took a third wicket – caught behind by Will Day – and then a fourth with Archie Hodgson taking a sharp overhead catch at backward square.
Penrith 10-78 off 39 overs
With the 12th man in to bat, the crowd were willing Gus to a 5 wicket haul. And then in his 8th and final over he snared Penrith’s top scoring batsman hit wicket.
Penrith all out, 95 in 44.3 overs.
The lunch break saw the boys consume their own body weight in bbq sausages and brownies. In stepped the coaches, John Jackson and Mick Day to focus the boys on the task at hand.
Vehaan Akbarrally and Hayden MacFarlane trotted out to face the new ball. They quickly set the tempo scoring quick singles and staring down the searing pace of the Penrith opening bowlers. Penrith’s captain responded with a quick ball hitting the seam and the edge of Vehaan’s bat and onto the wicketkeeper. Then Hayden wore a ball in the mid-drift which would have felled a lesser player. This boy is made of tough stuff.
Unfortunately for Hayden the bowler then sent down a full toss that hit him in the side of the helmet, and he was forced from the field to apply ice to the side of his head.
Archie Hodgson and Gus Anderson then put together an important partnership seeing off the opening bowlers and the first change bowlers.
Manly Warringah 1/25 off 16 overs
After the drinks break Gus and Archie started to pick off singles and twos, but were undone by some clever bowling within an over of each other.
Our gallant opener Hayden MacFarlane strode back to the crease alongside Seth Thompson. Both batsmen looked confident and were finding gaps for some well-placed singles, before Hayden was adjudged LBW as he looked to work one behind square.
Jack Beverley galloped out to the middle and struck the first boundary of the innings. Leading into the next drinks break both Seth & Jack were getting value for their shots with drives, pull shots and quick singles seeing the field spread by the Penrith captain.
Straight after the drinks break, Penrith threw the ball to their captain and opening bowler who bowled a peach of a ball that hit the seam and snuck through Jack’s defence.
Manly Warringah 5/64 off 30 overs.
Will Day came to the crease and shared a match defining partnership with Seth. Both boys were putting the ball over the in-field with only the long grass denying them more boundaries. Will Day punished anything short putting the ball over and either side of square leg. Meanwhile Seth was building an innings of real substance – patient and devastating they both saw off Penrith’s best bowlers.
Having held the middle order together and helping to take the game away from Penrith, Seth was dismissed for a top score of 21. The appreciative crowd applauded him from the ground knowing the match was there for the taking.
Two overs later Will’s devastating knock came to an end caught at square leg as he looked to punish another short pitched ball.
Josh Wilkinson and George Saunders continued to take the Penrith bowlers apart lifting the run rate further still. Both lads were not out and George Saunders hit the winning runs with the only six of the match – to the rapturous cheers of his adoring team mates.
Manly Warringah 7/96 (37.4)
Well done to the players and coaches on a dominant display of cricket, with all 12 boys contributing to the victory. The bowlers and fielders set up victory by dismissing 6 of the Penrith players for a duck – including the first 4 batsmen. This set the stage for our batsmen to build an innings to chase down the total with 12 overs to spare.
Man of the match was Seth Thompson who backed up his superb leg spin bowling by top-scoring and holding together the middle order.
With momentum and enthusiasm on our side the boys are looking good to build on the success this weekend against Hornsby Red at Collaroy Plateau Park.
Thanks again to the coaches John Jackson and Mick Day, scorers Nick Beverley and Jerome Akbarrally & Guzman Y Gomez for sponsoring the MOM award.