Round 3 – Manly Warringah (1/172 off 44.2 overs) def Blacktown Black (7/170 off 50 overs)
1/26 (8 overs)
1/20 (8 overs)
1/35 (10 overs)
0/19 (6 overs)
0/11 (3 overs)
1/22 (6 overs)
0/12 (5 overs)
1/11 (4 overs)
Ollie Kantor Smith
81 not out
52 not out
With their popular captain, Will Pavely on crutches with a fractured ankle, Manly Warringah’s co- captains Ollie Kantor Smith and Noah Sturzaker promptly lost the toss and found themselves bowling at their home ground of Balgowlah Oval.
Noah and Kai Connors opened the bowling and were unlucky not to secure the early breakthrough, when yorkers were dug out, catches weren’t taken, lbws were turned down and French cuts went over the stumps.
Cam Frost and Mason Ballard were up next but the batsmen were immovable until Frost flighted a delivery and Jesse Reed had the bails off before you could say “Jiminy Cricket!”
Jasper Vajdic made it two wickets when Noah took a catch that, let’s say, used the full breadth of his acting rather cricket skills. Kai quickly added another wicket to the tally, running out their number 3. When Charlie Johnson yorked Blacktown’s Dixit for 8 they were 4-116 off 40 overs. But then Blacktown’s diminutive number 3 (who Mason’s mum said had nice eyes) stood up to the task and brought up a quick fire 50 with a flick through gully. Soon after though he was out, bowled by Connors after advancing down the pitch. His partner was run out by Mitch Gilligan after a valuable knock of 22. Noah bowled well at the death at smashed down the stumps of the number 7 leaving them with 7-170 after 50 overs.
It was a big total but Manly were confident they could manage it. The Blacktown bowlers were accurate and Manly struggled to keep up to the required run rate. Whiley Toll and Ollie were batting positively, rotating the strike and they manufactured a 37 run stand, until Whiley was caught for 24. Mitch joined Ollie and together, like they did in the last game, constructed a fine stand. Their fifty partnership was put together, then followed the 100. Blacktown didn’t have an answer. Ollie soon raised his bat to mark his half century and then Mitch followed suit soon after.
In a twinkle of an eye Manly had chased the 170 with 6 overs to spare. Ollie managed nine boundaries on his way to 81 not out and Mitch hit three boundaries and a massive 6 on his way to 52.
Manly won their second game in a row and will look forward to the next match against Hornsby.