Round two, and we found ourselves back at Griffith Park looking to continue from where we left last week, unfortunately again the outfield was long, wet and slow. After winning the toss and electing to bat the Manly girls and supporters were all ready to go.
Our openers Emily Horstead and Lulu Ryals (21) started really well, the first over was exceptional and set the tone as the girls used the pace off the ball with runs down to the third man. Manly 0/7 off 1 and then 0/10 off 2. Unfortunately we lost Emily in the third, Kate Salmon (10) joined Lulu and together they continued the positive start as they progressed the score to 41 after 9 – a little over 4.5 per runs over. Lulu batted really well, her innings appeared effortless with 21 from only 23 balls, a personal best for Lulu in reps, well done. Unfortunately we lost both Lulu and Kate in the 10th over. It was a big setback for the team ending their impressive 25 run partnership. From there we consistently lost wickets. Chloe Osborne (14) provided some hope, after starting her innings watchfully she then took to the air, often playing over the top of the infield for several twos. Ruby Gruber (10) also added a spark with a late dominant display scoring 10 off only 15 balls before being run out. The Manly girls had lost their last 9 wickets for only 39 runs ending the innings early with a total score of only 80.
Defending a score of 80 we knew we needed to bowl with consistent line and length, minimising the extras to ensure Sutherland were under pressure at all times. The first ball of the Sutherland innings was eventful with two wides and a run out, Sutherland effectively 1 for 2 after no legal deliveries. Emily’s throw from fine leg was right over the stumps finding our keeper Ruby and more importantly the Sutherland opener just short of her second run. Along with the run out our first three bowlers, Laura Judson, Chloe and Ellie James all picked up a wicket each but unfortunately Sutherland seemed to be in control.
It was time for some spin, Maya Nicey (2/10 off 4) was brought into the attack and secured two key wickets just after drinks lifting the Manly girls and supporters. Sutherland were 6/59. With the top 6 batters dismissed we knew that we were right in it. Unfortunately for Manly and to the credit of the Sutherland batters, there no. 7 & 8 put their heads down and batted well.
Some lessons to take away from the game today, a reminder of the importance of partnerships and batting out the full 30 overs. Interesting fact from today is both teams faced exactly 23.3 overs each for the difference of only one run. Sutherland had some partnerships and more wickets in hand and perhaps that comes back to the lack of consistency that we had with the ball.
We look forward to round 3 next week, our first game away and hopefully a Manly win.
Lulu Ryals, top scored with 21 runs
Ruby Grubber smashing one of only two boundaries
for the Manly girls.
Manly celebrate another wicket
Maya Nicey, best of the Manly bowlers with 2/10 off 4 overs
Great diving catch by our wicket keeper Ruby Gruber. Sutherland to 6/59 chasing 81, anyone’s game!