Manly 7/154 off 50 overs (M Campbell 32, M May 28 no, J Cooper 23, B O’Brien 21) defeated Central Coast 10/53 off 35.2 overs (W Marks 3/9, T Seward 2/7, S Bush 2/17)
Manly won the toss and elected to bat on a slow outfield. Josh Cooper and Billy O’Brien frustrated the opposition with numerous singles and put on a steady start until Billy departed with the score on 38. Ryan Lynch joined Josh at the crease and moved the score on to 55 before Josh tried one sneaky single too many with a direct hit sending him packing.
Marcus Campbell looked in good form backing up from his earlier half century in the trial game and looked to be heading for another 50 before falling victim to the slippery ground conditions and getting run out for 32. Joey Braund and Keelan Mendel stabilised the situation, but Toby Mallon didn’t hang around after receiving an absolute peach of a ball.
The opening bowlers thought they would show the batters how it was done when Milo May hit a quick 28 (not out) and Seb Bush (who had been strategically promoted up the order by coach Blake Scheffers) knocked up a quick 11 (not out) bringing the total to 154 at the conclusion of the 50 overs.
Still on a high from their batting experience, Seb and Milo terrorised the visitors with a splendid display of fast bowling, Seb removing the opening batsman’s off stump in the first over and Milo swinging the ball both ways to complicate matters further for the visitors. The early introduction of spin paid dividends with Will Marks taking a wicket with his first ball and then claiming another two wickets in later overs, while Luke Emery continued the pace attack at the other end taking a wicket with the assistance of Toby Mallon behind the stumps.
Toby Seward could not have wished for a more rewarding DCA debut picking up a wicket in his first over and his second wicket in his fourth over.
The visitors never looked in the game, being dismissed for 53, falling over 100 runs short of the Manly total. The Manly fielding was impressive – there was a spectacular catch from Billy O’Brien and some thoughtful captaincy from Joey Braund.
A great start for the boys and their coach, with all the team contributing. We have a tough draw ahead, but with the teamwork that was on display in Round 1, there is no reason why the boys cannot follow up on their success of winning the Ballina Carnival last season.