MANLY U 14 HAROLD MOORE SHIELD DCA ROUND 2 MATCH REPORT
Sunday 28 October 2018 at North Turramurra
Hornsby 8/145 off 50 overs (M May 2/14, K Mendel 1/12, S Bush 1/18, J Cooper 1/23, L Emery 1/26 and W Marks 1/33 defeated by Manly 9/149 off 49.4 overs (T Seward 32 no, T Mallon 22).
Hornsby won the toss and elected to bat on a bumpy outfield. The menacing pace of Seb Bush and Milo May had Hornsby scratching around, but it took the introduction of Will Marks to break the opening partnership when Toby Mallon took a great juggling catch behind the stumps. Luke Emery continued the pace attack from the other end, found the edge and Toby M took a spectacular diving catch to claim the prize wicket of Hornsby’s McFadden leaving Hornsby on 2 for 21 in the 14th over.
Hornsby rebuilt their innings, putting on a 61 partnership in the following 16 overs before Keelan Mendel broke through thanks to a catch in gully by Marcus Campbell. Milo returned to the attack and claimed his first wicket when Josh Cooper took a catch at gully. Milo followed up with his second wicket removing the left hander with a beauty of an inswinger.
Josh and Seb were rewarded for their persistence when Milo and Toby respectively took catches leaving Hornsby with a total of 145 off their allotted 50 overs.
Faced with chasing a relatively low score on a quick outfield, what could possibly go wrong? Plenty, as it turned out. Following a reasonably good start, Manly saw their first top order batting collapse for quite some time when Josh was bowled for 14, Billy O’Brien was run out for 9 following a miscommunication and Marcus was caught – all in the space of 3 overs with only 11 runs being added to the score.
Ryan Lynch and Joey Braund brought some respectability to the batting side until Ryan was caught on 8 and Joey, who was looking promising, was run out on 19. Keelan contributed 7 before being caught and Toby Mallon put on a respectable and much need 22 before also being caught.
With the batters not being able to deliver, it was left to the bowlers, when Manly were 6 for 71 after 27 overs, still needing a further 75 runs to win. Enter Toby Seward who came in at number 8 in only his second DCA game. Milo looked promising but left after only contributing 8, Will added a useful 8 before the number 11 batsman, Seb, came to the crease with Manly still needing 16 runs off the remaining 4 overs and then 14 runs off 3 overs. Seb added 6 crucial runs including a glorious 4 in the 49th over, but honours went to Toby Seward who hit the winning runs and finished the day on 32 not out. Well batted Toby!
A great all round team effort leaving Manly two from two. Congratulations boys!