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Match Report - U13 Walter S Gee Shield Round 4 vs South Eastern Junior Cricket Association
Date of Event : Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:57AM

South Eastern 10 for 151 (R. Dhillon 4 for 29, A. Boulton 2 for 7, J. Lawson 2 for 18) lost to Manly-Warringah 7 for 152 (A. Boulton 74, J. Slater 24, J. Scarf 18). Score sheet follows report.

Sunday 11th Nov being Remembrance Day marked the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice in World War 1 and it had all the makings of a great day for cricket. Pre-match analysis by Dr Kwan suggested that the opposition is not to be taken lightly and, on their day, they could be as good as any other team in the comp. Those words nearly came true!

Manly took the field against the South Eastern Team, with the Coral Sea Park promising a lot of runs. This was also the first time Manly will be chasing in a one-day game this season. The boys in Baggie Blue drew first blood when Gus broke the opening partnership with the score on 16 in the 8th over. South Eastern tried consolidating but lost their captain to another good catch by Jezza. This was Roop’s first scalp of the day. South Eastern lost 2 more wickets before they built a quick partnership of 37 runs in no time. A bowling change and haste in reaching his 50 in style saw the demise of their run-maker Jordan who gave a simple catch in the slips – but not before he scored a quick fire 48 off 57 balls. “Everyone took a sigh of relief in the Manly camp.” This was Roop’s 3rd wicket of the day. All this while Andrew Boulton has quietly sneaked in 2 wickets from the other end. Some quick work in the field by Harry helped the leggie snare his 4th wicket of the innings.

South-Eastern set Manly a target of 152 to win in 50 overs. Run rate slightly over 3 RPO.

Manly had a wobbly start losing Jake in the 4th over with the score at 6. Jack and Luke consolidated before Luke top-edged a delivery. In came captain courageous, Andrew, looking determined and with a plan in his mind. Jack and Andrew build up a partnership of 96 runs in 22 overs at nearly 5 RPO, with Andrew scoring a quick fire 74 runs of 76 balls. He was on a mission to demolish the opposition, scoring 10 boundaries in that knock. Jack was holding up one end making sure Andrew could bat freely.

Manly needed 32 off 15 overs, South Eastern had all but given hope at this stage till their captain decided to bring the fielders in and put some pressure on the Manly boys. This strategy paid dividends instantly as Andrew was lost to a sharp catch in the infield. Jack was also caught 2 overs later. With the partnership broken and Andrew gone, South Eastern could sense an outside chance for a win. With 2 new batters at the crease and all the fielders close in, suddenly it was game on. Jezza was caught, not surprisingly, again in the infield with Manly needing 7 runs in 7 overs. Should be easy right?

The stats belie the pressure the South eastern had put Manly in and the boys lost 3 wickets for addition of 1 run in space of 2 overs. It was pressure cooker situation but this is why cricket is such an interesting game.

Manly needed 4 off the last 3 overs.

Over 48 – Arjun took his chance and hit a shot which went over the infield towards mid-wicket. 2 runs to win off 2 overs and was STILL not looking easy.

Over 49 – Harry on strike, first 3 balls dot, dot, dot. 4th ball – wide, scores are level, Yay! The next ball, the keeper was unable to collect cleanly and Arjun & Harry ran as if their life depended on it.

Manly has won in the 49th Over!

Everyone in the Manly camp breathed a sigh of relief! I can confidently say that this was certainly the most nerve-wracking day for me as a player-parent and spectator this season with the Team.

Finch couldn’t have summarised it better for both the Australian national team which lost the ODI series to SA and for our boys when he commented – “On paper we have a very solid, attacking batting side, however we have been exposed in the batting department when we come across a really good attack who get on top of us. The key will be to adapt ourselves to the changing match situation and not get bogged down” 

Last updated: Tuesday November 13, 2018 9:59AM