Round 2 DCA U/12's v Hornsby Kuring-gai
Date of Event : Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:58PM

Manly Warringah 4-194 (40 overs) defeated by Hornsby 6-195 (40 overs)

Tom Molloy 74
Lewis Whiley 27 not out
Will Brewster 24
Ethan Buchanan 24
Matt Evans 24

To the neutral observer, this was a classic game of cricket with the win being decided on the last ball of 80 overs of cricket. If you were in the Manly camp it was a pretty devastating defeat having scored a 'match-winning' total of 194! Cricket has the ability to remind you like few other sports that it doesn't matter how good you may be you still have to perform.
Having beaten Hornsby heavily a few weeks earlier at the same ground we were confident of our chances. The outfield that had been like glass the first time round wasn't quite as quick but there was more value for shots compared to the week before. Tom won the toss again and we chose to bat. Another solid start from our openers Matt Evans and Harry O'Sullivan saw us to 23 before Harry (11) was out in the 8th over. Tom Molloy joined Matt and they moved the score along to 60 before Matt (24) fell in the 21st over, run out. 
Tom continued to bat with great maturity rotating the strike and keeping the scoreboard ticking over but it wasn't until the 29th over that we brought up three figures. The benefit of having one end being looked after allowed our middle order to go for their shots in the last 10 overs where Ethan Buchanan (23), Will Brewster (24) and Lewis Whiley (27*) saw us score 89 runs and charge to an imposing 4-194 from our 40 overs. Tom batted through for a fantastic captains innings of 74 not out, but unfortunately had injured himself in the process and would not be able to take the field and therefore not bowl his miserly off spin.
We had been used to picking up early wickets in our oppositions innings but here struggled to make the breakthrough against two determined Hornsby openers. The first wicket fell to Tom Cole in the 14th overs with the score on 33. Another solid partnership was broken Lewis Whiley getting their dangerous number 3 caught behind with the score on 93 in the 24th over. Another run out left Hornsby needing 80 to win off the last 11 overs. Partnerships are crucial in a run chase and two stands of 30 and 42 kept Hornsby in the chase and their opening batsman moving through the gears and in to the 90's. Whether it was the realisation that the game wasn't in the bag or not our fielding inexplicably fell apart with misfields happening almost every second ball. As this team had won the DCA comp the year before off the back of their fielding it was hard to watch. Pressure can do this to the best of sides and it will be a great lesson for the years to come even if it doesn't quite feel that way at the time.
Will Brewster was given the ball for the last over with Hornsby needing 3 to win and the opener facing was on 97. Nothing like a bit of drama to finish a game so the over went like this; first ball dot. Second ball dot. Third ball dot. Fourth ball batsman run out going for second (a great knock of 98). 2 required off 2.  The ball beat the bat, the batsmen ran, the batsman dropped his bat, ball into the hands of the fielder, bails removed, looked out but...not out. So 1 off the last ball. Batsman hits one to midwicket in comes through bails off again, bodies everywhere no idea what happened but batsman in and game over.
A great game of cricket no doubt and a slightly stunned Manly team traipsed from the field. Lessons to be learned.

Last updated: Friday November 16, 2018 1:59PM