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Round 3 DCA U/12's - 2 T20 matches v Penrith and ACT
Date of Event : Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:59PM

The DCA comp has changed this year adding 2 T20's and removing the Quarter Final match. Three of the seven matches we play are against teams that no-one else in our qualifying group plays including the two games below. While T20 is fun, losing a 40 over match and a quarter-final in a 20 team competition had many scratching their heads. 
Match 1 v Penrith

Penrith 7-83 (20 overs) defeated by Manly 3-87 (15 overs)

Tom Molloy 2-11
Tom Cole 35
Benji Cook 20
Will Brewster 15

After the disappointment of last weeks loss to Hornsby off the last ball, the boys were faced with 2 T20's down at sunny Maroubra. 
Losing the toss in game one we were asked to field and immediately set about asserting ourselves in the field. Tight bowling and fielding had Penrith stuck on 36 at the ten over mark which considering we were using a nice hard and shiny pink ball with 35 metre boundaries was a great start. This time we didn't let our opposition off and continued to strangle the Penrith batting only allowing 47 runs off the last 10. Tom Molloy 2-11 (3 overs), Lewis Whiley 1-10 (2 overs), Ethan Buchanan 1-13 (4 overs), Will Brewster 0-12 (4 overs) were the pick of the bowlers.
In reply, Tom Cole and Will Brewster both promoted up the order saw us to 32 in the 6th over before Will was caught down the leg side. A 30 odd run partnership between Tom and Benji saw us reach the total with wickets and overs to spare to start the day off well.
Match 2 v ACT

Manly 4-139 (20 overs) defeated ACT 9-108 (20 overs)

Ethan Buchanan 47
Charlie Poynton 37 not out
Will Brewster 17
Tom Molloy 11

Lewis Whiley 2-12 (4 overs)
Always good to play against a side we haven't played before and as the boys from the Capital had tied their morning match we knew we would be in for a tougher challenge.
Tom Molloy won the toss and we batted first. Tom and Will opened and quickly got us to 33 in the 5th before Tom holed out on the boundary. Ethan came to the wicket and made short boundaries look just that with a flurry of big shots that has the ACT boys wondering if he really was the same age as them. Charlie Poynton who has had little time at the crease this season enjoyed the freedom to play his shots and found the cut shot to be very productive against bowling that was on the short side. These two boys saw us to an above par 139 but still work to do.
The ACT boys didn't hold back on their charge and were staying with the rate but losing wickets in the process. At 6-54 off 10 (Lewis 2-12) we looked home but a couple of decent partnerships ensured we couldn't relax, but in the end, our spin twins of Eshaan Holla and Benji Cook raced through the last 7 overs for 25 runs grabbing a wicket each to leave ACT on 108 at the close. A Wicket each also to Buchanan, Brewster, Kinstler-Smith
The coloured clothing, pink ball and short boundaries made it an enjoyable experience for the boys but as we only lost 7 wickets over the two games the reduced overs gives lower order batsman little opportunity. Perhaps a separate T20 comp could be on the table for future seasons.

Last updated: Friday November 16, 2018 2:00PM