Round 4 DCA U/12's v South Eastern
Date of Event : Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:00PM

Manly 107 all out (39 overs) defeated by South Eastern 9-108 (36 overs)

Matt Evans 19
Lockie Kinstler-Smith 16

Tom Molloy 4-7 (8 overs)
Eshaan Holla 1-25 (8 overs)
Lewis Whiley 1-8 (2 overs)
Ethan Buchanan 1-17 (7 overs)

Last year we had the knack of winning close matches, this year we haven't although to be honest, we have made it hard for ourselves. Against Hornsby our fielding standards deserted us here our composure with the bat disappeared in a similar direction.
Back in Maroubra to take on a strong South Eastern attack we lost the toss and found ourselves batting first.
What became clear in this innings was we hadn't changed gears from the previous weeks T20's. Big shots and defensive prods seemed to be in vogue and everything in between was forgotten about. By the time we stopped for a minutes silence to remember the fallen we were 5-49 off 15 overs. The South Eastern captain read the Ode and it was pleasing to hear that the boys were very aware of the occasion.
Our lower order of Benji Cook (10), Lockie Kinstler-Smith (16) and Zac O'Sullivan (10) tried to stem the tide but we succumbed quite meekly, in the end, to be all out for 107 in the 39th. South Eastern bowled and fielded very well but three run outs and some poor shots sealed our fate.
We had defended some small totals before so all was not lost but at 1-48 off 14 overs at drinks, you had to be a real optimist! But that's what makes cricket a great game, isn't it?!
The introduction of our spin duo, Eshaan Holla with his tricky wrist spin and Tom Molloy with his finger spin changed the direction of the match. 1-48 became 3-50 and then 6-58. Eshaan bowled superbly and this wasn't reflected in his final figures. Tom at the other end stopped the flow of runs in their tracks, to concede only 7 runs in 8 overs at this level is exceptional as well as bagging 4 wickets off the back of the tightness of his bowling. In the end, it was a shame they couldn't bowl more overs. Back to the quicks and Ethan ran in hard. The extra pace though did help the ball squirt through the infield and a 20 run partnership for the 7th wicket kept the game alive. Two quick wickets had South Eastern 8-81 and Manly had their noses just in front. A 9th wicket stand looked to have got South Eastern home when Ethan cleaned up their number 10.  9 -100, 8 runs to win.
Will Brewster bowled the 36th over and off the last ball saw the batsman attempt to pull the ball, a diving Zac O'Sullivan did well to make the ground to his left and the team went up as one for the catch. Not out was the call and in the mayhem that ensued the batsman ended up in the middle, fielders everywhere, ball is thrown to the bowlers end, run out chance with the batsman stranded saw the under arm shy miss by an inch and the ball scurried away allowing the relieved batsmen to make the two winning runs. 
Another blockbuster of a game but unfortunately a similarly disappointing result for the boys. Coulda, Shoulda? Maybe, but in the end, we just weren't quite able to defend a below par score. A great effort though and some more cricketing lessons for the future.

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