Newcastle: 123 off 37 overs. (Sienna James 2-9, Jess Mulcahy 2-1, Jess Manning 1-8, Breanna Henry 1-13, Robyn Medley 1-4, Mia Nel 1-29 and 2 run outs)defeatedManly: 90 off 32 overs. (Jess Mulcahy 36 not out, Robyn Medley 13, Amelia Sim 10)
Manly arrived at Grahams Reserve for its last round needing a win to ensure a spot in the semi finals which would be the first time Manly has qualified for Margaret Peden finals.After a good warm up by the team, the toss was undertaken and for the third time in five games we lost the toss with Newcastle electing to bat on a good Grahams wicket. Amelia Sim (0-11) and Jess Mulcahy (2-1) opened the bowling and immediately applied the pressure with Jess taking wickets in her first and second overs with Newcastle 2 for 7 after 6 overs. Jessica’s wickets included a ripper one handed caught and bowled! Sienna James (2-9) and Chelsea McLerie (0-9) replaced the opening bowlers and continued to apply pressure resulting in Sienna picking up two excellent wickets with her off-spin bowling. Jess Mulcahy and Hannah Woolf then combined for a run out to have Newcastle in trouble at 5-34. At 11 o’clock, drinks were taken and a minutes silence was held for Remembrance Day with our captain Robyn leading the ode.Following drinks, Manly continued to press for wickets with Jasmin Wilson (0-17), Breanna henry (1-13). Jess Manning(1-8) and Robyn Medley (1-4) all bowling at the stumps leaving Newcastle still in a lot of trouble at 8-69.Manly’s ground fielding and catching was a marked improvement on the North Shore game with four catches taken and two run outs completed. The second run out being a great effort from Gemma Lacey and Jess Manning. Abby Melville (0-14), Gemma Lacey (0-6) and Mia Nel (1-20) all bowled well however Newcastle’s late order put together a couple of very good partnerships which enable them to post a competitive score of 123 on a wicket that was getting lower and lower as the day wore on. After a delicious lunch prepared by the parents Manly set out on the chase to 123. Mia Nel and Gemma Lacey opened the batting, and Manly were in trouble early following some fast accurate swing bowling which resulted in Manly being 2-5 off 2 overs. The Newcastle opening bowlers continued to attack the stumps and unfortunately wickets continued to fall in quick succession with Jess Manning and Hannah Woolf dismissed. Manly reeling at 4-9. Abby Melville in her first innings of the season steadied the innings along with Robyn Medley and occupied the crease for a further 5 overs until Abby was dismissed. Manly 5-14. Robyn and Jess Mulcahy defended and looked for as many singles as possible and had pushed the score to 34 when Robyn who has been batting beautifully was unluckily caught down leg side for 13. Manly now 6 for 34. The Newcastle opening bowlers returned for their second spells and continued to attack the stumps which unfortunately saw Sienna and Breanna dismissed in quick succession. Manly 8-43. Amelia joined Jess and they set about building the score by defending the good balls, taking singles and punishing any bad balls. They quickly took the score to 73 and with the two opening bowlers completing their 8 overs, the spectators hopes of an unlikely win began to increase. Unfortunately Amelia was run out in the pursuit of a quick single after making a well put together 10 runs and a great partnership of 30 with Jess. With plenty of overs left Jess and Chelsea continued to chip away at the target with a partnership of 17 until the last wicket was lost at 90 in the 32nd over. Congratulations to the Newcastle team on a great team performance and to the Manly girls for never giving up! Player of the match went to Jess Mulcahy for her all round performance of 2-1 off 5 overs and 36 not out with the bat. Despite the loss, we qualified for the semi finals on superior net run rate which will be played at Grahams Reserve against ACT on the 19th of November. GO MANLY!!!
Thanks to Andrew Mulcahy for his help with this weeks report.
Rememberence Day minutes silence
2018 Girls U15 Margaret Peden Team Round 5 Player of the Match: Jess Mulcahy