Sunday 11 November 2018 at Terrey Hills Oval
Manly 10/145 off 18.5 overs (J Cooper 45, J Braund 22) defeated by South Eastern 3/148 off 43.3 overs (S Bush 2/27, L Emery 1/18).
South Eastern won the toss and put Manly in to bat on a slow outfield. Manly started solidly reaching 30 off 12 overs before Billy O’Brien was the first of ten batters to be caught when he was 13. Ryan Lynch was caught playing a ball off his legs and Marcus Campbell became the third Manly batter to be caught when he was dismissed for 8. Toby Mallon came to the crease and was only able to add 2 runs before being caught behind, leaving Manly struggling on 4/60 after 26 overs. Josh Cooper was next to go after reaching 45 when he mistimed a pull shot. Joey Braund added a respectable and much needed quick 22 and Keelan Mendel put on 11 before being dismissed by a great caught and bowled. Milo May once again chipped in with a useful 15. All eyes were on Toby Seward to pull another miracle, but that was wishful thinking when he was dismissed for 4. It was up to Seb Bush (who is averaging around 150 plus this season and continuous to petition Coach Blake Scheffers to move him up the order) to once again show the batters how to do it. He knocked up a quick 16 including a massive 6. Will Marks tried to turn over the strike to Seb, but unfortunately it fell in the hands of a South Eastern fielder and he became the tenth Manly batter to be caught and the innings was brought to a premature close in the 49th over.
Manly U14 DCA (right) paying their respects on Armistice Day following Joey Braund’s reading of the Ode at Terrey Hills Oval.
South Eastern got off to a slow start, with the pace attack of Seb Bush and Milo May troubling the openers. Seb claimed the first wicket after the left hander had been playing and missing numerous times outside his off stump and Toby Mallon (keeper) took the catch at around third slip. The South Eastern key batter, Jonah Trope, came in at number 3 and never looked troubled until he was caught by Milo off the bowling of Luke Emery, but not before scoring 69 runs and leaving his team in a commanding position. Seb picked up the wicket of the other opener spraying the stumps as only Seb can, but unfortunately, that was the last of the South Eastern players to depart, as they passed the Manly total in the 44th over.
Having lost their first 50 over game of the season, Manly could only reflect on where they need to improve, with the general consensus of opinion being that another 50 runs on the board would have made it an interesting game.