Manly: 10/66 off 39.9 overs. (Amelia Sim 17, Robyn Medley 13)defeated by ACT: 4/67 off 16.2 overs. (Sienna James 3-0-1-8, Jess Mulcahy 3-0-1-16, Gemma Lacey 4-1-1-18, Jasmin Wilson 1.2-0-1-8, Abbey Melvlle 4-1-0-10)
This was always going to be a tough game. ACT were made up of mostly Academy girls.
Arriving at picturesque Grahams Reserve the Manly girls were definitely up for this game with a spring in their feet and excitement in their voices.
With plenty of coin tossing practice, Captain ‘Marvellous’ Robyn won the toss and elected to bat on what looked like good hard flat deck.
Jess ‘icewoman’ Mulcahy and Hannah ‘wolfy’ Woolfe opened the batting. The opening bowler for ACT was very accurate and was applying constant pressure to the Manly openers. At the golf course end ACT opened with spin which the Manly duo found hard to get away. This pressure took its toll with Jess being bowled, wait no-ball, Jess survives but not for long. Bowled again by the same bowler. 1/0
Wolfy with fire in her eyes just couldn’t resist the temptation of loopy spin and unsuccessfully tried to launch the spinner into the golf course losing her middle stump in the process. 2 for 2
The game was set up for a captains knock, enter Robyn ‘queen‘ Medley. Rob was playing confidently although couldn’t penetrate the ACT field. Pressure was building. Sienna ‘da boss’ James joined Rob at the crease and started confidently smashing the ACT opener to the boundary. Overconfidence and a low bouncing ball undid Sienna’s good start. Manly now 3 down for 12 runs
Mia ‘skipper’ Nel was next out to the crease, middling the balls that were on target, Mia was looking the goods. A full bunger from the 1st change bowler had Mia in 2 minds resulting in a confident LBW appeal from the ACT girls. Damn. Mia’s given out. 4/17 . Rob still holding the innings together.
Chloe ‘dancing queen’ Osbourne answered the SOS coming up to the team from the Mollie Dive team. Chloe had been in fine form with the MD’s and was playing confidently and building a partnership with Rob, they took the Manly innings to the drinks break at 4/35 of 16 overs
As so often happens the break was not kind to the batting team, Chloe was undone by a well flighted leg spinner. 5 down now. Manly looking for a partnership. Rob was playing confidently, ACT were not giving much in the field. Gemma ’matilda’ Lacey strode out to the wicket looking for a little luck this week after being on the end of a questionable LBW last week. Unluckily Gem got a seed, an in-swinger which moved away off the pitch, Gem managed to edge the ball but only as far as the off stump.
6 for 38, Rob still in, facing very tight bowling especially from the leg spinner. Amelia ‘I’m on it’ Sim was up. Great running between the wickets from these 2 got the score moving along nicely. The leg spinner again brought Manly undone. Rob was bowled by a peach of a ball. Great innings of concentration 13 off 73 balls by the ‘Queen’. Manly 7 for 40.
Jasey ‘I’ve got this’ Wilson took middle stump looking to stop the rot. The leg spinner again, with a beautiful ball bowled Jasey around her legs. 8/40.
Abby ’Noisy’ Melville had determination written all over her face and was playing the bowlers with ease. A magnificent diving catch at short cover had Abby on the way back to the sheds. 9/48
Chelsea ‘pencil’ McLerie was Manly’s last batter. Together with Amelia they managed to frustrate the ACT attack up until the penultimate over. Looking to push the score up Amelia was out to a low skidder. Great innings and partnership with Chelsea. Amelia topped scored with 17 off 47 balls. With a partnership of 18 (highest for the day). ACT leg spinner the stand out bowler 8 overs 5 maidens 3/3.
Defending 66 was going to be a tough ask. Simon revved the girls up and out we went. Manly changed the opening bowlers up looking for quick wickets. Jess and Sienna opened the bowling.
Jess was full and straight which resulted in getting an early wicket. Sienna’s off spin at the other end was full of flight and guile, some would say it was very “Nathan Lyonish”. Eventually our ‘GOAT” got another breakthrough. ACT 2 for 25 after 6. It must be pointed out, the ACT batters had luck on their side. There were more edges than a broken mirror. All which went to the boundary.
Manly fielding led by the effervescent Wolfie and skipper Mia was on song, Jess “J Man” Manning using her speed and arm strength had the ACT batters on their toes, which nearly led to a sensational run out.
“Queen’ Rob changed the bowlers. Gem was on, with her hard ball fast-medium outswingers. At the other end, Abby “Noisy” Melville was on, again with well flighted off spinners. Bowling was tight, the Manly crowd was nervous, some of the Mums couldn’t sit still and continued to burn up Grahams with lap after lap channelling for another breakthrough. Gem plucked a great caught and bowled, the Mums laps had done the trick. ACT 3 down 30 odd. Pressure was building. Lots of good chat coming from the Manly girls.
A few half chances slipped through, again time for a bowling change. Jas “ive got this” Wilson enters the fray. A wicket in her 1st over, with Captain “queen” Rob taking blinder of a catch at short cover. ACT 4/55. Still hope for the Manly girls.
Chelsea ‘Pencil’ Mclerie was thrown the ball, and came steaming in from the southern end. Chelsea was unlucky and did not get the rub of the wicket but applied good pressure.
In the end the Manly girls did not get enough runs with ACT passing the total in the 17th over. Player of the match was Amelia Sim for her strong resistance to a quality bowling attack and top scoring in our innings.
A great season none the less. Thanks to all the parents and helpers throughout the year.
Special thanks to Simon for coaching the team, showing us great patience and leadership.
Plenty of smiles all round.