Round 1: Manly-Warringah vs Penrith, Harbord Park, Sunday 2nd December, 2018
Manly-Warringah: 7/191 off 40 overs (Rohan Chang 37, Will Toohey, 36, Robbie Graham-McDowell 33, Luke Kennedy 31)
Penrith: 6/111 off 40 overs (Myles Nockolds 2/14)
The day that all of the Under 11 Presidents Cup lads had been waiting for was here.
After months of selection trials, weekly training sessions and a couple of trial games the Colin Cooper Cup has finally commenced. They could finally put those baggy blues on for the first time in a competition game.
Round 1 was against Penrith and the fixture gods were extremely kind to us on such a hot day with a home game at Harbord Park. Punctuality will never be a problem with this keen bunch of boys as they all arrived well before 9am for the warm up.
Captain Tyrone Fender lost the toss and Manly were sent in to bat with Penrith clearly taking a look at the Bureau of Meteorology’s prediction of mid-30s temperatures later in the afternoon. Despite the heat, Manly were planning on batting first anyway so everyone was happy. Game on!
Our opening pair of Rohan Chang and Tyrone Fender got our season underway with another solid opening partnership. Throughout the trial games they have built a great foundation for the team and this game was no exception. The boys played smart cricket and constantly had the intent for singles and turning over the strike.
Tyrone was bowled for 8 but had effectively seen off the new ball….job done!
Our top order really came through with the goods with Rohan Chang (37), Will Toohey (36), Robbie Graham-McDowell (33), Luke Kennedy (31) all playing extremely well with a mixture of aggressive batting and smart placement. In particular, the running between wickets and the focus on resetting and rebuilding a new partnership when a wicket fell was outstanding on such a hot day.
By late-morning the heat had definitely arrived. The concentration levels of the Penrith fielders dipped as Rohan, Will, Luke and Robbie all took advantage of a few dropped chances, missed run out opportunities, catches off no-balls etc which could have changed the state of the game significantly.
The acceleration throughout the innings was impressive and after being 1/49 after 10 overs, our objective was to push towards 200.
Only 4 wickets down with a few overs left. We knew we had plenty of quality still ‘in the shed’ so the next four (Harry McCracken, Keegan Webb, Matt Dixon and Myles Nockolds) were faced with the difficult task of coming to the crease and keeping things moving straight away without the luxury of time to get themselves set. I was proud of their ‘team first’ attitude at this stage of the innings. Their chance will come in future games.
In the end we reached 7/191. Even though it was just short of our 200 target it was still a formidable total at this level and one we were confident of defending with our bowling lineup.
The only instructions at the innings break were stay hydrated and in the shade as the temperatures soared.
Out the boys went to defend 191 with Lachlan Coy and Julian Osbourne taking the new ball. Both Lachlan and Julian struck early, sending the Penrith openers’ stumps flying with quality line and length bowling. Julian is reaping the rewards of his shorter runup and pitching it up…..the left / right opening bowling combination is looking good so far.
At 2/14 it was now time for Myles Nockolds and Luke Peters to enter the attack with almost immediate success. Myles and Luke kept the heat on and through their bowling partnership it was soon 4/19 with Myles Nockolds snaring a couple of wickets one of which was via a very sharp catch in the gully by Harry McCracken.
Time for some spin via the leggies of Harry McCracken. Penrith found Harry’s flight and spin very difficult to handle and Harry was unlucky not to walk away with a bag full of wickets, having 3 chances put down. Be patient, keep landing them in those areas and the wickets will come. More fielding practice at training this week I think.
After Harry’s spell, Tyrone rightly thought more spin was the order of the day with Robbie Graham-McDowell sending down 3 overs and snaring a wicket, clean bowled…5/76.
At the 30 overs drinks break there were a lot of weary Manly U11s trying to keep cool and hydrated. We acknowledged that Penrith probably won the previous 10 over period and we had to come out fighting in the last 10 overs to finish it off.
After a few tight overs from Matt Dixon and Luke Kennedy, it was time to bring back the heavy artillery via our opening bowlers Lachlan Coy and Julian Osbourne. Very proud of both of them for getting through their 8 overs in that heat. Julian finished with 1/9 off 8 overs and Lachlan 1/14…..great effort!
A special shout out goes to Keegan Webb. Given the fatigue Will Toohey had after his batting we decided not to share the wicketkeeping responsibilities. Keegan kept for the entire 40 overs and managed to maintain his concentration levels very well given the conditions.
The coaches and parents were very proud of the overall team performance with every single one of the boys contributing significantly with either the bat, ball or in the field at some stage during the day.
Thanks also to Jeff Osbourne and Mike Dixon for sharing the square-leg umpiring duties, Jason for scoring and to Shane and all the other parents for contributing to the smooth running of the day via catering, gazebo tent, setup and drinks etc.
Bring on Round 2 vs Hornsby next Sunday.