Under 13’s IDCA/Presidents Cup – Round 1 (Sunday 2 December 2018 at Lake Park, Narrabeen)
Manly Warringah 4-186 (44.3 overs) defeated Penrith 7-184 (50 overs)
Bailey Foster 96
Archie Hodgson 29
Gus Anderson 16*
Archie Hodgson 4-40 (8 overs)
Joshua Wilkinson 1-8 (6 overs)
Will Matheson 1-2 (3 overs)
As a newbie to the team I have watched with great pleasure the dynamic of the team grow and mould over the last few weeks with our trial matches against North Shore and Manly U14’s presso’s. As I walked the boundary and talked with Steve, our newly appointed head coach, his nerves were on show when he mentioned to me his sleepless night as he strategized for the upcoming game. Would the predicted weather play a part? Would our boys have the ticker to get through a game that were predicted to win in challenging weather conditions? Only time would tell.
Manly’s captain Jack Beverley won the toss and elected to bowl 1st at our home ground.
An impressive opening spell by both bowlers saw Josh Wilkinson and Jack Beverley pin down the opening batting pair for the first half hour of the morning. Penrith struggled to score runs, however they played each ball on its merits and protected their wicket with few opportunities presented to the boys in this opening stanza. An hour later and numerous run-out opportunities and half chances gone begging, whispers started to spread about luck or lack there of it. 0-73 in the 23rd had us all wondering where the first wicket was coming from? They weren’t scoring fast, however the opener with the curly hair was looking strong and it was only a matter of time before he opened his shoulders..…. A quick piece of fielding in the 24th from el-capitano gave us the first break through as Jack threw down the pegs at the non-striker’s end. The break through! Let the flood gates open, luck had swung our way. Visible relief could be seen from the coach and parents alike…... 12 overs later with opener now freely hitting the boundary rope we were up against it again. The heat of the day was starting to wear the boys and you could see their heads lowering as chances were missed and runs were coming more freely. This was turning into a tough day in the field. Our leg spinners (Patrick Frost, Gus & Seth) and quicks, Pat Day & Dylan Vlatko bowled well to batsmen who were set at the crease and on the charge. Debutant Will Matheson was then thrown the ball as we desperately sought to stem the flow. 2nd ball plumb lbw saw their opener sent back to the gazebos at the northern end of Lake Park to a huge roar from the locals after compiling a classy 77 runs. The tide was starting to turn. Bring on our secret weapon Archie Hodgson. An outstanding spell of off spin bowling whilst holding down and end, Archie ending with 4 wickets started to dismantle the rest of the Penrith team with a caught and bowled that defied gravity and the wickets started to flow. Heads lifted, and the team dug deep in the field to stem the flow of runs and hold the Penrith boys to a par score of 7-184.
First to bat for Manly were Vehaan Akbarally and the other team debutant Bailey Foster. Both players worked the ball around for the first few overs giving us a steady start and a sniff of something special to come. Our first wicket fell in the 8th which saw the departure of Veehan and the arrival of Archie Hodgson. Right on cue the Westerly winds picked up with 60km/h gusts and a sapping 33 degree temperature, as if to warn the Penrith boys of the batting Masterclass which was to come. Bailey and Archie proceeded to systematically dismantle the Penrith bowlers and fielders with a partnership of 116 runs, turning over the strike with a series of singles and 2’s. Penrith boys sought to close off these opportunities at which time Bailey would put them away to the boundary. Frustration was evident with the wind, heat and batting skill on display sending them into fielding tantrums. Archie and Bailey proceeded till the 33rd over when Archie was bowled by a good delivery. Seth Thompson came to the crease and played a supporting innings as Bailey Foster pinned his ears back and went for it. A fantastic batting display of power hitting with 8 fours and 2 massive sixes down the ground showing some real class and an outstanding top score of 96. Well done Bailey. The platform was set, and the final batsman Seth, Gus Anderson and Jack Beverley steered the team to a convincing first game victory with 5.3 overs to spare!
Hands were shaken, the team song was sung, speeches were given and the nerves were gone! For me, the coaches inspiring word of the day was “resilience”. The boys brought it and deserved the victory. Special thanks to all the helpers of the team, scorers, coaches, mums and dads. Well done boys!!!