Game 7 – We got close to Canterbury/Western Suburbs, but the Semi-final awaits us
Canterbury & Western Suburbs 5/203 (S Lowry 2/22) def Manly 7/179 (H Moss 57, F Poate 28)
The weather changed regularly throughout the day at Ewen Park and wickets were especially hard to come by. The outfield was lightning quick, and it soon became evident why Canterbury had decided to bat after winning the toss.
The Canterbury opening pair raced away and it took a very sharp bit of fielding by the Manly captain (Eliza Henry) to break the partnership, as she threw down the stumps with a direct hit. (1/49)
Not long after this - Eliza struck again with a great caught and bowled and she was clearly leading by example. Hannah Moss was solid behind the stumps and put her body on the line to keep any extras to a minimum as the runs continued to flow in the Western Suburbs.
At drinks, Canterbury had accumulated 80 off 15 overs and a big score was looking on the cards. Taking the pace off the ball was going to make it harder to get it past the infield, and that tactic seemed to work with a number of economical bowling figures from the Manly team.
Zoe Friedlein (1/19) got the much needed 3rd wicket breakthrough as the partnership had started to escalate. Sophie Lowry (2/22) bowled a great spell and had immediate effect as she bowled fast and straight to take another wicket …………. Manly were starting to squeeze the opposition and were restricting their free flow batting.
In the end - Canterbury successfully batted through their 40 overs and had a flurry of runs scored in the last few overs. The final highlight of the innings was a great catch by Sophia Chick off Sophie’s bowling on the very last ball.
After feasting on lunch - Eliza Henry (16) and Hannah Moss (57) opened the batting for Manly and got the run chase underway. Shot selection and running between the wickets were exemplary and Manly were in the hunt!
It took a very good ball to dislodge the skipper and Manly were 1/47 which brought Zoe (14) to the crease. Hannah and Zoe built a solid second wicket partnership of 53 and Manly looked in a good position at 2/100 with plenty of bats left in the shed. However, the run chase was always going to be tight as the gaps in the field became harder to find and boundaries started to dry up.
Hannah Moss played a magnificent innings and anchored the Manly innings. She scored her first half century in rep cricket and looked thoroughly in control, but sadly her innings came to an end shortly after the 50 milestone and Manly were now 3/113.
Franky Poate (28) did some good, sensible hitting and combined with Jazzy (12) and Darcy (12) to give the chase another good crack but the end goal was starting to get harder to track down and in the end the Canterbury spread field and bowling tactics took the game away from Manly.
Sophia and Franky took every opportunity to run in the last over, but sadly Manly came up a little short on 179 off their 40 overs.
After the 7 rounds Manly finish in a very strong 2nd position on the ladder and are looking forward to hosting Sutherland/St George in a home semi-final next week!