Manly 5/131 [Tom O'Brien 26*, Oliver Cassie 22, Darcy Horstead 18, Dylan Thompson 15, Charlie Bradstreet 13, Patrick White 5, Harry Campbell 3*]
North Shore Maroon 42 [Oscar Hansen 3/9, Harry Campbell 2/3, Charlie Stevenson 2/5, Jayden Cook, Will Cunningham and Henry Matthews 1 wicket each... 6 team catches]
Our first home game was at Griffith Park...which the Mollie Dive team had turned into ‘Fortress Manly’ .. so pressure was on to keep the winning streak going. We had excellent conditions, not too hot and not too cold so when we won the toss, we decided to bat first.
Patrick White and Dylan Thompson got us off to another steady start, seeing off their opening bowlers and getting in to the first change bowlers with almost 30 runs on the board when Patrick (5) was run out from a direct hit. As seems to be the case with our openers, when one is dismissed the other shortly follows... with Dylan (15) bowled in the same over to leave us at 2/30 in the 12th.
With the slow outfield boundaries were hard to come by, but Darcy Horstead came on and had 2 in as many overs... one rolling over the boundary and into the car park... and at drinks we had just passed 50 for the loss of 2 wickets.
Shortly after the resumption Darcy Horstead (18) was caught behind, so Charlie Bradstreet and Tom O'Brien kept the score ticking over until Charlie (13) was adjudged LBW. Oliver Cassie joined Tom and once again kept rotating the strike. With free hits in play, Oliver (22) added a couple of boundaries and ran the 1’s and 2’s before he was run out coming back for a 2nd trying to up the rate. The 45-run partnership with Tom ended, but we had surpassed 112 as a team and there were 3 overs left to bat with 5 wickets remaining.
Fresh from an unbeaten knock last week, Harry Campbell (3* from 9) joined Tom O'Brien (25* from 47) and the pair ran hard and added 19 more runs to leave us at 5/131 After 40 overs, setting North Shore a competitive but dependable total in the conditions.
We had put on a great spread, thanks to all parents and Paula's management, and the boys were ready to get back out there suitably refreshed and the parents and supporters had settled back into the sea of gazebos... which resembled a Big4 or possibly an Anaconda showroom.
They weren’t in their chairs long before the first wicket fell...Oscar Hansen clean bowling their opener on the last ball of the very first over. 1/1 and we were off to a great start with the ball.
Harry Campbell was tasked with partnering Oscar and opening from the Anzac Avenue end. Not to be outdone, Harry chimed in with a wicket in his first over... clean bowling their number 3, and our skipper, Charlie Bradstreet held onto a great sliding catch to hand Harry his 2nd wicket in the same over. 3/2 and the team were pumped up.
3/2 became 5/2 at the end of the 3rd over as Oscar Hansen claimed 2 wickets thanks to catches from Patrick White and Will Cunningham. Fair to say the boys were making up for last week and sticking the catches. That double wicket maiden for Oscar was followed by a maiden from Harry. At the first change they were 5/14 and Manly had North Shore rattled.
Things only got better for us as spin was introduced and Charlie Stephenson struck with his first ball of his wicket-maiden, thanks to a good catch from Darcy Horstead. The standard in the field was outstanding, Oliver Cassie was also making diving stops to keep the pressure on.
Jayden Cook was bowling good line and length at the Anzac Ave end, and was rewarded with a wicket when he clean bowled one of their tail enders to have them reeling at 7/18.
Charlie then picked up his 2nd and the team’s 8th wicket, also disturbing the furniture of one of their tail enders who was deceived in flight, leaving them at 8/22 with plenty of overs left to face.
From here their tail wagged a little as they moved the score to 40, but after an early maiden and some tight bowling, Will Cunningham got in on the wickets, thanks to a solid catch from Harry Campbell out towards the boundary. At 9/40 we sensed victory was close.
Henry Matthews ensured that every bowler took a wicket when he tossed one up that their batsman pulled out to the square boundary...only to see a quality low-down catch from Dylan Thompson that capped off a great day in the field and ended the match, with Manly victorious by 89 runs.
Matt spoke about the partnerships and running with the bat, effort in the field and a fantastic effort from the whole team ...with everyone contributing across all facets of the game. We worked very hard as a team during the week on improving the bowling effort which resulted us applying pressure to the North Shore top order from the first over.
Look forward to getting into the next game against Sutherland.