Manly fall short of Sutherland by 31 in hot and humid conditions
Manly 116 - Oliver Cassie 31, Charlie Bradstreet 28, Harry Campbell 19.
Sutherland 8/147 Charlie Stevenson 3/22, Patrick White 1/15, Harry Campbell 1/19, Will Cunningham 1/23, Oscar Hansen 1/25, Patrick White and Dylan Thompson 1 catch]
Back on the road again, this time at Lakewood City Park, to face Sutherland in balmy conditions that would make it tough for everyone.
Sutherland won the toss and elected to bat, so Harry Campbell and Oscar Hansen took the new ball and came steaming in with some quick yet miserly bowling. It was Harry Campbell that struck first in the 6th over, thanks to a solid catch from Patrick White. A great wicket-maiden. This was followed by a maiden from Oscar and we were ratcheting up the pressure.
The introduction of spin from Charlie Stevenson and Will Cunningham with pace at the other end provided no let up for the batsmen. The pressure told in the 10th over as the batsman lashed out at Charlie's deft spinner only to be snatched out of the air one handed by Dylan Thompson at mid-on.
Will followed this with a maiden, as we were applying more pressure with our fielding on the new batter. They battled through it despite Jayden and Henry bowling some tidy overs and put on a 61-run partnership that was ultimately broken by bringing our opening bowlers back on. Oscar Hansen claimed the LBW, which was given with the slowest possible finger raise for maximum dramatic effect, and they were 3/85.
This became 4/94 as Patrick White was also on the right side of the LBW decision... predictably given with the Steve Bucknor-esque slow finger raise. Charlie Bradstreet was also supporting with tight bowling at the other end, but it was the other Charlie that opened things up... Charlie Stevenson coming back on to claim 2 wickets in successive balls at the end of his over. One bowled and the other courtesy of a stumping from the ever-alert Oliver Cassie. Unfortunately, the hat-trick was not be in his next over, but there was a run out... Will during the ball to Ollie, who ran out their batsman.
With 5 overs left we threw our big guns at them... Harry, Oscar and Will...and Will was rewarded for his effort with a wicket in the penultimate over, bowled. They scrambled runs off the last over to see Sutherland post a competitive 8/147.
We had thrown ourselves around in the field, limiting runs and stopping boundaries...but Darcy took a nasty spill in the hard turf putting his body on the line and limped off for treatment so he could get out and bat after lunch.
After suitable refreshment and hydration on such a humid day, we were back out there to get the batting underway.
Our batting inning got off to the worst possible start, as we lost 2 batsman for no runs in the first over... Dylan Thompson and Darcy Horstead both out for a duck from the same bowler, who bowled full on the stumps to skittle them with seemingly unplayable deliveries. Patrick White could only look on in astonishment from the non-striker’s end and was joined by Charlie Bradstreet at the end of the over.
Charlie and Patrick then set about keeping their wicket intact, with both boys keeping out the good balls and moving the score to 2/23 at the end of the 10th over (the opposition had been 1/23 at the same point, so no need to panic).
Into the 17th over, their partnership of 37 runs was broken when Patrick White was adjudged LBW for 9 runs off his 67 balls. 2 overs later, we lost Tom O'Brien for a duck, stumped by their keeper to have us 4/41 at the halfway mark (yet only about 15 runs behind the Sutherland score after 20 overs, but with 2 more wickets down).
Oliver Cassie made his way out and his intent was clear...he went almost a run a ball, hitting some delightful boundaries and taking some bark off his forearm diving for more runs which saw us getting some momentum. It was halted as they brought back their opening bowler, who delivered a similar ball to those in the opening over and clean bowled Ollie for a well made 31 from 33 balls... the cornerstone of a valuable 37 run partnership.
At this juncture we were back in the game, needing 70 off 70 to win, with 5 wickets left. Harry Campbell and Charlie Bradstreet came out after drinks determined to keep us on track, but first ball after the break Charlie Bradstreet was caught for 28 off his 76 balls... to a low-down catch that he was trying to drive for 4. At 6/84 we had 2 new batters and needed to rebuild quickly. But in the space of 3 overs we lost Jayden Caught for 1 off 5 and Oscar also caught... a brilliant overhead catch... for 1 off 6.
Harry Campbell and Henry Matthews saw us pass 100 runs before Henry was caught for 5 off 7 and Will Cunningham came to the crease at 9/102.
Tasked with an almost impossible rate, Harry and Will ran hard and got us to 116 when Harry was caught for 19 off 31 to end the inning, leaving Will not out on 1* from 19 balls.
Our top effort in the field following our training sessions... all paying off... and improved bowling effort which resulted us applying pressure to the opposition yet again. Everyone to have a safe and happy break... ready to go after Christmas!