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Round 1 Match Reports for Junior Reps

Round 1 – Sunday
27 October 2013

C S Watson Shield – Under 16s Manly Warringah 10/154 (58.1 overs) defeated by Hawkesbury 9/155 (59 overs) by 1 wicket at Richmond Oval
Jake Carden – 3/21 (12 overs)
Abhijeet Virdi – 3/24 (12 overs)
Joe Graham – 2/17 (6 overs)
Matt Brock – 1/26 (7 overs)
Nick Hidas – 64
Matt Brock – 31
Joe Graham – 27

Congratulations to all of you on the great results over the weekend!
We arrived at Richmond Oval with the smell of bushfire smoke in the air to face up against Hawkesbury who we have tended to have close matches with in the past. Despite losing the match by one wicket in an absolute nail biter, each of the 12 boys showed enormous character to fight back from difficult situations throughout the match. Manly batted first and the Hawkesbury bowlers to their credit bowled a good length and got a lot of assistance from the pitch early on with the ball seaming both ways. We found ourselves in a bit of trouble losing opener Liam Mason, #3 Aaron Peters and #4 Jake Carden with only 3 on the board. Joe Graham our captain and opener, then continued to play a very important role in steadying the ship with plenty of overs still to come. Theo Guichon came in at 5 and spent a good amount of time at the crease with Joe however was unlucky to be given out caught at silly mid-on with a ball that all seemed to hit the ground in front of the fielder’s hands but you take the good with the bad – that’s cricket. Matt Brock joined Joe and after batting so well in difficult circumstances, Joe was out caught for 27. Nick Hidas then joined Matt Brock in what was to be a 96 run partnership of immense maturity and character by both these players. With their good speed between wickets, they pounced on anything that they could, ultimately pressuring the Hawkesbury players into making a lot of fielding mistakes which Nick and Matt were very quick to capitalize on. Matt and Nick’s calling, backing up, running between wickets and overall intent to score runs was outstanding and lifted the whole team after a tough start, leaving the Hawkesbury players looking pretty flat in the field. Nick brought up his 50 in 60 balls. Nick was finally out caught for 64 with 6 fours and one six, in what was to be the highest score on the ground for the day. Matt was out soon after having scored 31. Will Denny and Harrison Dunn came in with just a handful of overs to go and batted like middle order batsmen really taking off from where Matt and Nick left off, pressuring the fielders into mistakes and taking runs off good cricket shots. With Harrison run out in the 59th over the innings came to an end at 154.
Thanks to the contribution of these players we at least had a score to defend and felt that we were still in with a chance with our bowling attack who had bowled Sutherland out for a low score the previous week.
Will and Abhijeet Virdi opened the bowling and while bowling well were not able to get the breakthrough needed. Jake Carden came on as first change and got a wicket on his first ball – bowled middle stump. Score 1/17. Hawkesbury’s #3 batsmen and captain Harry Ridgewell who we know as one of the outstanding batsmen in the age group was one person we needed to try and get out. We brought on spin early with Aaron Peters who had served us very well last week against Sutherland and the fact that the pitch had given great assistance to the Hawkesbury spinners. He bowled great areas, along with Jake troubling both batsmen but were unable to make the next breakthrough. Matt Brock also applied great pressure such that they were only 28 runs off 15 overs, however we knew at the end of the day we needed to take wickets. The next breakthrough was not until the score was on 99. At the afternoon tea break we regrouped and returned to the field with a renewed vitality to really apply the thumb screws. Joe Graham as captain led from the front and applied a very attacking field getting fielders around the bat. We finally got Ridgewell for 59, and then the wickets started tumbling. Players including Matt Brock, Aaron Peters, and Kieren Nixon (amongst other) fielding close to the bat were pouncing on everything and not allowing the batsmen to go anywhere with an all pace attack. In particular, Matt B was lightning quick, picking up a couple of close in catches with great reflexes. The attitude and positivity in the field during this collapse was outstanding and the best I have seen the group work as a unit in the field in the time they have been together. With Hawkesbury 8-for, Abhijeet got a bowled wicket and out walked the Hawkesbury #11 like a rabbit in the headlights. Unfortunately it was the last ball of that over and with only one run to get the #11 looked relived to be at the non-striker’s end. Will took the next over and clearly the batsmen didn’t have much faith in his #11 as he went for a big swing off a full & fast delivery, got an inside edge which came very close to bowling him. He took another swing of the 2nd ball, hit a gap and scored the winning run.
In the end we took the last 8 wickets for 55 runs and came so close to an amazing victory with Jake (3 wickets), Abhijeet (3 wickets), Joe (2 wickets) and Matt Brock (1 wicket) being the wicket takers. While it was disappointing to go down, particularly with all of our other 5 teams winning and not getting the Manly clean sweep, the character shown by the players to pull themselves out of a number of difficult positions in the match was enormous and we hope they can bottle that up and draw on that next week against Northern Districts.

E G Weblin Shield
– Under 15s Manly Warringah 5/196 (50 overs) defeated Central Coast 10/193 (59 overs) at Weldon Oval
Daniel Watts 2-19 (12 overs)
Ellis Raymond 2-22 (8 overs)
Alex Bain 2-25 (9 overs)
Joel Wood – 71 n.o.
Jack Pickering – 28
Josh Blount – 23
Ned Healey – 20 n.o.
On a beautiful Sunday morning Central Coast won the toss & elected to bat on what only could be described as a “belter” at Weldon Oval.
Ned Healey took the new ball and after an aggressive slash through slips, a dropped caught and bowled and four byes we found ourselves 0/8 after the first over… not the perfect start. The Central Coast openers were keen to move things along and quickly had Manly on the defensive scoring at almost 6 an over. The early introduction of Alex Bain and Lachlan Kerr paid dividends with Alex bowling with great energy removing both openers and both bowlers finding good lines to restrict the runs (2/56 after 15 overs). The Team worked hard to keep the scoring rate under 4 per over and spinners Dan Watts and Ellis Raymond bowled great spells to both take two wickets each and with Jack Pickering, Joel Wood, Ned Healey and Harry Brock chipping in with wickets to finally dismiss the Central Coast for 193.
The boys were confident in chasing down the total after scoring 200+ in each of their trial games against strong opposition in last year’s finalists North Shore and Sutherland. Openers Max Jolley and DCA debutant Josh Blount started well with Josh finding the boundary several times before he was bowled by a half pitched ‘shooter’ for 23. Max was joined by Sam Kelly another DCA debutant before Max was caught behind for 18. Skipper Jack Pickering confidently entered the arena straight driving the leg spinner for four on his first ball. Jack found the boundary several more times in quick succession before unfortunately losing partner Sam LBW with another ball that kept low for 9. The partnership contributed 30 runs in 8 overs and Manly looked solid at 3/84.Joel Wood joined Jack and the two looked strong before Jack feathered a ball down leg side and was caught behind for a quick 28. Alex Bain was another victim of a dry and weathering pitch and was also out LBW for 4.
Momentum had suddenly shifted 4/108 off 35 overs and the new coach started to feel a little uneasy. I should never have had any doubt! Joel Wood took complete control and played with maturity beyond his years .He balanced hitting boundaries with intelligent running between the wickets and together with Ned Healy added 88 for the sixth wicket. Joel finishing 71 n.o. and Ned 20 n.o. Congratulations to the Boys on a terrific start ………..the excitement and satisfaction of winning the first game of the season was a wonderful feeling for the boys, parents and supporters.
Go Manly…..boom boom!
Rob Pickering
DCA 15 Coach.

Harold Moore Shield – Under 14s Manly Warringah 7/208 (50 overs) defeated Northern Districts 10/48 (33 overs) & 1/52 (21 overs)
Matt Moran 3-10 (6 overs)
Shahill Nair 2-6 (5 overs)
Jadon Wilson 2-7 (5 overs)
Aiden Bariol 75
Jack Edwards 35
Ned Hole 25 n.o
Manly won the toss & elected to bat.
Aiden Bariol & Jack Edwards started our innings in a positive frame of mind attacking any loose bowling & putting pressure on the field with quick singles. Their partnership of 99 runs from 128 balls got us off to a perfect start. Aiden & Jack lost their wickets within a few overs & Nick Osborne (22) & Isaiah Vumbucca (19) started the task of re-building a partnership while trying to maintain momentum. This proved difficult as Northen Districts lifted their bowling & fielding and our run rate slowed. Nick & Isaiah looked to push the scoring along but lost their wickets in consecutive over’s. Jacob O’Sullivan (12) & Ned Hole joined forces & immediately applied the pressure back onto the opposition with decisive running between the wickets & attacking stroke play. They put on 28 runs off 24 balls & helped steer the total toward 200. Jacob was run out by a direct hit from cover & Ned continued the hitting with Matt Moran (1) & Matt Brewster (9). We finished with 208 runs which was a fine team effort with the bat. Matt Moran opened the bowling in what was an extraordinary first over. The batter hit the opening ball over backward point for an easy 2 runs but due to a poor throw from the outfield he called for a third run but his partner was not so sure, hesitated, panicked & Isaiah pounced on the ball & threw the stumps down. Three balls later Matt cleaned bowled their #3 bat to have them 2-2 after the first over. Shahill Nair bowled his first spell for the DCA team like a bowler ready to impress. His line and length was consistent and he tempted the batters outside off stump with beautiful out swingers. They played & missed on several occasions, but one good edge found the gloves of Aiden who took a fine catch. Both Matt & Shahill combined exceptionally well to have Northern Districts 5-13 after 10 overs. First change bowler, Jacob O’Sullivan 1-2 (4 overs) continued the pressure applied by the opening bowlers with a consisted line. His spell included 3 maiden overs. We bowled Jadon up the other end, tempted the bowlers to take him on & he picked up 2 good wickets, one of which was a spectacular catch at mid-wicket by Jacob. Isaiah 1-5 (5) and Ned 0-8 (5) bowled well as the runs dried up completely. Isaiah’s wrong-un proved difficult to read and Ned’s pace put the batters on the back foot defending the ball away. A determined 8th wicket partnership sucked up a few overs before we finally bowled them out for 48 runs. This left us 1 hour to have another crack at them but they dug in and saw the afternoon out.
It was a good start to the season.
Paul O’Sullivan
& Roy Vumbacca

W G Gee Shield – Under 13s Manly Warringah 10/177 (off 46.5 overs) defeated Illawarra 92 (37.5 overs) at Harbord Park
Kyle Martin – 2/5 (3.5 overs)
Oliver Davies – 2/14 (7 overs)
Liam House – 2/13 (4 overs)
Will Greenland – 57
Adi Caproni – 23
Lach Scheffers – 19
The first game of the new DCA season was welcomed by a beautiful day at Harbord Park. The team has been building nicely for the past few weeks. Our two trial games over the preceding weeks were against last year’s finalists and proved to be challenging yet rewarding games for the boys, going down to last year’s premiers by only 20 runs only the week before.. Illawarra (our first real game) was poised to be yet another tough game having finished top of their group last year with Manly welcoming 4 new players to the competition.
Manly won the toss and elected to bat.
Unfortunately before we could blink we had lost 3 wickets for 30 runs. A partnership between Adi Caproni (23) and James Mulder (17) settled the ship to get us to 57 before 2 quick wickets fell to have us in real strife at 5/57. Will Greenland (57) and Lachlan Scheffers (19) then added another handy 30 runs to then have Manly in a delicate position of 6/88. Luca Franks (18) in partnership with Will added another 50, who then then combined with Liam House (14) to get Manly to a respectable 177 after 46 overs. I was particularly proud of the boys as we could have easily crumbled to be out for less than 100. Will showed great maturity throughout the innings and should be commended for a strong innings.
At the innings break we decided as a group to back ourselves and go for the win. A strong offside field was set with the bowlers tasked to bowl straight and at the stumps. I would like at this stage to thank Gainsy, Dave Graham and Nathan Buck (1st Grader from the UK & English A Player) who on Friday night gave the boys a world of confidence when running a bowling workshop. The boys paraphrased many of the tips they received and actively tried to implement it throughout their game. Nathan Hogg (1/15) and James Mulder (1/8) opened the bowling and had Illawarra on the back foot with 2 quick wickets (2 for 21). A partnership of 40 then somewhat settled the ship before a flurry of wickets fell (5/5) to have Illawarra in great strife. Tight bowling with aggressive fielding proved to be too much for the visiting side, bowled out for 92. Ollie Davies (2 for 14), Liam House ( 2 for 13), Kyle Martin (2 for 5) and Fletch Kirby (1/7) all combined to pile on the pressure. Mike Pawley would be happy as 5 of our wickets fell to spin bowling. A strong start to the season and very pleased to see the boys get themselves out of trouble and come up with a good win from a difficult position. Well done Fellas

Arch Cawsey Shield – Under 12s Manly Warringah 8/121 (50 overs) defeated Georges River St George 104 at Gannons Park 1
Bailey Kenzie – 4/25
Bill Williams – 1/2 (off 6 overs)
Ben Watt – 1/11
Jack Hobson – 1/13
Joel McGregor – 26
Ben Watts – 21 n.o.
Jarod Colyer – 19
Wow, what a finish…………..parents and coaches on the sideline, on the edge of their seats in the final overs, as the manly boys held their nerve to take the final wickets.
On a fast out field that was probably worth 170 runs, MW batted first after losing the toss and managed only 8/121 off its 50 overs. Jarod Colyer opened up the innings, losing partners along the way as he hit a solid 19 before falling lbw. At 4/37 things were looking grim!! In came Joel McGregor, stepping up from President’s Cup team last year to score 26 valuable runs. Positive innings from Joel, mixture of strong defence and value of putting away the bad ball. Joel had small, but valuable partnerships with Jake Osborne, Finn Nixon-Tomko & Ben Watts which took our score to 8/94. Our score was boosted in the last few overs by clever hitting from Ben Watts 21 no and Bill Williams 13 no. Bill is now looking for his dad to buy him a new bat, after he took a piece out of his bat smashing a four, dancing down the wicket to fast bowler!! Our final score of 8/121 didn’t seem enough or did it??
Captain, Bailey Kenzie marshalled his troops as they took to the field determined to defend their slender score. 1st breakthrough was taken by Jack Hobson (another president cup last year), ably assisted by wicket keeper, Finn. Our fast bowlers Jack, Jeremy and Bill bowled tightly at the start to restrict GR scoring . Next wicket was a direct hit run out by Ned Barnet, thrown while almost sitting on his bum-superb work!! GR score was then 2/17. It took another 34 runs until next breakthrough, as the GR team was settling in to chase down our score. We picked up three wickets in the 50’s-one bowled by Bailey, a sharp catch to Joel off Jeremy Tolman, and another catch to a calm Jack, under a skier off Bailey. The game then slipped away from the manly boys as GR moved their score along. On 91, Bill Williams who had bowled a fantastic first spell of four maidens was reintroduced into the attack, claiming an lbw. The game was in the balance, with GR 6/91, ten overs left, 30 runs to win. The infield, lead by Ewan Hughes was applying pressure with sharp ground fielding. Which led to, Jeremy Tolman collecting the ball at short gully and calmly throwing to Bailey at bowlers end to complete a much needed run out. Ben Watt then claimed an lbw-a great reward for fantastic display of tight spin bowling all day. With two wickets left, Lucas Heffernan took a difficult catch diving forward at point to claim catch. Bailey bowled the last batsman to lead the team to victory.
Great effort from the boys with a never give in attitude!!
Paul Heffernan
U12 DCA Coach

J H Creak Shield – Under 11s Manly Warringah 7/237 (50 overs) defeated Hawkesbury 69 and 2/61 at Collaroy Plateau Park

Luke Morley – 3/6
Nick Taylor – 2/13
James Brock – 83
Michael Drake – 31
Sam Greenland – 33 n.o.
“The pull shot, played well, can destroy short pitched bowling”
“Cricket, The Australian Way” 1961.
Some things never change. In their initial Creak shield match, MWJCA batters such has James Brock, Michael Drake and Joel Davies mercilessly punished short pitched Hawkesbury bowling with hard hit pull shots to the square boundaries at Plateau park. When the Hawkesbury bowlers pitched up later in the innings intelligent batting from Sam Greenland and Nick Taylor moved the score along to an imposing 7-234 after 50 overs. This score was based on a solid opening platform from James Brock and James Forbes. James Brocks innings of 83 showed an outstanding maturity for someone of such young age.
Tight medium bowling from Oliver Melville, Joel Davies and skipper Sid Williams kept things tight early on in the Hawkesbury innings. Then Luke Morley and Nick Taylor spin bowling gave the MWJDCA team a strangle hold on the match. Luke’s loop and turn mesmerized batters. The three pronged spin attack of Morley, Taylor and Drake will present problems for opposing Creak shield batters in the future.
Kale Gabila and Thomas Phelps filled in capably for wicket keeper Oscar Lucius who was a late pullout due to illness. Thanks also to Lachlan Trewartha who filled in at late notice.
This was a very promising start to the 2013-2014 Creak shield campaign.
John Jackson
Deputy U-11 coach.

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