Round 2 – Sunday, 3 November 2013
C S Watson Shield – Under 16s Manly Warringah 8/215 (60 overs) defeated by Northern Districts 7/219 (54.3 overs) at Weldon Oval
Abhijeet Virdi – 5/31 (12 overs)
Joe Graham – 2/32 (6 overs)
Nick Hidas – 34
Kieren Nixon – 29 n.o.
Matt Brock – 28
Liam Mason – 28
Aaron Peters – 23
Jake Carden – 23
It was good to have our first home match and after winning the toss Joe Graham decided to bat on what looked like a reasonable batting deck.The Manly boys had 215 on the board to defend after batting our 60 overs. Most of the top 9 made very good and positive starts, however we were unable to turn any of these starts into big scores with 34 being the highest from Nick Hidas following on from his half century the previous week. Liam Mason batted well in his new position as opener and Kieren Nixon looked very solid at the back end for 29 no. Matt Brock and Nick Hidas once again combined very well for a 42 run stand.
While 215 was a reasonable total I felt that 250 was probably par given the pitch and conditions on the day so taking wickets was going to be important. The boys attacked very well in the field continuing to apply pressure to the ND batsmen. Abhijeet Virdi got the breakthrough in his opening spell removing their captain and opener for 3. Abhijeet with good support from all our bowlers continued his wicket taking and was rightfully the bowler of the day getting a well-deserved 5 wicket haul. Joe Graham also got 2 wickets, one of which showcased an absolute screamer of a catch in short cover, one handed and low to the ground by the day’s hero – Abhijeet. Despite great fielding pressure and good bowling support by the other bowlers, NDs toughed it out to get the winning runs.
While it was disappointing to go down, the boys have continued to remain very competitive and show plenty of character each week, so hopefully not far away from a win
E G Weblin Shield – Under 15s South Eastern 5/259 (60 overs) defeated Manly-Warringah 9/250 (60 overs) at Coogee Oval
Lachlan Kerr – 2/45 (10 overs)
Alex Bain – 1/25 (6 overs)
Daniel Watts – 1/36 (10 overs)
Jack Pickering – 72
Wil Akhurst – 59 n.o.
Joel Wood – 51
Harry Brock – 24
Duncan Kerr took the wheel of our Team bus (toot toot!) as we departed for Coogee Oval. The boys were in high spirits after a strong first up performance and enjoyed the tunes of DJ Max Jolley as we made our way to the Eastern Suburbs. Coogee Oval looked fantastic and we felt really privileged to play on such a wonderful arena. We unfortunately lost another toss and South Eastern elected to bat on a beautiful batting strip!
The South Eastern openers whilst small in stature played well and it wasn’t until the 8th over that Alex Bain made the break through finding the edge to be well caught by keeper Wil Akhurst. A solid opening spell from Alex taking 1/11 from 5 overs. Lachlan Kerr was brought into the attack and immediately swung the ball and clean bowled the other opener to have them 2/20. South Eastern then stabilised with a 120 run partnership broken only by 2 successive run outs from Dan Watts. We fought back to have them 4/185 after 50 overs with some tight bowling from spinners Dan Watts and Ellis Raymond but some strong hitting and sensible batting saw them score 74 off the last ten overs setting us a total of 260 to win. Lachlan Kerr our most successful bowler taking 2/45.
The boys were again confident in chasing down the total on what was a fantastic batting wicket. Unfortunately we started poorly losing openers Josh Blount (0) Max Jolley (3) and Sam Kelly (0) to find ourselves 3/14 after just 6 overs. Captains Jack Pickering and Joel Wood set about the task of resurrecting our innings. They drove the ball with great power and ran brilliantly between the wickets to have us 3/128 at Tea. After tea Joel struggled with cramp and was soon bowled for 51 ending a hard earned partnership of 114 with Jack. This bought about a mini collapse with Jack quickly following after playing across a slow full toss and edging to gully for 72, the loss of Ned Healey (0) and Alex Bain (14) saw us slump to 7/152 still requiring 108 from the final 20 overs. Wil Akhurst was joined by Harry Brock and together they played positively with one of the highlights being Harry’s 15 off one over with 3 well placed boundaries. The boys put on 42 before Harry was run out for an excellent 24. Wil Akhurst continued to battle with some smart hitting reaching 50 and together with fighting contributions from Lachie Kerr (10) and Ellis Raymond (12 no) we fell an agonising 9 runs short. Will had played an amazing innings at number 8 remaining 59 not out and almost getting us home.
A disappointing loss after leaking too many runs in the field but still much to be proud of in the way that we really fought to chase a large total .
DCA 15 Coach
Harold Moore Shield – Under 14s Manly Warringah 4/274 (50 overs) defeated Illawarra 10/147 (47.1 overs) at Figtree Park 2
Jadon Wilson 3/26 (8 overs)
Isaiah Vumbaca 3/26 (6 overs)
Nick Osborne 2/30 (5 overs)
Aiden Bariol – 81
Jack Edwards – 72
Nick Osborne – 51
Isaiah Vumbaca – 33
It was an early start on Sunday morning as we headed down the M1 to Wollongong. Not long into the trip the traffic slowed to a crawl due to numerous cyclists heading down to the ‘Gong’ as part of a charity ride. In fact we must have weaved through 5000 different multi-coloured lycra suits just to get out of Sydney. The bumps along the way were mostly witches’ hats and we eventually arrived at the base of Mt Ousley to the picturesque Figtree Park only 30 minutes before the start of the game.
The Illawara boys were well into their warm-up and as we started ours, a swarm of bees welcomed us into enemy territory. The captains tossed the coin, we called correctly and our openers, Jack Edwards & Aiden Bariol were on their way out to face the opposition.
Jack & Aiden started positively by picking up every possible single available, even some that weren’t. This placed enormous pressure on the fielders who started to look at the batsmen & not watch the ball. By the 1st drinks break the total was 0-65 from 13 overs. The partnership stepped up a gear after the break with some lofty hitting in between many quick singles & this frustrated the fielding team & sapped confidence from their bowlers. At the halfway mark we were 0-151 from 25 overs. The dreaded morning tea break took its toll on our momentum and we lost our openers in consecutive overs after the break, but not before a wonderful partnership of 161. Nick & Isaiah had the task to keep the scoring ticking along despite the fact the fielding team had lifted their spirits and standard after seeing the openers depart. A consolidation period for a few overs was broken by a massive six from Nick and then one from Isaiah who lost the ball. This helped start the runs flowing again and the scoring back on track toward the high 200 mark. Their 16 over partnership provided 78 runs until consecutive wickets (again) brought Jacob and Ned together who put on 24 runs in the final 4 overs to take our score to 274.
Just as we started our bowling innings the big southerly roared in and the temperatures dropped. Matt Moran, 0-12 off 6 overs and Shahill Nair, 1-17 off 6 overs, who bowled into a strong gale, were determined to start the innings in a positive way. While they didn’t take a bagful of wickets like last week they kept the run scoring to a miserly rate of just over one run per over. Ned (0-13 off 6 overs) & Jacob (0-7 off 4 overs) kept the run rate to a crawl as the batters defied any hope of winning by defending rather than attacking. After 15 overs they were 0-21 and the game was slipping away from them. Jadon was brought on and encouraged the batters to have a go & immediately drew a loose shot which ended up in a catch to Gabriel Harris. It was a relatively defensive & drawn out innings by Illawarra with the bowlers being changed regularly in our best attempt to take wickets. Highlights included a brilliant leg side stumping from Aiden off Gabriel Harris (1-9 off 2 overs) and a sensational one handed caught & bowled by Nick. Excellent catches were taken by Gabriel (2), Matt M, Ned, Isaiah & Shahill during the innings and Matt Brewster almost took the catch of the season diving to his right hand side at full length but the ball just spilled out as he hit the ground. The spinners eventually cleaned up the tail & finished the innings in the 48th over. It was a comprehensive win and the boys should be pleased with their efforts, particularly their fielding. As the temperature dropped to about 12 degrees we jumped in our cars & headed back up the motorway….. without a cyclist in sight.
Paul O’Sullivan &
W G Gee Shield – Under 13s Manly Warringah 3/188 (41 overs) defeated ACT 10/186 (47.4 overs) at Radford College, ACT
Adrian Caproni – 4/23
Louis Ross – 1/7
Oliver Davies – 1/15
Will Greenland – 1/21
James Mulder – 1/21
Luca Franks – 1/21
Oliver Davies – 113 n.o.
Will Greenland – 27 n.o.
Adrian Caproni – 23
7 hours of driving for 7 hours of cricket! The drive down to Canberra was a real test for the crew, with the very real risk that we could get to the ground and be caught off guard given the tyranny of distance and being confined to the car. Arriving at the ground, we were incredibly impressed with the facilities. The wicket looked to be a great
one and batting first was clearly on everyone’s mind. The blustery winds were also a major distraction and would prove to have quite an impact on our bowlers. ACT won the toss and unfortunately elected to bat on this good wicket. With a strong wind blowing across the wicket throughout the innings, accuracy was always going to be tested. James Mulder and Nathan Hogg opened the bowling and had to contend with the strong gusts but nonetheless contained the batsmen. Our first change bowler Will Greenland made the initial breakthrough with some tight bowling before a 40 or so run partnership had the ACT fight back to be 2 for 50. Adi Caproni coming back from a 3 week injury break then entered the attack and bowled aggressively taking out the middle stump of the 4th batsmen. Ollie bowling leggies at the other end took out the other opener with a good catch by Luca Franks. To the ACT’s credit, they bunkered down for a series of partnerships reaching 5/164 runs with another 10 overs to bowl. Manly was looking at the prospect of chasing +240 before our bowlers regrouped and set out to finish off the innings by bowling aggressively at the batsmen. Adi Caproni 4/23, James Mulder 1/20 and Louis Ross 1/ 7 returned to dismiss the rest of the batsmen for a further 22 runs to set a respectable total of 186.
The run chase:
Unfortunately before we knew it, both our openers were dismissed cheaply to have Manly at 2 for 8 and in a very precarious position. ACT’s opening bowlers hit the deck with great accuracy and made Manly work hard for their runs. Ollie Davies and Adrian Caproni set themselves the task of consolidating for the next 15 or so overs building a 55 run partnership to help settle the nerves. ACT brought on their leggie and with his very first ball dismissed Adi for 23 caught at first slip (3 for 63). Will Greenland (27no) entered the arena and combined with Ollie Davies (113no) to build a wonderful partnership of 123 to take the wind out of the ACT. A mixture of quick singles combined with aggressive shot play had the ACT players running all over the place. Ollie played a wonderful innings and scored a great century to back up the strong form he has shown throughout the trial games and club cricket. Wonderful to watch from the sidelines.
The result is a great reflection of the boys tenacity to keep fighting irrespective of the game scenario. All the boys are starting to show great self-belief and playing with a positive intent. Manly has a tough game against South Eastern next week and I hope that we can maintain the positive momentum shown thus far.
Arch Cawsey Shield – Under 12s Manly Warringah 5/162 (49 overs) defeated ACT 8/159 (50 overs) at Balgowlah
Jack Hobson – 3/32 (5 overs)
Bill Williams – 1/16
Ben Watt – 0/14
Lucas Heffernan – 1/24
Bailey Kenzie – 1/22
Lucas Heffernan – 29
Ned Barnet – 29
Ben Watt – 16
Finn Nixon-Tomko – 14 n.o.
Jack Osborne – 11 n.o.
Wow another close finish, the boys pacing their chase to perfection to win in the 49th over……………….
With ACT batting first, after winning toss, the first few overs were uneventful until a direct hit run out, by Lucas Heffernan, who had a picked up ball from point on the run and diving full stretch underhand, knocking down wickets at bowlers end to collect our 1st wicket-really fantastic effort!! Our first change bowler Jack Hobson, picked up our 2ndwicket, caught sharply at first slip by Ned Barnet. The third wicket was courtesy of a Bailey Kenzie full toss that was rocketing to the boundary off the bat, until plucked out of the air by a superhuman diving catch to Joel McGregor in the covers, truly amazing!! The wind was playing havoc with our bowlers’ line and length, but the outstanding pieces of brilliance in the field was keeping Manly in the game. Another brilliant run out to pick up 4th wicket-strong throw from fine leg boundary by Jeremy Tolman to wicket keeper, Finn Nixon-Tomko, who quickly had presence of mind, to throw to Ned at bowlers end to run out stranded batsman –great team effort. Ben Watts had entered the attack and restricted the runs with crucial accuracy finishing with 14 runs off his ten overs straight spell. Bowler, Bill Williams in his second spell, combined with Ned Barnet who took a magnificent reflex catch at short midwicket on a ball that was smashed at him!! ACT was 5 wickets down after 40 overs, when Lucas snared ACT’s highest scorer ,with catch behind to Finn (wk). Jack Hobson in his second spell, was on a hat trick after Ned, calmly took a skier off his bowling and then Jack trapped batsman LBW very next ball. The tension was high, as the hat trick ball was hit high back to Jack, who got both outstretched hands to ball, but couldn’t quite hang on-close!!!
ACT, finished on 8/159 off its 50 overs.
Our chase started with a positive opening partnership of 31 runs from Lucas & Jarod Colyer, before Jarod (11 runs)was out caught slashing one down to third man. Our captain was next in, putting on a partnership of 30 runs with Lucas, before Lucas (29 runs) was caught at backward square leg. Bailey was playing a watchful innings before being run out for 24. At 3/81 scoring rate of three runs per over, our chase was on target. Ben Watts and Ned Barnet batted beautifully with a partnership of 49 runs, before Ben (16 runs) was out caught trying to increase the run rate. Ned (29 runs) was then run out with our score on 5/134 in the 40th over. Finn (14 no) and Jake Osborne (11 no) got the team over the line in the 49th over with some late hitting…………….another tense game for parents and coaches!!!
A solid win from the boys, who will have to improve on the bowling against a strong Parramatta side next week, although the wind was making it hard for the boys to control the ball. Need to adapt to all types of playing conditions. Fielding was at times sensational, with fantastic catching and run outs.
Paul Heffernan &
U12 DCA Coaches