from Matt Richards
On a wet day, where we decided to bowl from one end due to the puddles on one side, I won the toss and batted thinking it would be better to try make the most of a wet outfield. In the end we probably got the worst of the conditions due to drizzle that began when we started our bowling effort. Manly Leagues bowled well – good offside line and lengths and kept it tight. After a few early wickets we were in trouble at 5/37. Matt Jackson (33) and David Le (29), on his return from a long layoff due to injury, got together and had a 50 run partnership. David looked class once he got in and Matt Jackson showed off a nice straight shot that did well for him. We got to 114 and batted out our 35, 9 down. Bowling and fielding I thought was actually quite positive despite not getting results. Ben Eady bowled really well opening the bowling, 1/20 off 7 straight. The fielding was great, everyone was hunting the ball and stayed at it until the end. Leagues passed the total 2 down after 24 overs.
In an astonishingly one sided match, Plateau Blue won the toss and made the right call to send Harbord in at Lake Park. A run out started an avalanche of wickets. Ben Summers and Chris Dwyer emphatically erased the Harbord batting lineup, taking 5/14 off 6.1 and 3/0 off 2 respectively. They were bowled out for a meager 18 runs, with 5 being the highest score of the innings. Max Faulkner then teamed up with John Brooks to ensure the total was passed without losing a wicket. They completed the decisive 10 wicket, bonus point win after 8.1 overs and were celebrating well before tea would normally be taken.
Plateau Gold won the toss and batted at Kitchener Park, which seemed to be a common trap on this wet day. Gold struggled to get going with wickets falling constantly to the Mona Vale bowlers. Nick Lee provided some resistance, scoring 21, however they were unfortunately bundled out for just 73. An early wicket wasn’t enough to upset the Mona Vale chase as they achieved the Plateau’s total 2 down after 19.2 overs, claiming a bonus point win.
Our new 5ths team won the toss and batted at Griffith Park. It was tough to score but they fought through the challenging conditions to bat out their 30 overs, Mick Thomson 25* and Ollie Knight 21, to finish on 4/83. Beacon Hill then passed the Plateau’s total 2 down after 23 overs, with 5ths managing to avoid the bonus point loss.
We now enter our first round of 2 dayers. Here’s hoping for some more green W’s in a fortnight!
Full scores on MyCricket.