Creak Shield: SEJCA 4/307 def. Bankstown 87
Round 4 saw the Creak Shield team looking to build on recent good form with an away game against Bankstown. Skipper Alex Greenhill won the toss and elected to bat.
Alex and Angus Royal got the day off to a positive start, putting on 25 before Alex played across a ball he'd have been better off hitting straight, caught off the leading edge. Oscar Wright and Angus continued to keep things ticking along with a considered and busy approach, before Oscar lifted his head and was bowled through the gate by a full toss, 2/43 in the 10th.
This brought Aston and Angus together, and so began the carnage. Aston hit the ball to all parts, with a mix of beautiful drives down the ground, some brutal pull shots and precise, well timed cut shots. It was an absolute tour de force, summed up by his ability to knuckle down after each milestone and maintain the onslaught. His maiden rep century, brought up off just 74 balls, with a perfectly timed cover drive to the boundary.
Angus' (64 off 89) role in this partnership can not be underestimated. His energy between the wickets helped a nervous Aston get going, and the ability to always find a single and get up the other end while Aston was going off is intelligent and unselfish cricket beyond his years. Congratulations on a maiden half-century, all the more impressive considering he opened the batting on short notice with one of our boys quite sick.
After the eventual dismissals of Aston and Angus; Arlo Brazier (11* off 12) and Will Livissianis (7* off 4) were promoted up the order and finished the innings off beautifully getting bat on ball and running hard, and punishing the loose ones.
The innings break left everyone, players, coaches, umpires and parents alike, stunned as to what had happened.
We were fortunate enough to witness a special innings from Aston, whose 185 (off 116 balls) broke the SEJCA record and the DCA Creak Shield record for highest individual score. His 239 run partnership with Angus is the highest ever 3rd wicket partnership in the Creak Shield. Amazing stuff.
We finished with 4/307 off our 40, at a run rate of just above 7.5 runs per over. An incredible score that would be close to a record in the 40 over format.
Refocusing after quite a crazy batting innings was always going to be tough and as such, our fielding innings was a touch below par. However, we took the 10 wickets and it was great to see a number of boys who haven't bowled this season step up and get the job done.
Tim Molnar (1/7 off 4) and Ben van Dam (0/8 off 4) stepped up to open the bowling, keeping things tight and jagging a couple of wickets. Peter Sklavos (0/14 off 4) bowled with good pace, if not a touch short. Noah Gaussen (1/10 off 4) bowled a fantastic spell, picking up a wicket with a sharp catch at first slip from Ed Neal. Will (1/11 off 5) and Alex (1/11 off 4) kept the ball rolling with 1 wicket each. Arlo (2/14 off 3) picked up 2 wickets bowling full and straight, while Ed (1/9) and Jaxon Heapes (1/0 off 2) picked up their first wicket in rep cricket.
We still have some improvements to make with our ground fielding and energy in the infield. We picked up 2 run outs (one quite comical) but were given plenty of chances we didn't take. Our walking in and movement towards the ball is still lacking the intensity we need to really put pressure on the opposition.
That being said, it was a special performance to be apart of. Well done boys. Huge thanks to all involved, in particular Anthony Greenhill for his assistance and Kylie Brazier, Chris Wright and James Neal for scoring (not an easy job).
We have one more regular season game to go against Canterbury-Wests, the reward should we win; a home qualifying final. Keep up the good work boys!!
Cawsey Shield: Manly Warringah 107 Def By SEJCA 9/108
Won the toss and bowling first
The boys were looking forward to having another crack at last years winners and knew we had to play some good cricket today to get the result. The Opening bowlers had to set the standard early and the fielding needed to be neat and tidy. We set a 7, 2 field and bowled full and straight to see what we could achieve. We talked about the first 15 overs and how important a good start was.
The bowling was very good today and the fielding was excellent as the stats show. We constantly took wickets throughout the innings, never letting them settle or create partnerships. With our bowlers doing such a good job it forced Manly into some cross the line shots and suicidal running between the wickets. We have been improving every week with attacking the ball and making the batsmen run hard, we knew Manly were a good side and quick between the wickets so we needed to be quicker. The team put together 3 run outs in total with 2 direct hits from Jago ( Our 12th man ) and Rory Anderson. The other a brilliant piece of defensive diving then scurry to pick up and hit the keeper from Hayden McCarthy from mid wicket, this is the type of stuff we have been talking about and its how we will win games. Great work boys.
More slips catches to Rory and Hugo today proved our bowlers have finally found their lengths.
Great job to all the bowlers sharing the wickets around for little runs, Congrats Ben Worthington picking up 3 fa 9 off his 4.2 overs.
Great job by the skippers and bowlers in setting your fields and keeping the positive chat up.
Batting second was completely the boys decision today and they started very confidently again. Chasing 107 we knew we just had to play our natural game and not panic at any stage. Unfortunately Ed wasn’t feeling the best but stood up and opened the batting with Hayden to get us underway.
We lost Ed fairly quickly and Toby and Dos got the runs flowing playing some really classy shots and working singles. By the first drinks at 13 overs we were 1 for 44.
With a quick couple of wickets being lost and the score not really progressing we knew we didn’t have to take risks just had to play smart.
Some silly shots and calling mix ups saw a few more wickets fall but the runs had picked up again and we were headed for a tight finish when Hugo went leaving us at 7 fa 78.
We have confidence in our lower order and today was there chance to get us home or die trying. Another mix up followed by Patrick getting a good ball to remove the bails saw us at 9 fa 100 with Rory and Harry at the crease.
Well done to both the boys for taking the challenge on and getting us the victory. Although Manly could have won on the same play with a direct hit ( which then turned into an overthrow for the victory ) we know we need to better in the middle order and have our top 6 do the majority of the work and not leave it to the lower order batsmen. There were some ordinary shots and calls made today which need to be cleaned up if we want to stop turning all our parents grey from the stress.
Congrats to Hayden 22 and Toby 18. Well done to Rory 19no for having a crack and getting us the points.
Special Mention To Harry 3no who helped Rory in all the confusion at the end to get the victory.
Big thanks to the Mums and Dads on another cracking spread for lunch the boys and I appreciate it.
Thanks to the scorers and supporters on the day we appreciate it.
Thanks to Manly for a cracking game played in great spirit.
Thanks to Greg Leslie for Umpiring.
Cawsey Shield 2018
Gee Shield: SEJCA 151 Def By Manly Warringah 7/152
The Boys arrived at fortress Coral Sea Park, where they would look to string back to back wins for the first time this year. The toss was won by Dylan (for the 5th time in a row may I add) and South Eastern decided to bat with glorious conditions for cricket and an outfield that was on the thicker side. Once again, another batting line-up change, in the hope for some success, saw Dylan and Marly open the batting. Marly was dismissed early but a great partnership from Dylan and Nirav got proceedings underway. Big props to Nirav who batted with great maturity and smarts to get himself his highest score in rep cricket, making a well compiled 22. Some quick wickets fell, which had us reeling at 4/62. Enter J.Segal, a man known for his presence at the crease and big personality, show cased just that, as he amassed 48 runs off just the 57 balls. Jordy was really proactive at the crease, pouncing on anything loose and respecting the good rocks, which is exactly what we want to see from an exciting talent. Unfortunately for us, no one could really stay in and go with Jordy as once again wickets fell in clumps. Bowled out for 151 in the 48th over, leaving 10-15 runs out there on the field.
Our Bowling innings started off strong, strangling Manly for 2/23, mainly due to Jamie Paveys sublime spell. We’ve given Jamie the new ball this year, in the hope that he can get the team off to an absolute flyer, and week in, week out he continues to do so. 10 overs 2/8, Bowled Mate! At drinks the game was evenly poised with both sides nearing identical scores at that stage in the match. Unfortunately from us, the middle overs really did cost us. Our ability to really pressure teams was lacking in a crucial part of the match. More often than not, we would bowl too short or onto the leg stump and their gun batsmen really did make us pay! However when he was dismissed for a very good innings of 74, the whole momentum of the match started to change. Suddenly the runs weren’t as easy flowing, and the wickets started to fall. From 25 to win off 15 overs with 6 wickets in hand, suddenly turned to 5 to win off 5 overs with 3 wickets in hand. Full credit does go out to the boys, who never gave up and continued to believe they could make something special happen. A tremendous second spell from Captain Dylan, which was very well supported by Harry got us right back into the match up. They bowled with great consistency, and the boys really fed off this energy, which was lacking during the middle overs. Unfortunately, Manly crawled across the finish line, getting to the target in the 49th over, 3 wickets in hand, making us not batting out the 50 overs, so much more harder to deal with. A nail biting finish that didn’t go our way, but we will look to bounce back against St George next week.
Moore Shield: Manly Warringah 146 Def By SEJCA 3/148
South Eastern opted to bowl first against Manly. Manly started quite well scoring 30 runs off the first 12 overs. Two quick wickets just before the first drinks break restricted the home side to 2/38 off 16 overs. Great bowling by Eddie, Maxim, Matthew and Sarthak picking up regular wickets allowed South Eastern to go into a dominant position at the second drinks break. Manly was 5-77 off 34 overs. Some big hitting later in the innings by Manly’s lower order allowed them to get 70 runs in the remaining 16 overs.
Rex Bouveir and Jonah put on a hundred-run partnership for the second wicket. Jonah making 69 runs and Rex playing his first game of the season opening the batting making 45. South Eastern reaching the required score with seven wickets in hand and with seven overs remaining.
Weblin Shield: SEJCA 2 for 134 def Manly 9/130
Our final home game for the season at the tranquil Kensington Oval (apart from the A380s overhead). Captain Asher Learmonth lost the toss and Manly elected to bat. We opened the bowling with a combination of pace and spin, with coach Mark “Patto “ Patterson (who says we don’t have inventive nicknames!) applying the “spin to win” mantra, apparently from Warney’s new book. Ed Walker and Jasper Hogarth Scott our opening bowlers hitting good lines and length, the Manly openers struggled, with runs hard to come by. Our fielding was top class, making it difficult for the batters. Ned Patterson, our other leggie was introduced into the attack, with continued tight bowling the pressure paid off with Josh Durkin striking, followed by the off spin of Asher Learmonth, Manly were 2 for 47 at drinks. We paused for 15mins for a brief Remembrance Day service, with boys lined up on the pitch in their whites. After drinks Manly pushed onto 90 before losing their next wicket, however with the run rate an issue, they tried to up the ante, which saw wickets fall in a cluster, as they limped to 9 for 130 at the end of their 50 overs, with all the bowlers sharing the wickets, Josh Durkin and Asher Learmonth finishing with 3 a piece.
Another excellent lunch provided by the SEJCA, with many compliments from the Manly parents. Thank you to Sandie Hogarth-Scott for organising and for Jacqui W, Nicole R, Sam M, Aliza P, Paulina W assisting. We will miss the caramel slice!!
Anyhow, back to the game! We were confident on chasing 130, although acutely aware, that this pitch can keep low as the game progresses making batting difficult. With a change to our opening partnership, Olli White and Rohan Sharma strode to the crease, with Ollie knowing we had to knock off the runs quickly (as he was playing Pipes at Scots College for 3.30pm). With that in mind, he was on a mission, smacking the ball to all parts of the field, to bring up his 50! He was well supported by Rohan, who played a smart innings, taking plenty of singles, and rotating strike. Olli eventually fell on 64, but the job was done. Our run rate was close to 4 an over. Rohan also reached his 50, being 54 not out, and with SEJCA chasing down the 130 with 10 overs to spare. A great victory!