1st Grade vs Manly - Round 5 - Day 2 - 2012/13
The team knew that at 4/100 at stumps last week we had a fight on our hands to reach the target of 230 runs, especially with NSW Captain Stephen O’Keefe returning to the Manly side after representative duties.
Unfortunately it did not start well with the nightwatchman, James Kennedy, given out LBW from the second ball of the day.
Harry Evans, the current O'Reily medal tally leader backs up his 4 wickets with 79 runs
This brought the injured Reece Bombas to the crease. Having been chosen to be his runner, I also went out to the crease.
Harry continued from Day 1 playing some excellent cricket and whilst Reece was a little restricted, he supported Harry very well. These two batsmen continued to play some solid cricket and looked like they could go all the way until Harry played at a wide delivery and was caught behind for 79 well earned runs with the score on 177.
The new batsman, Dan Smith joined Reece and they added another 24 runs before Reece was out for a gutsy 47. Having not personally done much with the bat, I was happy to have contributed as his runner. In the context of the game Reece played a patient and important innings.
Reece Bombas showed his teammates what he was made of, grinding out a gutsy 47
Dan Smith continued from his form of the previous game and showcased a controlled batting display in a very tight situation along with his partner at the other end, Brendan McDonald who assisted Dan very well. Dan and Brendon reached our target of 230 with great determination giving Gordon the victory with 3 wickets in hand.
The game produced some excellent cricket with Harry Evans 4/58 and 79 runs and Dan Smith 2/56 and 29 runs not out being highlights and not forgetting Reece Bombas’ batting in difficult circumstances for a crucial 47 runs.
The team has fought hard in some tight games, so let’s continue to work at training and improve each week.