The loss of the toss on a fair wicket at Beauchamp saw Manly bowling first in what seemed like inhumane conditions as both the temperature and Stags runs seemed to increase throughout the day.
Opening with the bat saw the dynamic duo of Sherman and Livermore racing towards the crease, which in turn saw instantaneous runs being scored.
After a quiet beginning to his innings, Tristan Cooper cashed in on the Manly bowlers in the later overs
Although, the dismissal of Sherman was seen early in the innings, the runs kept flowing whether they were from the bat or the umpires signalling wides.
There were well over 20 in the innings.
Wickets seemed to fall at regular intervals within the top order as a result of some mistimed cross bat shots, which landed the Stags in some hot water at 4-69.
Partnering with his skipper, Rahul Krishna made a defining 71 which set the Stags on the path to victory
However, the cool heads shown by Rahul Krishna and skipper Tristan Cooper allowed for the Stags to prosper within the heat of battle as a defining 90 run partnership.
This set the tone for the rest of the innings as it provided a solid platform leading in to the last ten overs of the innings as the score reached 5-159 within 40 overs.
Shayne Lin and Damon Livermore look to stamp their influence at the top of the innings
Cooper was the first to be dismissed on 47 after some entertaining fireworks, which left the men from Manly chasing their tails within the field.
Anthony Sherman was captured in action by one of our supporters, Prasanna Punja.
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Some further late order hitting was seen by Monaghan and Krishna. However, the dismissal of Rahul within the latter overs of the innings saw a well made 71 come to an end. His innings once again demonstrated the importance of early patience in order to cash in later in the innings.
Later order hitting by Monaghan and Pat Rice saw the Stags reach 8-234 within 50 overs.
Early troubles were seen for the Stags with the new ball as the Manly opening batsman attempted to up the run rate with them scoring 26 runs within the first 3 overs.
Matt Todd looks to rip through the Manly batting order
However, some smart bowling from Stickland saw the opening batsman cleaned up.
Some outstanding fielding was seen through Pat Rice within the outfield, as the batsmen were overly ambitious when challenging Rice from the boundary rope to fall victim to a direct hit. Manly, after some early wickets, set about restoring a partnership to further help their run chase, which accumulated, to 60.
Matt Todd entered to break the shackles of this partnership, and put Gordon back in to the match.
As a result of this wicket, Stickland was able to apply further pressure on the more experienced batsman in order to conclude his time at the crease with the score reaching 5-102 within 31 overs.
Tristan Cooper opens the shoulders and hit one back over the head of the Manly bowler
Stickland and Chauhan made it hard to score for batsman approaching the crease, which saw wickets falling at regular intervals with Stickland and Chauhan picking up wickets each during this stage of the game.
As a result of some built up pressure, unnecessary risks were seen through another run out by Rahul, which further improved the Stags’ chances of a bonus point victory.
A re-energised spell from Rice saw him concluding the match as he picked up two wickets with Manly ending their innings all out for 121 of 40 overs with the Stags also receiving a bonus point victory.
Rahul Krishna firstly performed with the bat, then again with the ball
Therefore, a very all rounded performance with the bat and ball concluded the Stags last game before Christmas as a comprehensive victory against a team within the top 3 has allowed Gordon to enter the top 6.
Hopefully the break will allow for greater performances to come within the second half of the season as Gordon continues to risk within the ranks.