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The Rock-itt : February 2012
Manly's A W Green Shield Campaign 2011-12 Manly has completed the minimum 7 matches of this summer's A W Green Shield Campaign, arguably the world's premier Under 16 Representative Cricket Challenge with a record of Played 6 with one washout against Bankstown, won 3, lost 2 and tied 1. The first three games were played in December 2011 against Sydney University (away), Randwick Petersham (away) and a washout at Manly Oval the next day just before the Christmas break. The lads should have beaten both the teams away but just could not string together enough runs on each day to secure victory but the matches were hard fought and the bowling and fielding improved with each game. With the SCG Test behind us and the New Year's optimism ahead the team travelled to Asquith to play the Northern Districts. Once again runs were hard to come by on a slow outfield and a wicket that was tired and keeping low. In a marvelous display of bowling and catching the lads narrowly won and 2012 had started the way we had hoped it would. Three more games were scheduled at the lovely Manly Oval and the lads were looking forward to the challenges of playing higher placed unbeaten sides, Campbelltown Camden and Gordon, two days apart. Chasing 188 for victory on a good wicket, Manly steadily lost wickets and once the Campbelltown Captain Thorn came back for his final spell wickets started tumbling and the match concluded with a strange umpiring decision with the home side one run light of the visitors total. But in amazing circumstances it was revealed that Manly had in fact tied the scores at 187 and the points were shared. This was a considerable boost to the spirits of the players and coaches although of course it meant that the side would not qualify for the finals series. Confidence brimming, the concept of chasing totals of this size had brought the necessary belief that may have been missing at the start of the campaign. Gordon could only manage 175 off their 60 overs with the local bowling proving too effective with young speedster Matt Levene continuing to cause mayhem with the visiting top orders, ably assisted by Under 15 rep player Zac Trewartha. Luckily Captain James Boyer with a fine 59 runs and his Vice Captain Sam Hole, with a stylish 70 broke the back of the Gordon resistance and the total was passed 4 wickets down. That left the final game against Blacktown to be negotiated and the key concern here was complacency having beaten or matched two other top teams; Blacktown were in a lowly position and it was essential that the side rounded off their season with another empathic win to demonstrate to all that this side was full of sterner stuff. Once again Matt Levene was first class in his aggression and accuracy and took 3 wickets increasing his tally during 5 games to 14 wickets for the campaign. This is an outstanding achievement from an Under 15 year old who will take this experience into next summer's campaign and grow from this. Blacktown could only manage 141 from their 60 overs on a green tinged wicket which played well. Manly passed this total with few concerns but 5 wickets down with James Crombie finishing off the job in report by Simon Lyon, photos by Ian Bird Matt Levene James Crombie