1st Grade v SYDNEY UNIVERSITY: lost by 102 runs at Coogee: 77 to 179 & 4 -150:
After a week's rain it was a good toss to win and Sydney University were sent in to bat. Despite losing state opener Ryan Carters for eight to Jake Wilson, the score mounted steadily. The second breakthrough came at 59 when Jake Scicluna ran out 'bogey-man' Scott Henry and when skipper Adam Semple bowled Larkin the match was even at 3 - 69. Ten runs later however, young Nathan Ellis was introduced into the attack with devastating results. For the addition of just six runs the students lost five wickets to be 8 - 82 and when Ellis struck again for his fifth wicket the score was teetering at 9 - 101. However, a defiant partnership of 78 with the last two at the crease restored the initiative to some extent and when Semple bowled Cowell the score of 179 looked within reach. Ellis finished with 5 - 37 off 17 overs, Semple 2 - 35 off 14 overs, Wilson 1 - 18 off 11 overs and Daniel Sams 1 - 54 off 20 overs.
In the run chase for a place in the Grand Final it was a disastrous start with Shah, Stapleton and Eaton back in the pavilion with just 15 on the board. Worse was to follow at 28 with Nathan Price and Anthony Sams, who had taken five catches behind the stumps in the Student's innings, both gone. By stumps we were a shaky 5 - 55 with Semple on 4 and Daniel Sams on 19. Day two brought little joy with the Student's fast bowlers gaining plenty of help from the pitch to take the last five wickets for just 22 to have us on the ropes and all out for 77. An attempt to knock them over a second time in search for an outright win proved fruitless and by mid-afternoon they were cruising at 4 - 150 in perfect batting conditions when a halt to the game was called and it was all over for another season.
5th Grade v MANLY-WARRINGAH: lost by 54 runs at Mike Pawley: 116 to 170:
The decision to send Manly in to bat after a lengthy rain delay was looking good after Cooper Smith, Nick Saady and Brandon McLean struck early to have the Sea Eagles struggling at 5 - 62. However, a partnership of 76 led by the competition's second highest run-maker restored some initiative to the home team to get the score to 6 - 138. But with Saady back into the attack, the lower half of the batting line-up fell apart to be all out for 170 as the pace-man went through them to finish with 5 - 31 off 24 overs. Cooper's 2 - 30 and McLean's 2 - 44 were also major contributions. With Manly having batted for 92 overs we had 40 overs to run down the target and win a place in the Grand Final. Although Neale Crawford and Ash Burton were out early, at 2 - 43 the chase was on track. However, the next six wickets crumbled under the pressure for just 42 to see the score a struggling 8 -8 5. Nick Saady gave it his all however, with 34 off 50 balls and when he was last man out at 116 the season was over for our promising youngsters.
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