Waratahs with Noses in front against Sharks - Monday News Rd 12 vs Sutherland (Wk 1)
Contributions from Lenton (58), Crosthwaite (44), Merchant (40) and Edgell (37) have left 1st Grade with a strong total in their clash against the Sharks, finishing at 9-307. 2nd Grade also had a strong team batting performance led by Ed Burgess (60), Ryan Farrell (58) and Jack Ritchie (50).
3rd grade had a somewhat forgettable day with the bat, however Zach Trewartha and Aidan Bariol restored some respectability to the total to take us to a defendable 149. With Sutherland 2-37 the game is right in the balance. 4th Grade's game is similarly placed, but in reverse - after rolling Sutherland for 124 we're 2-43 led by the indomitable Billy D'arcy on 18*. 5th Grade was held together by a crucial 68 from skipper Simon Waddington, while debutant Ed Hole (25) and Ben Kittelty (21) also made important contributions.
Another strong week of cricket from the Tahs this Saturday could potentially see another clean sweep to keep Sydney Uni at bay in the Club Championships stakes. After a consistent run of strong results in recent rounds, this week will be an especially good test of both the application and the depth of talent in the club as all grades strive to maintain their top-six status.
4 Pines Player of the Week - Simon Waddington
In a packed field this week, 5th Grade skipper Simon Waddington's vital 68 earns him the 4 Pines Player of the Week award. Also unlucky to miss out are Jay Lenton for his 58 in 1st Grade and most of 2nd Grade with three half-centuries (E. Burgess 60, R. Farrell 58 and J. Ritchie 50) helping them post 281 out at Glenn McGrath Oval.
Simon Waddington has captained 5th Grade admirably all year, resulting in them being placed 4th and with the best quotient in the grade. Despite this being his first half-century of the season, it isn't the first time Waddo has led from the front when the chips were down, with great knocks of 49 and 31 to help rescue the innings.
This was the case again on Saturday, with 5th Grade in a spot of a trouble before the skipper came in and steadied the ship. He batted most of the way through the innings, with he and debutant Ed Hole (25) helping to steer the Tahs towards a respectable 198. In reply, Sutherland are 0-9.
1st Grade - Manly 9/307 (Lenton 58, Crosthwaite 44, Merchant 42, T. Cruikshank 40) vs Sutherland
The team decided to play some soccer in warmups today instead of the usual game of touch footy which resulted in an absolute flogging from Lenton's team with 2 finishes from Cruikshank and Bomber.
We won the toss and elected to bat. On what looked like a belter Rawlings fell early chasing a wide one for 8. A solid partnership between Edgell and Crossy swung momentum to the good guys until Edgell was trapped in front for 37 with the score now 2-88. Shortly after, Crosthwaite fell for 44 after smashing the ball into his foot and it rolling back onto the stumps. Crossy was cruising out there and looked as if he was certain for another big score. Merchant and Lenton did a good job in rebuilding the innings before a mishap lead to Merchant being run out for 42 with the score now 4-179. Lenton kicked on with multiple sixes into the tennis courts before being bowled for 58. At tea, we had a target of around 330 set in mind. Bills and Cruikshank steadily pushed on before Timmy skied one on 40. The lower order Bills (25), Munting (19) and Mclachlan (12no) did a good job in helping us reach 307 even though they have not batted much in recent time. A few too many starts and no big scores was probably the main reason why we did not reach our target of 330. However, 307 should be enough to get the job done. After the day, Juicy was called into a meeting due to brushing the boys on Australia Day. After 30 minutes and some sidetracking on Juicy's part no real explanation was given and hence will pay a hefty fine next week. Good luck to those playing golf Sunday/Monday.
2nd Grade - Sutherland 1-33 vs Manly 281 (E. Burgess 60, R. Farrell 58, J. Ritchie 50, T. Kaye 45)
With yet another away fixture for the mighty second grade, we rocked up to Glen McGrath Oval to face the 12th placed Sutherland. It was the first two-day match since Christmas. so the boys all knew we had to switch our mindset back to the longer form of the game.
3rd Grade - Manly 149 (A. Bariol 36, Z. Trewartha 27, W. Evans 22, J. Daly 18) vs Sutherland 2-37  (W. Evans 2-7 )
Grahames looked a bit bowler friendly, pockets of grass, possibly not rock hard given the recent weather and overcast with humidity. Sutherland won the toss and had a bowl and unsurprisingly won the day. Cole (4) and Stewart (7) battled hard early against movement and an aggressive bowling attack and found it tough. Lance was pinned in front. Jordan (18) again looked good whilst at the other end Matt was finding it difficult to find fluency and he went sometime later caught behind.
Sam Hole (14) and Jordan tried to dig us out but Jordan had his stumps rattled. Apparently it was his helmet's fault. Sam Gainsford (8) hit a few in the middle before finding the edge and when Jake was cleaned up by a great ball that clipped the top of off we were in strife at 5/61. Zac (27) took the attack on, enjoying the respite with a few overs of spin before tea and he and Sam saw us through to tea at 5/81. Our plan to continue to rebuild after tea came apart with Sam LBW 2nd ball. Aiden Bariol (36 from 44) was the pick of our batsmen, hitting the ball well and running between the wickets aggressively. Zac hit the ball well but mistimed into the covers. Bariols and Evans (22) started to rebuild via a 45 run partnership but just as they started to get into stride Aiden got an underedge to a very slow leg spin delivery. Nick tapped back a fully and Evans was last man out top edging to backward square leg where a diving catch surprised everybody.
Sutherland had 20 overs to bat and Nick and Zac opened up with some accurate bowling. The openers looked comfortable enough despite the good pressure built by these guys. Evans (2/7) and Carden (0/7) both had 5 overs at them as well and care of a couple of snicks we were able to make a positive mark on the day. Jake was hitting a good length and he should be a handful next week. And if the nor’easter prevails and there is a bit of weather around this week there may be hope yet. Win this game and we'll take a huge step to the minor premiership so plenty of incentive there.
4th Grade - Sutherland 122 vs Manly 2-43 (D'arcy 18*) v Sutherland 124 (Joe Graham 2-7 , Jacob Graham 2-18 , J. Wood 2-18)
We rocked up to a 9 man Sutherland team, to discover 2 of their players were playing morning cricket...
Anyways we were sent in to bowl with falcs and wiggers to lead the attack. Didn't take long with wiggers taking the opening pole in his first few overs. A short time later falcs equalled the challenge and sent the other opening batsman back to the pavilion for not many.
Just after drinks the wickets started to come consistently with R B-P combining with Joel 'splinters' Wood on his debut 4th grade game to bowl excellent lines and lengths which tied down the batmen and bring the fall of wicket. Joel finishing with 2 and R B-P with 1.
Just before tea josh thought he would try some spin and we soon found out it was a good move with Will taking just the 1 and joey with 2, we had them 7-77 at tea. Didn't take long after the tea break for Jacob to make an appearance with a wicket on his first ball and a sneaky burgled 2 we wrapped them up for 122.
With 25 overs to bat club favourite Billy D'Arcy and joey graham opened the account. Joey was run out a little in to the innings and a solid performance from Billy saw us sitting at 2-43 at stumps.
5th Grade - Manly 198 vs Sutherland 0-9 (S. Waddington 68, E. Hole 25, B. Kittlety 21)
5th grade turned up to our first 2 day game in a while, at Mike Pawley Oval. We were competing against a team which hadn't won a game since their first round.
Sutherland won the toss and sent us in to bat on a standard Mike Pawley wicket.
Our openers Hamish Ferguson and Max Burgess consolidated well early on against some good swing bowling. We lost our top 3 batsmen early on, leaving it to debutant Ned Hole and the 5th grade captain Simon Waddington. Ned consolidated extremely well and pulled together a solid partnership after the loss of early wickets. Waddo seemed to find the middle all day, batting with leadership and keeping the runs ticking over consistently with some smashing boundaries. Waddo was dismissed on 68, an outstanding knock which held the team together. Ned Hole was superb on debut with 25.
Everyone else chipped in with scores including our other young debutant Jacob O'Sullivan. We ended being dismissed all out for 198 off 72 overs.
We ended up having 5 overs at the end of the day at them, building up good pressure with excellent bowling by Ben Kittlety and Will Denny. We were unfortunate to not take a wicket but we have all day next week to pull off another victory and keep the momentum going.