Club Championship in the Bag, Time to Towel up Whales as Finals Loom - Monday News Round 14 vs UNSW (Day 2)
An excellent spin performance in 2nd Grade by Dylan Marshall (5/48) and Luke Diserens (4/53) led them to an exceptional outright victory over UNSW to give them perfect momentum before the finals in a highly congested top 6. 3rd grade played an absolutely riveting match, claiming victory in the final over of the day with UNSW a nailbiting 3 runs from victory! As has been the tune all year it's this side's ability to get over the line in the close ones that has led to their growing momentum leading into finals. 4th Grade simply outclassed their UNSW opponents, rolling them for 159 with wickets shared barr Josh Wigney's 3-29, clinching the minor premiership going into the final round. 5th Grade also decimated UNSW by over 100 runs as Isaiah Vumbacca and Ryan Bishop-Perret dismantled the opposition with 4 a-piece, cleaning them up for a mere 156.
So with only one round match in the regular season and with all grades poised to make finals, this weekend's one-day fixture against Mosman is vital for the final positioning of all grades in the top 6. Let's finish the season off the way we've been doing it all year and bring home one last clean sweep against the Whales! Go Manly!!
4 Pines Player of the Week - Dylan Marshall
In yet another week characterised by excellent team and individual performances the awarding of The 4 Pines Brewery Player of the Week award again proved difficult. Despite this, talented 2nd Grade off-spinner Dylan "Shoulders" Marshall's clinical 5/48 off 25 overs could not be overlooked as he helped bowl 2nd grade to a rare outright win against UNSW.
Among his plentiful array of nicknames "The Milkman" has been known for his ability to always deliver, and it's this consistency that has created much of his success this year, especially in PG's where his bowling was clearly a cut above. Despite having an excessively enlarged cranium that at times has led to balance issues and subsequent foot injuries over the years, Dylan has proved an invaluable asset for any bowling attack when fit.
Throughout all this he has worked hard at the art of spin bowling for many years now, playing state-level cricket on numerours occasions as a junior, leading many to speculate that his exceptional bowling skills came from the enormity of his head. Whatever his secret may be it is working a charm at the moment as he continues to be a vital member of the 2nd grade bowling attack as they make their charge towards finals cricket.
Great Work Dylan!!
2nd Grade – Manly 6/133 (L. Edgell 28, T. Kaye 26*) def. UNSW 97 (M. Visser 4/38, L. Diserens 2/29) & 153 (D. Marshall 5/48 , L. Diserens 4/53)
With two games remaining in the season, the 2nd grade boys were looking to consolidate their strong position on the ladder, and continue their impressive run of form heading into the finals series.
Stand in skipper Aidan Baker won the toss and elected to bowl on a very, seamer friendly wicket. Mickey Visser and Mitchell Pugh opened up and with superb line and length bowling. It took all of 2 overs to rip through the majority of their top order, with the score 3-0. Their consistent bowling continued throughout the early stages of the match and were then complimented by more economical bowling from Luke Diserens, Dylan Marshall and Luke Edgell. The boys fielded really well with Walter and Edgell taking great catches. With wickets falling regularly, UNSW were eventually bowled out for a well below par 97.
It was a really good effort by the boys to restrict them to such a low score. Ralphy and Bomber went out to bat and got off to a flyer. Bomber hitting elegant straight drives for fun whilst Ralphy was finding his feet at the other end knocking the ball around and rotating the strike. Unfortunately after their 40 run opening stand, we lost 3-10 with the two openers departing for well compiled starts, and Walter missing out. Baker and Richie then steadied the ship before getting out with 20, and 10 runs to win on first innings. With the score at 5-87, Mitchell Pugh and Tom Kaye batted with strong intent ticking the scoreboard over as we passed their score with relative ease, reaching 6-130 at the end of the first days play.
Day 2 saw the Tahs declare overnight with an outright victory in sight. We sent them back in and got off to another terrific start, taking 3-50 in the first session. After lunch we continued to toil on what was a fairly flat deck. Although it wasn’t his best spell of the summer, Luke Diserens was able to dismiss set batsmen, which helped us massively in the search for 10 points. Dylan Marshall bowled an outstanding spell with great control and patience. With the batsmen offering donuts, he still managed to outclass the opposition with few conditions in his favour. With impressive figures off 5-48 off 25, we edged closer to a second innings win, bowling them out for 153.
With 31 overs left in the day, the boys needed 118 for the outright victory. Similarly to the first innings Luke Edgell got off to a strong start as Ralph unfortunately was dismissed cheaply. Edgell and Ritchie put on an important 79 run stand with an array of great shots, you could tell these two a class above. Edgell was then dismissed for 41 and Walter soon followed. Cubby kept the innings together by punishing bad balls regularly and saw us home with 3 overs and 6 wickets to spare.
A great effort from the boys, 10 points isn’t something achieved very often and it has set the team up well, placing 2nd Grade in 2nd place with one round to go.
3rd Grade – Manly 221  (S. Hole 91*, L. Grant 51, S. Gainsford 27) def UNSW 219  (L. Grant 3/49 , 3/41 )
3rds day 2 v UNSW
With just 201 required with 10 wickets in hand we were hopeful that some of the scattered showers made their way to David Phillips to give the deck a bit of pep but not to be, a very flat, grassless, hard wicket was presented so we knew we had our work cut out. Buoyed by our delicious egg& bacon rolls and coffee from Dawesy’s Butcher’s café we had an energetic warm up and this flowed into our game all day.
UNSW started like last week, a bit edgy, 3rd ball going through a vacant 3rd slip for Nick (1/45). It got worse with Nick’s next over where a regulation snick was well caught by Jordan at 1st slip (the first of 5 catches headed his way. All of which he caught well) , however a no ball. We take a wicket every 36 balls this year and this was our 64th no ball at an average of one very 74 balls. Unsure what this means but it took 15 mins to work out so it’s staying. Luke Grant (3/49 from 24) toiled all day into the stiffening breeze. He got us started getting a bat renowned for occasional heavy scoring well caught again by Jordan at 1st slip to make it 1/40. Their number 3 soaked up 25 balls to get off the mark, proceeded to loft Luke down the ground for 4 then got out leading edging to Evans at mid on to make it 2/50.
Jake (1/36) bowled a handy first spell unrewarded and Ryan Farrell (3/41 from 21) entered the scene. He bowled with great control immediately and had them fizzing and turning. Evans (2/23) bowled well in tandem with Ryan and an 8 over spell from these two picked up 2/1 care of an edge to Daly from Ryan and snick to Barriol for Evans. This put them 4/70. Two decent bats saw them go to tea strongly placed at 4/110.
After tea our plan to rest Ryan for a few and give the seamers a crack did not get rewarded with runs, not exactly flowing (they did score 219 from 93 overs afterall) but not threatening either. Evans had one ball left in his spell and he managed to get a mis hit very well caught by Gummer in the covers to make it 5/140. Not long after Ryan did it again, edge to Daly to get rid of the other well set bat, 6/150 odd. Their #8 had a crack and looked likely to take the game away from us. But, once again, an edge to Daly from Ryan saw them 7 /190. The runs came at a trickle now, save for a slog over mid on for 6 from Grant. Carden picked up a great low caught and bowled. The new ball was past due and we decided to go for it with Grant and Toomey hoping to get the last two wickets. Luke picked up an LBW to make it 9/210 with 15 mins to go. We were well ahead of the over rate. The number 11 had an awkward technique but looked like he was watching the ball carefully. Nick bowled with good pace to get balls through him but nothing happening. We rushed into place to commence the 93rd over at 5.29:59. The umpires agreed we had time. UNSW needed 3 to win and is there anything better than seeing an off peg knocked back in such a situation? I doubt it with Toomey getting to be the hero. I knew someone would, always confident of winning this one. We did not have decisions go our way but we fought through it and came away with a great close win.
Keeps us in 3rd spot. A win against Mosman will place us in the top 3, anyone’s guess exactly where.
4th Grade – Manly 259 (E. Burgess 107, Z. Trewartha 80) def UNSW 159 (J. Wigney 3/29)
After winning the toss the boys went into bat with confidence after there captain arrived late. However the boys got off to a bad start at were 3-10 very quickly. However Eddie Burgess and Jack Edwards consolidated before Jack departed.
Zach joined Eddie and the two put on a masterclass hitting the bowlers to all parts of the ground. Eddie bought up his ton and unfortunately fell soon after, batting very well for 103. Zach continued batting strongly and bought up his 50 with will accompanying before departing for 15.
JP joined Zach and the two got quick runs, both hitting large bombs before JP fell. Zach fell soon after for a scintillating 83. The boys lost quick wickets and were all out for 259.
Wiggers and falcs started off and bowled good channels with Wiggers taking a wicket. Samoz and Wiggers finished the day off with unsw on 1-24 off 15.
Wiggers and Samoz started off the day and bowled fantastic channels creating really good pressure. After numerous maidens from both bowlers wiggers took the first wicket of the day. The bowlers continued toiling away bowling good channels with samoz and zach both picking up a wicket each. Falcs and joey came on and both bowled good areas with both taking a wicket. Will came on and took a wicket and bowled well in tandem with joey. Unsw started to form a strong partnership and dug in when they were 7 down. However jp took the new ball with instant success with wiggers breaking the partnership, which ultimately turned the game. Falcs and wiggers built good pressure resulting in a direct hit run out from zach from point. Falcs took the last wicket to secure the win for the boys and also the minor premiership for fourth grade.
5th Grade – Manly 8/264 (B. D'Arcy 78, J. Pickering 54) def UNSW 156 (R. Bishop-Perret 4/48 , I. Vumbacca 4/46 )5th grade returned to David Phillips north looking to take 6 points from a struggling UNSW side. After finishing at 8/264 the week before, captain Simon Waddington declared, confident the total was enough to defend. Ryan Bishop-Perrett and Isaiah Vumbacca were the pick of the bowlers both taking 4 poles while restricting the scoring of the UNSW side.
Jacob graham was the only other bowler to take a wicket, breaking the crucial partnership of the two old blokes and finishing with figures of 1/4 off 9 overs. Special mention must go to Tom Kelly and Joel Mason who fielded like animals all day. TK even bagged a spectacular run out in his last game for the year. All in all it was good game for the manly boys.