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Defending Premiers bow out as Sydney Uni end the Waratah's season - Monday News - 3rd Grade Semi Final


With the 3rd Grade side one step closer to defending their title after a dominating performance against Eastern Suburbs, the Travelsim Waratahs ventured out to Sydney University with the hopes of reaching the second consecutive grand final. Warren's men unfortunately went down to a class Sydney University outfit that proved to be too much for the boys. With rain affecting a large majority of the second day's play, the Waratahs were in strife at 3-14 at the first stoppage of play. The boys preceeded to get back on the park after hours of trying to get the field suitable for play. The Tah's were only given 36 overs to chase down a further 208 runs for victory. Unfortunately our horrid start and consistent wickets falling saw few of the batsmen get set and ultimately, saw the defending premiers 2015/16 season, come to an end.

This unfortunately wraps up the Travelsim Waratahs 2015/16 season with all teams now out of contention for titles.  A big thankyou on behalf of the playing group, to the volunteers, the sponsors, and the Grade cricket nuffies for all of their support this year.  The boys will be back bigger and stronger in the 2016/17 season.

Go Manly!

4 Pines Players of the Week - Luke Edgell

This week’s 4 Pines Player of the Week goes to the club favourite Luke "Bomber" Edgell.  After missing a few games in recent times, Luke returned to the park on Saturday and put in a stellar performance and arguably led the way with the ball for the Manly boys on Day 1. With impressive figures of 3/31 off 17.3 overs, he deservedly is named 4 Pines Player of the Week. 

Well Done Big Fella!



3rd Grade: Sydney University 221 (L. Edgell 3/31, J. Wigney 2/46) vs Manly 148 (J. Graham 37, W. Evans 31, D. Marshall 28*)

An interesting start to the game when it was confirmed SU were given the green light to play 4 players that had not met the agreed semi-final criteria, given permission by the SCA for no apparent reason. Having a pre toss chat with Ash Cowan, SU's capt, he was staggered that they got the go ahead for them. But good luck to Sydney Uni, we would have tried to do the same. Anyway we won the toss and decided to have a bowl on the tacky surface. It was going to flatten out for 5 sessions of good batting conditions but given the rain forecast for Sunday we thought we would give ourselves a chance by having a bowl.

Josh Wigney (2/46 from 29) clean bowled their opener to make it 1 for 2. There was life in the wicket but early wickets were going to be critical, maybe 4 down by lunch would be required. When Wiggers picked up the #3 well caught by Edwards in the gully in the 12th over to make it 2/20 we were on our way. To their credit the opener and #4 battled hard. Plenty of play n misses were happening but not the snick. They got to lunch 2/60 from 36 overs.

After lunch SU kept their slow progress up and a stalemate was fast approaching. Eventually Luke Edgell (3/31 from 17) got the edge to 2nd slip to make it 3/88 off about 50 overs. Edwards (1/29 from 17) then got rid of the #4 to make it 4/103. When Dylan (1/47 from 15) dismissed the #5 well caught by Ash at 1st slip to make it 5/105 we were starting to feel a bit more comfortable. Their capt came out swinging and the #6 was wanting to play some shots but Evans (1/20 from 10) dropped short and was top edged to mid on to make it 6/124.

Marshall went down sick at the tea break and Sam Hole came on to field and the ball followed him around. Firstly a catch to end a threatening partnership from Trewartha's bowling (1/9 from 4) to make it 7/151. Soon after the capt hit one down Sam's throat at deep mid off from Joe Graham (1/38 from 29) who was toiling away nicely to make it 8/161.

At this point we decided to take the new ball against two new batsmen. They batted well and added 50 to take the score to 211 before Edgell got the edge to Daly. Soon after a similar result with an edge to Ash at 1st slip to have them all out for 221 from 103 overs.

We had 1 over to deal with and it was uneventful, except for the walk off where SU ripped in. Bill loved it.

Next morning the clouds were very heavy and literally perfect bowling conditions on a fresh pitch. The rain came in at 10.30 but a lot of damage was done in that 30 mins with Bill's leading edge to short cover, Luke's chop onto foot and trickle onto stumps and Jack's first baller, given out caught behind. We were suddenly 3/8. Daly (8) and Graham (37) got us to 3/14 when it bucketed down. A top class oval should be able to cope with 30 mins of heavy rain and 45 mins of steady rain but Uni #1 was drenched. Manly boys, including lots of help from lower grade supporters Ned Hole, Jacob Graham and Joel Wood all pitched in and worked continuously for 4 hours bucketing water off the playing surface. SU have a large Super Sopper that was going to mop everything up within an hour but unfortunately the engine cut out.

Eventually we had 36 overs to score 208 runs. Not impossible although difficult on the slow outfield. We were never in it losing regular wickets. Graham batted well as did Trewartha (23), Evans (31 – drawing equal with Zac on 15 bombs for the year with another two added), Dylan (28no) again showing good form with the bat but the wickets fell regularly and we needed a top order bat to bat through but that did not happen. We were bowled out for 145 with 4 overs to go.

Not a great finish to the season – I reckon bright, sunny conditions would have meant a good game but you can't pre-order that unfortunately.

My annual report summary will contain all the important things but once again a big thanks to the help over the weekend – coaches there all day, Peter Garlic scoring for us all day everyday this year, Todd Harper for his help and humour, Wrighty for his support and the boys that came out and enjoyed themselves on day 1.

Warren Evans

Waratah TV

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"A collection of Sydney Uni wickets as 3's toiled well on Day 1"

"Expansive stroke play was seen at 3's, as rain affected the Semi-Final"

Premiership Hopes Still Alive With 3's - Monday News - Qualifying Finals vs Easts & ND's - 2 Dayer


It was a weekend split between heartbreak and triumph as 3rd and 4th grade took to the fields in their respected qualifying finals.

3rd grade were victorious over Easts and find themselves in the Semi-Final next week against Sydney University. In what looked a dodgy start, being 5/46, we rescued the innings thanks to Zach Trewartha and posted a respectable 205. Our bowling line-up then did the job on day 2, Josh Wigney the highlight taking 5fa, and closing out the match just before the rain hit.

4th grade sadly saw their season come to a close this weekend, as minor premiers Northern Districts were just too good. Sent in on a deck that was doing a bit, the boys found themselves in real trouble at 5/15 after 5 overs and scrambled to 144. This was ultimately never going to be enough against the top side of the comp and ND's powered past us at 2/238 before the captains called it a match. However, a certainly respectable season for skipper Max Burgess and I'm sure the boys will be even hungrier for silverware next season.

Go Manly!

4 Pines Players of the Week - Zach Trewartha

This week’s 4 Pines Player of the Week was a a tough one to split between 2 class individual performances in 3rd Grade. With 5/46 in the qualifying final, Josh Wigney can consider himself unlucky to miss out this week, however, Zach Trewartha's game changing innings was too good to pass up this round.

In a backs to the wall situation Zach entered the crease with third grade 5 wickets down, for only 46 runs. What proceeded after that point took some real talent, skill and guts as Zach posted 72 runs in a partnership that turned the game on it's head, guiding 3's to a very defendable 205 and ultimately the victory.

It was a curageous innings at a crucial time for 3's, so it's with great pleasure we award Zach with this weeks 4 Pines Player of the Week

Congratulations Zach!



3rd Grade: Manly 205 (Z. Trewartha 72, D. Marshall 28, W. Evans 22*) def. Easts 127 (J. Wigney 5/46, J. Edwards 3/17, J. Graham 2/23)

Sunny, strong southerly, firm pitch with some grass. Lost toss and sent in. Darcy and Edwards looked good early on against moving ball until Bill (5) chased and tickled. Joe found it a little tough batting at 3 but battled hard and got through a tough period. Pitch lively enough to keep you honest and Easts bowling in right areas. Jack (21) started to look very strong before he was disappointed with a close LBW decision. Next 18 mins was ugly with Jordan (2), Joe (4) and Aiden (0) all snicking off to take it from 1/39 to 5/46.

Zac (72) and Ash (23) scrapped to lunch to make it 5/61. These blokes battled hard after lunch and formed a match changing partnership. 65 very valuable runs were added and confidence grew. Zac was hitting out nicely and Ash was biding his time. A good bit of bowling had him edging to 2nd slip to make it 6/110. Dylan (23) then joined in and he too battled hard and another great 55 run partnership was formed. Zac showed great composure in getting to 72 and looked like he may have got a big one before he got a bit too aggressive to their spinner and top edged to make it 7/164.

Dylan and Evans looked to get us to tea but Dylan was bowled of his back leg and Wiggers went in the same over to make it 9/172. Falcs (6 from 59) came in and he and Evans (22no) added 33 for the last wicket. Great runs and Evans was hoping for another over to have a go but the dismissal of Falcs was OK as we had 200+ and a nasty little 17 over period for the Dolphins.=

Wigney (5/46 from 19) looked in great rythym and bowled an accurate bouncer early on which resulted in a simple catch to mid wicket. Falcs kept it tight before we brought on our surprise packet Edwards (3/17 from 17) who bowled a great spell into the breeze getting a nick to Bariol. Wiggers then bowled a jaffer for Daly to take a sharp one at 2nd slip. Edwards cashed in on the pressure when their best bat had an ugly swipe at a cut only to snick it to end the day at 4/26.

The weather at the beginning of day 2 looked threatening but we took the field and it took a while before Wiggers got an edge. The nightwatchman was doing a great job, occupying the crease and a partnership formed to take it from 5/36 to 74 before Jack in a returning spell got an edge. Manly had very attacking fields and Easts put themselves under a bit of pressure with their slow going and we got our reward. Soon after the pesky nightwatchman fell in a similar way caught well by Jack in the gully from Wiggers to make it 7/76. With a bit of a rush on for more overs prior to lunch we managed to scrape in an extra one (good idea not to move the board hey Joe?) Joe( 2/23 from 9) bowled a beautiful arm ball that had the #9 shouldering arms and pinned in front.

At 8/80 only weather was going to stop us and it tried it's best. Wet and cold just as play was meant to resume. Covers not covering whole square nor runs ups. Massive logs for weighing it down, radar looking crap, get a break, take it all off, put it all back on as another shower comes in, do it all again and suddenly we are a bit worried. It cleared enough, and thanks to Easts for chipping in and the great hands on work from both umpires, we were able to get under way, losing about an hour. Numbers 8 & 10 both looked pretty good as another band of rain started to build up. Thankfully Joe's arm ball struck again with another LBW to make it 9/115. Rain probably about 10-15 mins away and a lot of it. Wiggers produced a masterstroke, clipping off stump to end the innings. Within 10 mins it was hammering down and I reckon no chance to get back on.

A great finish for a well deserved win. We displayed heaps of maturity in our fightback and our bowling was relentless. Well done to Wiggers for a massive display of quality fast bowling and to Jack for delivering terrific spells as well. All bowlers kept the pressure on and we were the better team across the two days except for the 18 mins on day 1.

Looking forward to a semi final rematch with Syd Uni this weekend.

Warren Evans

Waratah TV

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"Zac Trewartha rescuing 3rd Grade at Waverley Oval"

"Josh Wigney skittles Easts taking 5/46"

4th Grade: Manly 144 (M. Burgess 36, J. Graham 27, W. Outred 26) def by. Northern Districts 2/238 (J. Graham 1/30, D. McKenna 1/52)

4th Grade turned up to Mark Taylor Oval to play first placed Northern Districts, in what was a highly anticipated quarter final encounter. Following a considerable amount of precipitation during the week, the square was evidently quite damp, and the groundsman was forced to prepare the same pitch as the previous week due to a lack of preparation time.

Maxwell called incorrectly and we were sent into bat, with Gummer and Hole opening up. Centre was marked a little too easily, revealing the soft muddy layer under the firm surface. We got off to a terrible start, losing Gumms to a mix-up on the second ball, then Boyer clean-bowled by his first ball. Crombie, Poole and Hole soon followed, leaving us in a real predicament at 5-15 after 5 overs.

Burgess and Outred then steadied the ship nicely, with some solid defence combined with calculated counter-attacks. The pair took the score to 47 before Outred was caught in-front for a very valuable 26. Jacob Graham came in and helped the skipper Maxy to re-build, with both batsmen defending diligently. They got us to lunch at about 6-80, which was a considerable effort following our disastrous start.

The strategy changed post-lunch, as we decided to go back on the attack and put on as many quick runs as possible. It worked quite well, with Burgo and Graham playing some nice shots and putting the pressure back on NDs. Graham was run-out for 27, losing the desire to slide his bat, and Burgess followed soon after for 36, as he skied the spinner, trying to hit him back to Manly. McKenna came in and launched an assault on the NDs attack, taking a particular liking to the off-spinner, hitting him for two of the cleanest straight bombs you will see. He was the last wicket to fall for a quick 25, and we were all out for 144 in the 50th.

We knew we had to take quick wickets to give ourselves a decent chance of rolling them, but unfortunately the early poles didn't come. McKenna and Bishop-Perret opened up well, but the NDs batsmen started strongly on the ever-flattening surface and fast outfield. Jacob got a break through just after tea, clean bowling the keeper after he started cramping up. We then shelled a few chances against the new batsmen, allowing him to build some momentum with his crafty late cuts. Meanwhile, the other batsmen continued to play his same brand of boring yet defiant cricket. NDs finished the day at 1-111, and while we knew our backs were up against the wall, we were still positive we could get a result on the Sunday with another 104 overs left in the game

We returned Sunday morning full of energy and confidence (although Sam Hole was hungover). We started well, with Dan nicking off the lefty in the 3rd over. Unfortunately that was the only joy of the day, as the NDs batsmen knuckled down defiantly, shutting down any form of attack that Super Skipper Burgess threw at them. Even the surprise forced landing of a helicopter on the oval wasn't enough to shake the batsmen, although Sam Hole was grateful for the surprise interval, giving him a chance for a quick power-nap. When play resumed, NDs eventually passed us 2 down, then picked up the run-rate ever so slightly. We remained up-beat for the whole day, willing a miracle to happen and keen to get in and set a quick total, but unfortunately it wasn't to be. Maxy decided to call it quits at the drinks break before Tea, and it was timely as a big storm hit and forced us off the ground. We shook hands, and congratulated NDs on a great performance, and a well-deserved semi-finals birth. Best of luck next week.

We will be back bigger and better next year!

Good luck to 3s next weekend. Go Manly!

Adam Gummer

Crosthwaite and Bishop-Perrett Steal the Dragons Fire - Monday News - Rd15 vs St George - One Dayer


The TravelSim Waratahs have ended the regular season with 3 wins and a few remarkable performances against St. George. 1st grade required a bonus-point victory to have a chance of playing finals cricket, and they delivered just that on the back of an incredible 108 from just 63 balls by James Crosthwaite in pursuit of 220. Unfortunately, a few results didn't go the Waratahs way and Adam Crosthwaite's side tragically miss out on finals cricket by just 1 point. The boys can be very proud of there season and the emergence of a few young players including Ryan Farrell and Jarrod Rawlings. Special mention to Tom Kaye and Sam Gainsford who also made there debuts in the top grade over the weekend, well done guys!

2nd grade concluded there season with another narrow loss. Captain Hamman, in what could be his final game for the club scored 56, however it wasn't to be Manly's day as The Dragons chased 152 for the loss of 8 wickets. 3's qualified for finals on the back of a comprehensive win at Harold Fraser Oval. Runs to most of the top-order setup an imposing 260 which St. George never looked like chasing as they were all out for 209. Warren Evan's side will take on Eastern Suburbs in what is a rematch of last season's final.

4th grade had a narrow loss, with Ryan Bishop-Perrett producing one of the spells of the season in there defence of 103. Ryan ended the day with figures of 6/16, taking the edge of all top-6 batsmen. Unfortunately, St. George chased the runs 9 down in the final over of the day, meaning Max Burgess's side travel to Northern Districts next week to take on the minor premiers. Finally, 5's ended there season with a tight win on th back of 48* and 2 wickets to Isiah Vumbaca.

The TravelSim Waratahs ended the season in 9th place on the Club Championship, not quite last seasons incredible success but a reasonable finish none-the-less. We look forward to next week where our 3rd and 4th grades begin what will hopefully be a strong finals campaign.

Go Manly!

4 Pines Players of the Week - Ryan Bishop-Perrett & James Crosthwaite

This week’s 4 Pines Player of the Week has been shared between James Crosthwaite and Ryan Bishop-Perrett, who both achieved outstanding performances in 1st and 4th grade respectively over the weekend.

James Crosthwaite opened the batting in 1st grades chase of 220, knowing that the total had to be chased down in less than 30 overs in order for his side to have any hope of finals cricket. 79 minutes and 63 balls later, 'Crossy' had smashed the ball to absolute all parts of the ground and set the stage for the Waratahs to chase the total down in 25 overs. A truly remarkable innings from a remarkable cricketer who has scored 3 centuries this season and averaged over 55. Well done James!

Our second winner this week is none other than 'RBP' who produced a masterclass in fast-bowling to decimate St. George's top-order in 4th grade. Known as one of the hardest workers at the club, Ryan finally got all the rewards he deserves with a spell that those that witnessed won't forget in a hurry. 'RBP' had figures of 6/9 at one point, dismissing all top 6 batsmen with edges to the wicketkeeper and slips. It's wonderful to see Ryan finding form on the verge of finals, and we hope he can keep this up next weekend in 4's do-or-die quarter-final against Northern Districts.

Congratualtions to both James and Ryan!

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1st Grade: St. George 9/216 (M. Alexander 3/28, M. White 2/37) def by. Manly 2/220 (J. Crosthwaite 108, J. Ritchie 62, J. Lenton 30*)

Going into the last round game against 4th placed St George we needed a bonus point and other results to go our way in order to make the semis. We won the toss and bowled to be able to chase whatever they got in under 30 overs for the bonus point.

In a special day for Tommy Kaye, Sam Gainsford and both their families, these boys made their first grade debuts for manly. This was well deserved for both of them and something they should be extremely proud of, well done legends I'm stoked I was able to be on the field with you for it.

The bowling group really stood up and bowled well, nicko and Whitey were unlucky not to pick up a couple in the opening spell. Mattos got the first wicket when they were on 50, we then picked up 2 more quick ones to have them 3-60. Their next pair then put on 65 for the 4th wicket before mattos again got the breakthrough. We then took constant wickets and bowled really tight to restrict st George to 9-216 off their 50. All the quicks bowled outstanding along with cubby who bowled a tight 7 overs for us.

So we needed 217 in 30 overs (7 and a half and over) for a bonus point and a chance at making the semis. This should of been a tough chase, but James, newly appointed team veteran, and cubby, pulled off something really special. They put on 173 off the first 16 overs for the first wicket, Cubby made an unbelievable 62 off 48 balls whilst James Crosthwaite scored one of the most ridiculous hundreds ever seen. The mad dog finished on 108 off 63 balls with 13 fours and 5 sixes, only to be cooked by jay and getting run out. This was one of those special innings that people will talk about for a long time. Jay (30) wacked a few at the end to finish off the chase, reaching the 217 in the 25th over for the loss of 2 wickets. This was one of the great wins and the great chases, a game we will remember for a long time. Unfortunately even with the bonus point it was not enough to into the top 6, with both the other teams getting bonus points as well, leaving us 1 point out of 6th.

It wasn't to be for us this year, we had such a strong side that could have gone all the way if we snuck into the semis. It's been an awsome year fellas enjoy the break and we'll come back better next year. Special mention to juicy who is one of the greats, tireless effort from you all year juice we appreciate everything you do for us.

Go manly

2nd Grade: Manly 152 (R. Hamman 56) def by. St. George 8/153 (A. Baker 2/23, L. Diserens 2/27, T. Beatty 2/33)

It was round 15 the last game of the season against St George. If they won this they would make it to finals, so we didn't want to give them a chance.

When we turned up the ground was covered in a heavy due. The wicket also looked like it was going to be slow. We still wanted to bat first. Rowan Hamman and Jarved opened up. The aim was to get through the first few overs to take the shine off the ball to make it easier for the rest of the line-up. Jarved was unlucky to snick off on a good ball, which brought Aiden Baker to the crease. The two of them started to create a partnership when Aiden also was caught behind. The problem was no one could bat with Rowan to get us to a decent score. In the middle of all the wickets Rowan knew he had to stand up. He was at his best getting a solid 50 but was unlucky to fall just after. None of the other batsmen looked set at the crease but quick runs from Jake Cardan and Mickey Edwards brought the score to 152.

The bowlers knew what they needed to do to keep the runs down. We also had the advantage of the slow Grahams wicket, which would be hard for the batsmen to score on. The St George batsmen never looked set, losing quick wickets throughout the run chase. Then there number 7 came out, and he and his partner blocked it out for a good 10 overs. All the bowlers balled great line a length throughout the day, but it wasn't enough in the end, with St George chasing it down with 2 overs to spare.

Will Akhurst

Waratah TV

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"Rowan Hamman struck the ball cleanly for 56 in his last match for 2nd Grade."

"2nd Grade were right in the hunt on Saturday with some great wicket taking deliveries"

3rd Grade: St. George 209 (J. Graham 3/39, J. Wigney 2/37, D. Marshall 2/53) def. by Manly 4/260 (B. D'Arcy 74, Z. Trewartha 68, J. Daly 55*, J. Edwards 49)

For those that hadn't played at the tucked away Harold Fraser, they were in for a pleasant surprise. A very nice suburban oval that could easily host higher graders with a dressing room refurb. The pitch was made for batting and we won our 4th toss of the year and had a bat.

They opened up with a spinner and first ball he dragged it down to be about 6 inches short of a good length and Bill D'Arcy (74 from 117) could have taken the easy option of tapping it back (and looking at this spinners' figures over the year was what he was probably expecting) but instead Bill leant back and smashed it hard for 4 through mid wicket. He and Jack both looked untroubled in the opening overs and got us off to a solid 4-5 rpo over start. Again Jack was at another level, cruising to 49 from 63 balls with a mix of deft touches and hard hitting. It was a great start with Bill working the ball for plenty of singles and Jack looking to attack. In the 22nd over Jack got an under edge to a half tracker from the med and was scooped up by the keeper. Aiden (3) played an attacking shot trying to keep the momentum going only to be caught at mid on to make it 2/87 in 26.

Daly (55no from 56) then joined Bill and they added 69 in 14 overs. Bill was exhausted with the hard running Daly put him through but the running between wickets was exceptional, hopefully we can still do this in two day cricket. Bill opened up his shoulders and looked to smash everything towards the end of his innings and was batting well, middling most of them however a wide full toss down the leg side saw him over balance and stumped to make it 3/147 in the 40th. Good batting from here will give us a competitive low 200 total. Here's hoping.

Zac (68 from 48 with 5 towering sixes) enjoyed himself. He was very hard to contain, even on the large oval. All of his sixes were hit long and most talked about was the one that went deep into a neighbouring property. The one that stuck out for me was the low hard carve over the covers that went for 6. Again, I hope we can do this in finals cricket as well.

The running between wickets went to another level, Daly having the hands of a surgeon with his placement and the legs of a marathon runner with his running. It was great to watch these young blokes pick of so many extras. They added 105 in 9 overs. Arsh then faced 0 balls but ran well to add a further 13 with Daly. Daly showing his smarts when the last balll was delivered wide of off stump. Instead of having a go he let it go for a wide. The bowler tightened his line only to see the last ball sail well over mid wicket for a towering 6 to finish things off.
Saints started well against Wiggers (2/37) and Falcs (1/38). Both bowled better lines than previously and Wiggers was all over the left hander. The other bloke started to find the middle and looked dangerous. With the run rate building they attempted a bad run and was easily run out to make it 1/67. Evans (0/19) was dispatched and Graham (3/39) came on and had an immediate impact picking up a smart C&B to get rid of the dangerous opener. Jack (1/22) also bowled well. The number 3 hit out well and had Marshall (2/53) a bit nervous early on but when he carved one to mid on for Evans to take it from Joe we were well on our way. Jack then took a smart outfield catch from Marshall and when Dylan trapped the #5 in front we weren't really threatened after that. Their old bloke (Hayes) batted well and looked like he could have scored a million in a two day game but no one had a serious go at the 7 to 8 rpo required and we cruised home to win by 50. Both spinners doing the job well.

Well done on getting in. Interesting to note the luck NDS had over the weekend. In 3rds they missed out by one ball to get the bonus point which would have put them in 5th rather than 7th. Their 1st grade side missed out by .001 as well. They had a bonus point win against CC but they had a run out the last ball of their innings which cost them a finals spot.


4th Grade: Manly 103 (W. Outred 32, A. Gummer 26) def. by St. George 9/104 (R. Bishop-Perrett 6/16, L. Edgell 2/15)

After a quality warm up and team talk max wasn't able to win the toss and we were sent in to bat on what looked to be a fairly even track.

Our batting never got up and running and with all batsmen bar Gummer and Outred, not being able to reach double figures and our scored shuddered to a halt in the 44th over for 103. Plenty of lessons to be learned there but definitely commendations must be made to Will and Adam who both took the game by the scruff of the neck and did all they could to wrestle something to our side of the ledger.

We knew we needed to do something special in order to be competitive and that we did. Enter Ryan Bishop-Perrett with arguably the best spell of fast bowling any of us have seen. His 10 overs spell with the new rock read 6-15. His ability to hit an almost unplayable line and length left all his victims edging behind. Catches to Graham, Boyer, Outred (x2) and Hole (x2) in the grippers all sent the batsmen packing.

Dan at the other end wasn't as lucky and didn't pick up a wicket till his second spell. Luke Edgell was on fire with the ball and made the batsman play and miss at almost everything. His constant pressure got him 2 deserved wickets, both of these as well caught behind. Graham bowled an economical 10 overs but without luck and Morris wasn't able to hit his length and went wicket-less as well.
As mentioned Dan came back on and picked up a wicket courtesy of an amazing diving catch in front of Graham at 1st slip.
From there it was a tough grind which we weren't quite up to take.. Plenty of shouts late in the day but fell on deaf ears and St George were able to scrape home 9 down in the last over of the day.

We made a game of it with the ball but we needed plenty of more runs on the board to start with.
Congratulations to Ryan who made his first Grade 5fa that spell was a sight and a half to behold!

Onwards and upwards for the tahs who look to knock off the table toppers NDs next week in the quarters.

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"Daniel McKenna picking up 1/28 down at Mike Pawley Oval"

"Will Outred with some very safe hands in the cordon"

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"Luke Edgell terrorising the Saints batting lineup"

"Ryan Bishop-Perrett celebrating one of his 6 wickets for the match"

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"James Boyer after a stunning one-handed take"

"Manly boys asking the question after some quality fielding"

5th Grade: St. George 7/190 (A. Bain 3/32, I. Vumbaca 2/31, J. Anderson 2/36) def by. Manly 8/195 (I. Vumbaca 48*, T. Poole 32, J. Anderson 28)

At Cahill park, Waddo won the toss and elected to bat first on a belter of a track. A wicket fell early in the day, however the 2nd wicket partnership between Toby (32) and Jonah (28) set us off to a convincing start. Runs were coming at ease until a miscommunication occurred between the two. Toby was unfortunate to be run out. Jonah not long after was dismissed. More wickets kept falling around the middle order. Izzy, however weathered the storm and formed a match winning innings of 48 not out to set a defendable total of 194.

On a flat pitch we knew that wickets would be hard to come by. Our bowlers did a great job. Dot balls were key for us as the pressure and run rate mounted for the opposition. In the end, 13 runs were required off the last over. Ned performed under pressure and bowled tightly to safely get the win. Credit must go to all the bowlers for their efforts to defend our total.

Will Wolter

Hardboard Diggers Team of the Round

The final Harbord Diggers Team of the Round for 2015/16 see's a power packed batting lineup with some a crafty bowling lineup. James Crosthwaite and Billy D'Arcy are opening up with Jack Ritchie coming in at first drop. All 3 were in sublime form on Saturday. A plethora of top order bats make up the middle order with Daly, skipper Hamman and young gun all-rounder Edwards, while Zach Trewartha finishes off the innings nicely at number 7. Jimmy Boyer is behind the pegs after his consistent as usual performance. Taking the new ball are Bishop-Perrett and Alexander after strong returns, with Vumbaca providing the spinning option. Edwards and Ritchie complete the bowling lineup #bleedblue


Whales Cause Upset To Finals Contending Tahs - Monday News - Rd14 vs Mosman - Day 2


The final 2-day fixture of the season didn’t produce the results we had been hoping for, with 1s, 3s and 5s all going down to their Mosman opponents. 1s will now need a bonus point effort and a bit of luck in their final match to make the finals, while 3s still sit at 5th in a tightly congested table, needing a win to keep their season alive. 2s and 4s both played excellently to come away with wins – a Tom Kaye century in 2s chasing 273 and a superb 5-25 from Dan McKenna to defend 153 proved the difference in those games.

4 Pines Player of the Week - Tom Kaye

This week’s 4 Pines Player of the Week goes to Tom Kaye who on Saturday notched up his first ton in 2nd Grade to steer them to a fantastic win over Mosman. Opening the batting, Tom carried his bat throughout the innings to finish with an exceptional 140* that was without doubt the difference between the two sides. After scoring 50s for fun earlier in the season, it was especially great to see Tom finally convert these starts into the big score that he’s been threatening to do all season.

Great Work TK !



1st Grade: Mosman 305 def Manly 280 (J. Lenton 94, J. Crosthwaite 45, C. Merchant 45)

Manly turned up to AB Oval on another sunny Saturday needing a further 260 with 9 wickets in hand to continue their push for a finals berth.

Maddog Crosthwaite (45) & Jarrod Rawlings (18) started nicely, adding another 30 before both batsmen & Ahillen Beadle were all removed with the score on 72. Jay Lenton & Cam Merchant then steadied the ship with a 100 run partnership, which extended until well after lunch before Merchant was dismissed for 45.

Lenton & Farrell (13) then put on 50, before both went within 15 runs of each other. Lenton was the day’s best bat & again showed his class in his 94, which included 17 fours.

His dismissal left the 4 quicks with 75 to get. Alexander (28) & McLachlan (20*) gave it a crack but in the end it was too much, with the Tahs ending 25 runs short with an hour to play in the day.

The disappointing loss leaves the boys needing a bonus point win against the One-Day Grand Finalists St. George & for results to go in their favour to secure a finals berth next week.

Nick McLachlan

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"Jay Lenton compiling a hard fought captains knock of 94"

"Ryan Farrell attempting to rescue the Tah's before falling for 23"

2nd Grade: Manly 7/275 (T. Kaye 140*, T. Beatty 28) def Mosman 273

What a difference a picket fence makes to a ground! The second grade side from Manly Warringah were greeted by atmosphere park finally living up to its name. The picket fence made all the difference with the second grade side peeling off their first win at the ground for the season.

There seemed to be a bit of juice in the deck last week and we weren’t too disappointed to lose the toss and bowl. Early toils gave rise to no reward as the visitors almost negotiated the opening bowlers without losing a wicket. Jake Carden bowled beautifully with the new ball as the Mosmanites couldn’t lay bat on him until a faint tickle went through to Sammy Webber. A good start to the innings for the mighty waratahs. Aidan Baker and Luke Diserens were the next bowlers to take to the crease with great success. Dizzy (Luke) bowled with excellent control and variation to produce two wickets with absolute peaches.

Meanwhile Flat (Aidan) was bowling half trackers and half volleys and still taking the poles! The man can do no wrong! To his credit though, he had the ball swinging and drew Mosman into false shots ending up with 3 wickets. The Whales formed a frustrating partnerships as we struggled to adjust to their game plan. The innings started to slip away and frustrations crept in with many exasperated sighs and expletives to be heard around the ground. Finally we cracked through the tail to skittle the whales for 273 with 8 overs to bat that night.

The batting innings could not have started any better. Rowan and Tom Kaye steered us to roughly 30 without loss over night looking confident and striking the ball beautifully. The only thing that could bring about either of their undoings was a wide half volley in a sticky wicket the following week. This brought Aidan Baker (24) to the crease who struck the ball beautifully. Unfortunately the Mosman quick got one to kick off a length to take an edge to 1st slip. A useful partnership of 50 odd with Tom came to a close. Sammy Webber (23) came to crease and kept the run chase moving. He provided another excellent partnership with Tom who was batting well at the other end. Unfortunately Sam chased a wide one and feathered one through to the keeper. We lost a couple more wickets then Tom Kaye took matters into his own hands. He had been fortunate throughout the day with a couple of near misses but he certainly capitalised. He punished loose balls and left intelligently. His innings showed true class and it was great to see him kick on after a number of 50s earlier in the season. He raised his bat for his first second grade hundred but he wasn’t finished just yet.

With only 16 runs required, the partnership came to a close and Tom was left at the crease with four wickets and a new ball to face. Javed came to the crease and played a crucial innings peeling off 8 off the total. He was then bowled by a jaffa from ex-manly player Nic Bills. The Mosman boys thought they were in the hunt. Out strode the tallest batsmen to have ever played the game. 6ft 7in of batting prowess, how the second grade side has missed Mickey Edwards throughout the season. Within a couple of minutes Mickey had steered the boys home to a character building win. His shot between the keeper and first slip to finish the game was world class, picking a gap Sachin himself has never found.

What a win for the Manly boys

Great to see the boys are still fighting and man of the match honours obviously goes to Tom Kaye who plundered 140* and carried his bat.

Possibly one of the best innings grahams reserve has ever seen.


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"Tom Kaye with a class knock of 140* for 2nd Grade down at Grahams Reserve."

3rd Grade: Mosman 186 def Manly 97 (J. Daly 42, Z. Trewartha 19, D Marshall 17*)

Rawson’s presented the same as last week – hard and grassy. Resuming at 2/21 chasing 185 we were off to a solid start with Hole (5) and Daly (41) seeing off their strike bowler. Up the other end their skipper started to bowl a good line and got one through Sam for LBW. Zac (19) and Daly needed to rebuild but the quick was brought back on a for a spell just before drinks and that had Daly edging to the keeper. Daly dominated the scoring and played some cracking square of the wicket shots. To have him running into some form is a major plus.

Joe (0) found the going tough and was bowled and Ash (2) missed the wrong un and was cleaned up. 6/57 and in some strife.

Evans (8) and Zac needed something special. Evans middled a couple but went after the leggie only to shank it to deep mid wicket. Bet that looked good from the sidelines. I promise fellas it was meant to go straight! Anyway Marshall (14no) again looked as good as anyone so there was some hope but Zac then edged into the slips. Our tail has not scored a partnership over 5 this year and this was no different with Wiggers and Falcs not hanging around for long, leaving frustrated Marshall red ink.

To compete we somehow need to get more from the tail. We can’t be 8 out all out every week.

3rds have some major issues but somehow, despite quite often playing well below our capabilities, we are holding onto 5th. A win against Saints should confirm a spot. We have some excellent strengths as well and I do know, if we scrape into the semis, you don’t need to play faultless cricket in finals to win.

If a few blokes started to find a bit of their form at this end of the season then I have no doubt we can win the comp but it starts this week v Saints. A repeat of our batting v Mosman would see us out of the action so a rejig of the batting order to freshen things up may be in order. You have been warned!


4th Grade: Manly 153 def Mosman 116 (D. McKenna 5-25)

The 4th grade boys needed something special to defend our total of 153. After finishing the first week on top, having Mosman 4-38, We started where we left off, with Dan McKenna striking in the first over.

We didn't let Mosman back in the game after that. The manly boys showed we were ready for finals cricket with some good fielding and bowling while the wickets were shared around between the bowlers. But the stand out was D-Mac, who closed out the Mosman innings with his 5 wicket and first 5fa of the year.

It was a great win to take into the next game against St George, who are running just above us on the table and with a home final on the cards, the 4th grade boys will be going into game full of confidence.

Toby Poole

5th Grade: Mosman 156 def Manly 120 (B. Kittlety 47) & 7/73

Turning up to Balmoral Oval for day 2 of Fifth Grade's match against Mosman, the boys needed a win to have any reasonable chance of securing a finals spot. We opted against touch footy in our warm-up as a ploy to change our recent form. Mosman's total was 2-17 at the start of play, with a very defendable total of 120-if we took our chances and bowled in the right areas.

From ball one Ben Kittlety was on song, unfortunately a chance was put down in the cordon from the opening delivery. Ben and Alex Bain formed a formidable bowling partnership. With pressure applied at both ends Alex Bain made the breakthrough. At 3-20 we believed if we could get another couple of wickets we could really get into Mosman's weak tail. With a couple of chances missed and some very close LBW decisions the partnership began to grow. Our bowling was inconsistent, some great deliveries mixed in with some poor ones and we started to leak runs we couldn't afford. Back-to-back maidens lured the batsman to play a loose shot off Ned Hole and Waddo took a sharp catch at cover.

A few quick wickets brought us back into the game and the well known "senior player" was brought to the crease. After despatching Samoz well over the mid-wicket boundary he couldn't help taking old matters into his own hands. He continued as the protagonist and tried to put Sam off his game. A few overs and wickets later, Mosman passed our total with only a few wickets in hand. An over later we went off for tea.

Second over after tea, big Benny Kittlety was at it again, skittling Adlam. We were now playing for pride as there was no realistic chance of an outright victory to either team. It took a while to take the final wickets in Mosman's innings. But when we finally did, Mosman asked us to go out to bat again with a small 30 run lead and only 28 overs remaining.

We swapped around the order, but kept the opening partnership of Sheedy and Anderson. Overall our batting was embarrassing. Loose shots mixed in with Kelly and Waddo's attempted 'conversions', LBW without offering a shot. This poor batting fed Mosman's desire to stay out in the field, in a seemingly pointless situation. Continuous sledging from their ex-First Class player to 15 year olds in a 5th Grade dead-rubber situation probably wasn't called for. There were wild celebrations from the Mosman boys as another wicket fell. With less than 2 overs to go, if we declared it would be game over. And that’s exactly what we did as the disappointment of the opposition was made clear, "you can't do that."

Overall, it was disappointing performance from the boys as we were inconsistent at best. There were some great individual efforts as Ben Kittlety made a strong case for the selectors to move up the grades with 47 and a 4 wicket haul. Jack Pickering also knuckled down in our second innings to come back to form with an unbeaten 30 odd, he was well supported by Alex Bain. It was a good learning curve for our young side as we learnt valuable lessons about cricket and people. Next week we need a bonus point win and a miracle of other results to go our way to have a chance to make finals.

Sam Kelly

Hardboard Diggers Team of the Round

This weeks Harbord Diggers team of the Round see's a few scintillating performances from the boys around the traps during the penultimate round vs Mosman. James Crosthwaite continued his solid form with 40 and is joined up to by the match winning century maker Tom Kaye. Jay Lenton stars at no.3 after his classy 94, while Jordan Daly was the sole shining light in a disappointing 3s batting display, coming in at 4. Cameron Merchant helped dig 1st grade out of a hole and comes in at no.5, while Max Burgess returned to form with a solid score that was worth closer to 65 with the slow outfield. Aiden Bariol was again tidy behind the stumps and takes the gloves. A 4 pronged pace attack (all with runs with the stick also) complete's the bowling lineup. Ben Kittlety showed his class and shares the new ball with 5 wicket taker Dan McKenna, while Matty White and Taylor Beatty continue the pressure as first and second change #bleedblue


Tah's get off to a good start in Rivalry Round - Monday News - Rd14 vs Mosman - Day 1


The Travelsim Waratahs had a solid day at the office on Saturday against rival club Mosman. Our 1st Grade side toiled hard all day on a typically flat Allan Border Oval wicket to have the Whales out for a respectable 305. Matty White enjoyed his return to the top grade, leading the Tah's with his 3/53 off 14 overs. Nick Mclachlan and Matt Alexander also chipped in with 2 wickets each. The Tah's were left with 12 overs to see out the day and have gotten off to a fantastic start with the score at 1/41 over night, and in form batsmen Jarrod Rawlings and James Crosthwaite at the crease. 2nd Grade toiled hard all day as well on a reasonably flat Grahams wicket. The boys got off to a great start with all bowlers bowling well, especially Jake Carden and Taylor Beatty. Having the Whales on the ropes at 5/80, it was looking like the Tah's were going to roll through them, but former Waratah Nic Bills had other ideas. Nic posted a well made 92 but the Tah's had chances and unfortunately didn't make the most of them. The Whales ended up being dismissed for 274 and the Manly boys are 0/23 at stumps. 

3rd Grade bowled Mosman out for 184 on a seaming Rawson Park wicket, with most bowlers contributing with multiple wickets. The Tah's got off to a horror start with young guns Bariol and Edwards both dismissed without troubling the scorers. Daly and Hole helped seek out the nasty period before stumps, with the score at 2/20 over night. 4th Grade posted 153 thanks to a crucial lower order partnership between Max Burgess (43) and Daniel Mckenna (40), and enjoyed a short little stint with the ball having Mosman 4/38 over night. Some early poles next week should see Maxy's side in good stead for another good win. 

5th Grade unfortunately had another below-par batting performance with the Tah's being bundled out for 120. Ben Kittlety provided some late order heroics posting a well made 47 runs. The Tah's have the home side 2/17 over night and have plenty of work to do next week to get over the line. Bes of Luck boys!

Go Manly!

4 Pines Player of the Week - Daniel McKenna

This week's 4pines player of the week goes to Daniel Mckenna, for his exceptional all-round performance on Saturday. With the 4th grade side in trouble, D Mac (40) teamed up with 4th Grade skipper Max Burgess (43), in a vital partnership that pushed the Tah's to respectable and match winning total of 153. Mosman had a nasty 14 overs to bat before stumps, and Daniel continued his stellar day with fantastic figures of 2/5. This is Daniel's first season with the Tah's after many successful year's with Warringah Shires and it is good to see him having a successful first year with the boys in blue.

Great Work D Mac !



1st Grade: Mosman 305 (M. White 3/53, M. Alexander 2/43, N. Mclachlan 2/91) vs Manly 1/4

The 1's boys arrived at Allan Border Oval knowing the importance of the round 14 clash against cross-bridge rivals the Whales.

After an energetic warm up the tahs fill in skip went 0-2 with tosses and was asked to field.

An early breakthrough from returning fast bowler and new Dad Matty White and a brilliant run out from Ryan Dazzle Farrell had the hosts 2fa not many early on! Some adventurous batting and a little bit of way ward bowling brought about a partnership, only to be broken on the cusp of lunch by big Matty Toes Alexander. 3fa 90 at Lunch.

After a juicy inspired speech the lads toiled hard all through the middle session despite the AB deck flattening out nicely, mixed with a short boundary and quick outfield a par score of what we thought 350 was looking ominous from the whales.

This wasn't to be the case as some tight bowling and excellent fielding saw the tahs restrict and bowl out Mosman for 305 with 12 overs remaining in the day.

White 3fa on return to first grade plus a run out. McLachlan, Alexander 2 each. Visser 1/30 off 15.

A tricky little 12 over period was dealt with brilliantly by recent centurions Rawlings and J Xwait, knocking off 41 of the Mosmans total. Unfortunately losing the wicket of Ritchie just before stumps! A chase of 260 required for victory next week.

Jay Lenton

2nd Grade: Mosman 274 (A. Baker 3/35, T Beatty 3/54, J. Carden 2/25, L, Diserens 2/64) vs Manly 0/23

Second grade turned up to the newly refurbished Graham's reserve, complete with new picket fence. Mosman won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket that had a good covering of grass and moisture.

Jake Carden and Taylor Beatty opened up with beautiful spells of fast bowling, keeping it very tight. Carden took an early wicket to start proceedings with the opener caught by Sammy Gainsford in the Gully. After drinks, the combinations of Diserens, Carden, Beatty and baker, brought around another 4 wickets before lunch and we had Mosman at 5 for 76.

After another wicket just after lunch, the middle session saw stubborn resistance from two Mosman players, one of which being ex manly fast bowler Nic Bills. With the help of Bills, the score was taken to 190 at tea.

The final session saw some pinch hitting to get Mosman to 6 for 260. However some great bowling from Beatty and Carden once again saw Mosman lose their last 4 wickets for 13 runs, bowling out Mosman for 273.

Manly were then sent in to bat for 8 overs. Tom Kaye and Rowan Hamman played smart cricket with positive intentions to see the day out at 0/23. A big day ahead next Saturday as the Tahs look to go back to back and climb the ladder.

Mickey Edwards

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"Aiden Baker sending one down at Grahams Reserve"

"Luke Diserens beating the bat once again for second grade"

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"Sam Gainsford with an ever extravagant appeal"

"Taylor Beatty enjoying some well earned success with the ball"

3rd Grade: Mosman 184 (J. Graham 3/19, W. Evans 2/24, J. Edwards 2/24, J. Wigney 2/34) vs Manly 2/20

Rawson Oval produced a hard, grassy wicket that, along with the humid conditions gave us a slight inclination to bowl if we won the toss. After winning the toss Falcs (0/31) and Wigney (2/34 off 17) opened up but not nearly enough balls were played at with little to no pressure being built up early. It's frustrating watching a new, swinging ball take shape away 3 foot outside off stump or 2 foot down leg. Both opening bats must have enjoyed our first few overs. Things changed a bit when Jack Edawards came on (2/24 off 150 and he was over his reps team mate, regular plays and misses, edges and the game started to take shape when Wiggers lifted his game as well, getting the edge to Daly at 2nd slip to make it 1/27. 

Jack was very unlucky not to get a wicket or two in his first spell. Evans (2/24) came on for Wiggers and got an early one welll caught by Hole at 3rd slip to make it 2/45. Ash Virdi (1/29) then had his first trundle of his whippy inswingers for a year or two and got the edge to Hole again to make it 3/45. Evans then got a standard edge to Bariol to make it 4/53. Mosman, to their credit batted well through till tea. A few bowlers were used, Dylan unable to extract any turn from the rock hard, grassy surface but there was the suggestion that the bounce from a spinner could be awkward. At tea, Mosman were 4/98.

Edwards and Wiggers started up after tea and both bowled very well. Wiggers evolving into a very good 2nd spell bowler, with some accurate, short stuff that made things uncomfortable for the batsmen. Edwards finally got the edge to Bariol to make it 5/100 and then soon got another one care of a leading edge well caught by Joey at Mid off to make it 6/113. Wiggers got an edge for 7/113. Mosman's tail, looking fragile at first, but then settled as the bowlers tired a bit and batted freely, with some luck putting on another 71 runs. Joe got the last 3 wickets to get the figures of 3/19 from 4. 

We had 12 overs to contend with. Bariol (0) got a snick first ball and Jack (0) was caught in front 3rd over to make the score 2/1. With 9 overs to go the game was there to lose but Hole (3) and Daly (17) settled things nicely and got us through. Mosman clearly have an aggressive attack that will be out for early wickets next week. If we can get through the first hour then i have no doubt a further 164 runs is easily achieved. If we can't get them we simply have no excuses.


4th Grade: Manly 153 (M. Burgess 43, D. McKenna 40) vs Mosman 4/38 (D. McKenna 2/5)

The day started off with Max 'Brandy' Burgess winning the toss for the second time in a row.

We chose to bat first but unfortunately lost the hero from last week Adam Gummer in the first over to an unfortunate decision. We lost another 3 without troubling the scorers a whole lot and found ourselves in a bit of trouble at 4-30 when Crombie and Burgess found themselves at the crease.

The 2 looked to consolidate a bit and rotated the strike a lot which was handy. Crombie (23) departed soon after tea while Brandy looked in great touch but needed someone to stick with him. Daniel McKenna came to the crease and showed his class and power as he and Brandy put on a crucial partnership late on in the innings.

Dmac was then dismissed for 40 and the rest of the tail didn't stick around as we lost our last 3 wickets for 0. Brandy was the last wicket to fall as he was bowled around his legs for a great knock of 43 as we finished our innings on 153 from 63 overs.

The outfield was easily the slowest we had encountered all year so our score was close to 180.

We then got to have a crack at them for 14 overs and had an awesome start with Dmac picking up 2 in the first over. Ryan Bishop Perret also picked up a caught-behind to have them 3 fa not much. Crombie picked up a cheeky one late in the piece.

Mosman finished the day at 4-38 after 14 overs. Great finish to the day for the lads with a big effort needed again next week.

Jimmie Crombie

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"Captain Max Burgess leading the charge with the bat in 4th Grade on Day 1"

"Will Wolter compiling a hard fought 10 in 4's"

5th Grade: Manly 120 (B. Kittlety 47, I. Vumbaca 27) vs Mosman 2/17

Manly won the toss and batted. The ball was swinging and seaming around considerably for the first 30 overs, making batting difficult.

We struggled to cope with the conditions, with Jonah Anderson and Jack Pickering snicking off early. Matt Cole was caught behind down the leg side, and Tom Sheedy battled hard before he was given out lbw just after the first drinks break.

Score was 4/40, and we needed a partnership desperately. However, Ned Hole and skipper Waddington were also adjudged lbw, and Alex Bain was run out to a direct hit leave Manly at 7/50.

Enter - Isaiah Vumbucca and Ben Kittlety. Isaiah batted with composure and maturity to score a tough 37 runs, and Kittles made it look easy, going close to scoring a half century, with 47 runs. BK smashed a few straight drives for four that any batsman would be proud of. Isiah took a lot of risk out of his game when the team was in trouble, being selective with his shots and playing straight. It was good to watch both of the boys stand up when we needed a tough effort.

Sammy Alexander and Sam Kelly also batted well with Kittles to put on decent partnerships for the 9th and 10th wickets to scramble Manly to 120 runs on a tough pitch. The tail saved us from posting an embarrassing score, and kept us in the game.

Manly bowled 10 overs at the end of the day, to have Mosman 2/17. Both wickets were taken by the standout player of the day Ben Kittlety. A couple of crucial wickets next week could see a close result, as the 5's battle to make the top 6.

Tom Sheedy


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"Aiden Baker doing the damage for 2nd Grade against the Whales down at Grahams Reserve."

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Super Saturday followed by Sorry Sunday Make for a Mixed Round - Monday News - Rd13 vs Parramatta


The TravelSim Waratahs had a mixed weekend with a fantastic string of results on Saturday being followed up by a few losses on Sunday. 1st grade compiled a strong 4/330 on Saturday, led by an inspired maiden ton in the top grade by Jarrod Rawlings (120) and another big score to James Crosthwaite (111). However, Sunday turned out to be a very tough day for the Waratahs at there new home of Graham's Reserve, with Parramatta smashing the ball to all parts to chase down the total with the loss of just 4 wickets. The result leaves the side just outside the top 6, however a pair of wins to finish the season will ensure a place in this seasons finals.

2nd grade had an outstanding bonus-point victory at Old Kings thanks to 5 wickets to Aidan Baker. Contributions throughout got Rowan Hamman's side to a competitive 9/187, before 'Flat' ran through the Parramatta line-up for what was this sides most comprehensive win of the season. Jack Edwards led 3's to a 17 run win at Mike Pawley Oval, scoring 71 and taking 2 crucial wickets. Scoring 182 batting first, Parramatta eventually fell for 165 with a few overs left in the innnings.

4th grade had a bonus-point as well thanks to outstanding individual performances to Adam Gummer (101) and Matt Morris (5/34). The result leaves Max Burgess's side well inside the top 6 with the possibility of a home quarter-final if they can maintain the rage! Finally, 5's had a disappointing loss on Sunday having there competitive total of 128 chased down with 4 wickets in hand in a rain affected match.

With 2 rounds to play, and 4 of the 5 grades in finals contention, it's more important than ever for the Waratahs to keep training hard and turn up ready to take on local rivals Mosman next week.

Until then, Go Manly!

4 Pines Player of the Week - Aidan Baker

After a Saturday which saw an astounding three centuries and two 5 wicket-hauls, we've decided that this week’s 4 Pines Player of the Week goes to Aidan 'The Flat' Baker for his 5/17 in leading 2nd grade to a bonus-point victory. Special mention must also go to Jarrod Rawlings in hitting in his first ton in the top grade, however we felt that Flat's spell was simply to good to refuse.

Better known for his ability with the willow, with which he is approaching the magical 5000 runs for the Waratahs, Flat showed how he is just as valuable with the ball in hand. Bowling his genuine medium-pace, Aidan nibbled the ball both ways causing havoc in the Parramatta middle and lower order. It's great to see the veteran back amongst the wickets and once again making headlines for the Tahs, because lets face it, we all love The Flat!

Well done Aidan and look forward to a strong finish to the season from you!



1st Grade: Manly 4/330 (J. Rawlings 120, J. Crosthwaite 111, A. Beadle 65) def. by Parramatta 4/331 (N. McLachlan 2/68)

With Manly Oval out of action for the rest of the year, Atmosphere Park was our new home ground with a couple of our players not yet having the privilege to play here. We lost the toss and were sent in. Ritchie and Rawlings opened up with Ritchie falling for 0 snicking off to Parramatta's lanky opening bowler. James Crosthwaite in his new role at number 3 showed more patience than previously seen. At lunch the tahs were 1-58 with the key being only losing the one wicket. After some time with Rawlings being unable to score, Manly started to swing momentum back into their favour with the score being 1-166 at tea. Shortly after bringing up his century J Cross was dismissed top edging a ball that went underground which left the score 2-184. Rawlings was accompanied by Beadle who from the get go was hitting his powerful cover drives. After a slow patient innings Rawlings finally got his maiden first grade century and was shortly out caught down the leg side for 120, leaving the score 3-294. The new skipper Lenton joined Beadle and was looking to score quick runs. Beadle was dismissed with a few overs left trying to pick up the run rate, finding the man on the boundary for a well made 65. Lenton and Merchant finished the day off for us getting us to a great total of 4-330.

Due to overnight rain we lost 21 overs. We didn't get off to the best start with the Manly boys bowling a bit inconsistent and 2 sides of the wicket which is rare for our opening bowlers. Parramatta's opening sticks played some great aggressive cricket and rode their luck at times which they had to do with their season on the line. Things didn't go our way with some sharp catches being put down. Our first wicket didn't come till the score was on 218 where Big Money Visser took a nice catch on the boundary off the bowling of Farrell. Our second wicket came when Visser bowled their century maker Cherry for 132 with the win now out of our hands. Nickos got 2 late wickets and they passed our total with 6 wickets in the sheds.

A disappointing loss but we will be back better next week.


2nd Grade: Parramatta 84 (A. Baker 5/17, L. Diserens 2/25) def. by Manly 9/187 (S. Webber 36, J. Carden 35, N. Hill 31) 

There was a great vibe amongst the 2nd grade squadron that followed from a cheery and electric warm up. With Bat in hand, our openers Tom "Hommus" Kaye and Rowan "row-your-boat" Hammond withstood a threatening opening spell by the parramatian seamers, before being dismissed. In came in the classy Aiden "Flatypus" Baker who knocked them around beautifully before departing with 30-odd in the bag. Sammy "midnight WEBcam" Webber hit every single ball out of the middle of the bat, and with some glorious strokeplay, accumulated a well made 40-odd. This was backed by the fluid innings of Nat "God" Hill who made a seamless 40-odd look easy on what was a tricky deck to get in on. Finally, a late cameo from young gun Jakey "Pingas" Carden saw us amass a defendable 180 at stumps. Shot of the day went to Luke "Dizzy" Disserens who bombed his second ever six on the last ball of the innings! An unexpected send-off saw the Manly boys roweled up for a big win!

In the field, we were off to a delightful start with early wickets from both Tay "Booker T" Beatty and Matty "Black" White., who gave us a strong platform to continue the attack. The pick of the bowlers were Lukey Dizzo (2-10) and Flat (5-17) who bowled superbly together and ultimately got us over the line with a bonus point! Congratulations boys! Also a huge shout out to our agile & athletic Sammy Webber who took 5 beautiful catches behind the stumps! The success we achieved today however did not come without resistance. At various points, there was more banter being thrown around than the ball itself from both sides! But it was very uplifting and humbling to join our opponents for a beer in the sheds after the game, as should always happen.

Go Manly!


3rd Grade: Manly 182 (J. Edwards 71) def. Parramatta 165 (B. Falconer 3/54, J. Edwards 2/14, J. Graham 2/37)

Mike Pawley Oval had a good coverage of grass and the overscast conditions suggested having an early bowl could be favourable which is what Parra did when they, as expected, won the toss. Bariol (0) was run out in the 1st over bringing Sam Hole (17) in early to consolidate with Jack Edwards (71 from 112). These guys did a good job in the tough conditions, a bit streaky at times but an important partnership taking us to 2/51 before Sam was trapped in front to the finger spinner.

Their 3 spinners took all the wickets to fall, a number of them quicker balls trapping us in front playing across the line.

Daly (8) looked in good touch when he did a powerful on drive for 6 but was LBW a few balls later to make it 3/71 from 28. Zac (1) played a shot he is hopefully annoyed with to make it 4/76. Joe Graham (9) was cleaned up by the spinner to make it 5/107. Jack and Ash (16) rebuilt, Ash keen to get down the wicket to the spinners, hitting hard through the off side. Jack was clinical in everything he did. He looked very solid and I thought a breakthrough 100 beckoned before he chipped back a slow full toss. He was getting into his stride and showed great power and timing, especially off his hip and square cutting. He continues to impress at this level.

Upon his dismissal making it 6/153 Ash then played an optimistic lofted cover drive only to find the fieldsman to depart with 6 overs left. The last 6 overs is when Ash can make a significant mark on the game and he no doubt regretted his shot. Evans (8) and Marshall (14) made it their aim to get through the 50 overs but Evans upon being bogged down to the spinners played an agricultural sweep and was plumb. Falcs (1) came and went and with 4 overs to go 167 was not quite enough. Wiggers (5no from 15) played a great hand and he and Dylan put on 15 runs to take us to a par score of 182. Dylan looked comfortable for his 14 before mistiming into the deep in the last over. We will need to bowl well to defend it.

Parra came out flailing away and Falcs (3/53) uprooted off stump. Wiggers (1/24) then had the other opener caught at mid off and Falcs finished off his 1st spell with another bowled. Evans (1/14) got one via a good catch at 1st slip by Ash. Dylan (0/19 from 9) had them in knots. He and Joe (2/37) wiled away and built the pressure. Joe was a bit expensive in his opening overs but a couple of wickets settled him and he bowled well for the rest of his spell.

Jack (2/14) also bowled a very good spell. His hard work in the nets is starting to pay dividends. He has put on a yard of pace since Xmas and is getting some nasty bounce. Soon enough Parra were 8/100. With the bonus point set at 108 we had a sniff but a tough C&B was put down. Some of the discipline then also went missing and no balls and wides became common place. Our fielding became a bit ragged and suddenly with 36 from 4 overs Parra had a chance with two guys going well. Falcs lost his length and patience and went for 18 in the 47th over leaving Parra with 18 from 18 balls to win, one wicket in hand. Jack though hit the nagging line and length he is starting to own and clean bowled the half century maker to give us a win, not the most impressive of wins but 6 points when things are this tight goes a long way. This bumped us to 5th place, anybody's guess where we will finish.


4th Grade: Parramatta 160 (M. Morris 5/34, L. Edgell 2/21, J. Crombie 2/23) def. by Manly 8/246 (A. Gummer 101, J. Crombie 53, L. Edgell 42)

4s rocked up to Merrylands oval to be greeted by an overcast day, a lush outfield and a surprisingly grassy deck. The Manly brains-trust weren't fooled by the extra grass, as Maxy won the toss and chose to bat. Luke Edgell (Bomber) and Gummer opened up, and got the boys off to a nice start, ticking along at 6 and over for the first 15 or so. After calling for a grip/bat tape/water/general advice, Bomber chopped-on the next ball. Jimmy Boyer came and left quickly thanks to an absolute jaffer, and Toby Poole followed soon after, running past a leggy that turned and bounced.

Jimmy Crombie came in and helped to steady the ship, and while the run rate had slowed following Bomber's departure, Gummer and Crombie continued to rotate the strike and to put the bad ball away. Going into the last 15 overs, the two began to up the ante and play some more expansive shots, and the run rate began to climb again. Following a few crisp boundaries, Gummer brought up his first tonne of the season. However, he was run out shortly after as Jimmy smashed one back at the bowler which clipped the bowler's hand and rocketed into the stumps.

The last 10 overs saw a lot of batsmen come and go unselfishly, and Crombie continued to up the ante and find the boundary, bringing up his half century. He departed near the end of the innings, and after a Jacob Graham bomb in the last over, we finished at an above-par 246 off the 50 overs.

Our goals with the ball and in the field were to simply build pressure and ensure we took our chances. The first 15 overs didn't go exactly to plan, with the two opening bats going at 5 an over. But Jimmy Crombie got a crucial breakthrough, and wickets fell pretty consistently following that, yet the runs continued to flow freely. Enter Matt "slippery" Morris. "Millhouse" proceeded to land his leggies on a 20c piece, and the turn and bounce had the batsmen in all sorts. The Garden Gnome picked up wicket after wicket, putting the Tahs right in the driver's seat, and eventually picking up 5-34 off his 8 overs. Parramatta were all bowled out for 160 inside their 40 overs, securing a bonus point victory for the good guys. The win leaves the mighty 4th Grade at 5th position, with a tough game against 8th placed Mosman at home next week.


5th Grade: Manly 128 (E. Hole 27) def. by Parramatta 6/132 (I. Vumbaca 3/23)

After a three hour rain delay the 5th grade match Vs Parramatta was reduced to a 37/37. Waddo lost the toss and we were sent in on a seaming Mike Pawley Pitch. We struggled early losing wickets in continual concession. A few of the top order boys fought hard, however were unable to cash in a make a big score after doing the hard work early on. Credit to Ned Hole who batted deep into the innings scoring effortlessly around the ground before meeting the end to a freakish dismissal via a quality straight drive from Sammy A. Manly made their way to 128 before being bowled out with two over to go.

After a great opening spell from Bain and Kittley that went without reward Waddo decided we needed some left arm rapids. He brought himself on and snared a wicket straight away. The much needed wicket had the opposition one down for just under fifty. Wickets were hard to come by during the middle overs but due to a tight bowling partnership between Isaiah and Sam A we snared 2 late ones. This brought about a few more quick ones, however it was a case of too little too late as Parramatta cruised to a victory with 3 overs to go. We let ourselves down with wides, conceding over 25. This is unacceptable when defending a total under 150. Hopefully we can bounce back in the last few rounds and show everyone what this side can really do!

Jonah Anderson 

Hardboard Diggers Team of the Round

Our Harbord Diggers Team of the Round see's a team full of players who stepped up when it counted on the weekend, producing some amazing displays. The 2 openers pick themselves with great centuries from Rawlings and Gummer getting us off to a good start. James Crosthwaite's ton see's him at no.3, while Jack Edwards continues to impress in 3rd grade and comes in at no. 4 as well as impressing with the ball. Ahillen Beadle showed some late power hitting in 1s, while Jimmie Crombie makes the team for the first time after some great batting helped 4th grade to a competitive total. Sam Webber was consistent as always behind the stumps and scored some valuable runs. The bowlers also pick themselves with a spin heavy attack complemented by a few allrounders. Morris and Vumbaca both impressed with their leg goes, with Aidan Baker and Ben Falconer providing the swing bowling options after some great contributions with the ball #bleedblue


Tahs Stumble Against Strong Sydney Sides - Monday News - Rd12 vs Sydney (Day 2)


This weekend saw the Travelsim Waratahs with another mixed weekend of results against Sydney Cricket Club. 1st Grade cruised to a strong win leaving them firmly inside the top 6 with three rounds to play. 2nd Grade went down in a nail-biter while 3rds grade and 5th grade both suffered heavy losses. 4th Grade showed an incredible amount of grit and determination to save a draw from what seemed an unsalvageable position with an hour-long 9th wicket stand from Matt Morris (2* off 51) and Jacob Graham (12* off 137) the match-saving partnership.

4 Pines Player of the Week - Jake Carden

This week’s 4 Pines Player of the Week goes to none other than Jake  “Ping” Carden, who, after celebrating his 18th birthday just two days earlier, bowled an amazing 3-48 from 17 overs in 2nd grade to take them within a whisker of an unlikely victory over Sydney.

Jake has had an extremely strong year so far, cementing himself in 2nd Grade thanks to consistently accurate and economical bowling as well as valuable lower-order contributions with the willow. At the tender age of only 18, we look forward to seeing Jake’s continued improvement into the coming seasons.

Great work mate!!



1st Grade Sydney 200 (2 wickets each to Visser, M. Alexander Beadle, Farrell and McLachlan) def by Manly-Warringah 293 (A. Beadle 88, A. Crosthwaite 81, C Merchant 51)

Having 290 on the board with 1 wicket in hand Crossy thought it would be best to bat on for 6 or so overs and take some time out of the game. We lasted 3 overs before Visser cooked Nappa who had brought up his 50 after being 49 not out last week.

Sydney needed 294 to win in 91 overs on a real flat deck and an outfield much faster than last week thanks to a last minute mow. We picked up wickets at regular intervals throughout the whole day in what was an excellent bowling effort from the boys. We restricted Sydney to 200, who were never really in the contest, with the wickets being shared between all the bowlers with 2 wickets each. The pick of the bowlers being AB who put together 24 overs straight for only 37 runs, only taken off because he told Crossy he was bored of bowling so well. Special mention to Matty A who picked up the big wicket of Dan Smith.

This gets us back up into 4th spot, a win behind 2nd. This was huge for us, putting us back into a strong position leading into the finals. With 3 games to go and 7 or so teams within a game of us, we are going to have to play some good cricket to lock a spot in the semis. 3 wins will potentially put us in a home semi position which is something we should strive for. Next week is a Saturday/Sunday at grahams against parramatta, get down on Sunday to support the lads if you have some spare time. Go Manly.

Ryan Farrell

2nd Grade Manly 194 (S. Gainsford 41*, R. Hamman 38) def by Sydney 9/197 (M. White 3-42[19], J. Carden 3-48 [17], J. Badyari 1-8 [3])

Round 12 saw the second grade side roll into the newly renovated Graham's reserve. Winning the toss and batting on a flat deck, Rowan and the flat put together a session partnership to have us in a strong position at lunch.
Classically we fell apart being bowled out for a miserable 194 - Sam Gainsford the shining light with 41*.

We set out on bowling them out and left the visitors 2-30 at stumps with Gainsy again featuring with an amazing run out. (As seen on Waratah tv)

Day 2 we toiled hard and at lunch couldn't take much luck away- 4-70 at lunch we knew a wicket or two could shake things up. Plenty of momentum say this taking 5 real quick wickets before tea… Eventually they scraped to 7 runs to win/ 1 wicket to win.

The chance was there to win but wasn't meant to be. With a big six over mid off and then a waist high full toss slapped for 4 and the win.
Big efforts from birthday boy Jake Carden bowling 17 overs and Taylor 20.1 overs and big whitey my all time favourite taking poles.
The countdown’s on for footy season.

Luke Diserens

Rowan Nat
"Skipper Rowan Hamman on his way to 38 on Day 1"

"Returning Waratah Nat Hill looked like he hadn't lost his touch last week"

3rd Grade Sydney 5/240 (D. Marshall 2-49[17]) def Manly-Warringah 134 (J. S. Graham 41, J. Edwards 25) & 1/60 (J. Edwards 29*, J. Daly 29*)

Birchgrove was hard and the outfield somewhat quicker and the way a couple of their batsmen batted, the boundaries seemed a lot shorter than last week. Resuming at 1/12 a few quick wickets were in order and Marshall (2/49) obliged getting rid of the struggling opener from the previous week in the 2nd over, an arm ball sliding through him. Wiggers also got in on it with a smash to mid off where Joe Graham took another good catch. This made it 3/37 and in with a hope.

Two of their batsmen went about their work very well and hardly offered a chance. A couple of chances were given by Brooks, the left hander after they passed us but he and Groves both batted excellently in the pristine conditions. They were not bothered early in their innings despite constant changes ups and as their partnership grew our bowling became a bit shoddy and they passed us 3 down. Batting on they hit out well, scoring rapidly towards the end. All bowlers copped a bit. Ash went the distance a few times but there were encouraging signs form this part time leggie, beating the batsmen in flight a couple of times.

Marshall got the century maker Brooks with a well flighted delivery that beat him just before tea and Evans chipped in with a wicket, Groves throwing away a century with a hit against the wind to the large boundary where Daly took it comfortably.

Tigers declared at tea 5 down and 106 ahead. Bariol snicked early and with Darcy unavailable we were potentially in strife. Daly and Edwards, both 29no, ensured no collapse and batted well to drinks where we shook hands with a team that thoroughly outplayed us. We talked about the reasons why afterwards and I hope we put the discussion into action next time.

We are in 6th place but with NDs and SU a point behind and with much better quotients and bonus point games approaching we need to win the last 3 to ensure a spot. No games will be easy so it’s with great interest I look towards the Parramatta game next week.




4th Grade Manly 9/131 (L. Edgell 40, D. McKenna 22, J. Graham 12* [137]) drew Sydney 252 (L. Edgell 2-13 [11], J. Graham 2-31 [16])

4th grade turned up to Mike Pawley oval and were greeted with a flat dry pitch. Sydney were 8-203 overnight and with no surprises decided to bat on.

We knew that they were going to come hard so skipper max Burgess decided to take the pace off the ball and opened up with Jimmy Crombie. Jimmy was unlucky in his first over with a few false shots that fell just short of fielders. We decided to take the new ball and RBP and Jacob Graham were given the task of taking the last two wickets. Jimmy Crombie ran one of their batsman out with a great throw from Mid off. Sydney's captain kept dispatching the bowlers to the boundary bringing up a quick 50. RBP then took a good catch off his own bowling to have Sydney all out for 252. Well done to Bomber, Jacob and Will who all picked up two wickets throughout the innings.

Bomber (40) and Gums (4) opened up. The pair were patient and looked comfortable before Gums was BBQ'd and run out. Maxy (0) joined Bomber at the crease for a very short four balls before he missed a full toss and was given out lbw. The middle order showed no fight, although the there were a few unlucky dismissals, Jimmy (4), Toby (10), Will (6) all fell quickly leaving manly 6-82.
During tea Maxy pulled the boys into the shed and told the incoming batsman to shut up shop and not let Sydney walk away with a much needed 6 points. We were happy to walk away with a draw if it meant Sydney also got zero points.

Josh Petersen (15) joined Jacob (12) at the crease straight after tea. JP decided to come out swinging from ball one and managed to hit a couple of boundaries before being caught behind trying to hit the bowler to Curl Curl beach. Dmac (22) showed some fight for a short period of time before smoking one straight at the bowler who took a very good low catch. Jacob continued to leave all balls outside off and block the balls on the stumps. RBP (11) was introduced to the crease with a few short balls from Sydney's opening bowler. RBP unluckily stumped when he didn't realise that the keeper was up to the stumps and batted out of his crease. Not sure how you don't realise the keeper is up. Slippery (2) was left with the daunting task of batting out 16 overs with Jacob. The pair dug deep and showed great courage to last the 16 overs and play out the draw. It really showed the rest of the team what is required if we want to play finals cricket.

A special mention and Credit goes Jacob Graham who batted 137 balls for only 12 runs. Jacob copped it from the opposition but battled it out and showed great mental application.
Hopefully the boys can bounce back next week in a one dayer against Parramatta and pick up a much needed 6 points to secure a finals spot.


Jacob Edgell
"Jacob Graham playing a tough brand of cricket to secure a draw"

"Luke Edgell crunching one to the boundary"

5th Grade Manly 81 & 6/134 (W. Wolter 53, A. Bain 21*) def by Sydney 167 (Kittlety 2 wickets, S. Alexander 3 wickets)

The boys arrived at Ryde Oval hoping to get the 7 wickets needed quickly and go for the second innings win.

Ben Kittlety and Alex Bain opened the bowling, both bowled extremely well but neither had luck on their side. Ned Hole claimed the first wicket of the day. More and more wickets started tumbling through tight bowling from Sam Alexander and Jonah Anderson, both claiming 2 wickets each.

Isaiah Vumbaca bowled very well, beating the edge nearly every ball. Finally, there was not a play and miss, the last wicket caught at slip by Jack Pickering off a great ball by Isaiah.

Sydney all out for 167, with only 50 overs left in the day Waddo decided to use this as batting practice.

Will Wolter opened the batting and played an extraordinary innings, waiting for the bad ball and hitting it to the boundary. He had great patience and made a deserving 53.

Alex Bain also batted very well, getting 21* and hitting probably the biggest six I have ever witnessed. We ended up at 6/134. Overall our batting in the first inning has let us down again with no one in the top 6 stepping up.

The boys hope to bounce back next round against Parramatta.

Ned Hole


Mixed performances leave most grades in the balance - Monday News - Rd12 vs Sydney


The TravelSim Waratahs entered the weekend's fixture against one of the stronger clubs this season (Sydney), with the hopes of keeping our Club Championship defense alive. With most grade also toiling away for a finals spot, it was imperitive that the Manly boys got off to a great start on Day 1. Mixed results has seen 1st Grade post a solid total of 9/290 with Adam Crosthwaite and Ahillen Beadle leading the way with well played 80's. 2nd Grade had a slightly disappointing day with numerous batsmen getting starts on a bowler friendly wicket, and unfortunately not going on with it. This saw Rowan's men bundled out for a par score of 196. Sydney were left with 13 overs to see out the day, and the boys jagged 2 vital wckets, that keep the game well in the balance for next weekend. 3rd Grade had a disappointing day posting only 134 on a "reasonably flat wicket" (Warren Evans). Positive signs came out of the innings however with the rarest unit Joseph Graham returning to form, posting a well fought 41, along with Dylan Marshall and the skipper chipping in with 20's. 3's also had a quick crack at Sydneys batsmen and managed just the one wicket. 4th grade had a long toil down at Mike Pawley Oval, with Sydney scoring a very slow 8/203 from their 80 overs. Wickets were shared and hopefully with the strong batting line up in 4th Grade, they can get the job done next week. 5th Grade had another bad day at the office with the bat, bundled out for 81, and Sydney passing the Tah's sitting at 3/84 at stumps.

Overall a very mixed week for the Manly men however most matches still remain in the balance.

Go Manly!!

4 Pines Player of the Week - Ahillen Beadle

This week’s 4 Pines Player of the week is First Grade's Ahillen Beadle. Coming up against one the best outfits in the comp this season (Sydney), it was important for the batsmen to stand up and set the tone for the match. AB was exceptional on Saturday hitting 88 off 162 deliveries, including 7 fours and 2 sixes, in a great partnership with skipper Adam Crosthwaite (81). Ahillen has been due for quite some time now, and its great to see him amongst the runs. We are all sure a big hundred is just around the corner. 

Well Done AB!!!



1st Grade Manly 9/290 (A. Beadle 88, A. Crosthwaite 81, C. Merchant 49*)

1st grade report has not been provided

2nd Grade Manly 194 (S. Gainsford 41*, R. Hamman 38, A. Baker 36, N.Hill 33) vs. Sydney 2/34 

2s were at the mighty Graham's Reserve for the first time this year with Manly Oval under construction. It has a beautiful new outfield with a prison like fence. A glorious day was ahead.

We won the toss and decided to bat first. Throughout the entire day the Sydney boys bowled really well keeping it straight for most of the day.

After losing Tom Kaye early, it was awesome to see Aidan Baker and skipper Rowan Hamman dig deep in the first season working their butts off for it and getting a good 30 each. Rowan fell the ball before lunch and Aidan and Sam Webber fell soon after. So from 1 for 72 we were 4 for 90 just after lunch.

From there we scratch our way to our total. Nat Hill was back in action and looked as though he never left the game and with help of Sam Gainsford with 41* got us to the final total of 194. Considering the good deck and outfield it was probably 50+ short of what we should have got.

So we know we have fallen short of what we needed and we know it's a big job ahead. But we were up for the challenge and desperate to get the win.

The boys were fired up and the bowling was gold from the very start. Gainsey was on fire after his good innings with a run out to start the innings. A caught behind from myself meant we had them 2 for 6, but they held on for the rest of the day to finish on 2-35 at stumps with a big day ahead next Saturday.

Big shout out as well the the state of Grahams Reserve. It's now a far cry from the Oval everyone talks about, definitely a top class ground.

Matt White

Watch Sam Gainsford's crucial run-out at the end of play on Day 1:

"Click Here for Sammy's oustanding piece of fielding"

3rd Grade Manly 134 (J. Graham 41, J. Edwards 25) vs. Sydney 1/13 

Birchgrove was fairly flat with a big boundary and lush outfield. Anthing close to 200 was going to be a very good score. We won the toss and had a bat. Edwards (25) and Darcy (9) struggled against a disciplined attack and good fielding. They batted carefully and got through the hard part before Bill slashed at one and was well caught at 2nd slip. Bariol (0) was unluckily given out LBW and when Daly had his stumps uprooted also for (0) we were in trouble. It didn't stop as soon after Jack cut and edged to 2nd slip, Zac (1) was caught in front.

It soon became a crash when in a flash Ash made a hash of his rash slash and went first ball. This meant we lost 6/15 to make it 6/42.

Evans (21) and Graham (41) went about rebuilding things. Both were looking increasingly comfortable and were getting into a rhythm before Evans was caught about 4 metres short of his crease via a fairly bad call for a run via a shot straight to cover. He had all 3 to aim for and about 5 seconds to do it in – too easy and we were 7/87. Marshall (24no) finally lived up to his words and batted very well, playing some excellent shots. One particular flick off the waist raced to the long boundary. Joe was going along nicely, not allowing the BBQ to disrupt him but he fell to the part timer having a quick over before drinks to make it 8/119. Falconer (0) played an overly aggressive shot for the situation and was caught behind and Wigs (4) also got ahead of himself, playing a big cover drive, only to be caught in the covers. Let's get more out of our tail enders than this in the future.

All out for 135, probably 180 at Grahames. We had 16 overs at them and Wigney dropped short early and was pulled to Joe at mid wicket who took a good catch. Our spinners had both bats in all sorts but their lack of intent allowed them to survive to stumps at 1/13.

We will have our chance to win the game next week without a doubt. Let's be prepared with a good training including 100's of catches.

Warren Evans


4th Grade Sydney 9/203 (J. Graham 2/9, L.Edgell 2/13, W. Outred 2/42)

Due to the construction work at Manly Oval, fourth grade travelled to Mike Pawley Oval for day one of round 12 against Sydney. Some of the guys were surprised to learn that round 12 was designed as 'rivalry round'. This caused some of the guys to reflect with enthusiasm on previous torrid on-field battles.

The guys arrived at the ground expecting Sydney to come hard at us given their seventh place position in the ladder just under one win outside the top six. Evidently Sydney would be pushing hard for a finals berth.

MPO was looking in great shape. Fours will need to quickly adjust to MPO as will be at home for five of the next six weeks before the finals series. The pitch promised an even contest as it was covered with a thin layer at grass towards both ends but was reasonably firm underneath. There was little evidence of the rain that fell across the peninsula late in the week as the majority of the outfield was hard and dry. Max Burgess won the toss and elected to bowl as he judged that our bowling attack had a good chance of obtaining some movement through the air and off the pitch. Furthermore, with a forecast of a temperature in the mid-20's, low humidity and a moderate south-easterly breeze, the boys were in no doubt that fielding would be far less oppressive than the previous week.

Dan McKenna and Ryan Bishop Perrett were given the honours of opening up. They bowled a nice line outside off which saw Sydney travel at two an over but were unable to find the outside edge. After eight overs James Crombie and Luke Edgell were introduced into attack. James was playing his first match in fours this season despite being named in fours on numerous occasions in the season only to receive a last minute promotion to three. James took the first wicket early in his spell when the opener nicked one behind after looking to drive forcefully through mid-off. After taking this wicket, James observed that this was his first wicket in grade cricket. This statement was initially met with a fair amount of scepticism given the quality of James' bowling in the nets this season. At the other end Luke was bowling a probing spell with his left-armers nipping and leaping away from the right handed batsman. Luke's spell to the number three batsman was impressive as he beat the outside edge repeatedly straight away. The pressure that was built up soon paid off with Luke taking the second wicket via a low full toss that was comfortably taken hip high. Shortly after Luke took his second as the new batsman's defensive stroke found Toby Poole took at second slip. Sydney went into drinks 3/38.

Unfortunately the boys were unable to further strengthen its position in the session leading into tea as Sydney adopted a far more enterprising approach. Spin was introduced in the first over after tea through Matt Morris which almost provided an immediate dividend. The number five bat was not in the mood for any sighters and crisply drove a regulation leg break knee-high to short cover that was unable to be taken. After managing to only just survive the next few deliveries, the batsman slapped a long hop over mid-off. While Jacob Graham kept things tight at the other end, Manly were unable to contain the Sydney batsman who were able to find or clear the straight boundary off every one of the next four overs. Consequently, Matt was replaced at the bowling crease by Max's finger spin. Sydney continued to attack the spin and registered a number of boundaries through the leg-side. Just as Sydney threatened to take control Max took the wicket of the number five just short of his half-century. A flat thigh-high full toss was swatted out to deep mid-wicket where RBP coolly took the catch only feet from the boundary. Although the opener started to play a few more expansive strokes, the boys were able to slow the run rate and Sydney made their way to tea at 4/126.

The first hour after tea was totally dominated by Manly. Will Outred took a wicket a few minutes after play had commenced. A waist-high full toss was again dispatched out to deep mid-wicket where RBP took a neat catch took the catch ten metres from the boundary. The sixth wicket fell next over as Jacob had the new batsman caught behind by Josh Petersen. The next handful of overs from Will and Jacob were tight and in particular made scoring difficult for the well-set opener. This pressure subsequently accounted for the opener as a back-of-a-length delivery from Jacob was edged behind where Josh moved forward swiftly to collect the rapidly dropping ball. Sydney were now 7/139. At this point runs became scarce and were almost declared an endangered species. Will continually hit a length that forced the batsmen to defend and drive with an element of uncertainty. Luke soon replaced Jacob to commence his second spell. Luke delivered the ball unwaveringly on a good length which resulted in four consecutive maidens. A couple of overs before drinks Will claimed his second wicket via a caught and bowled that was only awarded after the umpires conferred for half a minute. While the boys appealed uniformly for the catch, the umpires discussed if it was a bump ball. Sydney went into drinks with the score at 8/160.

The final hour of play proved to be somewhat of a stalemate as Sydney did not lose any wickets but scored at two per over. The two lower-order batsman batted conservatively in the face of a steady bowling display, with runs primarily coming in the form of singles through the leg side due to the reluctance to play a stroke at anything outside off stump. Dan, James and Jacob all bowled short spells from one end while Will continued to bowl his leggies in a controlled manner. Adam Gummer was given the chance to turn the arm over for the last few overs of the day. Gumms bowled with plenty of air which drew a handful of mistimed strokes as well as a couple of boundaries. Sydney finished the day at 8/203 off 80 overs.

After covers duties were finished, the boys debriefed, which turned out to be fruitful for the team coffers. Overall, the boys were content with the efforts of the bowling group who executed its plans for the majority of the day. Wickets were shared around, with Luke, Will and Jacob each snaring two. We are well placed going into day two. There appears to be plenty of runs to be taken given some sensible stroke play as was evident during the final hour of the day.

Matt Morris

5th Grade Manly 81 vs Sydney 3/84

5th grade turned up to an unbelievably pristine Ryde Oval, facing off to last place Sydney CC. The Manly boys chose to bat first on what seemed to be a reasonably flat deck. Openers Will Wolter and Jonah Anderson were dismissed early with Jack Pickering brought to the crease who fell early, but looked good. Isaiah Vumbaca got a start however was dismissed not long after for 20. The Manly the boys were in trouble 6 down for not many. Alex Bain stood up for the boys at the end batting well but similarly was dismissed like the rest of the boys not long after. From all batsmen it was not good enough and this is now two weeks in a row in which no one has stood up and scored runs. Manly were now set to defend a dismal 81. Credit to our bowling and fielding, the boys all bowled very tight with a superb opening spell from Ben Kittlety and Alex Bain, Ben picking up two vital wickets. Ned Hole and Simon Waddington followed them, both bowling good areas, Neddy picking up a valuable wicket. Spinners Sam Alexander and Isaiah Vumbaca came on both bowling tight however couldn't snare a wicket before the end of days play. Sydney finished the day at 3-84, looking to progress that to a larger total next week.

Isaiah Vumbaca


Tahs Struggle in Stormy Contests - Monday News - Round 11 vs Randwick-Petersham


Round 11 against Randwick-Petersham didn’t go quite to plan for the TravelSim Waratahs, with some poor batting performances bringing us up short in 2s and 5s as well as a courageous but ultimately unsuccessful run chase in 1s despite a brilliant ton by Jay Lenton. Despite this, 3rd Grade and 4th Grade both registered strong wins. 2s bowled well to dismiss RP for 185 but we fell to 6 for 38 in response, and despite getting to 106 without losing another wicket courtesy of 48* from Sam Webber, we lost on run rate. Jack Edwards got back to form with a half century leading 3s to chase down their target 6 wickets down, while half centuries to Hole, Boyer and Outred got 4s to 228 which they defended successfully. Finally, 5s struggled with the bat, bowled out for 92 and despite getting close thansk to some great bowling by Sam Alexander, Ed Hole and Alex Bain slinked over the line 8 down.

Go Manly!!


4 Pines Player of the Week - Jay Lenton

This week’s 4 Pines Player of the week has to go to Jay Lenton and his 125 in first grade. Jay’s performances this season have been extremely impressive to say the least, hitting centuries with apparent freedom and earning himself a NSW debut in the process. Unfortunately it wasn’t quite enough to chase down the 346 set by Randwick-Petersham with the boys falling an agonising 23 runs short. It’s great to see him notch another ton in Manly colours and hopefully we get the chance to see him hit a few more big scores before the season’s end.

Well done Jay!



1st Grade Manly 326 (J. Lenton 125, M. Alexander 43) def by Randwick-Petersham 8/346 dec (A. Beadle 3-58 [32],  2-84 [18])

On Saturday we lost the toss and RP's decided to bat. We did not get off to the start we wanted with the new ball at all, Jimmy injuring himself in his 2nd over also did not help. Nickos and Matty A came on the stem the flow of runs and bowled in a great partnership, both unlucky not to get a wicket. AB and Viss followed with another bowling partnership which lead to the breakthrough.

Wickets were tough to come by throughout the day and credit to RPs who batted well saw them 8-345 at the end of the day. AB was ridiculously good all day with 32 overs 3-54, with no boundaries hit off him all day.

RPs declared overnight and we were off to a great start of 0-75 before we lost 2 quick wickets before lunch. Followed by 2 quick wickets after lunch we had Jay and Nappa looking to rebuild at 4-92. They showed their experience in doing so and when Nappa was out manly were back in the hunt.

Matty A then came in and supported Jay perfectly, scoring 43 and getting the run chase down to the wire. Jay was the rock of our innings and showed just how much class he has by hitting his 4th 100 of the season, he re-builded the innings perfectly and put us in a position to win.

Unfortunately after Matty A and Jay were removed the tail fell away and we went down by 20 runs.


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2nd Grade Randwick-Petersham 184 (M. White 2-21 [10], S. Gainsford 2-12 [4]) def Manly 6/106 (S. Webber 48*, J. Carden 30*)

Second grade turned up to a muggy Coogee oval looking for points to help our push towards the finals. Randwick won the toss and they chose to bat first on a relatively flat wicket. Matt White and Taylor Beatty opened the bowling and started with great lines and lengths, with Matty taking an early wicket for us. Flat came on and continued the work done by the openers and was unlucky not to take more than he actually did. This was backed up by Jake Carden who came on and bowled great areas as well. The two spinners of Dizzy and Sammy Gainsford bowled during the middle overs and restricted the run rate as well as taking a couple of wickets each. A solid team bowling effort meant that we restricted them to 184. The boys knew that with the batting talent we had in the shed, it was very possible to chase down the score.

However things did not start well. Tom Kaye got knocked over second ball, leaving us on the back foot from the get go. A mix of decent bowling and poor shot selection caused a panic within the dressing rooms. Reeling at 6 for 30 odd, Jake Carden joined Sam Webber at the crease and the two looked to resurrect our innings and give us a chance of victory. Moving the scoreboard along nicely, thanks to some brilliant shots all around the ground and some smart running, the attention was moving the thunderstorm that was about to hit the ground. With lightning and thunder about, we were only allowed to put a small cover on the pitch, without pegging it down. As predicted, the weather moved the tarp off the pitch. After a lengthy delay of not being able to be on the ground due to the lightning, we were finally allowed to inspect the pitch and unsurprisingly found that half the pitch was soaked. Unable to get back on, the game was called off with Randwick winning on Duckworth Lewis.

A disappointing result for us considering our great bowling effort and the fact that we would have been in with a chance of victory if we’d had more wickets in the shed with Duckworth Lewis in play at the end.

Go Manly


3rd Grade Manly 6/182 (J. Edwards 64, Z. Trewartha 39) def Randwick-Petersham 202 (J. Graham 3-40 [10], J. Edwards 2-23 [7.5])

Grahames was back to its’ old self – flat and hard. The outfield looked quicker than previous weeks . None of the 700 daily users turned up to watch. We lost the toss again and RP got off to a solid start against some at times wayward bowling. We bowled 11 wides and 3 nb in total. Wiggers (0/43 from 10) again bowled better in his 2nd spell. Dan McKenna (0/28 from 7) was solid but the pitch was flat and not much happening. Joe Graham (3/40 from 10) came on early and got the breakthrough care of a Ben Treloar LBW – it must have been plumb.

Having done his job Graham was taken out of the attack and Edwards (2/23 from 8) and Evans (2/28 from 8) then came on in an attempt to slow things down. RP were travelling at 5s early care of an opener hitting the ball quite sweetly. He soon spooned one into the covers from Evans to make it 2/53. Jack started with 3 maidens and a wicket, clean bowling the #3. Jack bowled very well having to contend with a dirt patch right on his run up. From mid on, 15 yards away I saw a massive turn of the ankle on one delivery out of the corner of my eye but his ligaments were up for it.

Marshall (2/37 from 7) came in and had an immediate impact with a good catch taken by Jack at square leg. Dylan had 1 for 4 from 3 and was bowling beautifully but then got a bit funky with the fields which was not always met with agreement by the captain and possibly Dylan lost his length a little bit following this and was hit a bit in his latter overs. The signs are good though for Dylan and he is starting to get back to his old self. Just stay patient Dyl and you will take plenty this year.

He and Joe bowled very well and Joe in particular got important wickets all day, dismissing their threatening #4 with a smart stumping from Aiden Bariol and then a good C&B to get rid of the big hitting #7 just as he was getting into stride with 10 overs left. Valuable stuff.

We went through them consistently but some decent lower order batting, whilst never making us panic, certainly got them to a reasonable total of 202.

Jack (64 from 104) and Billy Darcy (19 from 32) ensured a solid start getting us to 49 before Bill’s leading edge popped one into the covers. Bariol (32 from 65) kept things moving and he and jack were cruising.

A quick look to the west and backed up by RADAR a big storm was obviously approaching. If it was Duckworth Lewis we were a mile ahead but with it being straight run rate we were a little behind.

Pens, notebooks, calculators and a shifting batting order all rose to the surface and when Aiden was caught at mid off to be 2/118 we were about 10 runs behind schedule. As a result Zac (39 from 26) was sent in at #4. The sky was dark now and not easy. We were thereabouts but when Jack faced a few tight overs and eventually snicked one we were maybe 10 behind still. Ash (7 from 5) ran himself out via a direct hit from 3rd man to make it 4/161. Jimmy was yorked soon after to make it 5/163 with play to be suspended any minute. It was a fine line as to whether we risk wickets to make sure we get in front. Zac then opened up and sent the ball flying around for 5 fours and a six to give us some great breathing space. Unfortunately he did not make the most of his luck when stumped from a no ball due to bowler clipping the stumps and was caught in the covers two balls later. Despite this Zac got us into a winning position with his clean hitting.

As Evans (5no) approached the crease the umps decided the light was terrible and came off. Lightning rule was then enforced. At the end of the break we were 14 runs ahead. After time lost we needed just 6 runs from 5 overs. Evans and Graham (1 beautiful run not out) ensure 6 points, even though the winning runs were quite comical. Evans middled one back which Joe couldn’t get out of the way of and the ball rebounded away for an easy 2 at a point when we needed just one. If it didn’t hit Joe it was going for either a 4 or an easy single if mid off dived and saved it. A couple of RP boys complained about it and Evans was considering calling it a zero but Joe set him straight and off we went 6 points in the bag. No hard feeling as the result was quite obvious.

A solid win and great to win 2 in a row. Has us in 3rd spot – doesn’t mean much as the table is so tight. A loss will send us as low as 10th and a win possibly into 1st.


4th Grade Randwick-Petersham 6/134 (R. Bishop-Perrett 3-25 [8], M. Morris 2-36 [10]) def by Manly 4/228 (W. Outred  63*, S. Hole 60, J. Boyer 56*)

Petersham Oval was the scene of what would be another solid win by the 'main grade' as we progress to the finals.

The great 'tosser' Maxy Burgess got us underway and elected to bat on a cracking cricket wicket. He just keeps winning tosses. What a tosser.

Gumms and Bomber opened up but bomber missed a straight one which missed the second set and was told to pack em by the umpy. A resurrection was underway with gumms and Sammy hole putting on a solid partnership before Gummer departed. Sammy hole continued on with 'I probably should of drank more water so I don't get dehydrated and throw up on the field' James Boyer with the boys both reaching 50 each. Sammy Hole departed bringing in the mighty Will Burrrrrrr who batted out of his small body to hit a run a ball 60 odd. Boyer and Will ended not out leaving us with 228. A very respectful score considering the outfield.

We came out strong with the ball and Randwick never really got going. Matty 'slippery' Morris got us going with a couple of wickets in consecutive overs before Ryan 'I'm an introvert but am coming out of my shell' Bishop Perrit bowled out of his skin and picked up a quick 3 which killed all chances Randwick had. Pick of the bowlers on the day.

We got called off after Armageddon came through and won on run rate . 

Another win for the lads. #6points 


5th Grade Manly 92 (M. Cole 42) def by Randwick-Petersham 8/94 (S. Alexander 3-21 [10], E. Hole 2-13 [6], A. Bain 2-19 [6])

Losing the toss and batting first on a slow and low Mike Pawley pitch, Manly 5’s knew runs would be hard come by early on.

Stand-in skipper Tom Sheedy and Will Wolter led the charge taking 6 off the first over before Sheedy snicked off in the second. Wickets began to tumble as we were caught on the crease and guilty of playing shots more suited to the hard and fast nature of synthetic pitches.

Matt Cole was the star of the innings showing some true intent in the middle. Cole proving to be the rock of our innings, he hung around for most of our innings displaying smart stroke-play and reminding us all what he is capable of (although he did cook Ollie Davies with a run out – sorry legend). He was well supported by Alex Bain late in the innings whose impressive batting saw us limp to 92 all out.

Bain (2-19 off 6) got us off to the perfect start taking two early wickets, before Ned Hole (2-13 off 6) cashed in with his quality mediums.

With wickets falling regularly and the score teetering at the 6-60 mark, we thought we were in with a chance but some big shots from the Randwick lower order got the Stags over the line in the 32nd over, 8 wickets down.

Ultimately if we had batted our 50 overs we would’ve reached our goal of the 110 run mark and wrapped up the game.

Special mention to all the boys for a top fielding and bowling performance in which they never gave up and made Randwick work extremely hard for their win.

Onwards to next week.


Hardboard Diggers Team of the Round

The Harbord Diggers Club Team of the Round has been named. Some great performances this week from the Waratahs, earning them entry into the Harbord Diggers Team of the Round. Jack Edwards and Sam Webber open the batting after some great performances, while Sam Hole comes in at no.3 continuing his good recent run of form. Lenton is a shoe in after his brilliant ton, while run a ball half centuries from Boyer and Outred see a diminutive middle order. Sam Alexander and Joe Graham form the loosest spin attack in Australian Cricket. Ryan Bishop-Perret gets his first call up the the team of the round with an eye catching fast bowling performance in 4s, while Bain and White returned great figures in 2s and 5s respectively to form a lethal opening bowling partnership.


Max points for top grade in a successful weekend - Monday News - Rnd 10 vs North Sydney


The TravelSim Waratahs
 had a great weekend against local rivals North Sydney, with all grades but 2's, entering or maintaining spots in the top 6. 

1st grade had their first outright win of the season, by defeating the Bears comfortably in the later hours of the second day's play. Stand out performances from Nick Mclachlan and Jack Ritchie ensured 10 points for Crossy's men as they enter the top 6 for the first time this season. 

2nd Grade had a disappointing day after not getting any points out of the last placed, winless North Sydney outfit. After setting the Bears 200 to win off the best part of 50 overs, the boys unfortunately were the only one's playing cricket with North Sydney not showing any intention of trying to get their first win of the season. 

3rd grade had probably one of the most bizarre games of cricket of all time. After being rolled for 99, the boys tied on first innings with the last North Sydney wicket falling to a catch in the deep. From there the boys declared 7/117 and rolled North Sydney 10 runs short of the total. This was a crucial victory for Warren's men as they find themselves back in the top 6.
4th Grade had a tough day. Set 165 for victory, a poor batting performance saw the Tah's fall 60 runs short.

5th grade had a great victory with young Ned Hole leading the way with a brilliant 65*.

Overall a great weekend for the greatest club of all, but we will be tested again this weekend against a strong Randwick Petersham outfit.

Go Manly!

4 Pines Player of the Week - Nick Mclachlan

With so many match winning performances over the weekend, it has been extremely difficult to choose one individual performance of the week. First Grade quick Nick Mclachlan is this week's 4 Pines player of the week. Before this round, 1st Grade sat in the middle of the table and against a weaker North Sydney side, they were hoping for maximum points. Due to the importance of an outright victory for Crossy's men, Nick's 5/38 from 15.3 overs, is deservedly named this week's 4 Pines player of the week. This is also Nick's First 5 wicket hall of the 2015/16 season.

Well Done Nicko


1st Grade: Manly 2/128 (J. Crosthwaite 57, J. Ritchie 49*) & 2/209 (J. Ritchie 109*, A. Beadle 49*, A. Crosthwaite 28) def North Sydney 123 (N. Buck 6/43, N. McLachlan 2/13, A. Beadle 2/17) & 213 (N. Mclachlan 5/38, J. Munting 2/30)

Manly Oval was looking its usual fantastic self on Saturday as the Tahs entered day 2 against the Bears having already won on 1st innings and looking to bowl the opposition out again and try to force an outright result.

The eventful weather of the last few days didn't look like it had affected the ground as we started on time. Unfortunately we were already a man down with James Crosthwaite suffering a severe back injury, meaning any run chase would be done without one of our openers.

All our bowlers stuck to the task well with North Sydney not showing too much intent on pushing the score along. It took us a while to get our first wicket via a McLachlan / Lenton combo. Nick then took another 2 wickets in 2 balls in his next over. From this point on wickets fell pretty regularly, Munting taking 2 wickets in an over and Bucky and Beadle both snaring one. Only their number 9 with 53 off 38 balls, as well as their English pro Mickleburgh showed any fight, but we bowled them out for 213, leaving us with 207 to get off 45 overs for an outright victory. Nick McLachlan the star with the ball, taking another 5 wicket haul.

We all thought the chase was going to bit tricky, but no one told that to Jack Ritchie. Taking full advantage of his new found power (and new bat), he showed how to pace an innings with a superb 109* off 129 balls to lead the Tahs to victory. Jack has now moved into 8th position in the 1st grade run tally for the season.

Jack was well supported by skipper Adam Crosthwaite with 28 of 43, and Ahillen Beadle with 49* off 66. We chased down the target with 5 full overs to spare.

So 10 points for the good guys as we move into the top 6 for the first time this season. Set's us up for an exciting last 5 rounds.

2nd Grade: Manly 5/203 (S. Gainsford 78*, J. Rawlings 46, R. Hamman 31*) vs North Sydney 5/129 (M. Alexander 2/21, L. Diserens 2/30)

Second Grade arrived to a soaked Tunks Park, for a 120 over game after the first week was washed out. Play started late again and the game was reduced to a 96 over game.

We won the toss and batted, whilst rain threatened. Jack Edwards after his week of training at the centre of excellence rather than playing high pressure semi final cricket, lost his wicket second ball for a duck. Jarrod Rawlings made a well composed 46 and Sam Webber 24 also got a start but couldn't go on. Manly really didn't get any momentum until the Skipper, Rowan Hamman 31 not out and Sam Gainsford 78 not out, took the game away from North Sydney, on what was a very slow out field. They put on 108 for the 6th wicket and it was great to see both boys get a few runs and release the shackles. Manly finished 5/201 after 48 overs and declarfed.

North Sydney were set 202 from 48 overs, but they lost 2 early wickets to Matt Alexander and shut up shop from there, ending up with 5 for 129 from their alloted overs. Luke Dizzerens bowled brilliantly as did all of the bowlers. A disappointing days cricket where neither side recieved any points, but the weather was always against us after the first week washout.

Aiden Baker

3rd Grade: Manly 99 (A. Virdi 28) & 7/117 dec. () vs. North Sydney 99 (W. Evans 3/13, J. Wigney 3/17, B.Falconer 2/15, D.Marshall 2/19) & 107 (J. Graham 4/22, J. Wigney 3/30, B. Falconer 2/15)

 Where do I start? Grahames presented quite nicely, a bit of softness but this was nullified by the 28 over ball. Resuming at 3/45 chasing 100 to win Norths lost an early one care of a Falcs (2/15) LBW. Soon after he clipped off stump to make the Bears 5/58. Norths then settled and, hitherto, built the biggest partnership of the game to take the score to 83 before Evans (3/13) got a vital edge to Daly at 2nd slip. Verdi then snares a good one (he takes 6 catches for the game at 1st slip) from Wigney (3/17) to make it 7/90. Wiggers then traps a bloke in front to make it 8/95. Evans then gets a tickle to make it 9/96. Number 11 sneaks a single behind square and then the #8 straight drives one past Evans' boot and under a diving mid off to scamper 2 to make it even. Wiggers bowls a maiden to the #11. Instead of bowling himself to see the inevitable squirt for a quick single Evans tosses the ball to Marshall with a deep mid wicket and mid on. Dylan bowls, the batsmen, as hoped, swipes, the volume of his grunt of despair may have been grounds for obstructing the field if Zac dropped it at deep mid wicket but he held it and we have 3 points each with 50 overs left in the day.

Wanting to bat for 23 overs and have 27 at them we needed a good base to launch from. This did not happen and we were struggling at 3 for 4. Daly (32 off 36) and Trewartha (24 from 28) settle things with good intent and put on 55 to take us to 4/59. Contributions from Crombie (13), Virdi (15) Evans (14*) and Marshall (11*) allow us to declare at 7/117 from 25 leaving them 118 in 25.

Norths get off to a flyer to be 0/27 off 4 before Wiggers (3/30) gets the makeshift opener caught in the covers. Evans (1/21) then gets a hard drive well caught by Graham at mid off to make it 2/29. Wickets tumble at regular intervals but runs are flowing regularly as well. Run rate does not become an issue with quick runs put on. Norths get themselves into an enviable position at 4/75 before Virdi scoops up a low one from Jo Graham. Jo (4/22) has them in all sorts with a great spell of off spin and he cleaned them up nicely. Dylan too was bowling well but a change to bring on Falcs (2/15) paid quick dividends with a good catch at mid off and a great snare by Virdi in the slips. To complete the win Virdi again takes a great catch from Joe who was turning the ball sharply into the batsmen. He stepped away looking to work it into the offside but the turn and bounce and Ash's awareness at 1st slip meant 8 points to us to boost us back into the 6.

Now for some consistency fellas. If we can string a few together we will entrench ourselves in the top 4 but if we stay flaky we will be hanging around the fringes all year.

Warren Evans

4th Grade: North Sydney 165 (R. Bishop-Perrett 3/24, J. Graham 3/24, S. Hole 2/26) vs. Manly 116 

 The 4th grade boys rocked up on the first day to a hot but windy North Sydney 2 which looked green but hard as well. We lost the toss and were sent in to bowl.

The opening bowlers did well to start and had the ball swinging. We managed to get an early wicket but from then on the batsman decided to defend without offering many shots for the rest of the day going at a very slow 2 an over. Eventually we got them all out near end of day leaving the manly boys to battle out 3 overs at end of day which we managed.

Day 2 started shaky for manly as we lost Pickering early on in the day and from then on Manly consistently lost wickets without doing much damage on the scoreboard. Will wolter was probably the pick of the batsman scoring 20. The tail put up a slight fight but in the end we were all out for 116 and a disappointing end to a game that we really should have won comfortably.

Bem Kittley

5th Grade: North Sydney 9/215 dec. (S. Waddington 2/11, H. Brown 2/21, G. Harris 2/27) Manly 6/217 (E. Hole 65*, M. Cole 49, O. Davies 30)

We returned to Mick Pawley Oval with North Sydney 7 for 188 for the remaining day's play.

Significant overnight rainfall delayed our game by 20 minutes. Simon Waddington decide to take the new ball in a hope we would get some early wickets.

An injury for Hayden Brown meant that Nick Osborne and Alex Bain were to take the new ball, three wickets were required to bowl North Sydney out. They managed to mount on thirty extra runs in five overs. Due to wet patches on the pitch, the batsmen weren't completely set. Alex took advantage of this, bowling a great line to take two early wickets.

After North Sydney's Captain was satisfied with the score, he decided to declare leaving us to chase down 215 of 70 over to win.

With so many players out of the side we changed the our batting order, opening with Matt Cole and Jonah Anderson. They both got us off to a strong start putting on a 30 run partnership off 15 overs. Jonah was unlucky to lose his wicket, getting a thick outside edge to the hands of gully.

This brought Ned Hole to the crease. He had great intent from ball one, playing a solid cover drive to get off the mark. Ned and Matt then set about piling on the runs. Matt was the next to go, slicing a cut shot straight to point of the right handed off spinner, which popped off a length. He was unfortunate to fall just before his half century on 46.

Next in was Oliver Davies, coming off some great form in Green Shield. He also showed great signs from the start of his innings smashing 3 well controlled sixes. Ned and Ollie built a solid 50 run partnership before Ollie was given out LBW.

As wickets started to fall, Ned kept his cool and backed himself to be there till the end. Nick Osbourne, Will Akhurst and Simon Waddington all fell cheaply creating a hole in our innings. We just needed someone to create a partnership with Ned to give ourselves a chance of winning this game.

Among the fall of these wickets Ned brought up his fifty and went on to score 65 not out. Alex Bain came in at number 8 to chase down the final runs in a successful partnership with Ned. Both Ned and Alex brought home the victory with 8 overs remaining.

We enjoyed the game and were lucky enough to see it through to the end as the rain held off.

Thank you to the parents and players who brought a great food for the afternoon tea and set it out for all of us. A special thanks to Dollars for scoring the game for us.

Will Akhurst

Hardboard Diggers Team of the Round

The Harbord Diggers Club Team of the Round has been named. Ritchie and Rawlings form the opening partnership after their stellar performances, with Matt Coles 49 getting him into the #3 position. Ned Hole and Sam Gainsford make up the middle order after unbeaten innings, while Arshdeep Virdi's important double in a low scoring match (+ 6 catches at 1st slip) see's him at #6. Jay Lenton's stellar season continues at #7, while the bowlers pick themselves with spinner Joe Graham and pacemen Wigney, Buck and McLachlan all in the wickets.


Buck shines against the Bears - Monday News Round 10 vs North Sydney (Day 1)


The TravelSim Waratahs had a solid weekend against local rivals North Sydney on the opening day of this rounds  2-day fixture. After a disappointing start last round after Christmas, it was vital for the Tahs to bounce back to form in a big way.

1st grade did just that, picking up 1st innings points already thanks to 6 wickets to English fast-bowler Nathan Buck. Bowling North Sydney out for 123, James Crosthwaite (57) and Jack Ritchie (49*) then made light work of the total and setting Adam Crosthwaite's side up for a chance at taking 10 points next week. 2's frustratingly were called off without a ball being bowled due to persistent rain flooding Tunks Park overnight.

3rd grade struggled on a soft deck at the newly-turfed Grahams Reserve making just 99 before having Norths 3/45 at the close. Early wickets will be crucial next week if Warren Evan's side has any chance of taking any points this round. 4's toiled all day and restricted North Sydney to 165 thanks to 3 wickets each to Ryan Bishop-Perrett and Jacob Graham. Finally 5th grade had a similiar day keeping Norths to 7/188 with the wickets shared around.

I'm sure a strong week at training will be required in order for the TravelSim Waratahs to take maximum points away against The Bears next week!

Until next time, Go Manly!

4 Pines Player of the Week - Nathan Buck

This week’s 4 Pines Player of the Week was an absolute no-brainer, with English recruit Nathan Buck putting in his most impressive performance for the TravelSim Waratahs taking 6 wickets in 1st grades victory within a day over the weekend. 'Bucky' bowled with some serious pace and rhythm to tear through the heart of The Bears batting line-up and show exactly why he's been plying his trade as a first-class cricketer in the UK for a few years now.

As one of the most loved overseas players to arrive at the club in recent memory, it's great to finally see Bucky reaping the rewards he deserves. Congratulations and can't wait to see you continue you this form throughout the rest of the season Bucky! 


1st Grade: Manly 2/128 (J. Crosthwaite 57, J. Ritchie 49*) def North Sydney 123 (N. Buck 6/43, N. McLachlan 2/13, A. Beadle 2/17) and 1/54

Get the job done day 2! That's the mentality of the Adam Crosthwaites 1st grade men when they resume play on Saturday against North Sydney.

Losing the toss and being asked to bowl first is never a bad thing especially when one of the most popular overseas players in the clubs history in Nathan Buck decides to stand up and produce exactly what everyone knows he can.. Bucky found some wonderful rythm, pace and discipline to finish with his best figures for the Tahs of 6/43 off 14 overs. With Nickos showing glimpses of his number 1 wicket taking season from last year in grabbing 2 wickets along with AB with 2 aswell. North Sydney all out 123

Our task at hand.. Just bat and see what happens with 50 overs left in the day.. But when James Crosthwaite and Jack Ritchie are at the forefront, you only need 25.. James Crossy blazing yet another half century finishing with 57 from 59 deliveries with 2 Sixers and 7 4s and Cubby finishing unbeaten with 49 from just 69.. 6 points but the job isn't done!

Declaring straight away to put the Bears back into bat and certainly on the back foot. This is where the hard work starts.. Finishing the day having North Sydney 1/54 with some disciplined and quality team cricket once again needed for Saturday to really get the boys back on top to work for an outright victory! See you then

Cameron Merchant

2nd Grade: North Sydney vs. Manly 

No play over the weekend.

3rd Grade: Manly 99 (A. Virdi 28) vs. North Sydney 3/45

Another day, another soft, popping deck, another lost toss. 3rds have won one so far this year from 10 and again another massive advantage to Norths getting to bowl first on a wicket that was unsurprisingly soft and difficult. Together with the new, slow outfield, scoring was going to be tough and I had 140 in the back of mind as a score that would take some beating. We never really got ourselves in a position to get this though with wickets falling at regular intervals. Joe & Bill had a tough time of it early and got through a number of overs before Joe fell. Aiden too battled hard but was out first ball after drinks. Jordan Daly was unlucky to be given out LBW and Bill top edged a slow, poppy, half tracker. Bill, Jordan, Zac and Crombie all made it to double figures but were unable to kick on. Zac was run out again which did not help our cause. Ash (28) was hitting the ball as well as you could on the slow, seaming wicket before edging the spinner to the slips. Evans and McKenna did not trouble the scorers and Marshall (13) batted as well an anybody before also maybe being a bit unlucky when adjudged LBW.

This gave us 99 which was a few short of a winning total as the pitch was started to even out. McKenna and Wigney were maybe guilty of trying a bit too hard and not getting enough balls in the right area. Wiggers got the edge to Ash at 1st slip and soon after Evans did the same. Daly then took a fantastic running catch in the outfield from Marshall (1/5 from 8) to leave Norths reasonably placed at 3/45. Their opener on 21 survived somehow and the bloke with him can hit the ball cleanly so a big partnership to break if we are to entertain thoughts of winning. If we can get a couple of early ones then we will go on and win. Critical first 15 minutes.

Warren Evans

4th Grade: North Sydney 165 (R. Bishop-Perrett 3/24, J. Graham 3/24, S. Hole 2/26) vs. Manly 0/6

Another tough day in the field for 4th Grade this week with stand in Captain James Bowyer losing the toss and North Sydney electing to bat on a very flat deck. Ben Kittlety and Ryan BP troubled North Sydney early but were unable to take wickets. Ryan finally with the breakthrough at the 10th over. Kittlety also taking one just after. Matt Morris bowled beautifully back from injury taking only one with a good catch in the deep from Jack Pickering.

Our two other leggies Isiah and Will Outred bowled well, and were unfortunate not to take one. Sam Hole was then called upon, bowling great dots tying down both batsmen and taking two good wickets one of those being a great catch from Will Walter. Jacob Graham was then called on, bowling great lines and fantastic length denying North Sydney runs over after over, he took 3 good wickets and successfully closed out North Sydney's innings, bowling them out for 165 off 75.5 overs.

After safely keeping out 4 overs late in the day we are now 0/6 feeling as though we are in a good position for next week.

Jack Pickering

5th Grade: North Sydney 7/188 (S. Waddington 2/11, H. Brown 2/21, G. Harris 2/27) Manly 

5th grade arrived at a damp Mike Pawley but the pitch was dry and the boys got stuck into warmup. The top 6 won touch footy and Waddo lost the toss and we were asked to field. With two young fast bowlers making their debut, Hayden Brown and Gabriel Harris, the boys were keen to make inroads early and put Norths on the back foot. Alex Bain (0-22 off 11) and Hayden Brown (2-21 off 11) opened up, bowling with control but to North Sydney's credit they dug in and we were made to work for the opening wicket. With no wickets in the first 12 overs, skipper Waddington introduced Gabriel Harris (2-27 off 12) and Will Akhurst (0-26 off 11) and Gabe made the first breakthrough from a catch at square leg. Consistent line and length bowling and pressure in the field gave skipper Waddington (2-11 off 6) his first wicket whilst also taking a screamer of a one-handed catch low to his right in slips off Jonah Anderson (1-42 off 21) who bowled economically all day. Ollie Davies (0-26 off 10) bowled pretty much every variation of spin possible also creating pressure with the ball.

At stumps we have them 7-188, a total that we are comfortable chasing down especially if we take wickets early next week with the new ball available. A few dropped catches and missed run outs aided Norths total but to our credit the boys bowled well on a flat deck. Special mention to Hayden and Gabriel who took their first grade wickets, and both bowled consistently all day. Next week we'll be keen to chase down their total and get us back on track to compete for the premiership.

Alex Bain

Rain affected week sees the Tah's slip in Club Champs - Monday News - Rnd 9 Vs Blacktown


Yet another rain affected week, saw the Tah's enter the first round of the year with only the top two grades and PG's, getting on the park. 1st grade had a disappointing 20 run loss against Blacktown which has seen them eliminated from the First Grade One Day competition for the 2015/16 season. Mickey Visser picked up his first 5 wicket haul in the top grade, leading the bowling unit with an impressive 5/54 off his 10 overs. Well Done Visser! Despite solid contributions from Farrell (73), Lenton (55 with one eye) and Ritchie (44) the Tah's werent able to get over the line. This is an obvious disappointment to the playing group as they were looking likely to go one better than their impressive limited overs season last year. With plenty of cricket remaining in the 2 day competition, the defending champs sit in 15th place currently, however they are very much in the running to go back to back. 

2nd grade have kicked off 2016 with an impressive performance against the 2nd placed Blacktown outfit. After getting sent into bat on a beautiful batting wicket, Rowan's men compiled 196 with a large majority of the team contributing. An impressive opening spell from both Matt Alexander and Matt White, had the visitors on the back foot from the get go and with consistent wickets, the Tahs defeated Blacktown by 36 runs. A much needed victory for the 2nd grade boys as they are continuing to push for a final 6 spot.

4 Pines Player(s) of the Week - Ryan Farrell and Michael Visser

This week’s 4 Pines Players of the Week Award are First Grade's Ryan Farrell and Michael Visser. With both of them putting in exceptional performances over the weekend, we couldn't decide the player of the day. Under pressure with the Tah's One Day season on the line, these two boys delivered in a big way. The boys displayed how far their games have come over the past couple seasons, and we are all sure their weekend success is only the beginning of many more impressive performances in the top grade.

Keep up the great work boys!


1st Grade: Blacktown 267 (M. Visser 5/54, A. Beadle 3/44) def Manly 8/246 (J. Ritchie 44, J. Lenton 55, Farrell 73)

Unfortunately the Manly boys were outplayed by Blacktown on Saturday. This loss has resulted in our missing out on the limited overs finals - a disappointing result for all involved.

The day started well with a few early wickets however a large partnership for the 4th wicket took Blacktown's score up to over 200. A bit of late order hitting resulted in the Warriors posting 267. The pick of the bowlers, as he has been all season, was Michael Visser. He finished with 5-54 off 10 and troubled all the opposition batsman. This was his first 5 wicket haul in 1st grade and was a great reward for his perseverance and belief over the years.

We didn't get off the best of starts with the bat, however at 2 for 84 after about 16 overs the game was in the balance. Unfortunately we then proceeded to lose 3-15 which slowed our run rate and meant we possibly didn't quite have the batting in the sheds later on when we needed to hit out. Jay Lenton again showed his class with 55 while young Ryan Farrell played a bit of a breakthrough knock in first grade with 73 in an excellent middle order partnership which kept us in the game. Unfortunately however we ended up falling 22 runs short of the target in our 50 overs.

A disappointing result, however all we can do now is put it behind us and look to improve our position in the ladder in the two day competition.

Jack Ritchie

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2nd Grade: Manly 196 (T.Kaye 36, A. Baker 30, J.Edwards 26, M. Alexander 25) def. Blacktown 160 (M. White 4/23, J. Carden 2/18, M. Alexander 2/44)

The lads turned up to Manly Oval on a glorious day, the golden Rays of sunshine piercing through the broken cloud cover, the Manly boys knew today was going to be a positive day.

Blacktown won the toss and elected to bowl first on which appeared to be a slower wicket than first expected.

The openers (Jack and Jarrod) got us off to a solid start with positive stroke play. Jarrod unfortunately missing a straight one and believed the umpire should "have his eyes checked". Tom Kaye then proceeded to continue our solid start with a "clean" 36. There was never really a partnership established which could have cost us a victory in the end (something to look into lads) Oh, and FLAT ran himself out again, it's ok flat, just another thing to work on at training.

With 196 on the board the boys were positive we could take a convincing victory. Blacktown played attacking shots early, however, this did not work in their favor as they found themselves in a bit of a rut (5-60)
The strong bowling line up then took it to the visitors, rolling them for 150 on what appeared to have flattened out quite a bit. The boys bowled very well as a unit, Matty White was the clear standout with his 4 wickets.

Awesome win boys, keep the momentum flowing.


Matt Alexander

PG's: Manly 64 (B. D'Arcy 21) def by Fairfield 3/67 (B. Falconer 2/13)

The mighty manly Poidevin-Gray side arrived to manly oval for most likely there last game of the season. Needing a big win and a few results to go their way for a semi-final birth, the boys knew they had to put in a big performance. Fairfield-Liverpool are renowned for having a great bowling attack but regardless, Ryan Farrell elected to bat on on a beautiful Manly Oval deck. The Tahs got off to a great start and were 1/41 off the first ten, with Billy D'Arcy and Ryan Farrell both going well.

What followed was an even battle between bat and ball, with wickets falling and runs being scored at a rapid rate. The Tahs batted extremely well with everyone chipping in and doing their bit.

Credit must be given to Fairfield for their steady bowling display. Even though there was a consistent stream of wickets we knew we had more than enough runs on the board and the onus was now on the bowlers to finish the job.

Unfortunately, and I'm not one to play the blame game, the bowlers really blew this one. We had seven fielders on the off side and yet we continued to stray onto their pads, leaking runs consistently. Ben Falconer bowled beautifully swinging the ball more than ever but even he was going for a few too many runs. All of a sudden our 1st innings total of 64 was looking a bit slim.

To our credit the manly boys hung in well and the game almost went past 1 o'clock.

In the end Fairfield mowed down the 65 required for the loss of two wickets after 12 or so overs. We were left embarrassed walking off the field at 12.45 with the match already completed.

Looking back I would say our day took a turn for the worst when we lost 9-23 on an absolute road. Afterwards we had a couple of beers but it was barely 1pm and they tasted like failure. The bowlers in particular were down knowing their inaccuracy had cost us a win.

It was easily the worst loss this young reporter has ever been apart of and I'm just glad its over. In other news Man of the Match was Billy D'Arcy for his valiant 21, a lone highlight in an otherwise horrible day.

Billy D'Arcy

Spoils Shared Heading Into Christmas - Monday News Round 8 vs Gordon + PG's vs UNSW


The TravelSim Wartahs had a mixed weekend of results against Gordon in some low-scoring matches with Manly claiming victory in 1s, 2s and 4s, while 3s, 5s and PGs struggled with the bat in their chases to fall disappointingly short.

1st Grade had a convincing win, bowling the visitors out for 141 thanks to 4 wickets to Ahillen Beadle, while Cameron Merchant and Jay Lenton starred in the run chase to wrap things up before 4pm.
2nd Grade also had a low scoring affair posting 189 thanks to 51 from young superstar Jack Edwards, while Matt Alexander took 4, spearheading the attack to roll Gordon for 139.
3rd Grade had a disappointing day with the bat, failing to chase Gordon's 195 with resistance only shown by Aidan Bariol in his 78-run innings.
4th Grade set an imposing 293 thanks to a 191-run stand between centurion Sam Hole (117) and Will Wolter (68). ATo their credit, Gordon worked hard but ultimately fell short 25 short thanks to an all-round team effort with Dan Mckenna and Jacob Graham 2 wickets apiece)
5th Grade also struggled with the bat, rolled for 124 chasing 234 with only skipper Waddington (35) and Jack Pickering (36) offering any resistance late in the day.
PG's unfortunately went down against UNSW at Village Green despite rolling them for only 141. Sam Gainsford was the star taking 5/24 off his 10.


4 Pines Player of the Week - Sam Hole

This week’s 4 Pines Player of the Week Award sees another classy off-field performer finally reap the success he deserves out in the middle. Club favourite Sam Hole hit a skillful and composed 117 to help set the platform for 4th Grade's imposing total of 293 at Killara Oval on Saturday. Despite an incredibly enviable conversion rate off the pitch, Sam would be the first to admit that until this week it had been a somewhat frustrating season with the bat. However in a real testament to his character Sam has continued to be one of the hardest trainers at the club and it's fantastic to see the hard work paying off for him. With one of the soundest techniques to be seen at Manly it was only a matter of time before his natural ability would shine through as it did on Saturday, and it just goes to show that with continued work and a great attitude eventually things will turn around. Whatever it is you did this week Sammy, bottle it and bring it again even better after Christmas!

Well done mate, so stoked for you!


1st Grade: Manly 3/144 (C. Merchant 57*, J. Lenton 48) def Gordon 142 (A. Beadle 4/26, M. Visser 2/40) 

Manly rolled up to a home game on a beautiful Saturday morning in paradise & were greeted by something they hadn't seen all season. A strange green coat over the wicket had the bowlers excited & Skipper Crosthwaite duly won the toss & bowled. 

Comedy duo Visser & Munting opened the bowling & it was Viss who got the early breakthrough as the Gordon opener somehow managed to pick out one of only a measly two catching covers (pick up your game Crosthwaite) to give us the early break. Viss bowled his 10 straight for 2/40, which was a lot better than his figures suggested & was the pick of the seamers.

Manly were on top, but looking at chasing 200 or so before the introduction of Ahillen Beadle (4/25) & some horrendous running brought the Gordon innings to a close after 35 overs for just 143. 

With Manly looking at a bonus point, Lenton & Better Crosthwaite opened up. No fireworks from either Crosthwaite occurred but Lenton (48 off 48) still looked in good nick, getting Manly off to a flyer. With Lenton's departure, it was left to Beadle (17*) & Merchant (57* off 48) to guide the boys home on a challenging deck in the 28th over 3 down. Finally a dominant performance from the boys which they've been threatening all season on a deck which provided a good contest between bat & ball for change which was enjoyed by all! Most enjoyed however was the 3PM finish which allowed the skipper to remind us all he used to play First Class Cricket & for Juice to provide an unreal few hours of power at 4 Pines while still getting tucked away in bed by 8PM.

Nick McLachlan

2nd Grade: Gordon 139 (M. Alexander 4/26, A. Baker 2/15, T. Beatty 0/2) def by Manly 185 (J. Edwards 51, J. Rawlings 27)

The Lads turned up to a Steamy Chatswood oval in a relaxed fashion, thanks to the local Tai Chi going on near our change rooms. With all that going on the boys knew that this was a must win match to turn our season around! 

Rowan lost the toss and we were sent into bat, that decision was looking shaky as Ralphy and Young superstar Jack Edwards got us off to a great start. Jarrod was dismissed for 27 with score and 60 and was followed back soon after from Tommy Kaye when his run of 50's sadly came to an end. Flat (17) and Jack (51) worked hard and put on about 40 before Jack was stumped down the leg side. The rest of the order made starts Shwebbs (13) Ro (13) Taylor (18) and Matty A (10) But we seemed to loose a wicket when we looked like rebuilding, we were all out in the 49th over for 185 with Jakey left on 9 Not Out. 

Gordon made a solid start reaching 35 before the Genius bowling change from Rowan to bring on the one and only Flat turned the game on its head, Flat at one point had figures of 2/0. Jake then picked up the third wicket and Gordon were 3/73. With the score at 104 for 3 and Gordon travelling along nicely, the feeling on field was fantastic! The team was working as a unit and the bowlers were bowling to our plans! And that ended up in showing, with the second spells from Matty White, Matt Alexander and Dizzy! The boys fired up and ripped straight through the Gordon middle and lower order to bowl them out for 139, Mattos finishing with 4fa! 

A much needed win for the Boys heading into the Christmas Break! 

Hope Everyone has Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! GO MANLY! 

Jake Carden 

3rd Grade: Manly 169 (A. Bariol 78, A. Virdi 25) def by Gordon 195 (B. Falconer 3/23, S. Gainsford 1/22)

Mike Pawley Oval looked full of runs and Gordon decided to bat. Our bowling was acceptable – Falconer (3/23) getting a couple of early ones care of a swinger down leg for Bariol to take a good catch and then another regulation snick to Bariol to make it 2/20. All the bowlers did their jobs throughout the innings however our catching let us down. A couple of costly drops, especially towards the end of their innings when they were 7/140, allowed them to get to 195.

Sam Gainsford applied good pressure and was very economical with 1/22 from 20. Dylan Marshall also bowled tidily but tired a bit at the end to finish with 1/36 from 9. Wiggers bowled Ok as well to finish with 1/40. Evans got a couple of LBWS in the middle to finish with 2/39. Joe Graham was chomping at the bit to have a trundle and he bowled well but a few slogs in his last over spoilt his figures a bit.

All up 196 was a gettable target but it could have been 40 or 50 less. Unsure how many catches are being taken at training, whatever the amount is we need to triple it.

Joe(0) chopped on early. Bariol (78) and Darcy (19) looked to settle things but Bill scooped a half volley to cover for a gentle dismissal. Jordan struggled a bit and was eventually bowled by an accurate off spinner. Sam was stumped and suddenly we were in strife at 4/60. Not that you could tell by the giggling going on. I had to double check my daughter and her friends hadn’t come down to watch. There’s nothing like the sounds of mirth coming from a batting team who is struggling to inspire the fielding team and to get them thinking…”this mob doesn’t want to win, or at least they couldn’t care less if they lose”. As an incoming batsmen Ash and Evans could barely have a conversation about our approach due to the noise around us. Skid was sitting there in disbelief and finally blew up. This had a calming effect of about 10 mins until Skid went around the corner. It’s not in my make up to tell grown ups how to behave, it’s just annoying to see a team of seemingly dedicated cricketers turn it up on match day.

Anyway, Zac (21) and Bariol went about their work well. The bowling was good – accurate on a slightly slow pitch and well set fields. The runs came not that easily but well enough that at 4/120 with 20 overs to go we were placed. A poor choice of run saw Zac run out. Ash (22) and Bariol fought hard but the run rate continued to rise. Aidan holed out in the deep for a very well made 78. He was about the only bloke to middle a ball the whole innings and he concentrated well. Hopefully this will be the first of many big runs for Aiden at grade level. He was a cut above on the day.

Evans immediately snicked off, Falcs was run out for a golden, Marshall was bowled for a golden and suddenly we had 40 to win, 9 down and 4 overs to go. Wiggers and Ash tried hard but we fell 30 runs short. Finally a bit of quiet.

3rds are being inconsistent so far this year – yet to win a home game but still hanging in on the fringes of the 6. We will not get anywhere near the finals if we have the same approach and attitude as we watch our blokes bat. The energy in the field was OK except for the occasional lapse but off the field it was not grade stuff. It’s what teams do when they are out of the running and they want to be seen to be still enjoying it.

I hope we can turn up next year and truly want to change this aspect. If so, the season is still for the taking, if not, I predict 12th.
Have a good break and see you in the New Year.


4th Grade: Gordon 268 (D. McKenna 2/37, J. Graham 2/40) def by Manly 293 (S. Hole 117, W. Wolter 68)

4th Grade arrived at Killara Oval to a very hot day and a fantastic batting deck. Surprisingly, the Gordon captain won the toss and elected to bowl. Unsurprisingly, Max lost another toss. After losing Max early with the score on 11, Will Wolter and Sam Hole went about putting on a batting masterclass. They smashed the bowlers all over the park and it wasn’t till Will Wolter lost his wicket in the 39th over that their 191 run stand was broken. This surpassed the previous highest 2nd wicket partnership for Manly in 4th grade of 155 which stood since 1977-78. Soon after Will fell for 68, Sam also fell for 117, completing a brilliant innings and a well deserved change in form. With so many wickets in hand, the middle and lower order had a license to swing. Handy contributions from Isaiah Vumbaca, Jacob Graham and Dan Mckenna brought the total to 293 after 50 overs.

Gordon started well in the run chase, always keeping themselves in the hunt. We dismissed their big hitting opener for 57 after some intimidating bowling from Jacob Graham which allowed skipper Max Burgess to clean him up. Their number 4 then batted very well to score 67 and keep them in the game till the final 4 overs getting assistance from their middle order. However, the pressure of requiring 10 runs per over for the final 14 overs proved too much for the Gordon lads, being bowled out with 2 overs remaining for a well fought 268. Wickets were shared around for the Manly boys with Dan McKenna and Jacob Graham taking 2 each. A quality 6 points for Manly heading into Christmas sees 4th grade sitting in 3rd position on the table. Merry Christmas and Go Manly!

5th Grade: Manly 124 def by UNSW 234 (A. Bain 3/58, W. Akhurst 4/47) def. Manly 124 (S. Waddington 35, J. Pickering 36)

5th grade turned up to Beauchamp Park looking to take home all the points in the last round before the Christmas break. The pitch looked to have a little bit of grass on it and after winning the toss captain Simon Waddington decided to send Gordon into bat.

Unfortunately it turned out to be a tough day in the field for the tahs. With almost 30 wides and plenty of missed chances Gordon ended up posting a good total of 8/234 off their 50 overs. The pick of the bowlers was young Will Akhurst, he bowled with good pace and generated good zip off the wicket to finish up with figures of 4/47 off 9 overs. Alex Bain also bowled well and took 3/58 off his 10 overs.

Despite the large score the boys were confident that with a few big partnerships that we would be able to chase down the total that Gordon had set. Jack Pickering and Tom Sheedy opened the batting and were looking good early before Sheedy was out bowled for a low score. From there on we lost consistent wickets and ended up being bowled out for 124. It was a disappointing performance with the bat apart from a fighting partnership between captain Simon Waddington who belted a quick fire 35 and Jack Pickering who hit 36.

Overall it was a disappointing day for 5th grade and we will be looking to bounce back first round after the Christmas break.

Joel Wood

Plenty of Runs but Mixed Results for the Tahs - Monday News - Day 2 vs University of NSW


The TravelSim Wartahs had a mixed weekend of results against UNSW after a few tight encounters across the grades. Coming into week two of the round, The Tahs were well placed to take the points in the top 4 grades, however some determined batting from UNSW prevented any points from being gained in 1st and 2nd grade.

1's unbelievably finished as a draw with both teams on a monumental 422. Adam Crosthwaite's men pushed hard all day and with 3 runs to win off the final ball, a run out coming back for the 3rd meant neither team would be taking any points home at all. 2nd grade also couldn't quite get the job done on a flat Manly Oval track. UNSW batted patiently all day to chase 277 for the loss of 8 wickets.

3rd grade won on the final ball of the match with Josh Wigney picking up the winning wicket. UNSW had bunkered down in order to prevent a Manly victory, but a late gem from Wigney stole the points for Warren Evan's men. 4's chased down 221 with relative ease against a negative UNSW side. Burgess, Edgell and Boyer all supported Virdi to comfortably chase the score and take the points for the loss of 5 wickets. FInally, 5's prevented any sort of outright victory, batting UNSW out of the game. Stand-in captain Tom Sheedy got back amongst the runs with a well made 74*.

Sunday also saw our PG's side pick up a victory in a clinical performace against Penrith. The Tahs restricted Penrith to 170 with Josh Wigney the star on debut taking 5/30. Then after losing Jack Edwards early, captain Farrell and Billy D'Arcy smashed the Panthers attack to all parts and chase the score comfortably in 36 overs.

With one final round before Christmas, the Waratahs will look to maintain what has been a reasonable start to the season. However, we all know there is plenty of room for improvement leading into the break and the business end of the season. Until next week, Go Manly!

4 Pines Player of the Week - Josh Wigney

This week’s 4 Pines Player of the Week Award goes to Josh Wigney for his 5 wickets on debut in PG's and his last-ball wicket in 3rd grade. Saturday saw 'WIggers' knock over the UNSW number 11 on the final ball of the day to take the points for Manly, followed by a tremendous spell to knock over Penrith's top-order on sunday. 

Josh has bowled with great pace and energy all season without getting the rewards he probably deserves. This weekend however, the stars aligned for Josh and he capitalised big-time, despite playing on a couple of very flat wickets. Wiggers improvement over the past 18 months with the Tahs has been outstanding and we can't wait to see him keep hitting the deck hard and taking wickets for us in the future.

Well done Josh!

"Wiggers after his 5-wicket haul"

1st Grade: UNSW 8/422 (N. Buck 3/75, J. Munting 2/76) drew Manly 5/422 (A. Crosthwaite 127, J. Ritchie 125, J. Crosthwaite 50, J. Lenton 43)

13 wickets, 844 runs, 192 overs
0 points for either side

The Manly boys arrived to Village Green in great spirits wth a big score of 422 to defend.

A great first session, well stuck out by all the Manly bowlers saw UNSW head across the road to maccas 2 down for 90 odd, with stalwart James Munting claiming and early pole and "not quite back page of the daily" Ryan Farrell claiming a big wicket of the bumblebees Pom (buckys mate) just on the cusp of lunch.

Enter the experienced David Dawson and Charlie "I do" Wakim. Both batted well during the middle session, with our bowlers giving everything on what turned out to be a very ff.... Fff I won't swear a very Aiden Baker wicket. Even the funky fields from the skip (8 catching covers and a floating catching point) couldn't quite break the partnership.

Returning from somewhat satisfying tea (nothing compares to a merchant tea interval in the RATT) the Bumblebees required 207 from 38 for victory , the tahs 8 wickets for points!

Again the efforts of our bowlers was phenomenal with each bowler churning out the overs and bowling as a unit. 65 first class games Buck was the pick with 3fa a few ( for the stats). Buckys spell combined with Nickos at the other end, saw a break in the partnership and a sniff for the tahs to take the 6 points.

6:24pm and the situation required saw the tahs needing 4 wickets and the bees half a dozen runs for victory, the new ball was taken and worked a treat straight away with James Crossy holding onto a skier in the deep!

James Munting was given the bright red cherry bowling the 96th over and a brilliant over it was! Unfortunately for the tahs the game was out of reach however losing was not an option. Skip sent everyone to the fence for the last 2 balls.

6:28pm the last ball of the day UNSW 7/420 requiring 3 for victory. A little field change of Nickos at 3rd man and Munting was on his way in. Bees batsman backs away, Knicks it fine, but wait here comes McLachlan, diving (rolling?) stop, James Henry turns for the third, but hang on McLachlan has ripped it in from the fence, one bounce into Lenton's gloves

bails whipped off,
umpires finger up,
batsman on the ground,
crowd silent,
tahs cheers...........

422 plays 422

0 points......

Jay Lenton

2nd Grade: UNSW 8/280 (M. White 3/69, T. Beatty 2/51, D. Marshall 2/68) def. Manly 8/277 (T.Kaye 68, J. Carden 50, M. Alexander 46*)

If you want to hear a heartbreaking story about a second grade cricket side then read on. The manly boys were at home on a new strip against a UNSW team which had been touted as a batting side. We won the toss and elected to bat.

Jack Edwards and Joey Graham opened up and did a great job for the boys with an opening stand of about 50 before Jack received a good rock and snicked off. Tommy Kaye then came to the crease and started whacking them around. Joey and Tom put together another 50 before Joe got deceived by a cunning piece of leg spin bowling to hole out to mid-on. Aidan 'Flat' Baker then came to the crease and went from the crease, once again running himself out. Sammy webber was unlucky to have been caught down the leg side and before we knew it. After trying to survive the middle session Tommy was then removed for a well-compiled 67. The Manly boys were in a spot of bother at 6/150 at tea but Matty Alexander and Sam Gainsford were at the crease. Both players struck the ball beautifully scoring freely all around the ground. A real pleasure to watch. Gains was dismissed for 34 but gave the team much needed momentum. Jake Carden coming in at number 9 was the revelation of the day. It took him a little while to start scoring but once he got going he was on fire. Hitting four fours and four sixes on his way to 50 off 50, it was power hitting like we had never seen from the young man. Excellent knock. The waratahs were 8/277 and declared over night.

Matty Alexander and Matty White opened the bowling in the most threatening opening bowling pairing second grade had seen for a while. Both bowled very fast without luck with catches going down early. The waratahs then had a bit of trouble finding a third wicket in the middle session. An excellent runout from Tom Kaye who chased down to third man with a throw over the bails to remove an established batter was the breakthrough the waratahs needed. Once again though, we struggled to go 'bang bang' but that was not for a lack of effort. Shortly after, their opening bat raised his bat for a hundred; capitalising on several missed opportunities. He was then dismissed shortly after by Matty White. This gave the waratahs a touch of impetus and we were able to take a couple of quick ones to get the ball rolling. Matty White was excellent and hit the deck hard all day deserving more than the 3 he ended up with. Dylan Marshall struggled early but then showed his class almost taking the Manly boys to victory by removing the established batsman and another to go 'bang bang'. The manly boys were in the hunt. We had the visitors 8/250 chasing 277 but couldn't shut the gate and the UNSW team chased it 8 down. Special mention to Matty Alexander who looked threatening all day and was very unlucky not to end up with a bag full of wickets with several chances going down off his bowling.

Character building loss for the Manly Men of Second grade.

#waratahmatchday #bleedblue

Taylor Beatty

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3rd Grade: UNSW 268 (J. Wigney 3/51, A. Gummer 3/72) def. by Manly 7/341 (B. D’arcy 111, Z. Trewartha 85, W. Evans 66, J. Daly 49)

Wow, what a finish. The pitch was hard & flat with a good bit of last week's grass stripped from it. It was full of runs. It was going to be tough to get 10 wickets on this pitch. Wiggers (3/51 from 18) bowled a great 1st spell and deservedly got two wickets in it, the first one LBW and then we set up the #3 with a short ball that he duly hit hard but without control to Gummer at point. 2/30. Falconer (0/37 from 12) was unlucky not to get a wicket due to an easy catch at mid on put down and he created good pressure early as well. McKenna (1/40 from 12) got one straight away to make it 3/50. A partnership then built and just before tea the number 5 top edged to square leg where Evans was mightily relieved to actually take one to make it 4/125 in the 37th.

Adam Gummer was our # 1 spinner for the day. Matt Morris rolled his ankle badly to continue his wretched return to grade cricket and he was off the field from about over 20 onwards. Matt fielded with great energy and always has the right words to say. Shawn Bradstreet was filling in for James Crombie who spilt his webbing during the week. Shawn went off at this time as well and with these two missing there was a drop in energy somewhat.

Gumms reminded us that he is actually a pretty good bowler. He bowled 24 overs straight and he used great flight and variation to finish with 3/72. He had very attacking fields in place and each of the three wickets came just when UNSW were getting on top. He also bowled some great chinamen that took everybody by surprise.

We managed to get two run outs during the time. Zac with a great chase and throw and Jordan as well to get rid of their captain who had a strange outlook on proceedings. Clearly looking to draw the game from about the 60 over mark, he went about tapping the ball gently around despite men all around him. But the running between wickets bemused everyone. A , big turning googly from Gummer beat everyone and he attempted a suicide 2nd bye – run out by 2 metres.
Evans (1/40 from 14) was bowling full and straight and got a crucial LBW to make it 9/255. We had 27 mins to get the last wicket but numbers 10 & 11 hung in. To our credit we moved briskly in this time and bowled 10 overs.
Due to our constant energy with regards to over rates we managed to get 4 overs in with the new ball. Also the efforts of Peter Garlick, our scorer, in bringing along a gazebo allowed the batsmen to sit 50m closer to the action thus get to the pitch quicker thus allowing us an extra couple of overs.
Wiggers bowled beautifully, 6 to 10 inches outside off stump taking it away nicely and in normal circumstances would have picked up all sorts of better players. Just what we didn't want though as they offered nothing to anything that was not on the stumps. They actually batted well in this respect. In the last over Wiggers had 5 balls all let go except for one cracker that pitched on off and missed everything. By the last ball we all shrugged our shoulders in resignation, said a few aimless words of encouragement to Wiggers who was charging in from 30 metres away so didn't hear us anyway. He then produced a cracker clipping off stump and our celebration was ...enthusiastic to say the least.
It was a fantastic end to a grinding day of cricket where we hung in there all day. Our ground fielding was superb all day, our catching not so, numerous chances from the bloke who scored 76 so something to work on.
Our back up fieldsmen, Lachie Kerr and Sam Kelly were great. Sam chased a ball to the boundary, 60m from the stumps. I was waiting for the keeper's arm to show but instead got a 60m rocket over the bails.
Ross Trewartha also did 44 overs for us and he showed us that his fielding is still top shelf. He was a excited as anybody at the last wicket. Great stuff Ross, you should play much more often.

Well done on a deserved win. Our main spinner down along with a decent medium pacer we toiled very well and everybody offered up something that could well be a turning point for the season.


4th Grade: Manly 5/223 (A. Virdi 72*, M. Burgess 56, L. Edgell 42, J. Boyer 33) def. UNSW 221 (B. Kittlety 2/34, J. Graham 2/8, S. Hole 2/25)

4's returned to Grahames reserve feeling confident we could finish UNSW's innings cheaply and chase it down fairly comfortably on a pitch not offering much for the bowlers.
As it expected UNSW decided to bat on after only posting 166 of 80 overs the weeks before. Ben Kittlety was given one over with the old ball to warm up but still managed to grab a wicket with the 5th ball trapping the batsman plum in front.

The new ball was then taken and Ben was bowling with great pace and a good line and length. He managed to pick up another wicket caught behind. Ryan Bishop-Perrett at the other end struggled a bit with his length but managed to pick up the wicket of the number 3 who batted through last week, out LBW. The number 10 and 11 put on a decent last wicket partnership swinging through the line. Sam Alexander eventually dismissed the number 11 with a good piece of glove work to stump him. UNSW all out 221.

Our innings started with Captain Max Burgess and Luke Edgell. The flatness off the pitch was highlighted in the very first over of the innings with Luke smashing 3 boundaries straight and through cover. The boys looked in fine touch and were scoring just under six an over with Maxy looking the best he has this season. Some beautiful shots were played down the ground and the boys were showing UNSW how to bat with intent. The 100 run stand was brought up but unfortunately both batsmen were dismissed just before tea. Max (56) and Luke (42).

The wickets brought in Sam Hole and Jimmy Boyer. The boys were looking good but Sam was unlucky to under edge one and was caught behind for 7. Another quick wicket with the run out of Jack Pickering caused a bit of a stir back in the sheds but we were still fairly confident when ash strode out to the crease. And rightly so , Ash looked in excellent form smashing boundaries to all parts of the fields with some delicate late cuts and a massive bomb down the ground. The boys were turning over the strike really well and never looked in danger of losing a wicket. Ash bringing up his fifty of not too many balls.

Jimmy unluckily lost his wicket to a part timer for a well made 30 odd, which allowed Will Outred to have a crack at scoring the winning runs. Will smashed a boundary and got a single which then allowed Ash to score the winner finishing with a really well made 70 not out.

The boys performed really well and are keen to have a crack at Gordon in the one dayer next week.

Ryan Bishop-Perrett

5th Grade: UNSW 9/247 (J. Anderson 2/57, I. Vumbaca 2/74) def. Manly 124 (W. Wolter 42, I. Vumbacca 33) and 3/137 (T. Sheedy 74*)

After losing in the first day, 5th Grade were ready to halt and outright win. After 2 overs of pace Tom decided to let Jonah work his magic. During his 3rd over of the day he picked up their number 4 bat who was whacking us around the ground. Not long after Jonah picked up, who Sam Kelly called 'the passenger', with a chopped on dismissal. Isaiah during the spin twins spell picked up two leg before wickets with a quicker delivery and a wrong un.

All we needed now was 2 more wickets to finish off the innings and we might be in with a chance of winning 2nd innings. That was taken out of the picture pretty quickly when their number 10 bat decided to tee off. He hit a quick half century to get the lead up to 120, which meant that the possibility of a 2nd innings win was gone. Ollie picked up one of their bats with the help of quick hands by Sam Kelly behind the stumps to lead them to a declaration.

Tom Sheedy and Will Wolter opened up the bating with the simple plan 'shut up shop'. Will was looking good with an elegant cover drive until a short one kept low and cleaned him up. Ned Hole then entered the crease and followed the plan well. He hung around at the crease and worked some ones and two's until he tried to work one onto the leg side and got a top edge to short cover. During the mean time Tom played some stylish leg glances and cover drives to the boundary, he quickly moved to his half century.

Earlier during the tea break Tom reinforced the plans to hang around. But I'm not sure if he even listened to the plans. A couple overs after tea Tom hit some lofted cover drives and some lofted on drives. Isaiah who was at the crease with Tom didn't like the plan either. He hit 3 consecutive fours. Isaiah continued with his aggressive batting which lead to him hitting one to mid-off. Ollie who came in at five was only in for a few overs before the two captains decided to call it a day. Tom Sheedy was definitely man of the day for 5th grade ending on a solid 74 with an asterisk next to his name.

Ollie Davies

PG's: Manly 1/171 (R. Farrell 89*, B. D'Arcy 70*) def. Penrith 170 (J. Wigney 5/30, B. Falconer 2/20, J. Graham 2/26)

The PG's boys entered the weekend's match in do or die circumstances. With our finals hopes on the line and coming off the back of a disappointing performance against Sutherland, everyone was hungry to show the competition what we are made of. And that we did.

A dominant bowling display, led by Poidevan Gray debutant Josh Wigney (5/30 off 10) kept the Panthers to a well below par 170. Josh was the pick of the bowlers and it is a credit to the hard work he has put in all season. It was a disciplined spell, which was almost faultless. I feel i should also mention how crucial the opening spell of Ben Falconer was as well. Falcs also bowled with great discipline and made minced meat of one of the opening batters. Wigney and Falconer were also well supported by the rest of our bowlers, and some KFC worthy catches from the fielding group.

Keeping the opposition to below par totals hasn't been a weakness of this side this season, however the consistency with the bat and the ability to chase totals, has been. Billy Darcy and Jack Edwards opened up proceedings with both batsmen looking positive and ticking over singles in the early stages. Jack unfortunately pushed at one and was caught in the cordon. From there we didnt look back. Despite both batsmen (Darcy and Farrell) giving a chance each, they capitalised on their early luck and made the opposition pay. The pair ticked the score over beautifully with some crisp, clean hitting and well judged singles. 36 overs was all we needed to chase down the Panthers total of 170, largely thanks to a huge last over of the match. Farrell went ballistic hitting 22 runs in 4 balls, including some massive sixes. Some would think he was in a rush to get a cold frothy at Wharfy.

It was a clinical display from the side with Wigney (5/30), Darcy (70*) and Farrell (90*) being the heavy contributers to an incredible victory. Many thanks go to Todd Harper, Peter Garlick and Alan Wright for their great help on the day, and all the other boys who came to watch.

The side have their final match before Chrissy against UNSW at Village (highway) Green this Sunday.

Go Manly

Special K

Waratah Batsmen Step up Against Students - Monday News - Day 1 vs University of NSW


With the Christmas break fast approaching, it was this round against UNSW was crucial in the positioning of all grades. Some fantastic individual performances saw some massive totals posted by Manly in the upper grades, while 4th and 5th grade had mixed results which will make next week all the more interesting.

1st Grade compiled a mammoth 5-422 off the back of centuries from Adam Crosthwaite and James Ritchie while run-a-ball innings from James Crosthwaite (50) and Jay Lenton (43) helped keep the run rate motoring. 2nd grade had a very interesting day's play with the match evenly in the balance but for crucial inning's from Tom Kaye (68) and Jake Carden (50), with 2s finishing the day 8/277 and Matt Alexander on 46*. At a very windy David Phillips, 3rd Grade withstood early troubles against a swinging ball, recovering from 2/29 to finish with an imposing 6/341 thanks to a maiden 3rd grade century to Billy D'arcy (111) and 85 from Zach Trewartha. By all reports 4th Grade had a mind-numbing experience down at Grahame's Reserve, watching UNSW crawl to 6/162 on a belter. Sam Hole and Jacob Graham took 2 each in what was a vexingly negative day's play. The undefeated 5th Grade were the only side not to excel with the bat this week - rolled for 124 despite getting off to a flyer thanks to Will Wolter (43) and Isaiah Vumbacca (32). UNSW have already secured 1st innings points - passing us only 4 down.

4 Pines Player of the Week - Billy D'Arcy

This week’s 4 Pines Player of the Week Award was one of the most hotly contested in the history of the award with centurions Jack Ritchie (125) and Adam Crosthwaite (127) making compelling cases. Despite this however, it's Billy D’arcy and his maiden 3rd Grade century at David Phillips that wins the award this week.

Billy, the self-proclaimed lower-grade specialist in his Grade career to date, made the step up to 3rd Grade in Round 5 off the back of an unbeaten 114 the week before in 4s and had been searching for the form he showcased at the start of the season. With this hallmark innings it appears that that moniker is no longer accurate - the vocal Club Co-captain playing an innings of great patience, maturity and skill that laid the rock solid foundation 3rd Grade need after losing two quick wickets in the first session.

His 111 enabled the rest of the team to bat around him and was pivotal in steering 3rd Grade to the formidable score of 341 off only 80 overs. It’s fantastic to see Billy’s excellent off-field performance brought on-field - no doubt we’ll see plenty more of both throughout the season as he continues to Bleed Blue in everything he does!


1st Grade: UNSW v Manly 5/422 (A. Crosthwaite 127, J. Ritchie 125, J. Crosthwaite 50, J. Lenton 43)

The Manly boys were coming off 3 wins on the bounce and were keen to keep that rolling at Village Green. The table has us equal 6th with another 8 or so teams so a good last 2 games for the year would be crucial and will set us up nicely for after Christmas. 

For some reason the UNSW skipper thought it was a good idea to have a trundle on what looked like a flat deck, fast outfield and perfect day so we set about building a large total. Jack Ritchie and Jimmy Crosthwaite opened up and the skipper was immediately regretting his decision as Jimmy moosed the ball all around the ground and brought up his 50 before drinks. Straight after drinks he fell without adding to the score which was disappointing but he really set us up nicely to post a big score. Cubby and Adam Crosthwaite then dug in for the rest of the session and didn't give them an inch, batting with patience and control. In this time cubby past his 50 which was full of composure and cut shots. Special mention also to Adam who during this time passed 5000 runs for the club which is massive achievement considering the limited time he has been with us at the club - serious player. 


                                                            Manly 1st Grade's twin centurions - Jack "Cubby" Ritchie (125) and Adam Crosthwaite (127)

After lunch the boys continued in the same way they had before lunch and had the same result. Crossy brought up his 50 and we began to loosen the shackles. Cubby at the other end stayed patient and before tea brought up his well deserved hundred after just missing out on one a couple rounds before - well done Cub. Cubby fell for 125 and it was Crossy’s turn to bring up yet another hundred for the club, finishing on 127. Jay also hit a run a ball 43 which was a crucial innings and allowed us to have batsman batting in the last hour of the day to post a big total. Nappa and Ryan Farrel threw the bat at it at the end and helped us reach a massive score of 5/422. The batsman did their job and it's now up to the bowlers to bring home the win next week, go manly.

Ryan Farrell

2nd Grade: UNSW vs Manly 8/277 (T.Kaye 68, J. Carden 50, M. Alexander 46*)

The boys arrived to a picturesque Manly Oval with a few dusty souls. After fill-in Captain Sam Webber won the toss we chose to bat on a hard but green pitch, that would surely offer the UNSW quicks some help.

Jack Edwards and Joe Graham then opened the proceedings and after a positive start, with both batsmen looking solid, Jack fell for 20. In-form Tommy Kaye then strode to the crease after numerous fiftys and looked at ease as he combined with Joe for a 56 partnership. Joe Graham then fell to uncharacteristic shot off the spinner and spin began to take control of the innings. After two quick wickets of Flat and Webber, Taylor joined Tom at 4-100 where the pair struggled to tick the scoreboard over as a result of the tight bowling. However the two toughed it out and worked extremely hard for their runs.

With the score on 4-145, Tom then fell LBW to the off spinner for a hard earned 68 and when Taylor fell 9 runs later, we looked in a bit of trouble at 6-154.

After the tea break Gainsy and Mattoes batted beautifully finding the boundary with ease whilst rotating the strike. With the score on 205 in came Jake Carden with an appointment to be at. He smashed the UNSW spinners to all parts hittong 4 fours and 4 sixes for a run a ball 50. A brilliant knock that provided great entertainment.

After the brilliance of the lower order and a great knock from Tommy we finished the day on 8-277 full of momentum running into next week.

Jack Edwards

Monday News - Joe GrahamJoe Graham sending one through the covers

Monday News - Tom KayeTom Kaye was again his consistent self on Saturday, hitting his 4th 50 in a row

Monday News - Jack and Joe       Monday News - Jack Edwards
Joe Graham and Jack Edwards presented one of our youngest 2nd grade opening partnerships ever


3rd Grade: UNSW v Manly 7/341 (B. D’arcy 111, Z. Trewartha 85, W. Evans 66, J. Daly 49)

It’s amazing what a true pitch can do. A hard, well grassed, flat deck awaited us and finally winning a toss we batted. Gummer (7) once again was fired and when Bariol (7) followed a gently outswinger and edged to gully to make it 2/29 we needed a partnership. Our pre game chat was based around…taking your time to get in, a top 3 batting the whole day, wickets in hand for late onslaught. We managed all 3 of these with Darcy (111) and Daly (49) settling things down. They were bowling accurately on the flat deck and it wasn’t until Daly bombed 3 sixes from 4 balls from the medium pacer did we start to get comfortable. Billy played and missed the 4th  ball of the day and after that looked impregnable. The benefits of having an opener bat for so long is untold…partnerships around him, shine off the new ball and the extra benefit when it’s Billy - you don’t have to listen to him all day. He batted beautifully in compiling a great century including 16x4 and 1x6. He and Jordan put on 87 before Daly lost concentration just before tea and mishit to mid on. At tea we were 3/116. Jordan was filthy as he made it look easy in his 63 ball stay. 

Just after tea Crombie (6) got a fast full toss that took him by surprise and trapped him in front. This gave UNSW a sniff with the wickets either side of tea to make it 4/122. Zac (85) then entered and found it tough early to score freely. Full credit to him for weathering this and realising how important it was for him to hang in there. With just 2 from his first 27 balls it was going to go either way, any minute. Thankfully Zac punched a beautiful straight drive for 4 then 2 balls later a lofted six down the ground and he was away. Billy was stroking with firm elegance, especially a whip over mid wicket and his cover drives were sublime. These two blokes kept things ticking over nicely until Bill was caught out at deep mid wicket for 111 from 191 balls to make it 5/233 after 65 overs. Another settling partnership from Zac and Bill of 111. This is just the scenario Evans (68) loves. He raced to his 50 from 35 balls including 4 well struck 6’s and six 4’s. He and Zac were enjoying themselves and put on 90 in 11 overs before Zac was caught and bowled for a strong 85 from 113 balls including 5 sixes and 7 fours. It was great to see him bat with fluency and confidence and hopefully get his season started. I just hope he remembers it was tough at first and easy at the end. A really well built innings. Evans was out playing an odd sweep 2nd last ball to allow us to finish at 7/341, a great total that will allow us to set attacking fields all day next week. 

Big thanks to our scorer, Peter Garlick, for putting up with tough conditions all day. Peter, as usual, went about everything with a minimum of fuss and did a fantastic job for all. 

An exceptional follow-up from the last few week's disappointing efforts with the bat. Well done so far. 

Warren Evans

4th Grade: Manly vs UNSW (6/162 [80] J. Graham 2-8 [15], S. Hole 2-25)

A nice flat wicket greeted the manly boys down at Atmosphere Park for the first days play against a poorly travelling UNSW side. We all hoped that Max’s tossing woes wouldn’t continue and we would get first use of what looked to be another perfectly prepared highway. But alas that didn’t occur and the quicks had an extra long bowl as the slippers warmed up.

The opening spell from Ryan and Ben was fast and tight, not giving too much away, and by the first change of bowlers the UNSW side were somewhat flailing at 0-25 off 16 overs. Jacob came on first change and took a wicket 2nd ball, with Will being brought on at Bens end. Jacob kept it tight at his end, as will went to work at the other but it was another long 18 overs before Will made the next breakthrough; the run rate still barely getting to 2rpo. 

After the tea break Max rotated the bowlers regularly at both ends, trying to disrupt the negative brand of cricket UNSW were putting out, trying to induce any shot of an attacking nature. Unfortunately Ben went without luck in his second spell and it was Jacob’s second spell, which brought the 3rd wicket of the day. 

UNSW’s number three continued on his merry way soaking up over after over of dot balls but provided an anchor for the other batsman to attempt to up the run rate somewhat… which, never really came. Sam Alexander toiled hard for no luck whilst regularly beating the bat but it was Max who came in and took the next wicket.
Sam hole followed suit at Max’s end and after inducing some interesting shots from both batsman made a double breakthrough in his short but exciting 5 over spell. 

UNSW batted out the day 6-162 off the 80 overs with their number three still in on 42 off a whopping 178 balls. That in itself was a reflection of the entire UNSW team’s effort to actually try and play cricket, in what was easily the most negative showing of cricket that all of us have ever seen. 

Bowling standouts were Jacob Graham 2-8 off 15 (11 maidens) and Sam Hole 2-25 off 5 over

Jacob Graham

Monday News - 4th Grade
Boys celebrate the fall of a wicket

Monday News - Ben Kittlety
Fast bowler Ben Kittlety sending one down on Saturday

Monday News - Jacob Graham
Jacob Graham celebratyes another Grahams wicket

Monday News - RBP     Monday News - Will Outred
Ryan Bishop-Perrett and Will Outred both working hard to get through the crease on Saturday


5th Grade: UNSW (4/127) v Manly (124 W. Wolter 42, I. Vumbacca 33)

5th grade arrived at David Phillips North looking to keep their strong form going against UNSW. Stand in skipper Tom Sheedy won the toss and elected to bat on a hard surface with a bit of grass on a length and a 30m boundary off square. We lost Tom earlier, and after Ned and Will Wolter built a partnership, Ned was dismissed. Will and Isaiah built a strong partnership as they punished the bad ball and took advantage of the small boundary. However as Isaiah departed off a good catch in the 30's and Ollie Davies followed after a quick 10, the game was on and we had to fight back. However a collapse of wickets and not making most of their bowling, we were bowled out for 124 in 39 overs, a total we all knew was small and that would take some good bowling and build up of pressure to get back in the game. Credit to Will Wolter who top scored in the 40's. We felt like we should have scored 200+ after the strong start we made.

We came out after tea looking to take advantage of the new ball and after UNSW got off to a flier, the pressure eventually came and we forced a run out after a string off 5 maidens in a row. Lachie Kerr then bowled their number 3 for a golden and we felt we had a chance if we continued to build pressure. Their opener and number 4 dug in and after consistent bowling from Will Akhurst and Ned Hole, we managed a break through courtesy of an LBW from Ned. Our spinners Jonah and Isaiah also built up the pressure, drying up the runs. Sheedy then brought himself on and dismissed the opener for the score at 4-110. At stumps UNSW are 4-127, with them already claiming first innings points. A disappointing day with it coming down to our batting performance. Next week, if we hit our areas and get back into the game, we can make a game of it and look to get the win on 2nd innings.

Alex Bain

Tah's enjoy wins in 1's & 5's as the middle grades fall short - Monday News - Day 2 vs Northern District's


The Travelsim Waratahs began Day 2 vs ND's with all grades in winning positions. Unfortunately only our 1st and 5th grade sides capitalised on their Day 1 performances with two terrific wins. 

1st grade had a great win over a strong Northern District's outfit. Crossy's men defended 371, with all bowlers contributing nicely. The 2nd Grade side tried everything, defending a par score of 293 on a batting friendly wicket, it was only the captain and keeper who didn't roll the arm over. Falconer, Kaye, Diserens and Carden all took a wicket each. Unfortunately the boys didn't capitalise on a few opportunities and were thoroughly outplayed, with ND's dominating Day 2 with a comfortable 6 wicket victory. 

3's were rather unlucky, despite the scorecard looking otherwise. They were dealt with a shocking pitch, making life difficult for batting on Day 2 and were rolled for 54. Little resistance was shown by the Tah's in the first innings, with Jordan Daly's unbeaten 29* being the only highlight. They were however sent back in and managed to deny an outright result, finishing the day at 3/95.

4th grade had their first loss of the season out at Asquith Oval. After posting 233 in the first innings, the boys toiled hard all day and created enough opportunities to get over the line, however they did not capitalise and were beaten rather convincingly in the end.

Lastly the mighty 5th Grade had another convincing victory, with young quick Lachie Kerr leading the attack with a sensational display of bowling, picking up grade career best figures of 5/11 from his 13 overs. 

All in all an okay weekend for the TravelSim Waratahs, who will be looking to improve heading into Round 7 vs UNSW. Currently sitting in 5th on the Club Championship ladder, the Tah's will be looking to climb the ladder next round.

Until next time, Go Manly!

4 Pines Player of the Week - Lachie Kerr

This week's 4pines Player of the week goes to Lachie Kerr, for his terrific spell in 5th Grade's dominant win over Northern Districts. After posting 217 last week, the Tah's needed a spell such as Lachie's to get the job done, and the young quick delivered. Bowling a sensational spell of control and discipline, Lachie finished the innings with an impressive 5/11 from his 13 overs (6 of which were maidens).  This is Lachie's first ever Grade 5 wicket haul, and we are all sure it is only the first of many.

Well Done Lach!


1st Grade - Manly 7/371 (J. Crosthwaite 131, C. Merchant 88*, J. Munting 54) vs. Northern Districts 329 (J.Munting 3/48, R. Farrell 2/29, M. Visser 2/43, A. Beadle 2/61)

We started the day with a declaration and 370 on the board to defend.

The boys knew it was going to be a tough day on a good Manly wicket against a very strong Northern Districts batting line up.
The team talk put a strong emphasis on bowling maidens and building score board pressure and the chances will come. This is exactly how Visser, Munting, Nicko and Whitey started the day. The opening pair made it very hard to score and as a result we went bang, bang and had them 2/5. Munting got one between bat and pad then Jarrod Rawlings held on to a bullet at short point which was the catch of the day if not the season.
Northern District Kimberly and Harriot put on a partnership of 110 which definitely gave the boys a wakeup call and we knew we had a contest on our hands. The partnership was broken just before lunch with Kimberly chopping onto his stumps from an AB delivery. We went to lunch 3/115 knowing we had a game on our hands.

AB then struck again straight after lunch having Harriot (50) stumped by three meters from a slower, turning delivery giving AB 2fa for the day.
We then got to witness the class of former test cricketer Brad Haddin. He played his usual way and dispatched a lot of balls over Sydney road. Haddin raced to 49 from 42 balls and the playing group knew we needed something special to break the partnership that was threatening to ruin our Saturday. Adam made the bold move to throw the ball to young Farrell and he delivered with a spell well beyond his years. Haddin was always going to come hard and after sending one into the tennis courts Faz kept his cool and gave him nothing to hit for a number of overs. Hads wasn't going to let the young leg spinner tie him down, but it was our Farrell that came out on top getting the biggest scalp of his young career. Faz was absolutely brilliant with a game changing performance and finishing with 2/27 off 8.4 overs.
On the back of Farrell's big wicket we managed to open up an end and Jimmy Munting took the opportunity getting 2 wickets in 3 balls targeting the stumps of the lower order batters. Munting finished the day with 3/48 off 13 and bowled tight for us all day. Matt White bowled hard and fast all day and was rewarded a late wicket which was very well deserved as he was at his intimidating best.

At 9/272 the game looked to be done and dusted and nobody thought 370 was in danger until Ford decided to chance his arm and dealing mainly in 4s and 6s ND's were getting closer and closer to our score.
Again the ball was thrown to our young leggie to get us a break through, and again he delivered the goods. With the score 329, Ford on 63 and only 40 odd runs to defend Faz drew an edge to Jack Ritchie at first slip to finish the day with a win. 6 Points.
Well done boys. Go Manly

James Crosthwaite aka Better Crossy

2nd Grade - Manly 293 (J. Rawlings 71, T. Kaye 57, A. Baker 55) vs. Northern Districts 4/294 

We turned up to Mark Taylor Oval knowing we were going to have to bowl well as we were defending 293, which was a good score and we were happy with it. After a good warm up, we were all feeling excited to get out there and give it a red hot go.
Nathan Buck and Ben Falconer opened up the attack and bowled well at the start with Falconer getting an early LBW putting the score at 1-9. A really good and positive start for the manly boys which is what we needed.

We quickly died off with our intensity and our chat in the field as the batsmen put on a partnership for the second wicket. They showed good intent with their batting and were always positive which took us by surprise and we weren't able to compete with them throughout the day. We showed signs of what we had the potential to do in patches throughout the day but overall pretty flat. Bowlers bowled well with Ben Falconer, Jake Carden, Luke Diserens and Tom Kaye all getting a wicket each which was good for them all.

They pasted the score 4 for 295 off 73.3 overs. We were very disappointed with how we performed and we all had a good chat after the game to share where we thought was our downfall so hopefully we can learn from the mistakes and take all the positives out of the game into next game.

Thanks to Will Harding (2nd Grade Manager), Gordan Currie (2nd Grade Scorer) for the work you did over the two days.

Go Manly!


3rd Grade - Manly 54 (J. Daly 29*) & 3/95 (B. Darcy 30, J. Daly 25*) vs. Northern Districts 6/231 (D. McKenna 4/47, J. Edwards 2/32) 

The unveiling of the covers took everybody by surprise. Soaked hessian and a soft pitch all over. When did it rain so heavily for this to happen in Balgowlah? Manly boys like to do it tough obviously, why would you have a home ground advantage when you can do this instead?

NDs in their shock batted on and batted quite well considering the pitch to lose 4/6. One particular ball from McKenna exploded from a good length and took an inch cubed of pitch with it. Good signs, especially as the ball was only 82 overs old. A new ball would be a cinch.

Chasing 237 was going to be tough. Very tough. Basically impossible actually. The outfield played 20 metres longer than anything before seen at LMG. Everybody came and went in quick succession to be rolled for 54. Jordan Daly batted very well to finish 29no. Phil Melville put his accurate seam up 110km/h on the spot and walked away with 8/18.

The 1st session yielding 60 runs for the loss of a mere 14 wickets. Home ground belter.

Sent back in we faired a bit better as the heat went out of the pitch and their attack and we resembled a decent team to get to 3/95 before we finished up a bit early. Daly again the pick along with Gummer and Darcy also looking better.

A mauling but with some room for excuses, however our techniques were tested and in the majority of cases failed. But it's hard to practice on decks with this much life in them as you usually skip it and do fielding practice instead. Don't give up 3rds, our luck will change as long as we stay prepared.


4th Grade - Manly 233 (T. Poole 68, A. Virdi 49) vs. Northern Districts 4/240 (W. Outred 2/75)

Unfortunately for the fourth grade boys it wasn't our day. With 2 wickets still in hand, we batted on to get a few extra runs and post a total 240-250 which we all felt was a good score to defend. RBP and Jacob got us off to a good start, with quick singles and few nice shots down the ground, we fell short of our mark and we're all out for 233.

It didn't start well for our bowlers as a few dropped catches went down and the opening Batsman getting the better of the conditions and capitalising on our missed opportunities. We struggled to get back into contest. We showed glimpses of getting back into the game, with some good short spells by RBP, Jacob and Joel, restricting the flow of runs, but just couldn't get the wickets we were after. NDs passed our total 4 wickets down. Despite the results, the manly boys still enjoyed the day and now turn out attention to next week where we hope to get a big win against UNSW.

Toby Poole

5th Grade - Manly 219 (I. Vumbaca 86*, O. Davies 28) vs. Northern Districts 117 (L. Kerr 5/11)

Defending 219, we needed to bowl well to secure the points. The wicket had a little bit to offer for the bowlers early, and the two opening bowlers Alex Bain and Lachie Kerr bowled excellent areas. Lachie took the first five wickets of the innings, returning 5-11 from 13 overs. All of his 5 wickets were quality, using seam and swing to great effect. His spell was a great example of keeping things simple, in bowler friendly conditions, and he got rewarded in spades.

After the excellent start by the Manly boys, the wicket really flattened out, and NDCC put on a partnership of 51 for the 6th wicket, taking the score to 5/68. We knew we had to bowl well for the rest of the innings to get the job done.

Manly toiled away, and eventually both established batsman were dismissed in consecutive overs, courtesy of Isiah Vumbucca and Jonah Anderson. Ned Hole took a great catch and was excellent in the field all day as well as bowling a lively spell.

NDCC were now in survival mode, attempting to bat out the day for a draw. It was a great lesson for the boys, and all of the bowlers put in huge efforts to take a wicket. Alex Bain, Jonah Anderson and Lachie all returned to the attack for second spells, which were of high quality. Jonah returned the remarkable figures of 16 overs, 14 maidens, 1-2.

Things were getting a little tense at the end of the day, as the final wicket for NDCC batted for an hour. With ten minutes to go, Tom Sheedy took the final wicket for a much deserved win for 5th grade.

There is a great feeling and enthusiasm in this side at the moment, and no doubt that assisted in sticking to the task throughout the day. Well done boys.

Tom Sheedy

35 overs remained in the day when manly strode to the crease. Unfortunately we lost 3 early wickets and found ourselves 3/25. At this stage Isaiah Vumbaca and Will Wolter (debutant) came together at the crease. The two of them fought through a very tough period and survived some very good spells. Isaiah took a back seat role to Will who was hitting the ball very well. Their partnership survived through to the end of play on day one with Manly finishing on 82 for 3. Will. W 44* and Isaiah 21* are still at the crease and have put us in the drivers seat for next week.

Jonah AndersonSecond Grade turned up to Waverley ready to take on Easts. After losing the toss, we were in the field and looking for early wickets among other things (Nick was searching for a park, while Dyl Marshall was on the look out for an RTA to renew his car rego). Mickey Visser (1-30) and Nick (2-32) opened up and set the trend for the day. Both of the boys built pressure and bowled consistent maidens. Before their first spells were done, each had a much deserved wicket. 2-40. The skipper then turned to Luke (2-36) and Pughy (1-15) who continued the good work. LG picked up the third wicket before Dylan (2-45) came on and bowled a terrific spell which saw him claim 2 crucial wickets. We had Easts up against the ropes at 5/75. Faz (1-26) and Gainsy (0-3) also bowled extremely well on either side of the tea break.


 It didn't seem to matter who was bowling, the pressure was always on. East battled all day and never really managed to get their run rate over 1.5. I think the stat that sums up the day best is that we managed to bowl 32 maidens in the innings! A phenomenal effort on a flat deck. Although the 9th wicket managed to add just over 50 and put us slightly under pressure, it was all Manly on day 1. Easts 9/194 before an early declaration. Hats off to the bowling group for bouncing back after a disappointing game last week.


Jarrod and Gums then managed to survive a tough 9 over period without being troubled. The good guys are 0-10 and on the hunt for 6 points.

Tahs Make a Strong Start Against the Rangers - Monday News - Day 1 vs Northern District's


The Travelsim Waratahs have begun this rounds fixtures against Northern Districts with a strong weekend, with all grades still in the hunt for points. After a scorching week across Sydney, the weather cooled on Saturday for near perfect batting conditions, which were capitalised upon by our  top two grades in particular.

1st grade built a menacing total of 371 with James Crosthwaite making a classy 131, his first century for the Tahs. Contributions were also made by Cameron Merchant (88*) and James Munting (54), who now have the task of defending this total against a strong batting line-up including former test cricketer Brad Haddin. 2's also had a good day with the bat, making 293 on a flat wicket at Mark Taylor Oval. Rawlings (71), Kaye (57) and Baker (54) were all amongst the runs as Rowan Hamman's side were bowled out late in the day.

3's toiled hard at Grahams Reserve, with ND's making 6/231 on a typically flat wicket. The wickets were shared between Warren Evan's men, who will back themselves to chase the runs if similar conditions are to arise next week. 4th grade made 8/217 at Asquith Oval with Toby Poole (68) and Ash Virdi (49) the main contributors. Captain Max Burgess has the option to bat on next week and built a bigger total before unleashing his strong attack in the search for 10 wickets. Finally, 5's were led by an unbeaten 86 by Isiah Vumbaca to 219 at Mike Pawley Oval. Debutant Ollie Davies also made 219 in what is a defendable total for Simon Waddington's young side.

All in all a good weekend for the TravelSim Waratahs, who will back themselves to take the points across the grades next week.

Until next time, Go Manly!

4 Pines Player(s) of the Week - Isaiah Vumbaca

While we can't ignore the phenomenal maiden century by last weeks winner James Crosthwaite, we're all about sharing the love down here at Manly. Therefore, this weeks 4 Pines Brewery Player of the Week goes to young-star Isiah Vumbaca, who led 5th grade to a defendable total with his highest score and most prolific innings for Manly to date.

After showing us a taste of the batting talent he possesses in the second-half of last season, Isiah stood-up for Simon Waddington's men (well mostly boys!) at just the right time. 'Izzy' scored all around the ground and was the rock for 5's at Mike Pawley Oval, remaining not out on 86* when he unfortunately ran out of partners with a century on the horizon.

We're stoked that Izzy, an acomplished leg-spinner as well, is back amongst the runs, and can't wait to see him continue his fine form not only on a Saturday but for our Green Shield side throughout December and into the New Year.

Well Done Isiah!


1st Grade - Manly 7/371 (J. Crosthwaite 131, C. Merchant 88*, J. Munting 54) vs. Northern Districts

First grade got off to a good start when Crossy won the toss in batsman friendly conditions. Although we lost two key wickets early, James Crosthwaite showed his star qualities, posting his first century for the Club, including an impressive four sixes and 16 fours. Shot of the day coming in the first session with James clearing the front leg and sending the ball half way up Ragland street.

Contributions from returning first class cricketer Jay Lenton (28) and AB (24) moved the score along consistently until just before tea. At 5-254 the match was evenly poised and required a strong partnership to move manly to a position that could be defended the following week. This came by way of Cameron Merchant proving his quality yet again with 88* and with Munting scoring fluently and regularly finding the boundary for 54. Manly finished the day on 7/371, giving us a healthy total to defend next week.


2nd Grade - Manly 293 (J. Rawlings 71, T. Kaye 57, A. Baker 55) vs. Northern Districts

Second grade played away to northern districts on Saturday looking to replicate a dominant victory against the rangers in last years semi final. Rowan winning the toss on a flat deck and billiard table like outfield was a great start.

Rawling and Graham set us off to a great start not loosing a wicket in the first hour and putting on close to 50 before Joey bbq'd himself learning quick singles with ralph are no longer an option. Tommy K put his modelling on hold for a short while and held a strong partnership with Rawlings, both scoring easily with clean hitting and great singles. At 4-250 at tea, we set a target of 330-360 at the end of play and a big score from a top 6 with 3 bats having passed 50.

Unfortunately, we lost 4/30 in the next hour putting a serious dent in our target score. Gainsy nearly throwing his back out swinging so hard, Rowy, Bucky, Schwebs falling cheap too didn't help but golden boy (Jake Carden) showed great maturity and skill combining with yours truely to put 30 for the last wicket in 5-6 overs.

293 was the final score and a defendable target with a lot of firepower ready to take the ball! I look forward to seeing Bucky, Falcs and Joey Graham step up and dominate these blokes!

Cheers Dizzy

3rd Grade - Manly vs. Northern Districts 6/231 (J. Edwards 2/32, D. McKenna 2/44) 

We lost the 6th toss of the year and had a bowl on a hard deck with a tinge of patchy grass. Overhead conditions suggested some movement through the air but we did not quite get our lines right early and NDs got off to a solid start after Dan McKenna got an early one care of a snick. NDs rattled along nicely before we managed to get the 2nd wicket mid way through the session to make it 2/74. We applied the brakes nicely after this but NDs batted with composure to go to tea at 2/122.

This was a great launching pad for them but to our credit we toiled well and with NDs opting to play a rather dour game they dawdled a bit after tea not really putting us under too much pressure but likewise we did not look like taking a swag of wickets on what was now a Grahame's belter. All bowlers bowled well with Jack Edwards (2/32 from 12) and Zac (1/27 from 14) bowling very well. Wigney (1/48 off 14) was a bit expensive early but bowled a much better 2nd spell. McKenna was unlucky not to get an earlier wicket when he found the edge and his figures of 2/44 from 14 could have been better. Evans (0/34 from 16) was accurate, Morris (0/40 from 9) bowled his early overs very well but then got the full toss yips for a few overs and a few easy runs. Matt will be better off for this game after his 8 week layoff with a hamstring.

It was obvious at times we had not had a decent full team fielding session as we did not grasp the half to ¾ chances that came our way. We gotta get better with training attendance boys, 4 on Thursday is not good enough by a long shot.

NDs showed us what batting within yourself can do and how you can be well rewarded. Their opener batted all day to slowly compile 119 from 249 balls, without giving a chance. Next week's chase of at least 231 (they are 6 down) will test us after our twin failures against Wests.

See you at training?


4th Grade - Manly 8/217 (T. Poole 68, A. Virdi 49) vs. Northern Districts

An overcast and brisk morning greeted Fourth Grade as we arrived at Asquith Oval to take on the 9th placed Northern Districts. ND's are a strong club and always competitive so we knew we had to be at the top of our game. Max lost the toss as predicted and we were sent into bat on a wicket that would offer a little for the bowlers early in the conditions, but it would become easier to bat as the day went on.

Burgess and Cole strode confidentially to the wicket and opened up. We lost Cole (5), then Hole (2) soon after, both to good rocks. Poole (68) and Burgess (24) patiently built a solid partnership that took us to 2-77 at tea. The pair worked perfectly in tandem, Poole as the aggressor playing hard and straight and Burgess looking for the singles to rotate the strike. We were happy with the base we had built as we indulged in one of the better teas in grade cricket (with scones almost up to Ferg standard). There was still plenty of work to go and we needed to put our heads down.

Unfortunately we lost Burgess in the first over after lunch, this brought Virdi (49) to the crease. Poole continued where he left off and Virdi followed suit attempting to lift the run rate. Both batsmen batted maturely, going after the bad balls and respecting the good balls. Poole snicked off and was caught behind which brought a great innings to an end. Pickering fell for less than he would've liked, then Virdi soon after, shelling one to mid-on selflessly looking to up the scoring rate, unlucky not to make a deserved half-century. Outred scored freely for a well compiled 25, Graham battered smartly on his way to an unbeaten 17. Wood also contributed to the total but fell on the penultimate ball of the day. This brought Bishop-Perrett (1*) to join Graham in Fourth Grade's never-ending batting order. At stumps we are in a solid position at 8/217.

Overall we had a good day on the park but benefited from some poor catching and missed chances from the opposition. Captain Burgess has a decision on his hands - whether we should bat on or not in the capable hands of Bishop-Perrett and Jacob Graham. We have the bowling attack to get a result and all look forward to next week where Will Wolter will move up into 4s and Sam Hole will leave us and move to 3s.

Sam Kelly

5th Grade - Manly 219 (I. Vumbaca 86*, O. Davies 28) vs. Northern Districts

Waddo won the toss and decided to bat. W.Wolter and T.Sheedy set the team off to a steady start forming a 35 run partnership. However some nagging off-spin bowling from opponent A.J.Singh, Wolter was caught on the boundary for 18, followed by Sheedy being caught in close for 19 and unfortunately N.Hole being dismissed for 6 LBW.

The score was 3 for 51 and we were not in a convincing position. Runs were flowing nicely in a 31 run partnership from N.Osborne and I.Vumbaca until Osborne was caught at Mid-Off trying to hit the spinner for a maximum. Debutant O.Davies was striking the ball well accompanied by Isaiah. They put on a 49 run partnership, but Davies was caught at short fine leg trying to manipulate the ball into the gap.

I.Vumbaca continued to score freely at the other end showing his class, however he was losing support with the bottom order getting out cheaply. Vumbaca finished undefeated on 86 after losing his remaining partners. His innings set us a satisfying total of 219.

The off-spin bowler A.J.Singh ended with figures of 7 for 89 off 31 overs. Most of his wickets came from lazy shots and wanting to hit the ball in the air too often, so there are lots of improvements to work on. However if the pitch is similar next week, our team is confident in defending 219 with our strong bowling attack.

Will Wolter

35 overs remained in the day when manly strode to the crease. Unfortunately we lost 3 early wickets and found ourselves 3/25. At this stage Isaiah Vumbaca and Will Wolter (debutant) came together at the crease. The two of them fought through a very tough period and survived some very good spells. Isaiah took a back seat role to Will who was hitting the ball very well. Their partnership survived through to the end of play on day one with Manly finishing on 82 for 3. Will. W 44* and Isaiah 21* are still at the crease and have put us in the drivers seat for next week.

Jonah AndersonSecond Grade turned up to Waverley ready to take on Easts. After losing the toss, we were in the field and looking for early wickets among other things (Nick was searching for a park, while Dyl Marshall was on the look out for an RTA to renew his car rego). Mickey Visser (1-30) and Nick (2-32) opened up and set the trend for the day. Both of the boys built pressure and bowled consistent maidens. Before their first spells were done, each had a much deserved wicket. 2-40. The skipper then turned to Luke (2-36) and Pughy (1-15) who continued the good work. LG picked up the third wicket before Dylan (2-45) came on and bowled a terrific spell which saw him claim 2 crucial wickets. We had Easts up against the ropes at 5/75. Faz (1-26) and Gainsy (0-3) also bowled extremely well on either side of the tea break.


 It didn't seem to matter who was bowling, the pressure was always on. East battled all day and never really managed to get their run rate over 1.5. I think the stat that sums up the day best is that we managed to bowl 32 maidens in the innings! A phenomenal effort on a flat deck. Although the 9th wicket managed to add just over 50 and put us slightly under pressure, it was all Manly on day 1. Easts 9/194 before an early declaration. Hats off to the bowling group for bouncing back after a disappointing game last week.


Jarrod and Gums then managed to survive a tough 9 over period without being troubled. The good guys are 0-10 and on the hunt for 6 points.

Waratahs Share the Spoils with the Magpies - Monday News - Day 2 vs Western Suburbs


With a similarly sodden leadup to Day Two of the Waratah's clash against the Magpies it was always going to be an interesting weekend of results with the weather an uncontrollable factor. 1st grade were guided to their second consecutive victory by a silken 91 from James Crosthwaite, while 2nd grade lost a tight arm-wrestle with Wests as they achieved the total of 178 with only 2 wickets in hand, Buck and Carden snaring 3 each. 3rd grade created a spirited and highly entertaining second innings chase in an audacious attempt to come away with some points but between once again receiving unarguably the worse of the conditions and some very determined Wests batting, once again Wests came away marginally on top - scraping home in the dark, 7 down, with a handful of overs to spare at 7.10pm! 4th Grade prevailed in a similarly low-scoring encounter with Wests falling 37 runs short of the 187 set by Manly.  All in all, a slightly disappointing week given the respective places of the two clubs in most tables, however it was great to see 1st and 4th grades start to show what they're capable of, while 2s and 3s will take the positives out of this round and get set for Northern Districts (1s, 3s, 5s, at home) next week.

Go Manly!!

4 Pines Player of the Week - James Crosthwaite

Since joining big brother Adam Crosthwaite at the Manly Warringah Travelsim Waratahs for the 2014/15 season, James Crosthwaite has looked every bit the first class player. Unfortunately for both James and the Tahs, injury has hampered his playing time especially in the longer formats of the game, forcing him to miss nearly half of the 1st grade two-day fixtures to date.

This round's clash against Western Suburbs at Manly was his first completely injury-free outing of the season however, and filling in behind the stumps for Jay Lenton (on NSW duties) his all-round performance was nothing short of outstanding - snaring three amazing stumpings last week before scoring a composed 91 to lead 1st grade to their second consecutive victory.

Whether it was the premonitions of Club Coach Shawn Bradstreet earlier in the week, or simply a fully functioning body that inspired this round's performance, the prospect of a full season with James is exciting to say the least.

Keep it up mate!!


1st Grade - Wests 176 & 2-33 (M. Visser 4/42, A. Beadle 3/39) Manly 4-180 dec (J. Crosthwaite 91, A. Beadle 53*)

Before we arrived on day 2, we weren’t sure of what to expect on Manly Oval as there was consistent rain during the week and especially bucketing down on Friday night. We turned up and the covers were off and the ground staff were optimistic to get started asap. Unfortunately there was a big puddle just of the wicket square as the covers were ripped open by surfboards but I won’t go into detail.

All the players, coaching staff, ground staff & committee members heavily contributed and worked extremely hard to get the playing conditions up to standard on a wet day. We knew there will be delayed start and constant drizzle that was inevitable… but never stopped anyone from doing their role on the blowers, brooms, shovels or super soppers.

Eventually and miraculously play resumed at 2 30pm and the Western Suburbs boys were… how do I put this ‘enthusiastic’ to play cricket rather than cards. Manly required 110 runs with 8 wickets in hand.

To set the platform - James aka ‘Better Crossy’ Crosthwaite continued his fine form from last weekend to belt 91 off just 64 balls including 7 sixes and 6 fours in an entertaining innings. Ahillen Beadle struck 53 not out with Ryan Farrell 6 not out to claim first innings points passing the score 4 down & declaring soon after at tea 4/180.

The squad went into the final session feeling positive to give the Wests batsman a shake and that we did. Jim Munting bowled a confident spell to claim 2 wickets early and Michael Visser backed up last week’s superb bowling performance to put the heat on Wests batsmen. Unfortunately the rain interrupted and the play was abandoned at 6pm for the score of 2/33.

As Manly and Sydney aka Balmain were the only two sides that won in Rd 5 whilst the other 8 games were washed-out. It was a crucial result to get 6 valuable points and sets our momentum heading into the Christmas break. Next up Northern District.



2nd Grade - Manly 177 (T. Kaye 41, N. Buck 39) Wests 8/178 (N. Buck 3/49, J. Carden 3/41)

Second Grade travelled to Pratten Park, with a number of new faces. Jack Edwards at the age of 15 making his debut, whilst Nathan Buck and the flat made their return to second grade.

After losing the toss and being sent in. A solid start from Joey Graham and Rohan Hammond saw us get to drinks unscathed on what was a tough morning to bat. Unfortunately just after drinks both Rohan (11) and Joey (5) lost their wickets. Both faced in excess of 50 balls, which shows the dedication to the cause and the work they put in on a rain affected wicket. Aidan (14) and Tom Kaye (41) got the boys to lunch, and at 2/42 at lunch things were looking positive.

The old bang bang theory prevailed and the Manly boys after working so hard, took the foot off the gas. They lost steady wickets with only Sam Webber (24) and Tom Kaye looking like they could go on with it. Manly were 4/96 and quickly went to 8/126, with the loss of Gainsford (10), Carden (3) and Luke Grant (0). Special mention must be made of Jack Edwards who scored 15 off 44 balls and looked comfortable. At 9/136 with the loss of Edwards, things were looking dire.

Enter Nathan Buck (39no) and Marshall (6) who put on 41 for the last wicket. Manly finished with 177.

With rain affecting the game, West had 48 overs to score the runs. Luke Grant (1/20) chipped in with the first wicket and Nathan Buck (unfortunately not off his long run due to the conditions) (3/49), had Wests behind the 8 ball at 3/20. Wickets to Carden (3/41) and Baker (1/22) saw Wests at 7/108 and Manly were well on top.

Despite this, a young wests fella and an older comrade backed themselves and started to hit through the line of the ball. Which worked in their favour, unfortunately with the low total, Manly could not come up with the answers required as the wicket flattened out and the outfield (unlike the first week) started to see value for shots.

In the end Wests knocked it off 8 down and the manly boys were left with the wrong end of the stick. Conditions certainly suited Wests throughout the game, despite this, Manly also had their chances to win and know they need to improve and be more ruthless. It is a young side and ultimately it is all about learning and developing in to tough cricketers. As Andrew Fraser said during the week, "be accountable for your mistakes and never make the same one twice", he followed it up with "keep coming up with new ones", lets hope this isn't the case for this young side.


3rd Grade - Manly 93 (A. Bariol 25) & 9/108 dec (D McKenna) Wests 102 (L. Diserens 3/31) & 7/100 (S. Hole 3/6)

Basically a copy of day one. Wests weren’t interested in playing and for some reason thought 6 points was enough. We welcomed them to the way you are meant to play cricket and hopefully it will rub off on them. After mopping up we got under way having lost 12 overs. For some reason Wests batted on and lost their two wickets without the addition of any runs, just took up 2 overs plus two for the change. Well done. Wigney and Evans being the lucky ones with the ball, it could have been anyone.

A bit more rain took out another 5 overs. We batted for 22 overs and scored 9 dec 108. Darcy batting well and a few others got a few including Hole, McKenna and Wigney. Our declaration at tea gave Wests 37 overs to score 100 on a pitch with a bit in it.

Wigney and Evans got a couple of early ones each to make them 4/19 off 7. Like last week, the rain then came along and made bowling properly impossible. The landing area was like ice, Wigney sliding a foot with each delivery, Evans shortened his stride up and was held on a very tight leash and bowled crap after looking like going through them. Diserens couldn’t grip it, Mckenna also struggled in the conditions. The two Wests boys batted sensible in the conditions and guided them home, 7 down. Sam Hole (3/6) made it interesting. Two incredible catches late showed we had not given up. Wigney at full stretch at backward square leg and then Crombie running backwards and diving. Both catches left the batsmen stunned and I was very proud of the way we battled through the whole day, these two catches exemplifying that.

We are still well placed but need to strengthen our resolve at the crease. Our batting in both innings contained far too many soft, easy dismissals. Time for one or two blokes to step up.

Big thanks to Jordan’s dad, Matthew and Sam’s mum,Sharon, for scoring. In the rush of the day I forgot to thank you both, hope the message gets through.


4th Grade Manly 189 (Poole 37, Cole 33, Graham 30) defeated Western Subs 152 (Wickets shared)

A wet drizzly morning welcomed us to Blick Oval for our clash with Wests. Unfortunately however the ground was a swimming pool for much of the morning and the game was reduced to 41 overs a side with a 12:30 start. Max lost the toss and we were in to bat but after a few overs it looked a good toss to lose. Max and Coley got us off to a flier runs coming thick and fast thanks to some great shots and short boundaries. Unfortunately Max got to 12 and chopped on followed by James getting a good ball which did a bit and took the bails as he shouldered arms.

Coley and Toby took up the charge and put on 50 between them before Coley was caught behind for a fast and exciting 33. Toby continued to be fluent in his scoring. He peppered cover and straight, regularly finding the fence whilst Arshdeep turned the strike over on his way to 16. Unfortunately Toby top edged for 37 and Pickering added only 12 as we had a mid order stumble reaching 7-120 with 14 overs left in hand. Will and Joel the victims of a great catch and a good ball respectively. Jacob and Ryan then went about stalling the collapse with a few boring overs before the singles and boundaries started coming for the boys in blue once more. Ryan batted fluently for a crucial 20 as Jacob scored quick at the end to make 30, the partnership getting us to the last over of the innings and getting us to almost 190.

The constant sprinkling of rain we had throughout the innings kept the pitch lively for us and when we took the field Ben Kittelty and Ryan made it sing. The openers never looked comfortable with runs coming mainly from edges. Ben made the first breakthrough with the score on 27, Ryan was however lucky not to take the captain with him at the end of his spell. Joel replaced Ben at one end and Jacob replaced Ryan at the other. It only took Joel an over to find his rhythm and was rewarded with the other openers wicket with the score on 44.

West's number three batted with some class, but unfortunately the rest of the team couldn't match him. A change of ends saw Jacob take 2 wickets; courtesy of a great catch by Toby in the deep and Arshdeep in the ring (FOW 74 & 86), whilst Will bowled with excellent control toiling away to finally to bowl the number 3. (FOW 98). The next wicket of Will's then saw the hopes of a West's victory take a nose dive, the required run rate escalating to well above 7 and they just couldn't keep up. Wickets falling at regular intervals to Ryan, Ben, Joel and Max, in the final over, sealed the win for the Tahs.

A good day for the boys to get the win, with many other games called off. Calm heads got us home and with plenty of lessons as well as confidence to take into the next game, we are well placed for the run into Christmas.

Mixed bag for top 3 grades in weather affected week - Monday News - Day 1 vs Western Suburbs


With an unfortunate week of consistent bad weather, only 3 of our 5 teams managed to play on Saturday as 4th grade and 5th grade were cancelled. The Travelsim Waratahs First Grade side, backed up their first 2-day competition win of the season with a dominant display against Wests. Back on their home turf, Crossy's army won the toss and elected to bowl. The boys bowled with great discipline and patience to have Western Suburbs out for a below par 172, with Mickey Visser leading the way with 4 wickets and Ahillen Beadle grabbing 3.  James Crosthwaite (the better brother) led the way with an entertaining, unbeaten cameo of 42 to have the boys well positioned at 2-64 at stumps.  The Second Grade boys headed out to Ashfield with the hope to keep their winning form going. The boys struggled to stay on top all day with contributions from Kaye (41)  Webber (24) and overseas lower order weapon Nathan Buck whacking an entertaining 25* to get the boys to a respectable total of 9-159. With the quality of the 2nd Grade bowling line up, the boys are very well positioned. The mighty Main Grade were sent in on a trying deck and despite starts from a chunk of the top order, nobody put their hand up and went on with it. Rolled for 93, the boys needed to deliver with the ball, and that they did. Despite losing on first innings, having Wests at 8-102 overnight, keeps the boys in good stead to try and claw their way back and win on second innings.

Lastly the Poidevan Gray Shield kicked off their campaign with a roller-coaster like performance. After a top class bowling and fielding display, lead well by skipper Ryan Farrell, the boys unfortunately just fell short. After rolling a strong batting line-up for 136 (Incredible effort) the boys needed 1 or 2 batsmen to step up and get the team over the line. Unfortunately this never happened, some brain dead batting from a large majority of the side, and some questionable decisions, left the boys all out for 125, 11 short of a total that should have been reached. However, despite defeat the team showed they are a force to be reckoned with, as there were plenty of positives to take into the coming rounds. We are confident they will be back better next Sunday and for the rest of their campaign.

Go Manly!

4 Pines Player of the Week - Mickey Visser

Although there were no twin centuries or 5 wicket hauls, this weeks' 4 Pines Player of the week delivered a stirling performance on the weekend, with an impressive 4-42 off 17 overs. Viss has been a consistent bowler in the higher grades for a number of years now and it is great to see one of the hardest trainers in the club, being rewarded for his tough yards by gaining a consistent run in the top grade. 

Well done Mickey V!


1st Grade - Wests 176 (M. Visser 4/42, A. Beadle 3/39, J. Munting 2/25) Manly 2-64 (J. Crosthwaite 42*)

Does it get any better than coming back to the treasure chest in Manly Oval for 1st grades first 2 day match of the season.. The air is salty and fresh, the sun is out glistening over a quality wicket, there's always ample parking to roll into, the people around the ground are friendly and always have a smile on their face, greeting the amazing staff we have that help out this great club in the morning.. There's just always something special and festival about coming to manly oval on a Saturday morning..
And the best part.. You get to play cricket and represent this wonderful club especially after first grades first win of the season.. The boys are ready to go and build some momentum and show how good this team is!
Start the morning on ground with a baggy blue presentation and the day is off to a magic start! Welcome James (better Crossy) Crosthwaite to the club for his first 2 day appearance. Touching speech and baggy present to him by his brother and skipper Adam and there's a touch of magic in the air!
Adam to toss the coin in the middle looking ever so dapper in his full whites, sets the standard for grade cricket and this club, especially when he warms up in them when hitting throw downs in pads also.. Can only imagine this is what the Don used to look like when having a few TDs before play..
Lose the toss and we are bowling.. Exactly what we wanted to do originally so that coin toss was a waste of everyone's time.. Zinc goes on the face, everyone is looking immaculate and the manly boys are ready to party!

This summer first grade works on first part of a session to win and last.. Unfortunately needless to say we started off poor but I'm not one for negatives but we have to learn to bring the action, energy and skills to start otherwise we get hurt.. This was evident coming to drinks at 2/70 wasn't good enough but a realisation from Crossy and us all as a group saw us string some quality dots together and showcase our skills for a wonderful bowling partnership between Viss and AB to really tighten the screws, produce pressure and have Wests at lunch at 5/77.. We're back and kicking!
All to be out for 176 in the 64th over with all bowlers working together to finish the job including 4 for Viss, 2 for Munting, 3 for AB.
But there are 2 very special moments that took place and that was firstly a moment Ryan Farrell will never forget in taking his first first grade wicket, in his second ball of his first over to have wonderful control and skill for a caught and bowled.. Very well done Faz, plenty more to come!
But there was something special and very u14s about one of our 3 world class wicket keepers we have in the side.. And that's of the majestic, sharp and class of the 3 stumpings James Crosthwaite took down the leg side off Viss and AB that kept the visitors to 176.. Wonderful to watch James.. And the jury is out which Crosthwaite is the better gloveman.. But all 3 with Jay making his well deserved shield debut, we are lucky to have in our side.

Time to bat with 30 overs remaining in the day and with a bit of rain about the thought to get the runs before close of play was the agenda and certainly on the mind of James, who unfortunately lost Cubby early LBW, but didn't stall his momentum for 42not out with 2 incredible Sixers, one which was a magnificent check drive towards fishos and then a class flick off the pads towards the bowling green only for his brother Adam down the other end to ask him reign it in.. The response... "You can't teach that!" Brilliant!
Adam and James, who surprising to most haven't batted a lot together in their careers but they certainly look class together as a pair and both looking ever so cute together in their new manly vests (image provided) took on the Wests bowling to get the team to 62 off just 13 overs before unfortunately Adam departed and bringing the day to and end due to bad light..All in all not a bad day for the Tahs as we look to bang home an advantage and another win for next Saturday.

Much love

Cameron Merchant


Mickey Visser in some great form with the red ball on Saturday


(Left) The Crosthwaite brothers out in the middle, probably arguing. (Right) AB celebrating yet another wicket for the season.


Jimmy Munting picking up a valuable wicket vs Western Suburbs at Manly Oval

2nd Grade - Manly 9/159 (T. Kaye 41, N. Buck 25*)

On a wet and windy day out at Western Suburbs, the Manly boys were sent in after losing the toss, with captain Rowan Hamman still unsure on how to win a coin flip. With a delayed start of 45 minutes, the opening pair of Hamman and Joey Graham waltzed out with purpose, only to be greeted by a damp green wicket. The pair dug in, digging into China, after conditions proved very very favourable for the new ball. They put on 18 before Joey nicked a wide half volley behind to the keeper( 5 off balls) after playing so sensibly, giving the Tahs a decent platform to build on given the conditions. Skipper Hamman followed next with the score still on 1/18, clipping off his legs straight to square leg (11 off 51 balls). This brought a bought about a fine partnership from Baker and Kaye, putting on 33 before the boys tucked into Subway for lunch. Rumour has it one of the boys had 18 inches of subway..but names are not to be mentioned. That's a lot of bread.

A few overs after lunch saw King of the Arms Aiden Baker miss judge a sweep and get bowled round his legs for 14, brining in wicket keeper Sam Webber. Kaye and Webber each played important roles in the partnership worth 44, before Webber tried to hit one back to the northern beaches and was caught for 24 with the score now 4/96. The Manly boys then struggled to get any more partnerships going as Kaye, after battling hard and producing a valuable innings was next to fall for 41 (119 balls) after he and Sam Gainsford did some Milo cricket running...schoolboy. Score now 5/109.

This brought in 15 year old debutant Jack Edwards, fresh from a few tantalising knocks in the third grade. Some have tipped this boy to do great things and after today's innings we know why, the ball just kept on melting into the middle of his bat with ease. Jeez this boy can play. Gainsford and Edwards looked classy at the crease, however Gainsford was out next (10 off 34) with the score on 6/115 which then saw the score propel to 9/136 after Edwards (15), Carden (3) and Grant (0) all failed to build any meaningful partnerships. However a last wicket stand of 23 between English import Buck (25*) and Marshall (3*) saw the mighty Tahs get to 9/159 before bad light stopped play.

Jack Edwards & Nathan Buck


3rd Grade - Manly 93 (A. Bariol 25, J. Daly 25) Wests 8-102 (L. Diserens 3/31, D. McKenna 2/21, J. Wigney 2/27)

Third grade had a frustrating day. Looking forward to maybe winning a toss for thre 1st time this season and bowling on a soft track we were sent in and straight away we knew it was going to be interesting with a ball popping in the first over and obviously a tough pitch with sideways movement. Darcy (5) was cleaned up and then Gummer (17) and Bariol (25) started to get on top despite the difficult circumstances. The sun was slowly drying things out so we were hopeful of a decent score but Gumms was then given out caught behind. Daly (25) and Bariol started to build a a nice partnership but a few close LBW shouts seemed to force Aiden into a uncharacteristic loose shot that saw him cleaned up. Daly had a ball nip back sharply to also bowl him out. Zac (2) poked one into the covers and at tea we were battling at 5/79. The clouds came over and freshened things up for the bowling side. The middle order and tail provided no resistance and we were all out for 93. 90 odd always sounds a little short of competitive, I reckon 120 was a decent score and 150 a winning score.Wigney (2/26) tried a bit hard early and Evans (1/8) seemed to be hitting the right length and had them in all sorts in the perfect bowling environment. A drying pitch providing heaps of seam and along with the humidity plenty of swing. All of a sudden 93 may be good enough with an early wicket. Just as we were putting heaps of pressure on with plays & misses and near dismissals the rain came along and saturated the ball and outfield and made the landing area slippery. Great. The ball suddenly straightened up with the soft seam and was difficult to grip. Dan McKenna (2/27) in his 3rd grade debut battled on and took two good wickets. Luke Diserens (3/30) bowled with incredible control given the wet ball and took wickets to keep the game interesting. They managed to pass us 7 down but we made them work for it and if we held onto a couple of opportunities towards the end it may have even been a bit more interesting. A couple of excellent catches by James Crombie deserve a mention.Anyway, certainly an interesting second day coming up, hopefully Wests declare so we can open up the game for both teams to push for points.



Aiden Bariol flicking one to fine-leg at Graham's Reserve for our 3rd Grade side.


(Left) Jordan Daly in good touch on his way to 25. (Right) Jimmy Crombie fighting hard on a bowler friendly Graham's Reserve.

Poidevan Gray - Bankstown 136 (J. Carden 3/14, S. Gainsford 3/25) Manly 125 (T. Kaye 26)

Unfortunately our PG's team had a disappointing day. The boys dominated the first half of the game, taking every catch that went to hand and bowled with great discipline. Jake Carden was the pick of the bowlers with an impressive 3/15 off 8 overs. Carden was well backed up by the rest of the bowling unit with everyone contributing. Unfortunately the batting lacked the discipline our bowling and fielding produced. Every time the boys got on top, they let Bankstown back into the game, by throwing their wickets away. Contributions from Kaye, Gainsford and Boyer at the end, were not enough to get the team over the line. The boys play a strong Eastern Suburbs unit next Sunday out at Waverly and will be looking to bouncing back, which we are confident they will.

Tahs Tame Ghosts on Halloween to Take Max Points - Monday News - Day 2 vs Campbelltown


The Travelsim Waratahs capped off a fantastic round against Campbelltown-Camden to take maximum points across the five grades. Having endured an indifferent start to the season, it was cricitcal the Tahs finished the job against the Ghosts who are notoriously tough, particularly out at Raby.

1st grade won a nail-bitter on Raby 1, with Ahillen Beadle taking a wicket off the second last ball to secure Adam Crosthwaite's first win of the season in pursuit of the Belvidere Cup. The Ghosts were never really in the chase, however some determined late batting and late rain nearly prevented the Tahs from taking the vital 6 points. 2's also won a tight contest at Manly Oval, sneaking home 9 down. Contributions throughout including Kaye (54) and Graham (43) kept the Tahs in the game, however a final-wicket partnership of 15 between Ben Falconer and Dylan Marshall got the boys home.

3rd grade chased 215 thanks to half centuries from the in-form Jack Edwards (58) and Jimmy Crombie (57*). Presuming at 2/51, Warren Evan's side overcame some interesting umpiring decisions along with some discipline Campbelltown bowling to take the win. 4th grade witnessed one of the greatest partnerships in our clubs history, with Luke Edgell (152) and Billy D'Arcy (114*) dominating the Ghosts in a comprehensive victory. Finally 5's took first innings points to continue there undefeated start to the season. Debutant William Wolter finished with 51 to complete the victory.

So our first clean sweep of the season and a massive shot-in-the-arm for the club heading into November. Another big round against Western Suburbs next weekend, along with the commencement of the Poidevin-Gray Shield which sees our U21's take on Bankstown at Manly Oval on Sunday. Until next week, Go Manly!

4 Pines Player(s) of the Week - Luke Edgell and Billy D'Arcy

In what could be a first in the history of this segment, we thought it was only fair that the two heroes of 4th grades monster chase, Luke Edgell and Billy D'Arcy, shared this weeks 4 Pines Brewery Player of the Week. Arriving at Grahams Reserve in pursuit of 274, Luke and Billy compiled the HIGHEST OPENING PARTNERSHIP IN THE CLUBS HISTORY ACROSS ANY GRADE to guide stand-in-captain James Boyer's men to a comprehensive victory over the Ghosts.

The pair complimented each other extraordinarily well, with Luke being the main aggressor in making 152, while Billy accumulated nicely at the other end to finish unbeaten on 114*. 'Bomber' lived up to his name, passing his century before tea and continuing to dismantle the young Campbelltown attack after the interval, while Billy bought his maiden century up for the Tahs late in the day with the target within reach.

We are proud-as-punch of these two, and hope to see a few more big scores from the pair throughout the rest of the season! Congratulations Luke and Billy!

1st Grade - Manly 6/325dec. (J. Ritchie 98, A. Beadle 75, J. Lenton 45, R. Farrell 36, A. Crosthwaite 33) def. Campbelltown 221 (N. McLachlan 4/57, A. Beadle 3/50, M. Visser 2/34)

The day started with an early wicket to Nickos who got his man driving at a ball that was probably too short to drive and was caught by the trusty hands of AB in the gully. After some patient batting by the ghosts, their skipper was run out at the bowler's end where Matt White lobbed it to Faz who was there to dislodge the bails. Shortly after we had them 3-75 after AB got an easy caught and bowled chance.

After the lunch break the Manly boys went bang bang with AB getting an LBW and Nickos getting the batsman to play a loose shot where Visser took a sharp catch. The ghosts from here were never a chance of winning and started to play accordingly. After a brief partnership Nickos had got another breakthrough, caught at mid-wicket by Whitey with an 8-1 field and a wall of fielders in the covers. This was followed quickly after by an LBW to Viss.

It was a long time until we took our next wicket but what a great catch by Sam Webber at deep backward square leg off a Nickos bouncer. The Ghost's number 9 kept blocking away for a lengthy amount of time and eventually was snicked off by Visser for 26 off 123 balls. The rain hit hard and after a 20 minute rain delay we were back on to take the final wicket. It took longer than expected but with the second last ball of the day the number 10 was caught behind by the bowling of AB for a 51 ball duck. A great team win when things didn't go our way at times. 6 points.


2nd Grade - Manly 9/232 (T. Kaye 54, J. Graham 43, J. Carden 28, S. Gainsford 26) def. Campbelltown 231 (T. Beatty 3/45, J. Carden 2/22, J. Graham 2/40)

Rocking up to a good batting wicket after a solid bowling effort last week, including a sneaky catch at bat pad for Dylan Marshall, the Manly boys were confident of chasing the total of 232 being 1/30 overnight. After a sloppy warm-up Joey Graham (43) and Tom Kaye (54) both got us off to a great start digging in through the first hour where Campbelltown were bowling well. Runs started flowing to then lose Joe. Taylor (24) came in ticking the score over and hitting the loose ball. 2/160 at lunch, TK got out going for the big one as the chance of rain came into play. Sammy G came in hitting a quick 26. Tay fell stumped shortly after TK bringing Bariol to the crease who couldn't add to our total.

Gainsy fell shortly after miss hitting one he felt was in his slot bringing Javed in who looked good to be bowled by a good rock. Jakey Carden came in and played an excellent innings of 28 along with Matty Alexander (28) who also played superbly, both putting on a great partnership of about 30 to get us within 12. Out came Ben Falconer (Punter) and Dylan Marshall when our 8th and 9th wickets fell. These two were solid as ever playing off their pads well picking up valuable singles and 2's to pass Campbelltown's total.

Overall a fantastic win for the boys with it coming right down to the end. A great character building win with plenty to learn from. Especially not to be affected by the possibility of rain with many wickets falling from batsmen trying to force the pace of the game. A great team to play with and Will Harding was a joy to be around.


3rd Grade - Manly 5/218 (J. Edwards 58, J. Crombie 57*, J. Daly 31) def. Campbelltown 215 (L. Diserens 4/74, J. Edwards 2/5, S. Alexander 2/37)

Always good to get out of Raby with 6 points. The wicket was the same as last week, possibly a bit drier and it resembled a jig saw puzzle of inch square pieces but it stayed together, albeit heavily favouring spin bowling for the day.

The day started well with Jack Edwards (58) and Jordan Daly (33) settling in well and getting on top via good running, strong off side driving and flicks to the leg especially from Edwards. Jordan then fell to the offie, adjudged LBW even though his lunge forward was massive. 3/110. Soon after the offie got one to shoot through which trapped Jack in front (jury out on this one as well) trying to whip what seemed like an innocuous short ball away. 4/117 – 3 LBWS and a run out so far. Zac (24) then started the rebuild process with James Crombie (57no). Starting slowly Zac started middling them nicely before he overbalanced to the leggie and was stumped to make it 5/150, still needing 66 to win. The Ghosts had some life in them now and bowled and fielded with energy. Evans (21no) and Crombie dug in till tea and kept the ball on the ground, picking off a few singles that was on offer, few bad balls being bowled.

Needing 44 to win at tea these two looked comfortable and whittled away. James clearing mid wicket for a nice 6 got us feeling more comfortable. The bowlers were tiring and the runs came quite easily at the end with James looking very strong on both sides of the wicket. Evans chimed in with a steady 21 and was finding the gaps with more ease at the end. A good reminder on the old cliché...."it gets easier the longer you are in". James' innings was a great sign of great maturity and he took it on to be there when the winning runs were scored.

All up a very good win...the bowlers stuck at it well last week, well supported by the fielders and the 5 down win was possibly a bit flattering to CC as there were some questionable calls, but CC could argue the same in their dig.


4th Grade - Manly 1/277 (L. Edgell 152, B. D'Arcy 114*) def. Campbelltown 9/274dec. (J. Graham 6/56, D. McKenna 2/57)

4th grade turned up to Grahams knowing that they had a tough task ahead of them with Campbelltown declaring overnight at 9/274. Billy D'Arcy and Luke Edgell opened the batting and from ball one the pair didn't look getting out. The boys worked hard to see off the new ball before Bomber began to increase the run rate smashing boundaries all over Grahams. Bomber managed to bring up his 100 just before tea leaving 4th grade in great position at 0-157 at the break.

Both Billy D and Bomber knew that the job was only half done and continued to work hard after tea by playing out the good ball and punishing the bad ones. The score continued to tick over and before we knew it Billy D had brought up a well deserved maiden ton. The same over also saw Luke Edgell bring up his 150. From there on the pair made it look easy. Unfortunately, Bomber was caught behind for an incredible 152 just 2 runs short of the target. The partnership of 273 means that the pair enter the record books for highest 1st wicket partnership in the clubs history.

Billy D'ary finish the game in style hitting a boundary and finishing unbeaten on 114. The win for 4th grade leaves the boys well placed in 2nd spot.


5th Grade - Manly 126 (W. Wolter 51, I. Vumbaca 26) and 7/66 (A. Bain 31) def. Campbelltown 102 (B. Kittlety 5/30, J. Anderson 3/15) and 7/179dec. (I. Vumbaca 3/15, B. Kittlety 2/38)

Isaiah V and will W set out to continue the great work they did on the first day. Unfortunately Isaiah fell in the 3rd to a good ball LBW. Nick O and will finished off the job of chasing the total set for us. In doing so will brought up his maiden 50 for the club on debut. Nick ended up getting 23. The tail could not wag as we were all out for 126 leading buy 20 runs

After a steady start from the Campbelltown Alex B removed the first opener. Ben kitley bowled a firey spell to the other opener with multiple chances being created but only got his first wicket in his 8th over. Ben ended up with 2-38 of his 13 and Alex had 1-22 off his 6. Jacob O bowled well on his first spell back from injury troubling the batsmen but was unfortunate to get a wicket. Jacob 0/24 of 5. The spinners being Isaiah and Jonah also restricted them to a 160 lead with Jonah getting knocked around abit with 1-50 off his 7 but Isaiah at the other end picked up 3-15 off 5 which was a great effort as he was also coming back from injury. Campbelltown ended up with 7/179 before declaring at drinks

We were sent in to bat for the last hour of play needing 160 of 19 overs. We set off with s positive mindset with Alex B and Will W opening up. Will got out on the first ball of the innings which had us a little nervy. Will A fell quickly after for 9. Lachie K and Alex worked well before rain hit and the covers were forced on delaying us for 20 minutes. The overs were reduced to 11.Credit to Alex Bain with 31 in the second innings. There was a slight middle order collapse loosing 5-20 but the boys hung on the a second innings draw giving us 6 points for the match. A great 2 days of cricket for the 5th grade boys making that 4 from 4.


Lachie Kerr

35 overs remained in the day when manly strode to the crease. Unfortunately we lost 3 early wickets and found ourselves 3/25. At this stage Isaiah Vumbaca and Will Wolter (debutant) came together at the crease. The two of them fought through a very tough period and survived some very good spells. Isaiah took a back seat role to Will who was hitting the ball very well. Their partnership survived through to the end of play on day one with Manly finishing on 82 for 3. Will. W 44* and Isaiah 21* are still at the crease and have put us in the drivers seat for next week.

Jonah AndersonSecond Grade turned up to Waverley ready to take on Easts. After losing the toss, we were in the field and looking for early wickets among other things (Nick was searching for a park, while Dyl Marshall was on the look out for an RTA to renew his car rego). Mickey Visser (1-30) and Nick (2-32) opened up and set the trend for the day. Both of the boys built pressure and bowled consistent maidens. Before their first spells were done, each had a much deserved wicket. 2-40. The skipper then turned to Luke (2-36) and Pughy (1-15) who continued the good work. LG picked up the third wicket before Dylan (2-45) came on and bowled a terrific spell which saw him claim 2 crucial wickets. We had Easts up against the ropes at 5/75. Faz (1-26) and Gainsy (0-3) also bowled extremely well on either side of the tea break.


 It didn't seem to matter who was bowling, the pressure was always on. East battled all day and never really managed to get their run rate over 1.5. I think the stat that sums up the day best is that we managed to bowl 32 maidens in the innings! A phenomenal effort on a flat deck. Although the 9th wicket managed to add just over 50 and put us slightly under pressure, it was all Manly on day 1. Easts 9/194 before an early declaration. Hats off to the bowling group for bouncing back after a disappointing game last week.


Jarrod and Gums then managed to survive a tough 9 over period without being troubled. The good guys are 0-10 and on the hunt for 6 points.

Waratahs well placed to Scare the Ghosts - Monday News - Day 1 vs Campbelltown

Monday News Campbelltown Day 1

The Travelsim Waratahs have put themselves in a strong position across the grades after the first day against Campbelltown-Camden. Flat wickets and fast outfields set the tone for the weekend, with Manly making the most of there opportunities with the bat and toiling away with the ball to give us a serious chance of winning in all 5 grades.

1st grade had an outstanding day at Raby 1, with Jack Ritchie facing over 250 balls to fall agonisingly short of a well-deserved century on 98. Contributions throughout the middle order allowed Crosthwaite's men to compile 325 and have the side well placed to kick-start there season next week. 2nd grade toiled hard on a flat Manly Oval wicket to restrict Campbelltown to 231. The returning Taylor Beatty was the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets while youngsters Jake Carden and Joe Graham grabbed 2 each to put Rowan Hamman's men in a position to push for victory next week.

3's also worked hard on a flat wicket at Raby 2 restricting th Ghosts to 215. Luke Diseren picked up 4 wickets on his return from a brief hiatus while Jack Edwards, Sam Alexander and captain Warren Evans picked up 2 wickets each. The Tahs are 2/51 in reply with the in-form Jack Edwards 28 not-out. 4th grade, like 2's and 3's, spent the day in the field and thanks to a Jacob Graham 6 wicket haul kept Campbelltown to 274 at Grahams Reserve. Finally, 5th grade are on the verge of 6 points after rolling Campbelltown for 102. Ben Kittlety showed he was a class above 5th grade with figures of 5/30 to tear through the Ghosts on Raby 3.

A big week of training for the TravelSim Waratahs will be required in order for the boys to pick up maximum points across the grades. Until next week, Go Manly!

4 Pines Player of the Week - Jacob Graham

This weeks 4 Pines Brewery Player of the Week is Jacob Graham, who picked up his best figures for the Tahs with 6/56 from 20 overs of toil on Saturday. Faced with a typical Grahams Reserve belter, Jacob got the reward he deserves for a big pre-season, bowling with outstanding control and consistency for stand-in captain James Boyer's men. Jacob has now been around the club for a few years, and is becoming a bigger leader within the playing group each and every week. It's great to see you back amongst the wickets Jacob and we hope to see you take a few more throughout the season! Well Done!

1st Grade - Manly 6/325 (J. Ritchie 98, A. Beadle 75, J. Lenton 45, R. Farrell 36, A. Crosthwaite 33) vs. Campbelltown

First grade were on the road again this week, playing away at Campbeltown. The wicket looked in good shape given the wet weather we'd had during the week, so when Crossy won the toss, he chose to bat first.

We got off to a shaky start, loosing Rawlings in the first over of the day. However, Richie proved to be the steadying influence, putting together solid partnerships with Crossy (33), AB (75), Jay (45) and Farrell (36) to get us to a strong position at 5/305 just after tea. When Richie finally fell after a marathon innings, agonisingly short of his hundred on 98 (of 259 balls) the lower-middle order of Munting and Webber finished the day strongly reaching a total of 6/325 at the close of play.


2nd Grade - Manly 1/32 vs. Campbelltown 231 (T. Beatty 3/45, J. Carden 2/22, J. Graham 2/40)

Today I arrived in the sheds to see five new friendly faces; with players injured, away and others returning to the 2nd grade unit. It was great to have skipper Rowan back, who won the toss and backed our bowlers to pick up a few early poles on a wicket that bore a little juice.

Beyond the first hour, I think we all had the same thought – this was going to be a long day. The wicket flattened out and to the Campbelltowner's credit, played very sensibly giving us nothing. However in such circumstances, it was fantastic to see the boys manufacture wicket opportunities through strategic bowling plans and fielding positions. From 1-50 at our first interval, we got them 5-100 by lunch! We continued taking hard earnt wickets after lunch, credit going to all bowlers, particularly our returning star, Taylor Beatty, who toiled away with 3 crucial poles and was unlucky not to get a few more. Jakey "Pingu" Carden also had a fantastic spell picking up 3 wickets from hitting the deck hard and consistently. I thought all of our spinners bowled beautifully despite not having luck taking many wickets between them. Between manly veteran, Dylan Marshall, and young-gun Johannes Graham, there is a world of talent. Sammy Gainsford was a shining light in the field for us, always putting in 107%. Finally I wanted to make note of the efforts of our left arm strike bowlers Matty Alexander and Ben Falconer, who although unlucky, showed great discipline and physical endurance. On another day they would have taken a bagful.

It was a bit of a frustrating end to what was quite a successful day. We took the last 2 wickets for over 50 runs but should keep in mind that they could've scored 300+! It was a pleasure again to be around such a great group of boys. Banter is always top-notch, however at some points of the day, it was absent... Look forward to seeing the boys knock off another 200 runs next week, thanks to Joey Graham and Tommy Kaye seeing out the days play. Unfortunate to Rowan, who misjudged a tricky ball, seeing him in the sheds next weekend.

Javed Badyari

3rd Grade - Manly 2/51 (J. Edwards 28*) vs. Campbelltown 215 (L. Diserens 4/74, J. Edwards 2/5, S. Alexander 2/37)

The wicket was very dry and rock hard and CC won the toss and batted. Evans yet to win a toss so far. Wigney was again the pick of the quicks and his figures of 0/43 from 11 was not close to how he bowled. He was the only bowler to regularly beat the bat and the majority of his runs were edges. His luck must change soon. Evans on the other hand bowled a couple of medium pacers into the breeze and snared two easy wickets in the opening overs, first one care of a huge leading edge very well caught by Jack Edwards running backwards at cover and soon after Sam Alexander taking a very good low drive at mid off. At 2/5 from 4 overs Evans knew it was time to quit before getting hammered and handed the pill to the returning Luke Diserens (4/74 off 18) who struck immediately with an edge to debutant Sam Kelly to make it 3/23. A partnership then started to form before Dizzy beat the fella through flight resulting in a spoon to mid on to make it 4/67 on a very flat pitch. Dizzy then trapped the opener in front to make it 5/84.

By this stage we had twin spin on. Zac Trewartha bowled well and beat the bat a couple of times but Sam Alexander stepped up to take the next wicket care of a drive to mid off to make it 6/113. We wiled away in the warm, flat batting paradise and Sam (2/37 from 13) suckered their #8 into skying a high ball to mid off where Evans completed his third catch making it 7/147.
At this stage we were hopeful of a few quick wickets but they formed a good partnership highlighting just how easy it was to bat. Bide your time and cash in when the occasion presented itself, which wasn't too often mind you as we bowled well. Fast outfield and patient batting saw CC go along nicely, untroubled to 210 before Jack Edwards got arguably a lucky LBW to break the partnership in the 58th over, the pair batting for 20 overs. Dizzy then beat the run scorer and Sam Kelly completed a nice stumping. Jack (2/7 form 3) then cleaned up the number 11 with a good yorker to give us a gettable 216 target.

Cole (9) and Edwards (28no) looked very comfortable before Colely heard voices in the wind and got stuck half way down the deck to be run out. Sam Hole then got a rough LBW to complete the day for us at 2/51. Bad luck Sam. Jack Edwards looked comfortable and along with Jordan Daly we are hopeful of a solid start to the day next week with a great chance for the batsmen to enjoy a long stay at the crease.


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                               Sam Alexander taking a diving catch at midd-off                            Returning Luke Diserens claiming his first wicket of the season
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4th Grade - Manly vs. Campbelltown 9/274 (J. Graham 6/56, D. McKenna 2/57)

4th Grade were greeted by the flattest track of all time on Saturday, with the Grahams pitch being the same one that we have used since August. Unfortunately we lost the toss and went out to field. Campbelltown raced to 0/40 off ten and it looked like it was going to be a long day. Daniel Mckenna got our day started with a caught and bowled. Jacob Graham came on and took two quick wickets and by drinks we had fought back to have them 3/60. One of their batsmen got in and batted extremely well for the rest of the day. All our bowlers toiled hard with not much luck. Jacob Graham was the standout bowling 20 overs on a very hot day. The boys hung in there all day and we ended up having them 9/274 at the close of play. Jacob deservedly finished with six wickets, a great effort on a flat pitch. Will Outred bowled well throughout the day with not much luck but burgled a wicket at the end. Hopefully we can mow down their total next week.

Billy D

5th Grade - Manly 3/82 (W. Wolter 44*) vs. Campbelltown 102 (B. Kittlety 5/30, J. Anderson 3/15)

The young and Spritely 5th grade team arrived at Campbetown to play against the team that is leading the 5th grade competition (Cambeltown/Camden). Skipper Simon Waddington showed his intentions at the toss when he sent them in to have a bat. Ben Kittlety and Alex Bain opened up with the new rock and after a few solid overs Kittley got the first breakthrough. Although the opposition established some small partnerships throughout their innings, Manly consistently were able to find the breakthrough. Campbelltown were all out for 102 with the highlight of the innings being a fantastic 5fa from Ben Kittlety. Ben finished with figures of 5/36 showing that if you consistently hit a good line and length you get rewards. The other wickets where shared by J. Anderson(3/15) and A. Bain(2/24).

35 overs remained in the day when manly strode to the crease. Unfortunately we lost 3 early wickets and found ourselves 3/25. At this stage Isaiah Vumbaca and Will Wolter (debutant) came together at the crease. The two of them fought through a very tough period and survived some very good spells. Isaiah took a back seat role to Will who was hitting the ball very well. Their partnership survived through to the end of play on day one with Manly finishing on 82 for 3. Will. W 44* and Isaiah 21* are still at the crease and have put us in the drivers seat for next week.

Jonah Anderson

35 overs remained in the day when manly strode to the crease. Unfortunately we lost 3 early wickets and found ourselves 3/25. At this stage Isaiah Vumbaca and Will Wolter (debutant) came together at the crease. The two of them fought through a very tough period and survived some very good spells. Isaiah took a back seat role to Will who was hitting the ball very well. Their partnership survived through to the end of play on day one with Manly finishing on 82 for 3. Will. W 44* and Isaiah 21* are still at the crease and have put us in the drivers seat for next week.

Jonah AndersonSecond Grade turned up to Waverley ready to take on Easts. After losing the toss, we were in the field and looking for early wickets among other things (Nick was searching for a park, while Dyl Marshall was on the look out for an RTA to renew his car rego). Mickey Visser (1-30) and Nick (2-32) opened up and set the trend for the day. Both of the boys built pressure and bowled consistent maidens. Before their first spells were done, each had a much deserved wicket. 2-40. The skipper then turned to Luke (2-36) and Pughy (1-15) who continued the good work. LG picked up the third wicket before Dylan (2-45) came on and bowled a terrific spell which saw him claim 2 crucial wickets. We had Easts up against the ropes at 5/75. Faz (1-26) and Gainsy (0-3) also bowled extremely well on either side of the tea break.


 It didn't seem to matter who was bowling, the pressure was always on. East battled all day and never really managed to get their run rate over 1.5. I think the stat that sums up the day best is that we managed to bowl 32 maidens in the innings! A phenomenal effort on a flat deck. Although the 9th wicket managed to add just over 50 and put us slightly under pressure, it was all Manly on day 1. Easts 9/194 before an early declaration. Hats off to the bowling group for bouncing back after a disappointing game last week.


Jarrod and Gums then managed to survive a tough 9 over period without being troubled. The good guys are 0-10 and on the hunt for 6 points.

Monday News - Day 2 vs Fairfield Prevent Clean Sweep by Narrowest of Margins


The Travelsim Waratahs bounced back brilliantly against Fairfield-Liverpool this round, taking out the 4 lower grades in emphatic style with 3s and 5s denied any sniff of an outright result by flat wickets and patient (at times, excessively patient) batting. 1st grade came incredibly close to claiming their first win of the season, toiling away all day on an unimaginably hard deck, but it wasn’t to be. Despite nabbing 2 wickets with run outs and another 5 with determined bowling, Fairfield scored the winning runs in the final over of the day. 2nd grade led by an incredible century from Jarrod Rawlings (100*) had a great day out with support from Tom Kaye (53) and Sam Webber (51*). 3rd grade were never really in the race for an outright win as the combination of a flat deck, unfortunate decisions and fairly negative batting sucked any hint of life out of the game. Credit to Jake Carden (2-20[15]), Sam Alexander (3-63[20]) and especially Josh Wigney (0-25[16]) who bowled one of the best and unluckiest spells of bowling ever seen. Despite a tough period in the middle of the innings, 4th Grade chased down the target of 181 with ease led by a patient James Boyer (60*) ably assisted by Tom Sheedy (31). At 5th grade it was the Ed Hole (51) and Jack Pickering (46*) show as they chased down the 40 remaining runs for victory before having another crack at them. Despite Abijheet Virdi getting an early breakthrough, Fairfield consolidated nicely and at 3-105 the captains decided to call it.

1st Grade also had a thrilling victory in their Sunday T20 match against Gordon at Chatswood Oval. Batting first, the Tahs could only manage 9/130 off their 20 overs but the boys knew with a strong team bowling and fielding effort it could be enough to get them over the line. Some very economical bowling from Nickos (2-20) and the unstoppable Matt Alexander (1-20) set the tone for the bowlers and after a 6 from the penultimate delivery it came down to the final ball with 1 run required for a tie and 2 for the win. With tensions running high, it was Vele Dukoski who produced a great ball to take a wicket and get the Waratahs the win!!!   


1st Grade after an amazing win at Chatswood oval in the Kingsgrove T20 Cup


4 Pines Player of the Week - Jarrod Rawlings

Club favourite Jarrod Rawlings wins the 4 Pines Player of the Week award for an impeccable 100* to steer 2nd grade to a truly commanding win at Manly Oval. After a long day toiling on a flat deck last week, the Manly boys did brilliantly to roll Fairfield-Liverpool for 233 before Jarrod and fellow opener Jo Graham negotiated a tricky few overs at the end of the day to finish at 0/11. The second day of play quickly became a Waratahs run-fest with Jarrod Rawlings the lynchpin of the smart, patient innings as batsmen capitalized on the great batting conditions. It was Jarrod’s first ton of the season and his third 2nd grade ton in two seasons. With more innings like these it’s only a matter of time before he rejoins the 1st grade outfit. Great work mate!!     


1st Grade – Fairfield-Liverpool 7/288 (M. Visser 2/49 [18]) def Manly 7/285 dec (J. Lenton 101*, A. Crosthwaite 48)

The Manly 1st grade side headed out to the massive Rosedale oval having called the innings to a close overnight on 285, with the Skipper believing it was enough for the bowling attack to defend on what is universally acknowledged as the biggest ground in Sydney.

The great James Munting and Nick McLachlan opened the bowling and set a standard that the bowling crew would continue to uphold throughout the day. All the bowlers did an amazing job but the leader of the pack was Nicko who bowled nearly 25 overs, and just kept running in and delivering all day, ending with figures of 1-72 off his 24.

Through the middle overs, Ryan Farrell, Micky Visser and Ahillen Beadle did an outstanding job toiling away on a deck that was as hard and flat as the M7. To be fair, Fairfield batted well despite the best efforts of the boys who kept landing it on the spot all day, doing a great job for the Manly defence of 285.

In all it was a great effort, but to be beaten in the final over over of the day was heartbreaking but all the boys put in a great effort and showed great fight all the way to the end. This was demonstrated no clearer than by the two fantastic runouts (by Matty White and Micky Visser) at crucial points in the game. But at the end of the day the incredibly flat pitch and an excellent batting display meant that despite a determined bowling and fielding effort Fairfield took the 6 points just at the death… It's a shame to be 0 from 3 but let's learn from it, turn the tables and show them the reason why we are the greatest club! Work hard this week boys and show everyone what we are made of. 

Matty White


2nd Grade - Manly 2/244 (J. Rawlings 100*, T. Kaye 53, S. Webber 51*) def Fairfield-Liverpool 233 (B. Falconer 3-55 [17.1], M. Alexander 2-34 [21])

Resuming at 0-11 overnight following a day in the field last weekend, very fine weather and a flat deck greeted the Tah's, and the promise of another excellent day of cricket. Following a solid warmup, where the top 6 cleaned up the bottom 5 for the second week running. Jarrod Rawlings and debutant Joey Graham got the boys off to a very good start, with Joey shaking off the nerves with a handful of crisply hit boundaries, peppering the gully/point region in the process. Joey unfortunately fell to the first ball of the change bowler for a well made 30, hitting a mistimed drive straight to cover. This brought Tom Kaye to the crease, where he and Jarrod set to consolidate until lunch, which we reached at 1-87, with Jarrod and Tom both in the 20s. 

Following the break, Jarrod and Tom kept their heads down and ensured no loss of wicket following the break, with the toil starting to have an effect on the Fairfield bowlers, Tom in particular taking advantage of some loose bowling. The pair put on 80-odd together before Tom was dismissed LBW shortly after reaching his 50, but his big score is certainly on the way in the coming weeks. Skipper Sam C. Webber joined Jarrod, and together they took the Manly boys safely to tea at 2-170. 

After a great tea by the Manly boys, Sam and Jarrod put Fairfield to the sword, with the former compiling a very classy 50*, and Jarrod flying from the 70s into the 90s, before smoking a half tracker to the midwicket boundary to complete a fantastic ton for the club, and the first win for the 2nd grade boys this year. 

Great effort in the first week by the bowling group, and support by Joey, Sam and Tom, and amazing effort by Jarrod Rawlings, showing everyone his class, and how an opening batsman should play, by putting a high value on one's wicket. Great work Jarrod!

Matt Cole


Jarrod Rawlings on his way to a classy Hundred


2nd Grade debutant Joe Graham giving it a whack at Manly Oval


Tom Kaye finding the middle of the bat on multiple occasions this weekend

Fairfield-Liverpool 79[38] (W. Evans 4-34[12], J. Carden 3-5[8])  & 9/199 dec (S. Alexander 3-63[20], J. Carden 2-20[15]) def by Manly 3/155[31] (J. Edwards 62, A. Bariol 38, J. Daly 36*)

Well you can’t fault 3rd grades attitude and commitment. Fairfield Oval pitch looked a belter and their batsmen had no intent all day, just play out the day. The luck was on their side and a couple of took advanatge of this and occupied the crease for a long time, the 3rd wicket partnership lasting 45 overs and yielding 95 runs. The outfield was a bit slow but our attacking fields allowed some run scoring opportunities. Probably would have been best if we just kept 3 slips in all day against the meds, as on two occasions the ball went through a spot where the fieldsmen had been on the previous ball. The first one was for Jake (2/20 from 15) who we had a 3rd slip in for the hattrick ball then moved him out to short cover only to see a regulation snick go through next ball. James Crombie (0/9 from 5) also had similar misfortune later just before tea. 

Also in an excellent passage of play for us Wigney (pick of the bowlers and his figures of 0/25 from 16 are not a close reflection of how he bowled) got the snick only for the umpire to knock it back. It was obvious and had us all shaking our heads. We were stoic though and even the other umpire commented on how well we handled it. 

At tea F/L were 2/93 so we did well to work our way through them after tea to have them finish at 9/199 from 85 overs. Sam Alexander worked his way nicely into a long spell and finished with 3/63 from 20 with very attacking fields employed. His flight was key to his spell as the pitch had nothing. Will Outred (1/52 from 15) could also be considered a tad unlucky to get just the one wicket. Both spinners bowled well. Edwards and Evans toiled nicely as well. 

With 9 guys capable of bowling in this side a couple missed out only to be given a bowl at the death. Zac Trewartha and Sam Hole both reminded me that they are good bowlers who I should have got on earlier in the day. They both got wickets late in the day against batsmen who were not giving their wickets away. 

Exemplifying our attitude was the run out executed by Jordan Daly. In the last over of the day they turned one around the corner from Sam and expected to amble through for an easy single. Stuff that thought Jordan who raced after it from 1st slip turned and threw it in one motion over the bails to Aiden who had the guy out. Great stuff. 

If we can repeat this performance throughout the year we will go a long way to having a successful season.



4th Grade - Manly 3/181 (J. Boyer 60*, T. Sheedy 31) def Fairfield-Liverpool 178 (M. Burgess 5-50[17], J. Wood 2-45[13])

After Max Burgess and Billy D’arcy saw out a tricky 5 overs last week, both batsmen were pretty keen to work hard again to get us off to a strong start.

Chasing 178 on a slow grahams wicket they knew it was going to be hard work in the first hour to get in and really set the platform which they did. After batting for an hour or so, unfortunately Maxi (15) got out to unlucky dismissal before Billy (25) followed straight after that.

This brought James “Rabs” Boyer and Tom Sheedy to the crease where they really steadied the ship and really knuckled town. From here the tahs didn’t lose another wicket. Playing smartly and batting time was the key and they did it especially well. Tom (31) showed his experience and class through his whole innings and was unlucky to lose his wicket not far from the finish. Ash Virdi came in at No. 5 batting with Rabs and the two got us home with 8 overs to go in the day. Rabs batted with great patience and showed enormous maturity to take control of the Manly innings after losing two quick wickets, while his concentration to steer the boys home and end his innings not out was just another sign of his growing confidence as a batsman. Great to see Rabs!!! 

Looks like a big season ahead for the 4th Grade side. Bring it on Campbelltown!

Billy D

 Billy D'Arcy certainly looking the part out in the middle of Grahams Reserve


James Boyer compiling a solid 60* to take his 4th Grade side to victory

5th Grade - Fairfield 114 (J. Anderson 2/11, A. Virdi 2/19, E. Hole 2/20) & 3/105 def by Manly Warringah 3/115 (E. Hole 51, J. Pickering 46*)

The boys arrived to the game keen to get the 40 runs needed and then try for an outright.

Jack Pickering and Ned Hole continued from where they left off last week and continued pinching singles smartly and putting away the bad balls. By the 12th over, we had chased the 40 runs with Ned getting 51 and Jack ending up with a well-deserved and chanceless innings of 46*. After Ned fell Skipper Simon “Waddo” Waddington decided to declare.

Alex Bain and Abijheet Virdi opened the bowling, both bowled remarkable lines and lengths to build up the pressure from the first ball. Abijheet (1-13) claimed the first wicket getting one of their batsmen out LBW with a hooping in-swinger. This was a well-deserved wicket for the Tahs through Abijheet attacking the stumps and Alex Bain mounting pressure with amazing first spell figures of 0-1 off 6 overs. Nick Osborne (0-11) and Lachie Kerr (1-4) followed the standard set by the openers and continued to build a hefty amount of pressure by bowling good lines. This pressure led Lachie to claim his 2nd grade wicket with the batsmen edging one down leg for Sam Kelly to take a great catch. Jonah Anderson was the pick of the bowlers, bowling 17 overs for figures 1-23. Jonah bowled great lengths and varied his pace effectively, building pressure and creating chances.

Waddo decided to call it when there was 15 overs left and they were still only 3 down. Overall it was a very convincing win for the boys and leaves us still undefeated.

Ned Hole


Second Grade turned up to Waverley ready to take on Easts. After losing the toss, we were in the field and looking for early wickets among other things (Nick was searching for a park, while Dyl Marshall was on the look out for an RTA to renew his car rego). Mickey Visser (1-30) and Nick (2-32) opened up and set the trend for the day. Both of the boys built pressure and bowled consistent maidens. Before their first spells were done, each had a much deserved wicket. 2-40. The skipper then turned to Luke (2-36) and Pughy (1-15) who continued the good work. LG picked up the third wicket before Dylan (2-45) came on and bowled a terrific spell which saw him claim 2 crucial wickets. We had Easts up against the ropes at 5/75. Faz (1-26) and Gainsy (0-3) also bowled extremely well on either side of the tea break.


 It didn't seem to matter who was bowling, the pressure was always on. East battled all day and never really managed to get their run rate over 1.5. I think the stat that sums up the day best is that we managed to bowl 32 maidens in the innings! A phenomenal effort on a flat deck. Although the 9th wicket managed to add just over 50 and put us slightly under pressure, it was all Manly on day 1. Easts 9/194 before an early declaration. Hats off to the bowling group for bouncing back after a disappointing game last week.


Jarrod and Gums then managed to survive a tough 9 over period without being troubled. The good guys are 0-10 and on the hunt for 6 points.

Tah's dominate Week 1 as the Lions are left wounded - Monday News - Rnd 3 vs Fairfield - Week 1


After a disappointing first 2 rounds of the season, The TravelSIM Manly Warringah Waratahs were on a mission to improve from the previous sub-par performances. That we did, an allround dominate display from the Tahs on Day 1 has seen 3rd grade wrap up first innings points, and all other grades in a solid position to bring home points.

1st grade posted a solid total of 7/285 with Jay Lenton leading the way again with the bat, posting a superb, unbeaten knock of 101. 

2nd grade lost the toss on a pitch which looked to be a batting paradise. Despite conditions not favouring the home side, the boys toiled away and bowled Fairfield out for 233, with Matt Alexander and Joey Graham the pick of the bowlers.

3rd grade bounced back after what was named "the worst loss of my career" by Warren Evans, to have already wrapped up first innings points, in a Day 1 thumping. Highlights of the day were the old man himself, bagging 4 wickets, whilst young guns Jack Edwards (62) and Aiden Bariol (38) led the way with the bat.

4th Grade were led well by Max Burgess (5/50), who bagged the first 5 wicket haul for Tahs in the 2015/16 season. The boys restricted Fairfield to a below par 178, and are 0/16 in reply.

5th Grade continued their red hot form, rolling Fairfield for 114 with all the bowlers contributing. In reply the boys are 2/77 and in a great position to take first innings points.

Finally, the 1st Grade T20 side completed a great weekend for the Tahs, with convincing victories over Mosman and St George.

The Manly boys cheering on 1st Grade from the hill on Sunday
A brilliant day for our Blue Blood Members overlooking all the action

Superb crowds down at Manly oval on Sunday supporting the boys
Fantastic team song in the sheds after 2 great wins for the Waratahs

4 Pines Player of the Week - Jay Lenton

Returning to 2 day cricket can be a challenge for some batsmen. After playing limited overs cricket for the first 2 rounds, adjustments were needed to be made by all. The class of this 4pines player of the week, is undoubtful as he became the first player to score a ton in all three formats of the game, in one season, since the T20 competition was introduced to grade cricket, 6 years ago. 

His unbeaten 101* from 172 balls on Saturday, led the Waratahs to a very respectful score of 285. Jay backed up his form on Saturday, in the first of the T20's on Sunday against the defending champions. He showed his versatility with the bat, by smoking an unbeaten 104* off 62 balls which included 6 fours and 7 sixes.

With performances such as these, State selections must only be around the corner for Jay.

For his two incredible knocks this weekend, Jay is this weeks 4 Pines Brewery player of the week. Well done.


1st Grade - Manly Warringah 7 for 285 (J. Lenton 101*, A. Crosthwaite 48, A. Baker 35, Merchant 34).

First grade had a solid day yesterday against Fairfield Liverpool. After winning the toss and batting, 60 odd was put on for the first wicket before both openers (Ritchie & Baker) perished just before lunch. AB was unluckily dismissed just after lunch and so Jay & Crossy set about the task of rebuilding the innings. They did this in fine fashion, putting on over a hundred before Crossy was dismissed for a patient 40 odd. Jay continued to chip away at the Fairfield attack and received great support from Cam Merchant who played an entertaining cameo of 30 odd. We ended the day at 7-285 with Jay unbeaten on 101 - a terrific innings full of patience and some great shot making. This was his second consecutive century and showed he has no doubt taken his game to to the next level and is an absolutely dominant player in the competition.

Hopefully we have put enough runs on the board for our bowlers to play with next week and we can get on the board in the 2-day competition.

Jack Ritchie

Jay Ton

Jay Lenton was on fire on Saturday... and Sunday

Crossy T20

Adam Crosthwaite belting runs in the 1st T20 on Sunday

Jay walk

Jay Lenton conquering St George at Manly Oval with his outstanding 104*


2nd Grade - Fairfield Liverpool 233 (B. Falconer 3/55, S. Gainsford 2/17 M. Alexander 2/34, J. Graham 2/69) Manly Warringah 0/11. 

Losing the toss and being put into the field on a flat deck we knew it could be a long day and a consistent grind. Mattoes started off well trapping the opening batsman in front for 0, followed by the other opening batsman who mishit it to point straight to the safe hands of Gainsy. Falcs was a bit off his game early on and was not bowling as accurately as he did the week before. The number 3 was throwing his hands at the ball and playing his shots, hitting a considerable amount of boundaries but had no patience. 2nd grade debutant Joe Graham got his man when he tried to go over the top and skied it to mid-on.

Another partnership built until Luke Grant snicked off their number 4 batsman who looked out of sorts from the get go and found a lot of runs through edges. Joe had a great debut bowling 25 overs for 2-69. Gainsy came on for a spell to give the bowlers a rest and was able to snag 2 wickets in the process. The last 2 wickets took a while to get but we never went flat and maintained our energy throughout. With 9 overs left in the day Joe Graham stepped up to the plate to open with Ralphy instead of Gumms as he was feeling "lightheaded". They were able to survive the short spell and give the boys a better chance of winning next week.

I thought Sam Webber captained brilliantly in replacing Rowan, a few edges went through the gaps but that's cricket at times. We always felt like we were creating chances even on a flat deck. Also, quick mention to Joe Graham for stepping up to open the batting in a nasty situation, you would have been a waste batting at 10 anyway.

Cheers Ralphy


Luke Grant asking the question

2nd Grade Cordon

The 2nd Grade cordon of Jarrod Rawlings, Javed Badyari and Luke Grant all going up


The much anticipated return of 2nd Grade manager Will Harding on Saturday

3rd Grade - Fairfield 79, 0/7 (W. Evans 4/34, J. Carden 3/5, J. Wigney 2/26), Manly Warringah 2/155 (J. Edwards 62, A. Bariol 38, J. Daly 36*).

Fairfield Oval was its usual heavy self – a well grassed outfield and even some on the pitch. They won the toss and batted and Wigney (2/32) and Carden (3/5) had them under pressure immediately with tight bowling. This paid off with a superb run out by Zac, hitting the bowler's stumps after swooping on it from cover point. Evans (4/34) then came on and had success via a snick to Jordan Daly. Jordan somehow held on to it. Next over Evans knocked back off stump to have them in all sorts. Jake finished off his spell with a well deserved caught behind after suffocating the batsmen during his 8 overs.Evans then trapped their skipper in front (ish) and soon after got the number 7 out snicking to Aiden. Evans should have stopped there with a tidy 4/8 but kept himself on and went for a few. Wigney came on and bowled one across the left hander for Aiden to take another one. 8 down at tea for 78 was a good start after last week's game. Jake then came on after tea and cleaned them up in the space of 3 balls to give us an 80 run target.

Our young openers, both 15, both back from the U/17 Aussie carnival showed us why they are held in such esteem with a faultless display against the new ball. Jack Edwards (62) got the early skip on Aiden (38) and they passed the total together. Aiden started to hit the ball more cleanly and was looking to move into top gear before cracking one to cover. These blokes ran well and found the gaps, showing much needed top of order energy after our early season failures. Jack played all the shots in his entertaining knock. He hits the ball powerfully and correctly and has a very positive aura at the crease. He looked like he could bat for days, only when the word went out that we were declaring in 4 overs did he play his first rash shot, top edging straight up against the spinner. A great partnership between these blokes and I reckon they'll have a lot of fun together racing to see who gets to 50 first over the next year or two.Sam Hole (3) under cut onto his stumps and James Crombie scored 7no. Jordan Daly (36no) hit the ball beautifully and scored his runs in very quick time. Great to have someone of Jordan's stature back at the club. All up 3/155 from 31 overs was a top response.

We gave ourselves 6 overs to get an early one but we couldn't quite do it. If we come along next week full of energy and enthusiasm I reckon we'll go close to getting a valuable 10 points.


4th Grade - Fairfield 179 (M. Burgess 5/50, J. Wood 2/45) Manly Warringah 0/16.

Fourth grade rocked up to a top-soiled atmosphere park to find same flat pitch used last week. After Max lost the toss on a road we knew we were likely to be in for a long day in the field. Dan McKenna trapped one of the openers LBW early, before the number three and remaining opener went about grinding out maidens for the next 30 overs. With the cricket being quite dull, motivation in the field started to wane and we began to fall behind the over rate.Max brought Isaiah Vumbaca on to bowl leg spin, but unfortunately injured his back, forcing him to leave the field. Ben Kittletey swiftly answered the call to fill in as substitute fielder, foregoing a relaxing afternoon at Manly Wharf to help out the fourth grade boys. Thanks Benny!! The Tahs went into the tea break with Fairfield 2 wickets down and 4 overs behind the over rate.

Following tea, we continued to fall behind the required over rate, falling nine overs behind before prompting from the umpires forced us into action. Max Burgess begun to bowl one minute overs, with Jacob Graham almost matching him from the other end. This started to put the pressure on the batsmen and begun the fall of wickets with Max burgling 5 due to tight, stump to stump bowling. Apart from the number 8 who came out and smashed a 50 late in the day, wickets fell at regular intervals during the afternoon thanks to good bowling. The tahs bowled Fairfield out for 178, then Billy and Max saw out the remaining 5 overs of the day, leaving Manly 0-16 in a good position to chase down the runs next weekend.

Go Manly!


Ryan Bishop-Perrett letting rip on Saturday

Joel Pooley

Joel Wood picking up a wicket in 4th Grade


Captain Max Burgess and Isaiah Vumbaca having a trundle at Grahams Reserve

5th Grade - Fairfield 114 (J. Anderson 2/11, A. Virdi 2/19, E. Hole 2/20), Manly Warringah 2/77 (E. Hole 32*, J. Pickering 31*)

We rocked up to Don Dawson Oval at Cabramatta to find a pitch that looked like a decent batting deck. Waddo lost the toss and we were asked to field. Alex Bain (1-10 off 10) and Abhijeet Virdi (2-19 off 12) opened the bowling, both creating pressure with the new ball. An LBW, catch at gully and a direct hit runout by Nick Osborne put us on top early. Will Akhurst (1-23 off 6) had the gloves off for the first time this season and came on 1st change and took his first grade wicket. Lachie Kerr (1-16 off 6), on debut, came on and continued to build pressure on the batsmen eventually making a break through also taking his first grade wicket. Ned Hole (2-20 off 6) came on and bowled well, consistently troubling the batsmen.

Nick Osborne (0-13 off 4) combined well with Ned to build the pressure and help gain the wickets we needed. Jonah Anderson (2-11 off 7) then came on and burgaled the last two wickets to have Fairfield all out for 114, a total we were comfortable to chase down after an excellent bowling performance.The chase started positively with Will and Jacob O'Sullivan opening up and looking solid from ball one. However after Jacob misjudged one on his stumps and Will missed one on his pads, we needed some batsmen to step up.

Jack Pickering and Ned Hole combined together for an unbroken partnership at stumps to leave us on 2/77, requiring only 38 runs for victory next weekend with both batsmen around 30 not out. A strong position heading into next weekend, with 5th grade looking to keep the undefeated start to the season going and make it 3 from 3.

Alex Bain


Second Grade turned up to Waverley ready to take on Easts. After losing the toss, we were in the field and looking for early wickets among other things (Nick was searching for a park, while Dyl Marshall was on the look out for an RTA to renew his car rego). Mickey Visser (1-30) and Nick (2-32) opened up and set the trend for the day. Both of the boys built pressure and bowled consistent maidens. Before their first spells were done, each had a much deserved wicket. 2-40. The skipper then turned to Luke (2-36) and Pughy (1-15) who continued the good work. LG picked up the third wicket before Dylan (2-45) came on and bowled a terrific spell which saw him claim 2 crucial wickets. We had Easts up against the ropes at 5/75. Faz (1-26) and Gainsy (0-3) also bowled extremely well on either side of the tea break.


 It didn't seem to matter who was bowling, the pressure was always on. East battled all day and never really managed to get their run rate over 1.5. I think the stat that sums up the day best is that we managed to bowl 32 maidens in the innings! A phenomenal effort on a flat deck. Although the 9th wicket managed to add just over 50 and put us slightly under pressure, it was all Manly on day 1. Easts 9/194 before an early declaration. Hats off to the bowling group for bouncing back after a disappointing game last week.


Jarrod and Gums then managed to survive a tough 9 over period without being troubled. The good guys are 0-10 and on the hunt for 6 points.

Tahs hit road block as Students dominate - Monday News - Rd 2 vs Sydney University

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The TravelSIM Manly Warringah Waratahs were dealt a harsh reality of where we are currently at with a thumping at the hands of Sydney University on the weekend.

It was the first hot day of the season (we didn't have to wait too long) and despite some fantastic games in the top 2 grades and a fighting win by our young 5th grade side, we were ultimately taught a one-day lesson by the students.

1st grade again disappointed with the bat, chasing exactly the same amount of runs as the week before against the Hawks but again coming up short. The beginning of our innings followed the same script as round 1 until Jay Lenton (112*) and James Munting (47) stepped up to almost get the team home, losing by 7 runs.

In a replay of last year's 2nd grade Grand Final, it was another cracking match with Tahs bowling attack limiting the Students to 156 before the experience of the University side shone through with the Tahs falling 5 runs short, Sam Gainsford the star with the bat with a well-made 47.

Great games but if we are honest, ones that we should have won, and did so last year. Not alot of difference between the 2 sides in either game but we just need to find that extra step to get over the line.

Our premiership winning 3rd grade side copped a hiding from a very strong Sydney University side, losing by exactly 180 runs, with no one standing up to be counted. 4th grade were in the game at various stages but losing wickets back-to-back to often as well as wayward bowling and slopping catching meant a 4 wicket loss.

The bright spark was our 5th grade side. Outside of Waddington and Jacob Graham it was basically our Green Shield side, and a magnificent 55 from Jack Pickering and 4 poles to Jacob Graham meant the team had an 8 run victory.

So a round of missed opportunity. We are hopeful of a few returning players next week in Merchant, Daly, Badyari and co, but plenty of work needs to be done at training to get the club back in the winner's circle. Still plenty of victories to be had this season.

4 Pines Player of the Week - Jay Lenton4PinesLogo

What can you say about Jay's innings on Saturday. It was full of class, maturity, patience and power. He looks like he has really taken his game to another level this year. Coming in at 4 for 48 and being at the crease when we slumped to 6 for 84, no one gave the Tahs even a chance with the exception of Jay and number 8 James Munting. Taking on the senior role, Jay started out slowly before putting the pedal to the metal late in the innings, finishing with 113* off 97 balls faced.

Hi last 50 came off around 20 balls.

Jay is a real chance of playing first class cricket this season and with innings like that, in front of state selectors no less, it's easy to see why he is in the reckoning. His keeping is top notch, and hopefully he can get a few games under his belt.

For his fantastic innings, Jay is this weeks 4 Pines Brewery player of the week.


1st Grade - Manly 9 for 235 (J. Lenton 113*, J. Munting 48, A. Crosthwaite 28) def. by Sydney University 241 (N. McLachlan 2/62, S. O'Keefe 2/31)

Manly turned up for their first home game of the season looking to bounce back from a disappointing first up defeat out at Bensons.

The near full-strength students, elected to bat first on a pretty flat Manly wicket & after losing an early pole, set about setting a decent platform. After racing off to a pretty quick start, Visser (1/25 off 10) & O'Keefe (2/31 off 10) applied the brakes & were the pick of the Manly bowlers for the day. Manly toiled hard & the Uni boys ended up 8/241 with McLachlan (2), Munting (1) & Beadle (1) the other wicket takers.

Special shout out to the Flat (Baker) who wound back the clock & ran round in the field like a 20 year old despite the heat.

The chase started in the worst possible fashion, with Crosthwaite Jr out in the first over. Ritchie & Crosthwaite Sr set about rebuilding, but when the Tahs lost Ritchie & then Beadle in the space of 3 balls, the side was in a hole.

A few more wickets & some tight bowling left the Tahs at 6/84 off around 25 overs with the game seemingly out of reach. No-one mentioned this to Jay Lenton & the returning Jimmy Munting who took the chase deep with some excellent stroke making & mature batting.

The chase still looked improbable with 60ish needed off 5, but Lenton was on fire, bringing up his 100 from around 90 balls in what was one of the best hundreds seen at Manly Oval in recent memory. With two overs to go, the Tahs still needed 26 & when Munting was bowled for an excellent 48 the game took another turn. Lenton took 16 off the last over but it wasn't enough, with the Tahs ending 5 short.

So the Tahs go 0/2 to start the year & will look to bounce into the 2 day format with a couple of wins to kick-start the season.

Nick McLachlan

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Jay Lenton was on fire on Saturday

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Michael Visser and Stephen O'Keefe in action on Saturday. They were the pick of the bowlers. 

2nd Grade - Manly 151 (S. Gainsford 47) def. by Sydney University 156 (M. Alexander 4/26, D. Marshall 4/25)

The 2s turned up to St Pauls on a perfect spring day for cricket, looking to rectify the result of last year's grand final.

Rowan loss the toss on an absolute road and we were sent into bowl. Matt Alexander and Ben Falconer started us off with a wicket each in their first few overs. Luke Grant came on and took a wicket straight away, leaving Sydney uni reeling at 3 for not many.

Tight, stump to stump bowling and fantastic fielding slowed the run rate to a halt. Tom Kaye came and went, so Rowan decided it was time for spin and threw on Dylan and Ryan.

Dylan had the ball on a string and took wickets on a regular, not allowing any partnerships form. Alexander then came back on at the end and cleaned up the tail by taking 3 quick wickets. Bowling the premiers out for 156, the boys were confident we could chase this total down.

Things did not start too well with Jarrod and Tom getting out with consecutive balls, leaving us with 2 for 4. Ryan Farrell and Adam Gummer came on and consolidated beautifully, playing shots all around the ground. With the score at 2 for 44 we lost Gums and Faz from two half trackers bringing two new batsmen to the crease.

Rowan came and went, leaving the two Sams (Gainsford and Webber) trying to rebuild our run chase again. Gains was looking in good touch but schwebber could not find a gap and ended up smacking one to short cover. Alexander joined Gains (47) to form probably the hardest hitting partnership in the club and the two were looking good together, ticking the scoreboard over and hitting the odd boundary.

The two were cruising, but we were running out of overs and in a similar pattern, we lost two quick wickets again. The equation went from around 2 an over and jumped up to almost 5 an over which the tail could deliver and folded in the last over to be all out for 151, 6 runs short.

A disappointing result for the boys, considering being in front for the majority of the day.

Go Manly

Ben Falconer

3rd Grade - Manly 117 (M. Cole 35) def. by Sydney University 297 (J. Carden 2/50)

Graham's was a road. Winning the toss was going to be an advantage, possibly not worth 180 runs though. Syd Uni won it and more than just won the game, they taught us a thorough lesson in all aspects of the game.

I have certainly never lost a one dayer by 180 runs before and I doubt I've been hammered like that in a 2 dayer either.

We strayed from our basic plans...our fielding lacked intensity, plenty of easy runs picked off by the Uni batsmen, who enjoyed a couple of dropped catches. We were heavy footed in the field and our bowling was two lengths and on a belter against good bats then there is only one result when that happens – a flogging!

Sam Alexander (1/46) and Jake Carden (2/50) were the pick of the bowlers and Josh Wigney also bowled a couple of useful overs but all up, some serious thought and practice is required. Two day cricket doesn't require a big departure from one day tactics – pitch it up at off stump. So we need to practice that.

We needed to get a flyer. Jo Graham threatened with two nice boundaries before snicking off. Matt Cole needed to stay in for 50 overs, belting the last 30 overs if we were going to win. Unfortunately Matt got out in the 24th over for 35.

We lacked intensity and energy with the bat and the middle order all got out to poor choices of shots. They bowled well but not to the tune of rolling us for 117 on a perfect pitch. We failed to put pressure on their fieldsmen and we let the bowlers dictate terms.

Nothing better than seeing the run rate start at 6 and quickly go to 8 as a bowler and nothing worse as an incoming batsmen, needed to flay away immediately for such a long period.

How we respond is important for the season's outcome. It starts in the nets this week and after such a mauling we need to get back to basics which means plenty of time in the nets and plenty of fielding. It's only early in the season so we are still fresh and hopefully ready to go against Fairfield.

Warren Evans

4th Grade - Manly 9/232 (W. Outred 54, T. Sheedy 33, R Bishop-Perrett 32, M. Burgess 29, J. Mason 25) def. by Sydney University 6/236 (B. Kittlety 3/61) 

Round 2 of the competition saw Manly 4th grade heading to Camperdown to play Sydney University with debutants Tom Sheedy, Toby Poole and Isaiah Vumbaca. The match was always going to be tough with Sydney Uni posting 323 last week. We batted first.

Maso had returned from his one match retirement. He picked up where he left off at the end of last season scoring an elegant 25 runs. Max Burgess opened with him and consolidated well for the Manly boys. Tom Sheedy chipped in with a solid 33 and RBP finished off the innings with mature batting scoring 32no.

But the standout batsmen for the day was Will Outred. He knocked the ball to all sectors of the ground showing his class with the bat. Will ended up with 54. The pitch was keeping low which troubled the other Manly boys. Manly ended up with 232 which was a defendable score if the bowling went to plan.

Ben Kittlety and RBP started off strongly for the Manly boys but the Sydney Uni run rate was on par for the total. Sydney Uni's batsmen showed a lot of class taking to the Manly bowling attack.

Manly kept fighting all the way and some late wickets by Kittlety, RBP and McKenna brought us back into the game. In the end our total of 232 was about 30 runs too short. Full credit to the 4th grade team for never giving up and fighting until the very end.

Isaiah Vumbaca


5th Grade - Manly 8/190 (J. Pickering 55, E. Hole 31) def. Sydney University 182 (Jacob Graham 4/38, J. Anderson 2/28) 

Skipper Waddington, to the surprise of the team, won the toss and we chose to bat on a typical Mike Pawley deck. We welcomed this week two debutants in Abhijeet Virdi and Nick Osborne to our team. Waddo giving himself a promotion opened with Jacob Graham to a tall bowling attack from Sydney Uni.

Unfortunately we lost both Watto and Jacob early, Bringing Ned Hole and Jack Pickering to the crease to steady the ship. A nice partnership of 70 before losing Ned for a well compiled 31 before an interesting dismissal. Debutant Nick joined the crease showing his skills with the bat hitting a solid 22. We then lost Jack Pickering for 55 which brought both Will and Jonah to the crease, who with help from Abhijeet Virdi pushed our way to a total of 8 for 190.

Our bowling performance was solid with wickets from Jacob Graham (4/ 38), Jonah Anderson (2/ 25), Alex Bain, Will Denny and Abhijeet with singles. We eventually held on to win by 8 runs.

Good to see great performances from the younger blokes but still lots of room for improvement. Looking forward to our first away game next week.

Jack Pickering


Second Grade turned up to Waverley ready to take on Easts. After losing the toss, we were in the field and looking for early wickets among other things (Nick was searching for a park, while Dyl Marshall was on the look out for an RTA to renew his car rego). Mickey Visser (1-30) and Nick (2-32) opened up and set the trend for the day. Both of the boys built pressure and bowled consistent maidens. Before their first spells were done, each had a much deserved wicket. 2-40. The skipper then turned to Luke (2-36) and Pughy (1-15) who continued the good work. LG picked up the third wicket before Dylan (2-45) came on and bowled a terrific spell which saw him claim 2 crucial wickets. We had Easts up against the ropes at 5/75. Faz (1-26) and Gainsy (0-3) also bowled extremely well on either side of the tea break.


 It didn't seem to matter who was bowling, the pressure was always on. East battled all day and never really managed to get their run rate over 1.5. I think the stat that sums up the day best is that we managed to bowl 32 maidens in the innings! A phenomenal effort on a flat deck. Although the 9th wicket managed to add just over 50 and put us slightly under pressure, it was all Manly on day 1. Easts 9/194 before an early declaration. Hats off to the bowling group for bouncing back after a disappointing game last week.


Jarrod and Gums then managed to survive a tough 9 over period without being troubled. The good guys are 0-10 and on the hunt for 6 points.

Mixed Bag for the Tahs in Season Opener - Monday News - Rnd 1 vs Hawkesbury

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Round 1 saw the TravelSim Waratahs take on Hawkesbury on what was a soggy-Sydney-Saturday. After a strong preseason from all involved in the club, it was time for the talking to end and for plans to be put into action. In a weekend of mixed results, 1st and 2nd grade unfortunately went down while 3rd, 4th and 5th grade all had victories to begin their campaigns.

1's were unable to chase 241 out at Bensons Lane after sharing the wickets with the ball. While their were starts with the bat for both Crosthwaites, Ritchie and debutant Ryan Farrell, no one could go on and lead the side to victory. A return to Manly Oval next week for a match against the ever-strong Syndey University will be a great way for Crosthwaite's men to bounce-back to form. 2nd grade also had a day to forget with a disappointing display at home. Sent on a green-top the Tahs could only manage 68, before putting the Hawks under pressure to have the runs chased down for the loss of 6 wickets.

3rd grade snuck home at Richmond after captain Warren Evans passed 5000 runs for the club with a match-winning 68*. Aided by James Boyer (39) Manly compiled 191 before a complete display with the ball and in the field allowed the 'main grades' title defence to get off to a winning start. 4's had a comprehensive win at Graham's chasing 142 for the loss of just 1 wicket. Luke Edgell, making a celebrity appearance, smashed 88* and combined with club captain Billy D'Arcy (51) to a comfortable win. Finally 5th grade won a strange match at Mike Pawley Oval which was reduced to 25 overs. Batting first, Hawkesbury patiently compiled 3/81 (yes you read that right!) before Toby Poole (43*) and Tom Sheedy (27*) cruised home to secure 6 points.

So a mixed opening day of the season leaves the TravelSim Waratahs with plenty to work on midweek before a crucial round against Sydney University. More patience and determination at the crease will be the main focus, however with the batting talent around the club at the moment you can gurantee that the Tahs will be back to their winning ways next week! Until then, up the Tahs!

4 Pines Player of the Week - Luke Edgell4PinesLogo

After answering the call from the selectors, Luke Edgell decided to fill in for Max Burgess's side against the Hawks at Graham's Reserve. Having been a main-stay of the clubs 1st grade side over recent seasons, it was no surprise to see Luke go about his business with class on Saturday, hitting the ball to all parts in compiling 88*. 'Bomber' as he's known throughout the club, lived up to his name, finding the boundary with ease and leading 4's to a comfortable victory to start the year.

It's great to have Luke around the club once again after initially planning on not playing this year. His laid back attitude and outstanding physique are an example for all of the youngsters coming through the club, and his experience in the higher grades will also be just as invaluable.

Congratulations Bomber and we hope to have you for a few more weeks!



1st Grade - Manly 192 (A. Crosthwaite 33, N. McLachlan 32, R. Farrell 29) def. by Hawkesbury 241 (N. McLachlan 3/40, M. Visser 2/39, J. Ritchie 2/46, M. White 2/65)

1's had a delayed start due to the original deck being too wet for play and a different pitch on the square needing to be prepared. Luckily no overs were lost and Manly won the toss and decided to bowl. Nickos and Whitey opened up, Nick bowled without any luck and Whitey got his first wicket for the club to have the Hawks 1-18. Viss joined the attack and had a double break in his first over leaving them at 3-40. From there we as a team went through the motions, not bowling in partnerships and making mistakes in the field, this allowed the hawks to push their score from what should have been 200 to 241. Cubby (2-46) was very handy in the middle overs and Nicko did a great job cleaning up the tail with some quality death bowling.

We started well with the bat, the opening pair reaching 41 before James Crosthwaite was caught on the fence hooking. Cub was then unlucky to edge one down leg to the keeper to have us 2-54. Unfortunately there was steady wickets from this point on leaving us 6-102. Rawlings and faz put on 40 together but just as they had looked set to lift the run rate they both fell quickly. Nickos provided some great lower order hitting (32 off 20) but we were all out for 192 in the 48th over.

We would all agree that we let one slip there but we will bounce back strong this week at home against the students.


2nd Grade - Manly 68 def. by Hawkesbury 6/70 (B. Falconer 2/11, J. Munting 2/18)

Second Grade Turned up to a very damp and soggy Manly Oval with a lot of new faces in the side. Due to the conditions of the ground the match was delayed by 30 minutes. Rowan lost the toss and Hawkesbury sent us in on a challenging wicket.

It wasn't the best start for the Tahs Loosing the skipper third ball of the innings LBW. Tommy Kaye arrived at the crease looking to to play his shots and get on top of the hawks bowlers, but unfortunately it didn't go to plan falling to a good catch in gully for 5, we then lost Gums and Javed shortly after leaving us struggling at 4/16. Sam Webber looked busy at the crease picking up singles and leaving the ball well, with Gainsy (8) up the other end these to started to look like they were going to build a nice partnership. But with the score at 27 Sam Webber was caught behind for 10 with Gainsy following him a couple overs later leaving the Tahs 6/33. Jimmy Munting and Jakey Carden put on a 21 run partnership before Munters attempted pull shot went straight up in the air and was caught for 9, Jake edge one behind with the score on 66 for 12, LG remained 2* whilst a disappointing display when we were dismissed for a low 68.

We knew we were right in the game the way the pitch was playing and the quality of the bowling attack we had. Munter and Falcs got us off to a fantastic start having the Hawks panicking at 3/13 before a fantastic bit of fielding produced a great Run Out from Luke Grant at cover left them at 4/17. LG then came into the attack and picked up the fifth wicket knocking over middle stump when the score was on 27. We were right in the game at 5/27 but some good attacking batting from Hawkesbury started to take the game away from us. Munter picked up a late wicket to give us a slight glimmer of hope but was all to little to late. Hawkesbury passing the score 6 down in the 23rd over.

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"Click on the link above for the Waratah TV match highlights"

Manly 2s

                                                                                "Hamman and Gummer strolling onto a picturesque Manly Oval"

Gainsy 2s
                                                                                                         "Gainsford goes hard against the Hawks"

Munting 2s
                                                                                                            "Munting appeals for another wicket"

Falcs 2s
                                                                                                        "Falcs goes up in Munting-esque fashion"

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                                                                                    "Hamman showing off his impeccable catching technique"

3rd Grade - Manly 191 (W. Evans 68*, J. Boyer 39, J. Graham 33) def. Hawkesbury 175 (M. Alexander 3/32, M. Morris 3/37, S. Hole 2/23)

Reduced to 49 overs per side due to a wet wicket, Hawks sent us in. Cole (8) got us off to a flyer before snicking one, followed straight away by Hole to make 2/8 in the 1st over. Welcome to the crease James Croumbie (9). He and Jo Graham (33) batted well and wrestled back the momentum before James was a tad unlucky to get stumped down the leg side. A close call. Jo was looking good, especially through the offside with some well timed square drives. He fell to a good ball from their useful opening bowler to make it 4/55.

Ash (5) edged to 2nd slip and Zac (5) looked comfortable playing nice and straight before the offie got one through the gap to make it 6/70. Matt Alexander (9) looked aggressive before an arm ball got through him to make it 7/77 off 18 overs. The pitch was turning sharply.

Evans (68no) and Boyer (39) went about resurrecting matters sensibly. Evans teed off with a well struck 6 over mid off to get off the mark. We've seen that before and more often than not come to nothing. This time though he waited for the ball in his areas and timed the ball well, giving just one chance in the last over. 5 sixes later he felt like that 8/191 was about par. Along with Boyer they put on 88 for the 8th wicket. They have batted well together in the past these two and these were valuable runs. Butch played some lovely shots and showed great patience to their nagging medium pacer, ensuring we batted well into the 40 over mark. Unfortunately he ran himself out, a great piece of fielding it has to be said, and that probably cost us a few later over runs. Matt Morris (6no) held the tail together while an an invaluable 36 runs were scored. A good effort to bat out the day after being 7 down after 18 overs.

Wigney (1/31) got a valuable early wicket care of a fantastic diving catch at 2nd slip by Sam Hole. Otherwise Wiggers tried a bit too hard and went for a few too many. Evans (0/13) saw the writing on the wall and got on Sam Hole to have a trundle into the breeze in the 7th over. Circumstances dictated that Sam bowl so early, probably not in our match plan but to slow the pace down against guys going hard at it might work in our favour. Sam bowled with great control to bowl 10 straight and finish with 2/22, capturing two crucial wickets to get us back on track after the early flurry from the hard hitting top order. Along with Matt Alexander (3/32) we reduced the Hawks from 1/48 to 5/57. A good partnership then developed before a hamstrung Matt Morris (3/37) broke it. Matt pulled his hammy early on in the field and the poor bloke could hardly walk. Bowled with great control and assured me he was up for it. He brought along some good chat during the day and once fit again he will be a big bonus to have back in the club. Consistent wickets but also runs were trickling over and the game threatened to get very close before Matt Alexander came back with 15 to win to trap the last man out in front. Matt A bowled with aggression on a slow pitch and he loves to ensure the batsmen don't get too comfortable.

All up a scrappy 6 points. Some improvement will be necessary but great to get away with a tight win against a good team who had quite a few players in last year's 3rd grade final team as opposed to us with just the one backing up.

Well done 3rds.


4th Grade - Manly 1/148 (L. Edgell 88*, B. D'Arcy 51) def. Hawkesbury 6/142 (D. McKenna 4/24, B. Kittlety 2/32) 

4th grade hosted Hawkesbury at Grahams Reserve for the first round of the season. With plenty of rain in the days leading up to the match and also some slight drizzle around the in the morning the start was delayed a few hours and the game was reduced to 35 overs a side.

Max Burgess won the toss and sent Hawkesbury into bat, Bishop-Perrett and Kittlety started well but unfortunately didn't take any wickets with the new ball, but before the Hawkesbury openers could start building a good total Manly debutant Dan McKenna was brought into the attack and got a wicket with his very first ball in grade cricket, he bowled a great spell and finished with 4 poles. Will Outred and Max Burgess also had a bowl without any luck before Ben Kittlety took 2 wickets in his second spell as Hawkesbury attempted to up the run rate. After an entertaining last over by Ed Burgess Hawkesbury finished with a total of 6/147.

Billy D'Arcy and Luke Edgell opened the batting and formed the match winning partnership for the Tahs. After belting the bowling to all parts of the ground, Billy finished with a well made 51 while Edgell brought the boys home with a great knock of 88* in 21st over meaning that we secured a bonus point win. Overall it was a great start to the season for 4th grade.

Joel Wood

4th Grade

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5th Grade - Manly 2/83 (T. Poole 43*, J. Sheedy 27*) def. Hawkesbury 3/82

As the Manly boys rocked up to Mike Pawley with three keen people on debut (Will Akhurst, Tom Sheedy and Jonah Anderson), we soon realized that a solid few hours of vigorous super soaking would be necessary to play the minimum of 25 overs. After first clearing most of the water off the cover, we took the cover off and noticed a number of soft moist spots on the pitch which we found out later would lead to much inconsistency on the deck. Special mention to the skipper Watto who was a non-stop soaker machine.

However, many hours later, the umpires decided that a 25 over game each side would be suitable in these conditions.

A good toss to loose, Watto and the boys were sent into bowl on a deck that would provide reward for full bowling. Alex Bain and Jacob graham opened up and, keeping the run rate to a minimum, put a lot of pressure onto the batsmen. After a brilliant run out by Isaiah Vumbaca at gully, the manly boys began to build more and more pressure onto Hawkesbury. But it was the spinners that caused the most grief to the Hawksbury batsmen. Jonah Anderson on Debut (1/13) and Isaiah Vumbaca (1/16) bowled consistently full and lead to a small yet difficult total to chase of 82.

Tom Sheedy and Jacob Graham opened up and found early on that runs weren't easy to come by on the Mike Pawley mine field, after Tom was hit first ball. Soon after, 2 quick wickets fell and we were under some pressure. After a massive six from tom (47*) over midwicket and many classy cover drives from Toby (43*), their fantastic partnership lead the manly boys to a comfortable victory.

Jacob O'Sullivan

Izzy 5s

"Vumbaca turning them square over the weekend"

Jonah 5s

"Anderson looking mysteriously into the sunset"

Sheedy 5s

"Sheedy finds the boundary just before paying his $2 fine for his new helmet"

Poole 5s

"Poole on the way to 43*"

Sheedy and Poole

"6 points secured and a job well done"

Second Grade turned up to Waverley ready to take on Easts. After losing the toss, we were in the field and looking for early wickets among other things (Nick was searching for a park, while Dyl Marshall was on the look out for an RTA to renew his car rego). Mickey Visser (1-30) and Nick (2-32) opened up and set the trend for the day. Both of the boys built pressure and bowled consistent maidens. Before their first spells were done, each had a much deserved wicket. 2-40. The skipper then turned to Luke (2-36) and Pughy (1-15) who continued the good work. LG picked up the third wicket before Dylan (2-45) came on and bowled a terrific spell which saw him claim 2 crucial wickets. We had Easts up against the ropes at 5/75. Faz (1-26) and Gainsy (0-3) also bowled extremely well on either side of the tea break.


 It didn't seem to matter who was bowling, the pressure was always on. East battled all day and never really managed to get their run rate over 1.5. I think the stat that sums up the day best is that we managed to bowl 32 maidens in the innings! A phenomenal effort on a flat deck. Although the 9th wicket managed to add just over 50 and put us slightly under pressure, it was all Manly on day 1. Easts 9/194 before an early declaration. Hats off to the bowling group for bouncing back after a disappointing game last week.


Jarrod and Gums then managed to survive a tough 9 over period without being troubled. The good guys are 0-10 and on the hunt for 6 points.


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