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Hawks Swoop on Top Grades - Monday News - Rd 15 Vs Hawkesbury - One Dayer


The final round game of the season saw the Tahs tussle with the Hawkesbury Hawks. Only 2nd grade was guaranteed a finals spot, with 1st, 3rd and 4th grade all a mathematical chance if other results went their way. Unfortunately, 1s and 3s missed out but the story of the weekend was 4s sneaking into 6th place on the ladder due to a 0.03 superior quotient compared to Penrith. 1st grade finished 7 points out of the top 6 on 46 points coming in at 9th on the ladder after going down to the Hawkes but 100 runs, the highlights were Michael Visser snaring 3fa and Jay Lenton scoring 60. 2nd grade finished 5th after going down to Hawkesbury, we were set 229 for victory but could only manage 152, Andrew Jamieson the stand out with the ball taking 3/29 and Tom Kaye finishing on 52*. 3rd grade were in search of a bonus point to have a chance of playing finals cricket but could only manage the 6 points after the bonus point was halted by a middle order collapse around the 25th over. 3rd grade chased down 193 in the 42nd over, Ryan Bishop-Perrett the star snaring 5/20 off 7.2 overs, Will Wolter the top scorer with 56. 4th grade had a dominant performance which earned them a top 6 finish. They chased down Hawkesbury’s score of 126 with the loss of 3 wickets inside 27 overs, Ben Falconer and Isaiah Vumbaca both picked up 3 poles, Adam Gummer led the charge with the bat with 56*. 5th grade got done after posting 9/237 from their alotted overs, Hakwesbury passed them 9 down in the last over, Mickey Edwards top scored with 55 and Nick Cohen with the best figures of 4/24.

A disappointing round for the Tahs only managing to capture 2 out of 5 results, but it is great to have 2 teams playing finals cricket this weekend, and unfortunate that the other 3 teams were all less than 10 points out of playing finals. 2nd grade will be up against UNSW while 4th grade will play minor premiers Sydney, both games will be away fixtures.

4 Pines Players of the Week - Ryan Bishop-Perrett 5/20

RBP! What a player! He captured a terrific 5/20 from 7.2 overs as 3rd grade tried to sneak a bonus point to have a chance of playing finals cricket. He did everything he could to try allow 3rd grade that bonus point but unfortunately it wasn’t to be. After a few quiet weeks following the Christmas break, RBP has found a great run of form, having snared 10 wickets in the last 4 games.

He is a devastating bowler who bowls the house down every training session and deserves every success that comes his way. Well done mate! Terrific Effort!


1st Grade - Manly-Warringah 10/161 (Lenton 60) def by Hawkesbury 8/261 (Visser 3/56)

A beautiful morning embarked upon the Manly boys out to breakfast and for Crossy to pay for it all we thought we were in for a remarkable day ahead.

Knowing bowling first and having some clarity of results around the grounds at the interval would be beneficial for a potential finals surge, it is exactly what we need.

Viss and Tay started nicely before Joey Graham had Gauci stumped early on. A peach of a delivery from Jakey Carden had McKay out early and the Hawks 2 for not many. Unfortunately, without luck the batting of Clarke and Lowe steered the boys from Bensons Lane to 260. Viss and Tay collecting some late wickets.

Lenton and J Xwaite opened the batting knowing the potential of a bonus point was required. A steady start 0/60 before James fell. Unfortunately, the next 9 wickets fell for 100 runs all out 161.

The day was somewhat summed up with Farrell getting out to their wickey to end the fixture.

Unfortunately, another year without finals cricket however a big congrats to all those that played 1's this year. To still be in the hunt coming into the last round with the setbacks we have had this season was a phenomenal effort. A true credit to the depth of the club.

Jay Lenton

2nd Grade - Manly-Warringah 10/152 (Kaye 52*) def by Hawkesbury 10/228 (Jamieson 3/29)

The mighty 2s unfortunately had a disappointing loss on the weekend as we venture into finals time. Losing the toss and bowling first on an absolute belter, the Hawkesbury top order were able to score freely, hitting the gaps and finding the boundary regularly. Matty White (1/48) struck in the first over, but apart from that we weren't able to get on a roll in taking wickets regularly and performing a good squeeze. Unfortunately, there were multiple dropped catches during the innings, ultimately being our worst fielding performance of the year, but the positive was that we were able to convert 4 run outs (1 Rawlings, 1 White (off his own bowling), 2 Marshall). Andrew Jamieson was definitely the pick of the bowlers, picking up a well deserved 3/29 off 8 overs.

The run chase started off positively, with the openers going at a close to run a ball 35. Rawlings departed first for 26 and then we immediately lost D'Arcy, 2/37. This then turned into 6/68 as the middle order succumbed to some tight bowling and excellent fielding. The next hour was dominated by Manly, with Ollie and Tom coming together and providing a counter attack, sharing in a run a ball 70 run stand. Ollie was the aggressor, smashing 44 of 30 balls until he was bowled by the leg spinner. The tail didn't offer much resistance, with Tom ending up 52* and their off spinner claiming 4 wickets.

Ultimately a disappointing performance but we have earned our place in the finals against the 2nd place UNSW next week at David Phillips Oval. Lets train hard this week and show why we are genuine contenders for the 2nd grade title. Go Manly!

Dylan Marshall

3rd Grade - Manly-Warringah 8/193 (Wolter 56) def Hawkesbury 10/192 (Bishop-Perrett 5/20)

Needing a miracle to make the finals 3rds started the day with a nice breakfast up at the Butcher’s café and ventured down to Graham’s to find a fairly flat, somewhat lifeless pitch that wouldn’t have many tricks. After winning the toss yet again (12 from 15 for the year) we normally would have had a bat but thought, given our need for a bonus point, we’d have a crack at them.

Wigney (2/31 from 10), unlucky to be dropped, bowled with good pace and movement early, maybe a bit too much early movement as he strayed a bit, but was a handful. Bishop Perret (5/20 from 7) got the early one via a drive into the covers safely taken by Crombie. Wiggers then cleaned up the no. 3 to have them 2/25 after 8.

Enter Hawks no. 4. A few across the line hacks (2, 2, 6) in his first 3 balls suggested things might get interesting. He straightened up his hitting and took everyone down who had a crack, the change of pace with Alexander (0/55 from 10) not working, Evans (0/15 from 3) quietly left the building as well as did McKenna (0/33 from 6) . He was in for just 8 overs but managed a well hit 55 including six 6s. The drinks break brought an immediate reward with RBP having a go down wind having him caught in the covers, again by Crombie to make it 3/90 from 16.

RBP bowled a terrific spell getting two more snicks to have them in trouble at 5/92 but then the slow opener and the experienced no. 7 started to rebuild things before Crombie (2/23 from 6) had the opener well caught in the gully by McKenna. Jimmy then bowled out the no. 8 before another one sided partnership took the score to 8/173 when Wiggers bowled a fast final spell including one or two accurate bumpers, one of them collecting glove for Webber to take an excellent catch. The no. 7 was fortunately run out for a well crafted 53 and the tail scrapped a few to make it all out in the 45th for 192, RBP finishing with a well deserved 5/20. RBP was often too good at 3rd grade level and with some luck and better catching throughout the season he would have finished with a lot more than 18 wickets.

Hearing NDs scored an imposing 262 v Campbelltown we knew we needed more than a miracle to make it. We gave it a go though, hoping to chase down 192 in 30 overs. Webber (40) and Wolter (56) started carefully and then opened up nicely.

Webber looked much better than at any previous time during the season in 3rds hitting the ball beautifully with good footwork and a range of shots. They were tracking nicely at 0/51 from 11 until Webber was bowled to make it 1/69 in the 14th.

Mckenna (10) hit a cracking straight drive but then threw away his wicket in a poor attempt at a run. Wolter and Virdi (22) looked promising and at 2/126 after 21 we were thereabouts until Ash was stumped and shortly after Daly (7) didn’t commit to his cover drive on a slow deck and was caught. Wolter was really getting into his stride but then was bowled by the same leggie. He was really starting to find the middle of the bat with 3 towering sixes but has as often been the way with Will this season, once he started middling a few balls he would play a rash shot.

At 5/145 we were hoping Ned (1) could recover his form from early in the season but not to be and when Evans entered the arena we needed a silly 44 from 3. Jimmy (6) was stumped and that put pay to our bonus point ambitions. At 7/149 though we did not want to give up the 6 points. The bowling was unthreatening therefore Evans (10) and Alexander (17no) steadily went about things. Evans played a lazy cut shot to the lucky spinner (gifting him a 5 wicket haul) and inside edged onto the stumps.

With RBP coming in and 17 still required we were still confident of a win. Sam batted very well, keeping the ball along the ground and RBP went over the top to finish the game off with a well made 9no. Finishing a game (and a fair way back on quotients, therefore we need 7 more points) out of the 6 was disappointing but about right I think. We had our chances to win more games and slightly better sides, or at least more in form sides, would have done so – in fact we would have finished well up the ladder with 2 more wins. We were in strong positions in at least 4 games we ended up losing. Hope we remember this next year. Well done to 2nds and to hear 4s got in on the back of two other games going their way on the last ball was unbelievable news. Well done Max and 4th grade.

Warren Evans

4th Grade - Manly-Warringah 3/129 (Gummer 56*) def Hawkesbury 10/126 (Falconer 3/17, Vumbaca 3/28)

We arrived to a sunny Benson’s Lane knowing that we needed to win with a bonus point to have even the slightest chances of playing finals cricket. Maxy lost the toss again on a fast outfield with what seemed to be a road resembling the pitch and we were asked to field.

Falcs and Brad opened up the attack with the two left armers creating all sorts of trouble early by consistently bowling line and length with Falcs managing to sneak one through the openers defence and take out leg stump, top bowling from the number 11 batsmen. We built consistent pressure with excellent field placements by skipper Burgess as Bain managed to draw a false shot and get the second wicket. The pressure continued with Jacob and Isaiah coming into the attack which began Hawkesbury’s crumble. Isaiah bowled superbly with flight and control to snag 3/28 off his 10 overs. Brad managed to grab a LBW off a full toss on leg stump and Falcs cleaned through the remaining batsmen to finish with figures of 3/17 off 7.1 overs and set us a target of 127 for victory.

Knowing we had to chase down the runs in 30 overs or less to get the bonus point, the boys were pretty confident strolling out knowing a run rate of just above 4 an over would get the job done. Gumms and Brewster opened up with Brewster playing some attacking strokes early which got us off to the start we needed however soon fell. Sam Hole came in and with Gumms rotated the strike with singles to keep us on track. However, Sammy soon fell and Zach came and left before Isaiah came in and took off where Sam left off and continued to put the pressure back on the bowlers. Gumms got expansive and played straight down the ground and through the covers to bring up his 50 and finished on 56* with Isaiah on 24* who played maturely and confidently to get the boys home in the 27th over.

Results went our way with both Sydney and Randy Petes winning off the last ball of their games which allowed us to sneak into the top 6 on quotient. A big week next weekend for the boys where we can cause some serious chaos and get the 4th grade boys further into finals cricket.

Alex Bain

5th Grade - Manly-Warringah 9/237 (M Edwards 55) def by Hawkesbury 9/238 (Cohen 4/24)

Fifth grade made the hike out to Hawkesbury on Saturday, needing a bonus point victory and other results to go our way to qualify for finals. With the pitch looking flat and outfield looking fast, Waddo won the toss and chose to bat.

It wasn't the start we were hoping for when Wilbur's off pole was sent cartwheeling in the second over, seeing him back in the sheds for 5. Wheeler followed shortly after for 7, which saw Cohen and Edwards combine. The two batted through a good spell of bowling before Cohen (23) was dismissed LBW. The partnership to follow was what set up our innings. Akhurst and Edwards combined for a 103 partnership before we lost both in quick succession. Only O'Sullivan (46*) provided the real big hitting at the end, getting us to a very defendable total of 237.

The Hawkesbury chase got off to a fast start, losing only 2 wickets in the first 30 overs to be in the box seat at 2-195. The bowlers toiled hard without luck and our hope was quickly fading to finish the season with a victory. Enter part-timers Cohen and Outred. The two bowled together in one of the finest partnership bowling spells I've witnessed, turning the tables on Hawkesbury and putting them under some real pressure. They finished with 4-24 and 3-45 respectively. It came down to the final over with Hawkesbury needing 4 runs to win and us needing one wicket. Unfortunately for the boys their number 11 rode his luck and hacked one over the infield to bring up the win.

Hawkesbury celebrated hard, but little did they know Mosman had won with a bonus point and prevented them from making finals.

Glyn Archer

4's Only Side To Play - Monday News - Rd 14 Vs Northern Districts - Day 2


The Manly Warringah TravelSim Waratah's had only the one team play any form of cricket on the weekend - one match more than virtually any other club as the rain saw the cancellation of the vast majority of games. The recently developed Graham's Reserve absorbed a serious amount of rain yet still remained playable thanks to a combined effort from all at the ground. In a very close contest coming down the last few overs Northern District's felt the target unattainable and shut up shop, ending the game in a draw. With only the one round to go in the season, the wet weather has all but ended the finals hopes of a few teams, however with 2s and 3s very much still in the mix the challenge is there to finish the year of with a win!

Bring on Hawkesbury!!

4 Pines Players of the Week - Sam Hole 27

This week's 4 Pines Player of the week is no other than world traveller Sam Hole, who has returned back from a semester in Vancouver to bolster the batting lineup of 4th Grade. Coming in at 2 for not many in a rain-delayed "one-day" situation in a two-day fixture, many a lesser batsman would've struggled to pace their innings. Not so for Sam, who showed composure and leadership in his knock of 27 to steer 4th Grade to a competitive 97 in the agreed time, proving too much for NDs to chase.


1st Grade

No play.

2nd Grade

No play. 

3rd Grade 

No play. 

4th Grade - Manly 9/95 dec. (S.Hole 27) drew with Northern Districts 8/81

4th Grade arrived to another moist day at Graham's Reserve knowing nothing less than a result would keep there season alive. After spending the previous Saturday working tirelessly to ensure some play, the side knew the drill on another rain-affected day.  Max and the Northern Districts captain snuck a toss in around midday, with our skipper duly losing the toss and having us sent in to bat. Gummer and Brewster survived a damp 3 overs before rain forced another stoppage in a frustrating morning for the Tahs. It wasn't until 3pm, and more than half a dozen removals and replacements of the covers later that play resumed with the captains agreeing a 26 over a side ODI extravaganza.

Upon resumption, Adam had his off-stump thoroughly dismantled without scoring before Brewster (0) flashed at a wide one to leave Manly 2 for not many. Hole (27) and Wheeler then knocked the ball around well until Dom was adjudged LBW. Zac came and went for a quick-fire innings, with Vumbaca looking sublime at the other end for a cheeky 16 throughout the middle overs. Captain Burgess stunned the swelling crowd with the only boundary of the innings before contributions throughout the lower order got us to a more than competitive 9/95.

Alex Bain got Manly off to a fantastic start claiming the stonewall opener LBW early. Falconer bowled well without luck before Jacob 'The Yak' Graham did what he does best, bowling full and straight to grab another wicket for us. The tension reverberating around a packed ground, as wickets gradual fell to Vumbaca and Captain Burgess, was unbelievable by this stage.

With light fading and wickets required, Isaiah was poised to bowl the 3rd last over of the match with 24 runs required. A great catch from Gummer bought the equation to 2 wickets and 18 runs from the final 2 overs, before ND's shut-up-shop to prevent one of the all-time great 4th grade victories and a pitch invasion by the capacity crowd.

A disappointing was to end what was a great day for 4th grade, doing all they could to get a result when every other game in Sydney was called off! Special thanks to all the players, supporters and coaching staff who gave up there Saturday's to support the boys, it was certainly appreciated and something not often seen in the 4th grade competition.

Onwards and Upwards against Hawkesbury next week!

Sam Hole

5th Grade

No play.

3's Capitalise In Tough Conditions - Monday News - Rd 14 Vs Northern Districts


Wet weather wreaked havoc on Saturday which saw only our 3rd Grade side play on Saturday vs Northern Districts. With Warren Evans winning the toss, the Tah's capitalised on the conditions and have the trees in a spot of bother at 7/64 off 28 overs. Daniel McKenna (3/12) and Warren Evans (2/10) were the pick of the bowlers. All Grades will start early next week with 120 overs of play to try and manufacture some wins. A very important weekend ahead for the Tah's as all grades continue to push for a top 6 finish. 

Go Manly!

4 Pines Players of the Week - Daniel McKenna 3/12

This week's 4 Pines Player of the Week goes to 3rd Grade's Daniel McKenna. D Mac took advantage of the bowler friendly conditions Saturday bowling his usual consistent lines to trouble the Northern Districts top order. He finished with 3/12 from 10 overs and with 3 wickets still remaining in the Northern District's innings, we are sure he will be looking to snare all 3. Well done again to one of the most consistent wicket takers of the 2016/17 season. 


1st Grade

No play.

2nd Grade

No play. 

3rd Grade - Northern Districts 7/64 (D. McKenna 3/12, W. Evans 2/10)

Misty rain persisted for much of the day but when it cleared for long enough we were able to strip back the covers, sponge up a few bits and pieces and with NDs and the umpires keen to play we agreed on 36 overs commencing at 4.15. The outfield was wet, the run ups a bit soggy and possibly a bit slippery when landing and this was weighed up against a pitch under covers for at least 24 hours. It looked good though, a tinge of green, firm but as could be expected a bit tacky. Yet again we won the toss and chose to bowl.

Bishop-Perret (0/16 from 6) and Wilson (0/10 from 4) opened up and bowled good lines but possibly a bit guilty of over pitching allowing the batsmen to drive into the covers. With very attacking fields there were plenty of spaces for them. The ball didn't swing so a good length, rather than a full one, was needed.

NDs openers batted well and put on 27 (worth a few more due to slow outfield). With the ball's seam softened up and getting a bit slippery it was on the verge of back firing but then Ned Hole took an absolute screamer in the gully from McKenna (3/12 from 10). The rain got a little heavier and we came off for 20 mins. Upon returning Evans (2/10 from 6) found the swollen seam a few times with some sharp movement and managed two snicks to Webber as well. A great run out from Verdi to Webber had NDs move from 0/27 to 4/31 in no time.

McKenna continued to attack the stumps and knocked over no's 4 and 6 to have them 6/39. The ball was a bit slippery and the landing area a bit greasy for Evans so we tried Davies (1/14 from 2). An immediate chance via a sharp C&B was put down. Some clean hitting from the # 7 threatened to give NDs the push they needed into next week but just before stumps was called due to bad light he holed out to a set back mid off to leave NDs in trouble at 7/64.
NDs held back some of their batsmen who are due to possibly come down from 2s for day 2 so we still have plenty of work to do. However we couldn't do much more than what we did – hang around for 5 hours listening to quite a bit of claptrap from just about everybody, doing the covers a couple of times and snare 7 wickets in 28 overs.

4th Grade 

No play.

5th Grade

No play.

Lions Caught Out In The Wet - Monday News - Rd 13 Vs Fairfield Liverpool


Terrific round for the Tahs in this rain affected round in Saturday cricket with 4 wins and a draw from the five grades against Fairfield-Liverpool, as well as a tough loss for our PG’s boys in a reduced 15 a side game against Hawkesbury in the QF. Michael Visser tore apart the Fairfield top order in 1s, taking a splendid 5/31 from his 10 overs as they dismantled Fairfield for 137, Duckworth-Lewis came into effect for the second innings and we won by a handful of runs as we ended at 7/118 from 34 overs with Cameron Merchant the standout with 39 from 66. 2nd grade had a great win, rolling Fairfield for 117, Tom Kaye showing his all-round skills with 4/24 off his 10 and Andrew Jamieson bowling an unbelievable 7 maidens out of his 10 overs to finish with the figures of 2/6, Sam Gainsford (39*) took control of the chase before rain halted play as we finished at 3/73 from 18.3 overs. 3rd grade are back in the winners circle after their 5 wicket win, Warren Evans the picks of the bowlers taking 3/20 off his 10 as Fairfield finished at 9/151 from their 50. We ended up 5/97 from 28.4 overs with rain and hail stopping play for the day as we won on run rate. 4th grade had a great win, they made 142 and rolled Fairfield for 86 from 32.3 overs with all bowlers chipping in. Fifth grade were washed out after compiling 7/149 from 40 overs, they could only manage 1 ball before the rain came. A very unfortunate loss for our PG’s boys as they went down in a 15-a-side fixture at Manly Oval. Hawkesbury managed 7/104 from their 15 while we could only manage 9/97, falling agonisingly short which ends our campaign.

4 Pines Players of the Week - Michael Visser 5/31

What a player! Michael Visser ripped out the heart of the Lion’s top order taking the first 5 wickets, which set the tone for the day ahead, pure class from the big fella. It is his third 5 wicket haul for the season. It’s turning out to be another quality season for Viss who has become a mainstay in First Grade over the past couple of seasons. 

A great effort from Viss, if he keeps up this cracking work in leading the 1st grade attack, they could go very deep into the finals. 

Awesome work mate!


1st Grade - Manly-Warringah 7/118 (C Merchant 39) def Fairfield-Liverpool 10/137 (M Visser 5/31

1st Grade rocked up to a damp Manly oval knowing that a win is a must if they want to stay in this year’s competition. 

The Step in Captain Cam Merchant won the toss and sent Fairfield into bat. The toss proved to be a good one for the Tahs with opening bowler Michael Visser destroying the oppositions top order in an exceptional spell of bowling. Viss finished his spell with figures of 5/31 off 10. All the other pace bowlers did their job by keeping the runs down with Jack Edwards getting the 6th wicket with an absolute Jaffa of a delivery. Spin was then introduced with Joey and AB bowling well to dismiss Fairfield for 137. 

Loges and JC opened up with Australian and NSW cult hero Doug Bollinger steaming in from literally the boundary. But they seemed to have no problems in dealing with the opening attack with the two of them playing aggressive cricket before James Crosthwaite snicked of to the first change quick. This Inspired a mini collapse with AB and Logan fell in quick succession. Cam Merchant and Adam Crossy went about rebuilding the innings. These two put on about 30 odd before Crossy was out caught on the square leg boundary off the bowling of Bollinger. 

The Rain Clouds were fast approaching with the Tahs ahead of the D/L, but we kept losing wickets. Merchant, Edwards and Farrell all departed. with the score at 7/118, the Tahs were only about 4 runs ahead of the D/L. The Players left the field for lighting and did not return with a massive downpour of rain hitting manly oval. So We got up just on the Duckworth Lewis method. 

So a lucky escape but a well deserved victory for the manly boys keeping them in the hunt for a finals birth!

Jake Carden

2nd Grade - Manly-Warringah 3/73 (S Gainsford 39*) def Fairfield-Liverpool 10/117 (T Kaye 4/24) 

Bowling first the Manly boys applied pressure early through consistent bowling and versatile fielding. Jamieson (2-8 off 10) was super effective, putting the ball on a dime, and was ably supported by Matty White (1-31 off 9). Their combination brought about the demise of Fairfield's opening bat and first drop respectively. The introduction of Alexander (1-25 off 9) saw the Fairfield skipper slap the fourth ball of the over to mid-off and from here, they never really recovered. Tom Kaye (4/24 off 10) ripped through the Fairfield middle order and set us up for a very manageable total. Some late hitting allowed Fairfield to get a few extra runs but at the end of the day we were confident we could see off their total. 

Despite losing Billy early to a misguided pull shot, and Rawlings to a cracker pull shot plucked at backward square, we were always in the hunt. Sam Gainsford (39*) played an innings of leadership and solidarity as he kept his composure in a tough situation. With Bariol also batting superbly up the other end, the pair got us to a score that was well beyond that of Fairfield's on Duckworth Lewis, as the heavy storms rolled in. Another win to the good guys.

Sam Alexander

3rd Grade - Manly-Warringah 5/97 def Fairfield-Liverpool 9/151 (W Evans 3/20)

The early unveiling presented a fresh, hard pitch that promised to be a good one. We won the toss and had a bowl, the late weather forecast swaying this decision as the pitch looked good to bat on. It provided some early assistance and Bishop-Perret (2/22 from 10) got an early snick. Two balls later an edge into the cordon was dropped but RBP put it to the side (he’s getting used to it) and soon after clipped the off bail of same batsman to have them 2/9. Wilson (0/25 from 10) bowled great areas and it was only towards the end of his first spell did he go for a few with the opener going over the top a few times.

Evans (3/20 off 10) and Crombie (0/9 from 5) bowled their usual stuff with Evans rewarded with a bowled via a mad heave to the leg side. Fairfield then rebuilt for a little while taking the score to 49 before Evans found the edge to Ash at first slip and an LBW a few balls later. Ned Hole (2/15 off 4) bowled a mixed bag resulting in a clean bowled and a catch to Virdi at first slip. This put them 7/52 but as has been the case for us at times this year, the tail hung around and put on 77 before we got the 8th wicket via a very smart catch from Gummer’s bowling (2/32 from 6) by Webber. Via a mix, of good batting, misjudged boundary catches and slogs Fairfield ended up with 9/151 from their 50.

A solid start was provided by Wolter (21) and Gummer (11) before Gummer was unluckily given out LBW to the offie with the score at 34. Wolter followed soon after, bowled and when Webber (13) was caught in close at 3/59 it was getting interesting. Weather was looming and it became a race to keep ahead of run rate and get 25 overs bowled. Mickey Edwards (14) slapped the ball around nicely, especially square of the wicket to get us in front of the target. Crombie (13no) played a good hand ensuring no collapse in the darkness. Zac (4) was dismissed at 5/97 from 28 overs, putting us 10 ahead of target when it started coming down. Lightning & torrential rain ensured no further play and we got away with a win.

Results from other games were varied and we are still in with a fleeting chance. If we beat NDs we’ll join them on points in 6th spot but their quotient, one could expect, will remain superior. One could expect North’s and Easts to also be on 49 points so it’ll be a dog fight in the last round, especially if Penrith, Wests or St George lose this weekend.

Warren Evans

4th Grade - Manly-Warringah 10/142 def Fairfield-Liverpool 10/86

The Boys arrived at Fairfield knowing that nothing but a win would keep our slim finals hopes alive. With this is in mind we lost the toss and batted first. 

Matt and Wilba opened up, looking for a good start Wilba unfortunately found point with a thick outside edge. Sammy Hole arrived at the crease and began to nudge the ball around before Matt was out LBW to a suspect decision. Needing a quick rebuild Dom arrived and grinded hard, before losing Sammy caught behind (13). Max joined Dom for a solid partnership before Dom went for (23) and Max went shortly after. Isaiah then joined forces with Nickos for some quick runs in which the boys looked to push hard to get a competitive score. Will Akhurst, Falcs and Bain all chipped in to get the score to a reasonably competitive 140.

We didn’t get off to the best of starts with Fairfield 0-50, but with rain coming and their run rate being quite slow, we had a chance. Fairfield needing to get a move on and were forced to take risks and with our tight bowling we had them under pressure taking constant wickets, with a lengthy rain delay the nerves seemed to get the better of them with excellent bowling from Isaiah, Falcs, Baino, Maxy and Jacob taking it down to the wire. Once we cracked into their tale they struggled the boys were able to capitalise and win to keep our finals hopes alive.

Top game boys although it was ugly the boys fought hard to get the 6 points and leave us in the hunting pack for a finals birth.

Matt Brewster

5th Grade - Manly-Warringah 7/149 drew Fairfield-Liverpool 0/1

The boys turned up to a soggy Mike Pawley Oval with a few changes and fresh faces ready to take on Fairfield for an important one-day fixture to build momentum leading into a few challenging rounds before finals. With the start being delayed until 1pm, we were all keen to finally get stuck in on a flat looking wicket hopefully, and build a large total and put pressure on Fairfield to chase later in the afternoon.  

Waddo lost the toss but Fairfield elected to bowl first in the now 40 overs a side match. Jonah and Nick opened up looking to be positive and get the boys off to a good start. Things started well with Nick and Jonah moving the score to 0-37 taking advantage of some loose bowling before Nick was caught for 27. Unfortunately, this triggered a few wickets to fall in quick succession with Picko and Jonah being the men dismissed. O’Sullivan and Kerr met out in the middle and went about consolidating before Kerr was out for 17. This then brought Waddington to the crease and paired with O’Sullivan, the two evaluated the situation and built an important partnership ensuring no further wickets were lost in clumps in the crucial middle overs. Waddo was eventually dismissed for 18 and O’Sullivan soon after for a well made 32. Wickets then fell at regular times as by this stage quick runs were required. Some cameos late in the innings from Glyn and Will Dawes saw Manly reach 149 from our 40 overs. 

With the outfield still soaked, 149 was in our opinion more than enough to defend and was worth a lot more given the conditions. The boys came out ready to attack from the start but were unfortunately forced off for rain as only two balls could be bowled. This would prove to be the end of the game as the deluge set in leading to a disappointing draw. The result is especially disappointing for us as most other matches were completed and as a result the Tahs drop out of the top 6 into 9th position. Some positives were taken out of the clinical batting display however and the boys are going to be extra motivated to take it to ND's next weekend.

Nick Cohen

Poidevin Gray - Manly-Warringah 9/97 def by Hawkesbury 7/104

After the rain, lightning and hail from the Saturday, it didn’t look like there was going to be a game on Sunday, but, as it was a final and a knockout game, there was a feeling that there would be some form of cricket being played. Time ticked away as we tried to amuse ourselves with several walks to the Corso, plenty of change room cricket and other general horseplay. The pitch was very wet, especially around the crease and didn’t really change all day due to the lack of sun and wind. 

Fast forward to around 4pm and we were getting ready to warm up, the game was reduced to a 15 overs per side, it was anyone’s game. We bowled first and started off terrifically, having them 3/6, all bowlers bowled very well to the conditions. Wigney, Carden and Falconer picked up 2 wickets each as we reduced Hawkesbury to 7/104 from the allotted 15 overs.

We set out requiring about 7 runs per over for the win, however we lost 4 quick wickets and were reduced to 4/24, Davies and Carden offered some resistance notching 20s but we fell away and could only manage 9/97 from 15 overs. 

An unfortunate end to a terrific season for the lads who ended up Minor Premiers. No doubt they will carve up for the next few years as only Crombie, Wigney and Falconer and unable to play next year as they are too old. 

Jimmy Crombie

Brilliant Beadle Bewilders Dragons - Monday News - Rd 12 Vs St George


With the exception of some great individual performances, Manly had a relatively disappointing weekend of cricket, especially with the bat against the ever-consistent St George outfit. 1st Grade toiled hard for a brilliant win off the back of Ahillen Beadle’s heroics while 2nd Grade struggled with the bat to leave themselves an uphill battle that St George capitalised on. 3rd Grade had a heartbreaker of a day with a team-wide performance with the ball to almost pull off a miracle win after another lacklustre batting display. 4th Grade never quite had enough runs on the board despite skipper Max Burgess (45) leading from the front, with St George surpassing the target of 160 only 4 down. 5th Grade were steered by Dom Wheeler’s excellent 70, a classy all-round contribution from Will Akhurst (39* and 2-14) and yet another excellent spell by young Ben Watts’ with 3-30 to get a comprehensive win.

4 Pines Players of the Week - Ahillen Beadle 109 and 5/64

This week’s 4 Pines Player of the Week Award goes to a player who performed what will undoubtedly be one of the individual highlights of the season. In 1st Grade’s 2-day fixture against St George, Ahillen Beadle held together the innings for the Tahs on a difficult wicket, scoring a crucial 109 out of the total 278 on day one.

With the wicket flattening out overnight and a lot of spin overs required, AB (5-64) combined with Joe Graham (5-82) to take all 10 wickets between them. Not only is it incredibly rare to score a century and take 5fa in a single game, the fact that these achievements were performed in successive days of cricket just goes to highlight the athleticism of the man. An amazing achievement and yet another example of what this seriously talented cricketer is capable of.

Well done AB!!


1st Grade St George 237 (A. Beadly 5-64, J. Graham 5-82) ) def by Manly 289 (A. Beadle 109, A. Crosthwaite 52, J. Crosthwaite 32, T. Beatty 30)

It was a warm Saturday when the Waratahs turned up to Manly oval. There had been a bit of rain around during the week which was shown in the pitch inspection. St. George won the toss and decided to send Manly in on the black wicket. We batted well in the first hour, battling through seam deviation and inconsistency in bounce. Jarrod Rawlings eventually fell just before drinks bringing Adam Crosthwaite to the crease. He and his brother James batted well until a left arm orthodox bowler dismissed James and Jay in quick succession to take us to lunch. Our innings hung precariously at 3/50 when Ahillen and Adam came together. They managed to put on 97 together which stabilised the innings. Adam struggled through a shoulder injury to be dismissed just after tea for 52. Ahillen kept compiling runs and kept the score moving despite regularly losing partners. Eventually he compiled his 10th first grade century. A brilliant effort. The tail wagged and we were dismissed for 278.

The medium fast bowling club (MFBC) of manly first grade were licking their lips at the sight of the wicket the previous day. Upon arrival, they were very disappointed at pitch inspection. The pitch had dried out and wouldn’t offer the pacers much assistance. The  MFBC bowled well early with the new ball. Restricting the St. George batting line up who then looked to score against the spinners when they came into the attack. Joey Graham was the first spinner to take to the crease and was immediately rewarded with two quick wickets. He toiled for a 3rd but the Waratahs went into the lunch break with St. George 3/50, reminiscent of the Waratahs’ start on the previous day. The middle session proved tough until half an hour before tea where Ahillen Beadle came to the party and took a couple of poles to break the big partnership of St. George. Joey and AB bowled beautifully for the rest of the afternoon to clean up the entire line-up with 15 minutes of play left in the day. Both deserving their five wicket hauls.

A great win to the Waratahs. Incredibly, AB finished the game with a century and a five wicket haul. It was a shame he couldn’t pull off the quaddie but an outstanding effort nonetheless. 

Taylor Beatty

2nd Grade St George 2/112 (T. Kaye 1-17, D. Marshall 1-33) def Manly 107 (L. Weston 31, O. Davies 16) 

The Manly boys rocked up at Hurstville ready to knock St George off and keen for another win. Skipper jack Ritchie (Cubby) lost the toss and Manly were sent in on a wicket that would be tough to bat on. Logan and Billy D got us off to a good start having us 0 – 40 and it was looking like a good start till Billy D was removed trying to pull one. The wickets started to fall after the first wicket with Manly losing 10 - 64.  No-one seemed to get themselves in after the opening partnership with Logan Weston top scoring with 31.

Manly came out to the field with the belief that 107 was enough, especially with a hard wicket to bat on. St George got off to a good start with Manly taking their first wicket on 37 runs thanks to Tom Kaye, with Dylan Marshall picked up Manly’s second wicket 30 runs later. It wasn’t to be however with St George chaseing down Manly’s total of 107 only 2 down with 23 overs to spare.

A tough day out for the boys, but we’re looking to bounce back bigger and better against Fairfield, back in the 2-day format.


3rd Grade - Manly 142 def by St George 9/144

Another toss won when the decision wasn’t easy. Heavy dew somewhat offset by the overcast conditions. The pitch looked Ok so went with runs on the board. The outfield was recently top dressed and was painfully slow and runs were hard to come by.

Webber (0) edged into the slips and Wolter (10) banged a few balls around for twos before going hard at a full pitch delivery only to hear the death rattle. 2/16. Daly (9) and Cruikshank (8) looked to give us a platform but both were out when we were on 30, Jordan not offering and Tim having his off bail removed. 4/30.

Crombie (8) , Ned (7) and RBP (0) all found it tough. Runs were trickling and when Evans (24) and Virdi (40) joined up we were a pathetic 7/55 off 33 overs. These two though got things moving, Ash enjoying the opportunity to establish himself and dig us out of trouble. Going aerial saw both blokes clear the boundary and their 51 run partnership in 11 overs was badly needed. Evans out to a sharp low C&b and when Ash fell soon after to make it 9/117 from 46 we were hoping to scrape a few more. Alexander (17no) and Wilson (12no) both batted very well, knocking it around and gave us an under par but competitive enough 142.

RBP (3/29 from 10) gave us a perfect start with a ferocious opening spell that resulted in a good catch to Will Wolter in the covers. Wilson (1/26 from 9.4) was unlucky to not get an early one with an edge into gully going down. When Crombie (2/23 from 10) bowled a bloke and then an LBW we had Saints in trouble. Evans (2/20 from 10) applied the brakes as well and we had them in all sorts. Going slowly against disciplined bowling and energetic fielding.

When RBP came on for a 3 over burst he knocked over two blokes with great full pitch deliveries to make it 7/76 from 35. (Ryan’s bowling in particular is worth a mention, especially given that he was still recovering from illness. He bowled with pace and accuracy whenever he came on and really looked a cut above.) This wasn’t going to be easy though as their two blokes dug in and scored from anything loose. Our 5th set of 10 overs was shared between Alexander (0/19 from 4), Ned (0/21 from 5) and Ash (0/4 from 1) who’s first over of pace in nearly 4 months was exceptionally effective considering the pressure and overall match situation.

A neat catch from Alexander at square leg from Wilson and a hectic run out left Saints with 6 to win in the last over, 9 down. The opportunity came on the 3rd ball from Brad’s over but the well hit shot was grassed by the old bloke at mid wicket fielding out of position. No names, but in his 31 years of grade cricket he has NEVER felt so bad, knowing this was season turning. Instead of sitting just inside the 6 we are now 10 points adrift with 3 games to play. Unfortunately this game did come down to one ball but to collapse yet again was very disappointing.


4th Grade - St George 4/160 (B. Falconer 2-34, W. Outred 1-8) def Manly 9/159 (M. Burgess 45, D. McKenna 29)

The boys arrived at Harold Fraser oval, ready for a tough match against St George who was sitting in 4th. The pitch was good and Maxy won the toss so we batted first.

Wilba and Gumms started well and we were none for 40 before Wilba (15) got caught at point just before drinks, their bowlers were bowling well and the runs weren’t coming easy. Matt (0) went cheaply just after drinks, Isaiah joined Gumms, before Gumms (25) was stumped to one of their spinners, Zach (0) joined Isaiah before also getting stumped to one of their spinners, after Maxy joined Isaiah (12) a slight mix up left Isaiah run out. Needing a rebuild Maxy batted well with Nick to steady the ship before Nick (6) was caught at cover. At this stage we were about 7/86. Dan joined Maxy (45) for a crucial partnership, the pair put on 50 odd before Dan (29) was caught, we went hard at the end to get our total to a defendable 159 against a solid bowling effort from St George.

We started superbly in the field with Falcs bowling their opener 1st over and then getting the other opener caught behind in his 2nd over. At 2/15 their number 4 came in and steadied the ship until drinks 2/51. 1st over after drinks Jacob had their number 4 LBW. After that it was a story of missed opportunities with three chances gone begging in the space of two overs which on another day could have all been taken. Their batsmen whilst streaky were positive and always had us under pressure, we fought hard for the fourth wicket where Jacob took an absolute blinder in which the whole team was most certainly backing the ball off Wilba’s bowling, to have them 4/135, unfortunately for the Manly boys they managed to chase the score 4 down in the 45th over.

Unlucky boys, big game next week to get back in the Finals hunt. Go Manly.

Matt Brewster

5th Grade - Manly 6/220 (D. Wheeler 70, W. Akhurst 39*, M. Edwards 37, S. Hole 35) def St George 146 (B. Watts, 3-31, W. Akhurst 2-14)

Most of 5’s arrived bright and early at Mick Pawley, eager to get our one day record back on track against a 2nd placed St George outfit. The bottom 5 finally hit some form in our warm up touch game, not the start our top 6 needed as we’d soon lost the toss and were preparing to tackle our 50 overs on a seriously interesting pitch alongside a wet, slow outfield.

Anderson and Cohen were patient early and played the conditions as well as could be asked. Dom Wheeler again showed his ability to dig in at the right time putting together a brilliant 70 with support from Sam Hole (35) in his first game back for the Tah’s, while Cult Hero Mickey Edwards helped himself to 37 in a continuation of form. With a healthy platform and wickets in hand Will Akhurst was able to see himself in and send St George’s closing overs to all parts of the ground with a dominant 39*.

Posting a formidable 6/220, disciplined bowling would all but guarantee the game. Counsell and Archer made a tidy start as the heat proved short spells to be key from the quicks. While Jacob O’Sullivan took wickets through his bowling and fielding, Akhurst continued to show easy a game it is for some, taking 2/14 off 6. St George’s day was looking grim at best. With a bonus point on the cards Ben Watts and Jonah Anderson tore through the middle and lower order to wrap up a comprehensive win.

Michael Counsell

Disappointing weekend, saved by 5's Brilliance - Monday News - Rd 11 Vs R'Petersham


The Travelsim Waratah's experienced a tough day on Saturday, suffering heavy losses in 3 of 5 matches vs Randwick. 1st Grade resumed Day 2 in a spot of bother at 7/105. After losing Graham early, Ahillen Beadle compiled a well made half century along with handy lower order contributions from Beatty and White. Unfortunately we were bundled out for 173, 89 runs shy of Randwick's first innings total. 2nd Grade experienced a very boring day out. After a dominant day 1 which saw Cubby's men grab 1st Innings points just before stumps, followed a very dull batting display from the visitors. The boys toiled hard on a flat Manly Oval wicket, managing to take only 7 wickets before the tea break at which the game was ended. A very comfortable win again for the 2nd Grade boys who are on a roll at the moment.

3rd Grade suffered a horrific collapse on Saturday, losing the remaining 9 wickets for 70 runs. Another disappointing batting display which now see's 3rd Grade outside the top 6. Fingers crossed the boys come back bigger and stronger next week. 4th Grade, similarly to 2nd Grade experienced a rather boring day out with Randwick batting on for another 70 odd runs before sending us back in. Contributions from Vumbaca (40) and Trewartha (25*) the only highlights of the day. Another disappointing loss for 4th Grade who now have their work cut out for them to try and make finals.

5th Grade, on a lighter note, had a very convincing victory with records broken by visually one of the most strange partnerships you'll come across. Standing 6 ft 6, Injured First Grade quick Mickey Edwards notched up his first Grade ton along side 5 ft 9 Will Outred who also made his debut ton for the club. The boys piled on 198 for the 4th Wicket breaking the clubs all time record. An outstanding achievement for both men and a very important victory for a side looking to hop back into the top 6.

Overall a below-par round for the Tah's as victories in 1st, 3rd and 4th Grade would have seen us have 4/5 sides in the top 6 heading into the 4th last round of the season. Still plenty of time left to go this season however we do have our work cut out for us if we are to have all grades playing finals cricket. 

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4 Pines Players of the Week - Mickey Edwards 103* and Will Outred 100*

This week’s 4 Pines Player of the week goes to Mickey Edwards and Will Outred. Resuming play on 33* and 11*, the boys still required 70 runs for victory in 5th Grade's match at Kensington Oval. The boys ended up posting a record 4th Wicket Partnership for the club of 198. They also both notched up their first Grade hundreds and it is a result of the hard work they put into their batting week in week out.

In Will's case, this century has been a long time coming. A player who has been very consistent all season finally got himself that first ton. For Mickey this is possibly something that he may have never seen happening. We all are aware of Mickeys extraordinary capabilities with the ball in hand, but little know about his batting prowess as well. Has always had talent with the bat and it is fantastic to see that he may have finally started to believe it for himself. 

Well done lads!


1st Grade – Randwick-Petersham 262 (J. Graham 4/73, R. Farrell 3/35) & 2/80 (J. Carden 2/16) def. Manly 173 (A. Beadle 51)

1st grade turned up to day 2 against Randy Petes with a positive attitude and with the belief that the match was still winnable.

AB and Joe were the batsmen to start of the day and they were batting well picking up the ones and twos nicely, but in about the 7th or 8th over Joey was dismissed lbw for 4. Taylor Joined AB in the middle and these 2 fought it out to the first drinks break with AB bringing up his 50 in that period.

But Disaster struck straight after drinks with AB cutting one straight to gully for 51. It was now left up to Taylor and Whitey to save the day. These 2 batted very well and fought there way pass the follow on score of 162, eventually Whitey was caught in the slips for a well made 19. And credit goes to Taylor as well who batted very well and finished on 20 not out.

Crossy decided to go out and have a crack at the randy Petes batsmen to try and make a game of it. But the Halfway through the second session the decision was made to call the game with Randy Petes on 2/78.

At the end of the day Randwick was just to good and deserved the win.


2nd Grade – Manly 0/144 (Weston 88* D’arcy 51*) def Randwick-Petersham 139 (T. Beatty 5/43, T. Kaye 3/21) & 7/194 (D. Marshall 4/66)

After a faultless performance on Day 1, Cubbys men rocked up to Manly Oval on Saturday in search for an outright victory. Randwick started the day at 1/34. A slow, yet steady first session saw Randwick enter the lunch break at 2/80 with Marshall picking up both wickets in the first session. The middle session wasn't too dissimilar to the first with Randwick batsmen just shutting up shop. Wickets fell consistently throughout the middle session with Marshall (4/66) the pick of the bowlers. With the score at 7/194 off 81, the game was called as the Randwick skipper had no interest of the game going any further. A very boring day of cricket however there was plenty of positives to take out of it.

A very dominant performance from the boys saw us hold on to our 4th place position on the ladder. Another tough Round ahead against a surprisingly struggling St George side. Another win should see us better our position at the top of the table as we head closer to finals cricket.


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Jamo Cubby
"Andrew Jamieson steaming through the crease"

"2nd Grade Skipper Jack Ritchie laying out the plans"
Manly-Oval Sam-Hole
"Manly Oval back to its pristine best"

"The return of Sammy Hole back in the creams and on the park"

3rd Grade - Randwick 205 (S. Alexander 6/68) def Manly 131 (S. Webber 38)

Resuming at 1/61 chasing 205 on a flat deck we were confident of doing well. Tight bowling and enthusiastic fielding from RP saw us get a slow but effective start before Webber (38) having just cracked a hard back foot drive for four clipped one of his toes straight to square leg. Not long after Edgell (6) cracked a half tracker straight (unfortunately) to mid wicket who somehow, blindly, took a one handed snare to make it 3/85. Daly (24) looking solid, pulling a nice 6 amongst other correct looking strokes then had a loose waft at one and snicked. 4/86.

Arshdeep (13) and Crombie (14) needed to get a partnership going and things moved steadily to 116 before a bowling change wreaked havoc of 4th grader proportions. Their returning opener in the space of 8 balls took 5/2 removing everyone for ducks along with Ash & Jimmy. Amazing what accurate medium pace with a whiff of reverse swing can do when you have momentum on your side.At 9/119 Brad (7) and Sam (3no) put on a dozen before we were all out for a paltry 131. A short report as it was a short day's play. RP stand in capt was not interested in keeping his season alive. Rodney will have kittens if it gets back to him. The offer was put to him to let them get some easy runs and set us a 35 over target of say 180. There were 47 overs left at the completion of our innings.

It would have been nice to get back some dignity but not to be. I've seen it before – a team gets off to a flyer (we were 5 wins after 6 rounds) then mid season nosedive (1 from 5) only to work it out for the back end of the season. We have the player strength and the team is willing so hopefully we fall into this category. Again, other games went our way so we sit just 3 points put and playing that side this weekend. If we lose this one then I may struggle to find the path to the finals so all to play for.


4th Grade – Manly 57 (N. Cohen 23, A. Gummer 21) & 6/135 (I. Vumbaca 40, Z. Trewartha 25*) def by Randwick-Petersham 6/197

RP's declared at 6/197 and sent us back in to have a bat. Gummer and Sloth opened up, with the latter copping his second questionable decision in his past 3 innings as he was dismissed for none. Gums went shortly after and we were 2 for zip, which brought Jimmy Boyer and Issy to the crease. Both batted well as they looked to build a partnership and mount a fightback against RP's. A screamer in the gully saw Jimbo heading back to the sheds, as Issy was joined by Zaccy. These two formed the batted extremely well given the pressure on them. Isaiah was caught at cover for 40 just as he started to get going, but Zaccy steadied the ship and batted for 2 hours and 110 balls for a very patient 25*. Nickos whacked a few and tried to break a blokes elbow before snicking off and Jacob Graham blocked out the remaining few overs to save us from an outright loss.

Good signs for the batsmen leading into a tough game against St George next week.

Glyn Archer

5th Grade - Randwick-Petersham 140 (B. Watts 5-36) def by Manly 3/73 (M. Edwards 103*, W.Outred 28*) 

 The Manly men arrived at Kensington oval on day two to face Randwick. Manly were three down requiring 70 runs in order to take 1st innings points. With Will Outred and Mickey Edwards at the crease the boys were confident we would be able to get over the line and set the opposition a second innings total. Mickey and Will survived some good bowling early on and started to reap the rewards as bad balls started to come.

The two batsman put on a clinic for the next 3 hours, waiting for the bad balls and keeping the good ones out. Both batsmen minutes before lunch brought up sensational hundreds and celebrated with a tremendous loving hug. Edwards 103 and Outreds 101 were one of the batting highlights of the season so far. A new 5th grade record 4th wicket stand of 198.

We sent the opposition back in but unfortunately we could not get the outright win with Randwick only 4 down but the close of play.

Jonah Anderson

Bowlers Run Riot - Monday News - Round 11 Vs Randwick Petersham


The Manly-Warringah Travelsim Waratah's experienced the full range of results this week after the completion of Day 1 against Randwick-Petersham. 1st grade have an uphill battle, resuming at 7/105 in pursuit of Randy-Pete's 262. 2nd Grade have already secured 1st innings points thanks to a Taylor Beatty 5fa, while 4th Grade are in the reverse position after an uncharacteristic collapse saw them rolled for 57.

3rd Grade is in a strong position at 1/61 chasing Randy-Pete's 205 after Sam Alexander took career-best figures of 6-68. While 5th Grade too looks in safe hands with the experienced Will Outred and Cult Hero Mickey Edwards resuming at 3/73 in pursuit of their 140. Sam Gainsford's Poidevin-Gray side also put together a clinical batting performance to chase down Blacktown's imposing 242, the skipper himself 69* and Jake Carden's 60* guiding the lads to their 6th straight win in the competition.

All up a very mixed weekend for the Tahs, but the challenge is there for 1s and 4s to show Randy-Petes the fight they know we're capable of... Who knows what a bit of individual brilliance may create this weekend... Up the Tahs!

4 Pines Player of the Week - Sam Alexander 6/68

This week’s 4 Pines Player of the Week is none other than club favourite Sam Alexander who took  his best figures for the Manly-Warringah Travelsim Waratahs in 3rd Grade this weekend.

Now an experienced cricketer at the club with nine previous 5fas (including a 5-50 on debut in 2nd Grade) it’s incredible that this is Sam’s first 4 Pines Player of the Week award, however anyone fortunate enough to watch his bowling on the weekend would attest that he was a class above. Ably assisted by Sam Webber’s excellent glovework, Samos tore through Randwick-Petersham’s middle order plundering 6 for 68 in a clinical spell of bowling that was only a hair’s breadth away from including a hat-trick, with the tough chance going to ground.

With Randy-Petes cruising at 1/83, Samos entered the attack and gradually began turning the game back into our favour. Despite initially coming under fire from an aggressive Randy-Pete’s top order he maintained his composure, ripping the heart out of their batting line-up with an unplayable combination of flight, turn and guile.  It’s fantastic to see Sam’s hard work at training transform into belief as he continues to go from strength to strength this season.

An exceptional competitor with a world of talent, you get the feeling that there’s still plenty more to come from Sam Alexander!


1st Grade – Randwick-Petersham 262 (Graham 4-73) plays Manly 7/105 (Beadle 33*)

We rolled into Coogee oval on Saturday coming off a few very good wins with our season back on track. Randwick are consistently a good side with some very talented players and this game will be telling for our season. 

We lost the toss and Randwick batted first on what was a beautiful wicket on a great Sydney day. We started well as Randwick were patient early and our quicks worked hard. We made our first break through when spin was introduced and Randwick had a shocker between the wickets almost being run out at the bowlers end only to find a direct hit from Jack Edwards at the keepers end found their captain Kemp short of his ground. 1/43 soon became 2/60 and then 3/74 as Joey Graham bowled tight and built pressure from one end. We went to lunch 3/110 having been pretty happy with our start.

Spin was the key in the second session with Joey continuing to bowl well and the introduction of Ryan Farrell's leg spin who took two key wickets in the middle order. Ahillen Beadle was also introduced taking a wicket and keeping them close. Joey finished off a great session with two late wickets and we went to tea with them 8/230. Randwick best bat Nathan Price still batting on 80 at tea was a danger.

After tea we got a lucky break with a Visser run out off his follow through to take us them to 9/. Price still at the crease and he played beautifully for his 112 not out as Ryan Farrell wrapped up the innings with his 3rd wicket to close Randwick at 262. An excellent effort. Graham 4/73, Farrell 3/35, AB 1/24 plus two run outs.

25 overs to bat in the day to get to Stumps, This is where the story begins. James Crosthwaite's back spasms meant he could not open the batting meaning Farrell along with Rawlings took on the new ball. Farrell first to go with the score on 10, very next ball Adam Crosthwaite bowled put the Manly boys at 2/10. Jay Lenton was positive and counter attacking in his brief stay and when we lost Lenton and Rawlings in quick succession we were in a world of hurt at 4/23. 

Jack Edwards and Ahillen Beadle went about the rebuild until Jack Chopped on and was bowled for 19. We decided to bat James at 7 still struggling with his back but his fate was sealed for a duck pushing us deeper into the dark at 6/47. Jake Carden joined AB and batted well for his 24 before getting out just before stumps. Joey 0* along with AB 33* got to the end of the nightmare with a horrible 25 overs which cost us 7/105. 

158 runs to get this Saturday with 3 wickets in hand. A tough ask but with some character and belief it can be done. Two Excellent sessions with the ball and a bad 25 overs with the bat has us in this position. Fight Manly Fight! 

Adam Crosthwaite

2nd Grade – Manly 0/144 (Weston 88* D’arcy 51* def Randwick-Petersham 139 (Beatty 5/43) & 1/34

The 2nds boys turned up to a picturesque Manly oval looking to carry their recent momentum forward. We lost the toss and were asked to bowl on a slightly tacky deck. Taylor Beatty got us off to a great start nicking the opener off to Cubby (Jack Ritchie) who took a neat catch at second. He then proceeded to tear through the Randwick top order, with an irresistible display of swing bowling finishing with a well deserved 5-43. He was ably supported by Tommy Kaye who bowled a tidy line and length to finish with 3-21. Josh Wigney and Ryan Bishop-Perret both bowled well and were unlucky to go wicketless. After a few false starts in recent weeks Dmarsh (Dylan Marshall) finally reached his 200th wicket and was unlucky to only grab the one, while Gainsy (Sam Gainsford) was his usual aggressive self also chipping in with one. The boys bowled superbly well as a unit and were backed up in the field (for the most part) to have Randwick all out for 139 in 50 overs. 

Billy D'arcy and Logan Weston went out to bat with about 8 overs until tea and were looking to set a good platform for the boys, which they did coming in at 0 for 30 at tea. After tea the boys looked to play positively and did so with both playing some nice shots. At the drinks break we were 0-95 and the message came out to knock off the 40 required for a first innings victory so we could have another crack at them.  The boys moved forward at a rapid pace and quickly passed the Randwick total none down, a partnership of 144. This was followed by a quick declaration, leaving Logan on 88* and Billy D on 51*. 

We had 10 overs left to see if we could give a few of their boys a big Friday night next week. We managed to get one through a nick from Josh Wigney, again neatly caught by Cubby. The boys dominated from start to finish of Day 1 and will be pressing hard for 10 points next Saturday!

Logan Weston

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Taylor-Beatty Slip-Coordon
"Taylor Beatty on his way to a 5 wicket haul"

"2nd Grade Coordon amazed it missed the edge"
Tom-Kaye second-grade
"Tommy Kaye keeping the opposition quiet with his bowling"

"The boys after a superb effort in the field"


3rd Grade – Randwick-Petersham 205 (Alexander 6-68-21) plays Manly 1/61 (Webber 32*, Daly 12*)

Petersham Park was hard and flat with some patchy grass – pretty good for batting but given our track record this year we decided to have a bowl after winning yet another toss. It wasn’t looking too good when they reached 60 without loss but Edgell (1/34 from 10) care of a mishit drive to mid off got us running.

Another partnership threatened before Wilson (2/40 from 14) broke through via a smart catch (finally) in the slips by Daly (2/40 from 14) to make it 2/90. A smart stumping from Webber and some excellent bowling from Alexander (6/68 from 21) saw us claw our way back into it by tea having them 4/114 off 41.

After tea we chipped away with Dan McKenna (1/54 from 13) bowling better than his figures suggested and getting a big wicket with a snick. Some adventurous hitting mixed in with good bowling saw us continue to work our way on top.

A great over from Sam saw two set batsmen out in consecutive deliveries via a well judged high ball to Brad and a brilliant catch by Webber. Hattrick ball, first ball of Sam’s next over followed with everyone around the bat. Sam slipped in a faster ball, catching the batsman by surprise causing him to push hard, hitting a touch chance to short leg who couldn’t hold on to it. We decided to laugh rather than cry. The rest of the over there was a half chance created just about every ball – it was actually quite funny despite not getting a reward. Sam was in great control of his bowling and with a move in the field he initiated which had me raising my eyebrows saw a catch to the changed position immediately. Wilson knocked them over with another snick and good snare to Webber and 205 was a good result for us. Sam’s bowling was again excellent throughout his long spell and like a number of games this year he was the standout bowler.

With 16 overs to face we were up against an energised attack which Sam Webber (31no) and Wolter (12) looked good against before Will got an edge. Daly (12no) looked comfortable through to stumps and it is set up nicely for a good day’s play next week 


4th Grade – Manly 57 (Cohen 23, Gummer 21) def by Randwick-Petersham 5/124

Day one for the manly boys didn't go exactly as planned but after a stronger second session post tea, there's everything to play for going into the second day next week.

Day one started well for the manly boys with the warm up energetic and clinical. The touch football game was dominated by the bottom five once again to continue a strong run a form post Christmas. The only concession to the fine start we had was Max unfortunately losing the toss but we ended up doing what we were hoping to, which was to bat. 

The pitch had a good covering of grass, but we knew if we got through the first hour and a half we would be well on our way to putting up a very competitive total.

Nick and Adam opened up and got us off to a great start, grinding away through the first 15 overs and putting away the loose bowling which erred wide or too straight. 

We were 42 without loss, then Nick got a ball which drew him a fraction wider and was caught at point. What happened next was simply unbelievable. Following the breakthrough the opening bowlers found their mark, and not only gave us nothing to score off but also finally managed to find the tackier parts of the pitch. What resulted was a collapse to rival the Aussies in Hobart as we lost 9-15 to be bowled out for 57.

For those who weren't there to see it was merely a case of excellent seam bowling from aggressive lines and lengths and our batsman being in enough form (or so the saying goes) to snick absolutely everything that came near us. 7 from our 10 wickets were caught between keeper and 2nd. 

Tea followed the close of our innings and we went about resetting our focus and adjusting our game plans. Nicko started up for us and was unplayable in his first spell, the only runs coming from him outside edges, his first wicket firing us up. Glynn bowled well but without luck but 1st change Alex Bain found his rhythm and got one early. 2-37. We were bowling well and creating chances and there was the slightest of inklings and hope that if we got on a roll perhaps we could do the unthinkable and roll through them like they did us, but unfortunately it wasn't the case as they passed us 2 down. Wickets fell to the bowling of Glynn in his second spell, Isaiah and Jacob as the visitors blocked out the rest of the day to finish at 5-124. 

Lots to do next week but we certainly have the players to get it done.

Jacob Graham


5th Grade - Randwick-Petersham 140 (Watts 5-36) plays Manly 3/73 (Outred 28*)

Most of 5th grade turned up to a picturesque Kensington oval, with the exception of Mick Counsel, turning up half way through warm up. 

On a beautiful wicket, Randwick won the toss and elected to bat. Great opening spells from Counsel and O'Sullivan saw Randwick one down at drinks. 

The drinks seemed to bring around an almighty collapse, with a superb spell of bowling from Ben Watts, taking 5fa, quoted saying "this should get me a few more insta followers". 

Watts, along with an unlucky Jonah Anderson, brought the Randwick innings to an end, all out for 140. 

Proceedings started shakily, with Matt Brewster bowled with a great Yorker, Dom Wheeler nicking one behind, and Jack Pickering run out in very controversial fashion, which we all believe the umpires got wrong. 

The ship was steadied by Mickey Edwards coming in at 3/40, helped by the in touch batsman, Will Outred (28*), to see the boys to tea. 

Currently standing at 3-70, boys will be very eager to wrap up these 6 points for no more wickets.   


Poidevin Gray Shield - Manly 9/242 (Gainsford 69*, Carden 60*) def Blacktown 4/245 (Falconer 3-31)

The boys arrived at Manly Oval looking to go undefeated in the round stage of the competition. Blacktown won the toss and batted, meaning the manly boys were bowling. Some tight bowling and good pressure early meant Blacktown were going at a slow rate. However, once the spinners bowled their 10 overs (Joe Graham and Sam Gainsford) for little runs, Blacktown started to lift the run rate, with their captain making a very good hundred. In the last ten overs Blacktown scored close to 100 runs, due to good batting and poor bowling, with the bowlers not executing their plans. Blacktown ended up on 9/242 with Ben Falconer taking 3 quick ones through some quality death bowling. 

Aiden Bariol and Will Wolter opened the batting and looked aggressive early until Baz mis-hit one. Jack Edwards and Will Wolter continued to bat well until mis-hit shots saw them both undone. That brought the skipper (Sam Gainsford) to the crease who played a patient innings to get us into a position to chase the runs. He was joined by Jake Carden who made a run a ball 60, and combined with Gainsy’s batting brought the manly boys home, making it 6 from 6 heading into the quarter finals against Hawkesbury.

Josh Wigney

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Gainsy Team-Song
"Gainsy hitting his mark and picking up a wicket for PG's"

"The boys belting out a an undefeated team song heading into Finals cricket"


Tah's SOK It To 'em - Monday News - Round 10 Vs Campbeltown Camden


Round 10 saw the TravelSim Waratahs up against the Ghosts from Campbelltown. Great wins were achieved in 1st, 2nd and 4th grade while 3rd and 5th grade both got done. First grade got their first outright win of the season as they demolished Campbelltown, the stand out performer was Steve O’Keefe with a 13 wicket haul, picking up 9/54 in the 1st innings and 4/42 in the second innings as the Tahs dismantled Campbelltown for 139 and 138, Michael Visser picked up 5/33 in the 2nd innings. Adam Crosthwaite (79) and Ahillen Beadle (46*) guided the boys to 1st innings points and Jarrod Rawlings (32), Cameron Merchant (46*) and Ryan Farrell (37*) helped the good guys clinch maximum points.

2nd grade had a great win posting 3/255 from their allotted overs. Logan Weston the star with 99*, Tom Kaye also batted well and made a well compiled 76. Josh Wigney, Dylan Marshall and Sam Gainsford all picked up 3 wickets a piece and they bowled Campbelltown out for 231. 3rd grade posted 7/199, with Arshdeep Virdi the star with a great 62*, there was also a few contributions from Jimmy Crombie (39) and Will Wolter (32), but Campbelltown passed us with the loss of only 4 wickets.

4th grade cleaned up Campbelltown largely thanks to Brad Wilson who picked up 5/11 from 9.5 overs, they then made light work of the chase as they picked up a bonus point, James Boyer was the rock with 42*. 5th grade were bowled out for 207, with a few starts from Will Outred (38) and Lachie Kerr (37), Campbelltown snuck to victory 9 down on the second last ball, J Anderson picked up 3 wickets and J O’Sullivan picked up 2.

A fairly successful weekend from the Tahs as we look to make our way up the Club Championship ladder.

The TravelSim Waratahs now turn their attention to Randwick-Petersham who we tussle with next weekend in a 2 dayer.

Go Manly!

4 Pines Player of the Week - Steve O’Keefe (9/54 and 4/42)

Niiiiiice SOKy! Steve O’Keefe has showed his class in the Premier Cricket competition by taking 13 wickets as he looks to prepare to take down India in their own backyard. He was a class above on the weekend as he demolished Campbelltown-Camden’s top, middle and lower order to set the tone and set up a great outright victory for the Tahs.

It’s always a great thing when a guy of SOK’s calibre and experience returns to Manly to not only share his expertise, but also lead by example and showcase his immense talent. I’m sure Monty Panesar was in awe of SOK and asking him plenty of questions about how he goes about his work.

Well done SOK, keep it up!

1st Grade – Manly-Warringah 5/147dec (A Crosthwaite 78, A Beadle 46*) & 3/134 (C Merchant 46*, R Farrell 37*) def Campbelltown-Camden 10/139(S O’Keefe 9/54) & 10/138 (M Visser 5/33, S O’Keefe 4/42)

The lads arrived at Manly Oval looking marvelous and were confronted with a quality cricket wicket offering some for the bowlers in the first hour but then flattening out throughout the day. We won the toss and chose to bowl.

Matty A and Whitey opened up and soon Whitey had taken the first wicket by up-and-comer Stephen O'Keefe who had started his day off on a high note. Little did we know he also bowled some handy left-arm orthos. In an attempt to get him into the game early Crossy brought Stephen (affectionately known as SOK) into the game at the Sydney Road End where he would bowl for the rest of the innings. He bowled beautifully and the batsmen had no answers for his flight, changes of pace and spin. As the quicks rotated from the other end SOK ended up with epic figures of 9-54 off 30 overs.

With 30 overs left in the day the batsmen went after the bowlers with Adam C scoring 70 and creaming them to all parts with a glass-shattering knock. Accompanied by Ahillen Beadle, we passed the total 5 down and declared at 147 when play resumed the next day.

The next day was almost identical however SOK only took 4fa as Michael Visser stole all his wickets taking 5-33 and bowled a fantastic length all day long as he came into the match as a replacement for Matty White. Again the batsmen looked to go after the bowlers with 46 overs left in the day and 130 runs needed to win the outright. After a loss of a few early wickets Cam Merchant swept his way to 46* and saw the lads home.

10 points getting us back in the hunt.

Jack Edwards

2nd Grade – Manly-Warringah 3/255 (L Weston 99*, T Kaye 76) def Campbelltown-Camden 10/231 (J Wigney 3/37, D Marshall 3/32, S Gainsford 3/29)

Second grade won the toss and elected to bat on a pretty well worn wicket. The boys started well getting to 0/65 before Billy D'Arcy fell for 25. Logan Weston was up the other end whacking them to all parts. Gainsford went quickly bringing Tom Kaye to the crease. The pair batted for the majority of the innings from there, battling the heat and some good bowling. Tom Kaye made 78 at a good clip while Logan accumulated at the other end. Jack Ritchie came in an got a quick 30 not out. Logan ended up carrying his bat for 99 not out, preferring to protect his average than attempting to get to 100 in the last over. The boys finished on 255.

Campbelltown started well with the bat and raced to 0/70. A Jordan Daly run out changed the game and gave us some momentum. After that Dylan Marshall came on and bowled one of the best one day cricket spells ever, running through their middle order. Gainsford came on at the other end and the pair bowled us to victory. Some lower order hitting saw the ghosts come close to our total but in reality they were never in it.

Billy D’arcy

3rd Grade – Manly-Warringah 7/199 (A Virdi 62*, J Crombie 39, W Wolter 32) def by Campbelltown-Camden 4/200 (W Evans 2/7)


Graham’s Reserve was hard and quite grassy, a pretty good looking deck. I’m winning the tosses I would prefer to lose this year with the overcast conditions possibly favouring bowlers but the heavy dew the batsmen and that’s what we ran with. Edgell (5) and Wolter (32) looked solid, Edgell playing the anchor role as Will started to hit out nicely. Luke got himself in a tangle in the 10th over with a mistimed pull and next over Will snicked the offie to slip to make it 2/48 from 11.

Sam Webber (15) and Jimmy Crombie (39) looked to consolidate. Sam not at his fluent best, unfortunately picking out the fieldsman for the majority of his well timed strokes. Jimmy kept the scoreboard ticking over but to Campbelltown’s credit they were bowling a tidy line & length. We trickled along until Sam decided it was time but unfortunately was skittled in the 30th over. Zac (0) mishit a slightly wider ball from the spinner to cover and when there was a mix up between Arshdeep (62no) and Jimmy saw the latter run out we needed to do something.

Ned (0) missed an arm ball as did Dan McKenna (4) and at 7/131 after 40 we needed help. Evans (19no) played a support role to Ash who found some timing to play shots all over the ground, including three bombs. One in particular over cover was a great shot. Good running between the wickets allowed these two to put on 68 in the last 10 overs, by far our most enterprising period of play boosting us to a competitive but well under par total of 199.

We needed a good start and Falcs (1/20 off 4) delivered immediately with a beautiful inswinger to get one first ball. Dan (0/6 from 4) bowled tidily and was unlucky not to get an edge. Luke” Edges” Edgell (1/40 from 9) bowled aggressively and was also rewarded early via an excellent catch by Ned in the covers. Unfortunately this is where the good fielding ended as the next 15 minutes was comical, not so much for Luke but Campbelltown must have thought it was their day for sure. Three regulation edges went behind the stumps only for them to be spilt, all from Luke. The bloke who scored 102no was on about 25 and the bloke who scored 58no was on zero.

Evans (2/7 from 6) found his line and got an edge to gully and a bowled. He is still considering why he didn’t finish off his 10 overs there and then as well as get D-Mac on for a few more tight ones. Thought he was coaching the U/11s (based on the fielding) and tried everyone rather than the stock 5 or 6 bowlers. At 4/50 at the first drinks break we were confident of a win. Maybe complacent as well? When we dropped another one at mid off I started thinking dark thoughts as the batsmen were starting to go OK. Trewartha, Alexander, Hole, Crombie were all tried, possibly occasionally guilty of trying too much towards the end of their overs, allowing the Townies to keep up with the required pace. As mentioned should have gone back to my main bowlers but didn’t and we paid the price as they got well ahead on a very good wicket and there was no bringing it back.

A very disappointing result not just for 3rd grade but the club. Having dropped games against lowly opposition in Campbelltown and Parramatta we sit 4th on the Club Championship instead of 2nd. As a side we sit in 7th but our recent form guide suggests that is flattering. We need to hit back this week against a side rolled for 60 this weekend.

Warren Evans

4th Grade – Manly-Warringah 2/113 (J Boyer 42*) def Campbelltown-Camden 10/112 (B Wilson 5/11, A Bain 2/11, N Mclachlan 2/16)

The mighty tahs ventured away from the beachfront and travelled out to a humid Raby Oval. Maxy won the toss and chose to bowl. Young gun Brad Wilson continued his steep incline in cricketing prowess within the club and began the innings spearing into the batsmen’s pads. In his 5th over it was evident that he bowled like a man possessed. Reminiscent of Patrick Bateman from American Psycho and he charged in and claimed a hattrick, eventually robustly standing on the pitch mimicking a chainsaw. He managed to steal a sneaky 5fa and his outstanding performance was backed up by the remainder of the bowlers.

Chasing a low total of 112 the lads faced a fighting Campbelltown attack. Nick Cohen was unlucky to be dismissed which brought James Boyer to the crease. Adam Gummer and James toiled hard and played smart, aggressive cricket to reach a solid partnership. Gummer fell for a solid 23 which brought Isaiah Vumbaca to the crease, Vumbaca raced away to finish on 23 not out accompanied by James who was the pick of the batsmen scoring 42 not out and seeing the boys home with a bonus point. Up the tahs!

Isaiah Vumbaca


5th Grade - Manly-Warringah 10/207 (W Outred 38, L Kerr 37) def by Campbelltown-Camden 9/208 (J Anderson 3/28, J O’Sullivan 2/39)

The 5th grade boys were keen to get some points on the board against the last placed Ghosts, having had a draw, a washout, and a tough loss in our last three games. Things got off to a good start with stand-in skipper Will Outred winning the toss & choosing to bat first on a pristine Mike Pawley oval.

Will & Matty Brewster raced out of the blocks, taking advantage of some loose bowling to score at a run a ball for the first 8 overs until Matt got castled for 19. Dom joined Will & they kept the scoreboard ticking until we were sitting pretty at 1/96, but Dom got yorked off the last ball before drinks and then Jacob O’Sullivan got fired in the first over after drinks which halted our momentum quite a lot. To add insult to injury Will then got fired for a well made 38 from a ball that pitched a good foot outside leg, and then Australia's new cult hero got run out by one of the best pieces of 5th grade fielding ever, and all of a sudden we were on the back foot at 5/105.

Lachie Kerr & Jake Osborne did a great job to consolidate from there, picking up singles & putting the bad balls away, combining for a 70 run partnership until Lachie was out for 37. This triggered another mini collapse however, with some more questionable umpiring decisions, which left us at 9/185. Some lusty hitting from big Mickey Counsell got us past 200 until we were finally bowled out for a well below par 207 in the 48th over.

We knew we would have to take some early wickets in order to put them under pressure, but unfortunately that wasn't the case - some loose bowling & a lot of streaky shots helped them reach 0/60 in the 15th over when the captain brought on Benny Watts with immediate effect - Ben managing to get one to drift down leg for a stumping. We weren't able to capitalise from there though - the Campbelltown batsmen kept playing freely & getting away with murder, and it took a great piece of fielding from Hayden Brown to get our next wicket via a run out with the score on 112.

Jonah Anderson then came on & bowled a quality spell, claiming 3 wickets, with Jacob O’Sullivan & Hayden Brown also snagging 3 between them at the other end to suddenly have them reeling at 8/180 & we thought we were going to be able to pull it out of the fire. Skipper Outred came on for an over himself and bowled an amazing over, getting the ball to drift & spin for a stumping to leave them 9/190 with 3 overs to go. But unfortunately the last two batsmen were able to keep chipping the ball into the gaps and just managed to scrape over the line with one ball to spare.

All in all, it was a pretty heartbreaking loss, but we showed a lot of fighting spirit to take the game that deep. We all know though that we should have been defending a much bigger total - if we can stop losing wickets in clumps like that it will go a long way towards setting a much bigger total next week & hopefully jumping Randy-Petes back into the top 6.

Go Manly
Dom Wheeler


Tah's begin 2017 in style - Monday News - Round 9 Vs Wests - One Dayer

Rd 9

The TravelSim Waratah's had a near perfect return to 2017 with all grades winning except 5's. First Grade bounced back from a disappointing December with a comprehensive win over Wests. Both Crosthwaite brothers led from the front notching up half centuries with solid later innings support from Merchant and Beadle. Matt Alexander and Ahillen led the way with the ball picking up 3 and 4 wickets respectively. Second Grade continued their winning form with a near bonus point victory down at Manly Oval. Cubby's men won the toss on a beautiful batting wicket which saw Rawlings and Ritchie post well-compiled half centuries. After posting 229, Wests were bundled out for 138 with Sammy Gainsford taking his maiden Grade cricket 5 wicket haul. Awesome stuff Sammy. Third Grade had a nail-biting win over Wests out at Blick oval. In a rain reduced match, both teams were given 44 overs to bat. Wests posted 8/123 off their 44 in tricky batting conditions, and our boys snuck over the line 8 down with 4 overs to spare. Fourth Grade had a close win as well with Rosco Trewartha (70) and Glynn Archer (5/44) the stars of the day. Fifth Grade unfortunately were the only team to miss out on points over the weekend as they were sent in on a very difficult batting wicket and bowled out for only 100. Will Outred the only man to show resistance with 30. Wests passed us 5 down.

Due to a dominant weekend, and Green Shield/Poidevan Gray success, the club sits in a great position to make a run towards the club championship. Another strong weekend from the Tah's will see us potentially close in to 4th place and even closer to the leaders Northern Districts.

Club Championship - 6th 

1st grade - 13th
2nd grade - 5th
3rd Grade - 5th 
4th Grade - 8th
5th grade - 8th
Poidevan Gray - 1st
Green Shield - 5th 

4 Pines Player of the Week - Sam Gainsford

This week's 4 Pines Player of the Week goes to PG's skipper, and Second Grade all-rounder Sam Gainsford. Despite a niggling arm injury that has given him problems all season, Sam battled through a wonderful spell on Saturday with match winning figures of 5-23 off 8 overs. Sam bowled with great control and flight and was the pick of the bowlers for the weekend. Saturday's big bag of wickets wasn't enough for Sammy as he collected 4 in PG's bonus point victory on Sunday over North Sydney. Saturday was Sammy's first 5 wicket haul in Grade cricket and we are all positive there will be more to come.

Well Done Gainsy!

1st Grade – Manly-Warringah 7/226 (A. Crosthwaite 70, J. Crosthwaite 50, C. Merchant 37*, A. Beadle 35) def Western Suburbs 177 (A. Beadle 4/19, M. Alexander 3/28)

Coming back from the break following 3 defeats in a row we knew it was crucial we came back from wests with 6 points if we were any hope of making the semis. We won the toss and batted on a slightly sticky wicket with the thought it would be low and slow later on and hard for them to score.

Farrell fell early, which brought in the skipper who combined with his brother for an awesome partnership which really set up our innings. James was batting well, and after reaching his 50 he tried one too many over long off and got caught. AB and Adam put on another 100 or so which was probably a match winning partnership. Adam finishing on 70 and AB 35. Nappa then finished off the innings as he always does with a run a ball 37 as we reached 226 from the 50. Given how slow the outfield was we thought that score was around a 260-270 score and we were very happy with it.

We started the second 50 really well with Mattoes and Viss picking up an early one each to have them 2-5. Viss was the pick of the bowlers all day, he bowled 10 straight and was very unlucky to have only grabbed the 1 wicket, finishing with 1-26 off his 10. Wests had a couple partnerships throughout the innings but we were always on top and we always felt like they would have to do something very special to get the win. All the bowlers were awesome, Mattoes again showed how good he is, the young seamers Jack and Jake were awesome and AB cleaned up the tail and came home with 4-19 off 4.4 overs.

It was a great win, which will hopefully kick start our season again and give us some momentum leading into the back end.

Ryan Farrell

2nd Grade – Manly-Warringah 229 (J. Rawlings 70, J. Ritchie 67, A. Bariol 34) def. Western Suburbs 138 (S. Gainsford 5/23)

Rocking up to flat Manly Oval wicket Jack Ritchie won a good toss seeing us bat first. Billy D (4) and Jarrod Rawlings (70) looked positive until Bill got a good one. Ralphy played extremely well from the first ball rotating the strike and punishing the bad ball. Sam Gainsford and Tom Kaye got starts and were unlucky to not go on. In came Skipper cubby who joined Jarrod putting on a superb partnership of close to 100 to set up a big finish. Unfortunately Ralph went bringing Bariol in putting on close to 50 with Jack. Unfortunately the case of going a bit big too early took over with Ritchie going for a well made 67 and Bariol for 34. The next few batsmen couldn't quite get going reaching 229 off 47.

Confident we could defend this total on an ageing wicket with disciplined bowling Matty White and Andrew Jamieson bowling extremely well with Jamo swinging one through the gate for the first. The next came through Dylan Marshall with his 200th wicket. Hats off to the great man! The squeeze began as Sammy G came on with Wiggers and TK bowling tight areas at the other end. Gains bowled with great variation to rip through Wests middle order claiming a well-deserved 5fa taking the last one to bowl them out for 138. 1 run off the bonus point.

Aiden Bariol

3rd Grade – Manly-Warringah 8/126 (J. Boyer 40) def Western Suburbs 8/123 (Z. Trewartha 3/27, S. Alexander 2/20)

Blick was very wet at one end and another delayed start meant a 44 over game. We won the toss and sent them in and the pitch played as expected, divots coming out from one end and slow all over with some that popped. It wasn't going to be much better to bat on late in the day with the size of the divots coming put. The outfield was outrageously slow.

Bishop Perret (0/19 from 7) was tidy with just about every over a leak of runs from the last ball. Other than that he bowled well again. Falconer (0/6 from 2) struggled with his follow through with just about every ball the umpire getting into his ear about it, along with 2 official warnings. Tough one –if the pitch was hard and dry no issues but as it was so soft it was getting torn up – had to take him off despite bowling OK.
Crombie (1/16 from 5) got the LBW and bowled full and straight. Dropping short saw the ball sail over mid wicket for the only 6 of the game (they hit 5 fours, we hit 3) and that was a shame.
Evans (1/25 from 9) was tidy but went for 10 in the last over which was a bit deflating. Bowled his usual stuff otherwise and a bit unlucky not to get their main run scorer with a dropped catch at short cover.
Hole (0/9 from 3) started with two maidens but lost his way a bit in his 3rd over. He threw the stumps down from 40 m to get a run out as well. Trewartha (3/33 from 9) and Alexander (2/20 from 9) bowled excellent spells, Sam getting huge turn and bounce and at times unplayable. Zac bowled with good pace at times and had them in all sort at various times but would let them off the hook every so often. Good signs though from the all rounder.
All up we thought 8/123 was a bit below par so we were confident with the chase.
Their capt and opening bowler proved a massive handful, hammering away into the pitch . He got Wolter (1) in the slips. When Gummer (4) played across one and was bowled were were 2/20 and in a spot of bother.

Boyer (40) played very sensibly in the tough conditions. Letting a lot of balls go and having a good crack at them when he played a shot were great tactics and he threatened to bring it home for us. This 40 would have been close to 70 at Grahams with most of the runs hit across the slow outfield as Butch played a determined, chanceless, match winning innings.
Crombie (5) looked solid until the inevitable tickle and the less said about Zac (1) and Ash's (3) LBWs the better, both unlucky. When Boyer snicked off at 6/92 we needed something from the capt. He delivered a single then was fired. The umpiring was threatening to take this game away from us. 7/101. Alexander (2) snicked to make it 8/108.
Needing 16 to win RBP (12no) and Hole (24no) looked as good as anyone for the game and delivered a great win. Ned is really coming into it now, after going close last game with an excellent 35 before being run out it was great to see him set about the task so maturely. RBP probably hit the two best fours of the day, clipping full pitched deliveries off his pads hard into the square leg fence.

Well done fellas on what one may suggest was an ugly win. Pretty sure we can still play a lot better and we are placed in 5th spot at the moment.

Warren Evans

4th Grade – Manly-Warringah 198 (R. Trewartha 70) def Western Suburbs 8/193 (G. Archer 5/44)

It was the first game after a well needed brake from last year's dominance in the final few games to put us in a good position for the second half of the season. We lost the toss and were sent in on a wicket that we knew would have a bit of movement early but would flatten out over the day.

Max Burgess and Nick Cohen were to open the batting, the opening bowlers kept their line tight not giving them a chance the free the hands. There weren't many scoring options for the first couple of overs which started to put a bit of press on us leading to the fall of Maxs wicket. This brought Ross Trewarther to the wicket to steady our innings. He was the real stand out of the day with no one else able to convert their starts for a big score. With the help of some last minute hitting from Alex Bain at the end to give us a good chance of winning.

The final innings was really back and forth, with no team looking to win the game. The all bowlers were on their game bowling very well in the second half of the innings, ultimately giving us the best chance of winning. Max getting through his full ten quickly and then Brad Alex and Glyn backing him up at the other end. The real stand out for the day was Glyn who got a match winning 5fa to give us the best chance of winning. The game did come down to the last over with Wests needing 12 from it. Will was able to keep them from scoring bring the Manly boys home for the first game of the new year

Will Akhurst

5th Grade - Manly Warringah 100 (W. Outred 30) def Western Suburbs 5/101

The Fifth Grade squad arrived bright and early at pleasant Punchbowl Oval to find no pitch marked and a frantic groundsman desperately at work. After much talk, play finally began at 12.30; unsurprisingly we were put into bat as the two young debutants Harper and White were unveiled. Matt and Will opened and soon realised they had to attack anything in their half as they quickly added 30, before Wests adjusted their tactics and wickets fell rapidly on a seaming and spinning wicket. Matt White showed some quality late on and Michael Counsell smashed a first ball six, but there were few other highlights as we were rolled for 100 exactly. The wicket had dried out significantly by the time Wests began batting and our bowlers were never able to build enough pressure even though wickets fell regularly, including two run outs - one thanks to Waddo's quick reflexes at silly point. In the end our score was passed 5 down on a day when everything depended on the toss.

Ben Watts


Points shared in final round before the break - Monday News - Round 8 Vs Parramatta


The TravelSim Waratah's had a weekend of mixed results against Parramatta with home sides winning all matches. First Grade were comprehensively beaten after posting a defendable total of 227. Ryan Farrell (105) starred with his first ton in the top grade with support from Adam Crosthwaite (42) and Cameron Merchant (28). Unfortunately the boys didn't quite get their bowling right at the start and were ambushed by some aggressive batting from Parramatta. They ended up passing our score 4 down in the 36th over. Second Grade enjoyed their 4th win of the season in a hard fought match at Manly Oval. There were many contributers throughout the day as Andrew Jamieson and Michael Visser both took 3 poles, and Kaye (67), Rawlings (31) and Davies (26*) chipped in well with the bat to ensure a much needed 6 points for Cubbys men. Big shoutout to Oliver Davies who showed maturity beyond his years, in his Second Grade debut steering the boys home in the final overs of the match. Third Grade suffered a close loss in a reduced 40 over match. After bundling Parramatta out for 190, Warren's men fell 7 runs shy with Luke Edgell (50) and Ned Hole (35) the top runscorers for the day. Fourth Grade enjoyed a come from behind victory as they chased down a tricky total of 152. Maxy Burgess played an important role in ensuring the boys got over the line. 5th Grade were unfortunately called off on friday afternoon.

As we head into the break, only two Grade's sit inside the top six. A big second half of the season ahead for the Manly boys as we look towards winning some titles.

Current Positions of Manly Sides at the Christmas Break:

Club Championship: 6th

1st grade: 13th    2nd Grade: 11th      3rd Grade: 6th       4th Grade: 8th      5th Grade: 6th       Poidevan-Gray Shield: 1st     Green Shield: Yet to play

4 Pines Player of the Week - Ryan Farrell

This week's 4 Pines Brewery Player of the Week goes to Ryan Farrell. With Jay and AB both missing from 1st Grade's lineup over the weekend, Ryan was presented an opportunity from Crossy to open the batting. It's fair to say Ryan took his chance with both hands, showing how professional he has become as a cricketer over the past few seasons. With limited time at the crease this summer, to deliver a 100 in trying conditions, is a testimate to a man who works as hard on his batting as anyone in the club. This is Ryan's second ton for the Tah's and his first of many in the top grade.

Well Done Fazz!

1st Grade – Manly-Warringah 6/227 (R. Farrell 105, A. Crosthwaite 42, C. Merchant 28) def by Parramatta 4/231 

We rocked up to Merrylands oval with lots of excitement with our debutant jack Edwards showing his enthusiasm from the start of the weekly touch footy game, with jay out due to thunder commitments James and Faz went out to bat on a slowish parramatta wicket. After loosing James after a good early partnership Adam and Ryan looked to build a strong partnership when we lost Adam for a well made 42 the score 2-127. On went Ryan plundering away and to be the lead of the tahs batting, along with Napper coming off 111 they built another solid partnership in which Ryan Brought up a very classy 100 his first of many 1st grade hundreds. After a couple of quick wickets jack Edwards got his first hit in the top grade and a little cameo along with Logan and Sammy
gainsford took us to 6-227 after our 50

We went out to bowl on a wicket that was getting better for batting as the day went on we came across some big hitting openers that took to us from ball 1. As a tough tahs outfit we kept our heads up and kept putting in, in what was a very tough position. A few notables were Jack for grabbing his first 1s wicket and Mattos who toiled hard and was unlucky not to have a couple more to his name picking up 1-28. After getting hit around early Jake Carden came back to have tidy figures by the days done showing good use of his slower balls along with Taylor who got 1fa.

In what wasn't the most conducive to spin Joey and Faz tried to get anything out of the wicket and kept giving it a crack with Faz getting a very good wicket off an outstanding catch by dream. A tough day for the tahs with parramatta running down the total in 37 overs but very good signs ahead with the young talent we have blooded. Massive congrats to our newest century maker Ryan Farrell one of many.

Joseph Graham

2nd Grade – Manly-Warringah 6/173 (T. Kaye 67, J. Rawlings 31, O. Davies 26) def. Parramatta 170 (A. Jamieson 3/26, M. Visser 3/28, T. Kaye 2/28)

Cubby won the toss and happily sent Parra into bat on a deck that was quite tacky.

Although a lot of balls beat the bat, the new ball probably wasn't used as well as it could have been with the score 1/40 at drinks. Tom Kaye and Jammo bowled very well in a partnership which brought about 2 really well deserved wickets to T Kaye. From this point on all the bowlers stuck to their plans and bowled as a unit which saw us bowl them out for 169.

The batting innings was always going to be tough early with the new ball doing a bit. Billy got what looked to be a pretty good ball and Jordan followed soon after having us 2/10. Tom Kaye (67) then came out and knuckled down with Rawlings (31) for what turned out to be a match winning partnership. The two batted extremely well in very hot conditions. Much to Billy's delight he got to return to the crease as Tom's runner due to some bad cramping. Baz came in and showed great intent scoring an important 18 off 14 balls.

A few wickets fell which left the final 30odd runs up to debutant Ollie Davies, for such a young player he handled this incredibly well. He scored a crucial run-a-ball 26* and hit a couple of massive sixes to finish the match off with authority.

A great day for the Manly boys, we take a lot of momentum into the break.

A special mention to Tom Kaye, after a tough week for him and his family he did everyone proud with a Man of the Match performance. He lead from the front all day and showed his class, well done mate.

Michael Visser

3rd Grade – Manly-Warringah 9/183 (l. Edgell 50, E. Hole 35,   def by Parramatta 190 (J. Wigney 3/50, S. Alexander 2/33, W. Evans 2/34, J. Crombie 2/37)

Delayed start due to soft pitch gave us a 40 over game on a pitch that possibly slightly favoured the bowlers by the start of play but marginal. We won the toss and had a bowl and did our usual by dropping a slips catch early on from RBP (0/33). All bowlers bowled 8 overs each.
They had a hard hitting opener and a scratchy bloke who found the middle once in his 42 (the bloke we dropped). The hard hitter was out after banging an off drive down the ground only for Sam Alexander to take a great low diving catch.

Wides & no balls littered our bowling during their innings. We bowled 16 of them and they bowled 3 only. All bowlers toiled, an amazing number of balls were mishit just out of reach and Parra took advantage of some sloppiness at times in the field and scored a par score of 190. Alexander (2/33), Evans (2/34), Wigney (3/50) and Crombie (2/37) all bowled reasonably well, Wiggers going for a few in his last couple of overs, the batsmen enjoying the pace of the ball coming on.

Will (1) uncharacteristically walked at the opener and snicked into the slips, Gummer (11) looked very comfortable, working it around before a little leading edge brought him undone. Edgell (50) was in complete control, smashing early boundaries and then settling in picking up easy ones as he moved to 50 in absolute comfort. A half tracker from one of their part time spinners brought him undone with a catch to deep mid wicket. Turning point 1.
Webber (12) flicked at one only to spoon it to mid wicket. Crombie (16) and Virdi (25) set about putting us back on track on a this flat pitch against this average bowling but Jimmy planted one down mid on's throat. 5/112 with about 6 rpo required.

Ned Hole (35) batted very well. Stroking the ball into gaps and looked in control. Ash was also batting very well but a dart and a snick saw him depart. Turning point 2.
Evans (7) tried to support Hole as he kept us well in the game with his strokeplay until Evans poked one into the gully region and Ned was caught short. Turning point 3 and 6 points down the toilet right there.
Alexander (10) had a go but snicked off to their aggressive capt who felt the need to send Sam off, Evans was run out next ball and Wiggers (7no) and RBP (5no) needed 18 off 2 but fell 6 short.
A really disappointing loss. Just let ourselves down via sundries, dropped catches, overthrows and poor shot selection. This will cost us unless we get one unexpectedly back in the remaining games.


4th Grade – Manly-Warringah 7/153 def Parramatta 152

4th grade turned up on a hot sunny day and really wanted to take away 6 points before the break against the blue and gold. The deck was still a little wet after the downpour the night before so we had an extra hour wait.

Once the deck was considered dry enough we won the toss and elected to bowl. Falconer and Wilson started off with the new ball and falconer provided some great line and length bowling using the deck and the strong breeze to his advantage taking 2 early wickets, while Wilson and then McKenna toiled away into the breeze McKenna got the 3rd wicket and they were 3/43 at the first drinks break, they started to form a partnership after lunch until falconer going against the breeze got the big hitting number 4 out, after that dismissal, they started to lose there way with some amazing spin bowling from Isaiah and the return of Maxwell David Hussey Burgess.

The spin pair ran through there 20 overs and it was a pleasure to watch. We ended up bowling them out in the final over for 152 a total we were very happy with.

Cohen and Walter got the run chase underway and they both looked the goods early, Walter really looking to capitalise on anything. Walter was the first to go and in went jimmy boyer, jimbo was looking very comfortable then fell to an absolute peach for 21. In came Isaiah and he was aggressive from the start, cohen feel soon after and were 3-60.

Isaiah and Zach looked as if they were starting to build a strong partnership then the off spinner got one to turn and Isaiah was gone for a well made 20. Zach and Max looked to get us over the line with some power hitting by the most loved red headed player at manly, Zach ended up getting out when the runs needed and balls left was very tight.

Dmac went out there to break the shackles but unfortunately it did not pay off so we were 6 down needing 30 off as many balls. Akhurst did a great job hitting the gaps and coming out with great aggression, he fell when the game was still in the balance, enter Jacob the iceman, just unleashing all of the frustration through some venomous cut shots and with him delivering the goods from one end and Maxy steering the ship from the other it was a great win for the boys.

We will look to continue this into the 2nd half of the season.

Brad Wilson


Waratahs have Tough Day out against Sydney - Monday News - Rd7 vs Sydney - Day 2


Round 7 was a very tough round for the Tahs against a strong Sydney outfit, we lost the top 4 grades and drew in 5th grade. 1st grade couldn’t quite chase down 302 despite a terrific knock from Cameron Merchant (111), 2nd grade won first innings but lost outright by 6 wickets, Michael Visser the star with 5/54 in the first innings. 3rd grade were comprehensively beaten at Graham’s, however there was a bit more resistance in the 2nd dig with Wolter, Edgell and Webber amongst the runs. 4th grade’s total of 163 was passed with the loss of 8 wickets in a narrow loss, Dan McKenna was the pick of the bowlers with 3/45 following on from his devastating 78* from 53 balls. 5th grade made 7/281 from their 80 overs, and Sydney parked the bus and played out for a draw, finishing 8/197 from 87 overs, Ben Watts finished with 3/46 and big Michael Counsell took 2/43.

A tough week for the lads but we will bounce back next week in a one-dayer against Parramatta to go into Christmas with some more momentum.

4 Pines Player of the Week - Cameron Merchant

Cameron Merchant showed what he’s got to offer with a backs to the wall hundred in 1st grade. It was a patient knock that almost got the boys over the line. With limited opportunities this year, Nappa showed that he most definitely still has it as he dispatched 13 boundaries in his 251 ball stay at the crease. He was the last man to fall as we fell 57 runs shy of Sydney’s total.

It was great to see Nappa take his opportunity to contribute with both hands, hopefully many more runs to come this season for you mate!

Well done Nappa!


1st Grade – Manly-Warringah 10/245 (C Merchant 111, A Crosthwaite 35, J Crosthwaite 28) def by Sydney 10/302

1st Grade rocked up to Manly Oval full of confidence in chasing down Sydney's 302. We resumed day 2 with the two brothers at the crease.

It wasn't an ideal start when we lost James Crosthwaite first ball of the day clipping one to mid wicket, he was closely followed by AB when he was run out for just 4. Crossy and Dream went about consolidating the innings, but unfortunately just before lunch Crossy was caught by a good catch at gully for 35.

Dream and Faz batted with patience and fought through a tough hour after lunch to set the lads up for a good chase, with the score on 164 Faz misread one from leggy Denly and was bowled for 20, Logan joined Dreamer and looked to play positive cricket and take the game to the Sydney lads. Sydney then took the new ball which found the outside edge of Logan's bat being caught for 19, Taylor got a good rock first up and was bowled. Dreamer edging closer and closer to another ton but was losing partners quickly. Mattos gave a quick little cameo before being given LBW for 11, then Carden smacked one back at the bowler being caught for 5. Eventually Dream got to the 100 and was the mainstay of our batting efforts, it was an excellent display of tough batting and concentration, unfortunately he was dismissed with about 7 overs left to play for 111.

We were bowled out for 245 falling short by 57 runs. We now turn our attention again to one day cricket next week against Parramatta.

Jake Carden

2nd Grade – Manly-Warringah 10/135 & 10/91 def by Sydney 10/106 (M Visser 5/54, J Wigney 3/9) & 4/121 (S Gainsford 2/13)

The Tahs turned up to Drummoyne Oval with Sydney needing 38 runs to claim their 1st Innings victory. They turned up loud as expected but we were as a team very determined to get them all out.

Started with a sharp warm up lead by Cub himself. We were ready to take them on and in the first over claimed a wicket and they had a massive collapse of 5-8 as we claimed the 1st Innings victory. Michael Visser (5fa), Josh Wigney (3fa), Dylan Marshall, Ryan Bishop-Perret all bowleded really well.

We came out to bat and didn't bat well at all. Tommy Kaye stayed in and protected his wicket but other than that no one else really hung around and we were bowled out for 91 in the second Innings. We did out best but they chased the 120 runs they needed 4 down. We walked away with 4 points and were upset not to get the 10. Onwards and upwards and we start preparing for Parramatta this weekend.

Thanks to Will Harding and Gordon Curry for there work and Rest in Peace to Tom Kaye’s Grandfather as he passed away this weekend.

Sam Gainsford

3rd Grade – Manly-Warringah 10/92 & 8/182 (W Wolter 66, L Edgell 43, S Webber 29*) def by Sydney 7/263 (S Alexander 4/36)

Resuming at 3/196 Sydney set about having a crack and an entertaining 7 overs produced 4/70, Sam Alexander (4/36) picking up another 3 and Falcs getting one as well. This left 71 overs to survive with a 170 run deficit.

Things started brightly with Wolter (66) and Edgell (43) looking very comfortable on a pitch with some life but pretty good overall. We went smoothly to 83 before Luke edged into the slips. Ollie Davis (23) also looked good before cutting at one a bit too hard and fizzing it to backward point. Webber (29no) joined Will until Will was trapped in front to their offie who was bowling very well but behaving oddly.

At 3/136 and about 35 overs to play it was going to be a bit tough. Whilst the instruction wasn’t specific we decided to shut up shop (at least I hope so as the offie bowled 18 maidens in his 22 overs) and this may have been a bit unnatural to some. He spun his way through our middle order with the ball turn prodigiously at times. Full credit to Webber for being undisturbed by it all and he looked very comfortable and in control.

Wickets tumbled but the partnerships eked out were just long enough to prevent the Tigers taking 10 points. We finished 8 / 183. This could be important come year end.

We were outplayed in all aspects this game but I know that won’t be repeated. Looking forward to cementing a spot well inside the 6 before the break this weekend.


4th Grade – Manly-Warringah 10/163 & 1/49 def by Sydney 10/181 (D McKenna 3/45, A Bain 2/16)

The Manly 4th grade boys rocked up to a picturesque birch grove oval with the scenic harbour bridge looming on the horizon. In a cricket sense, mixed emotions engulfed the group. A game that was going to be tough to win, yet the goal was to "win the day". The boys started strong bowling to a negative minded Sydney CC. Dan Mckenna, Glyn Archer and Alex Bain toiled hard with the ball , getting us very close and having them 8 down however unfortunately they reached our total before we could bowl them out. Eventually the boys grabbed the last few wickets and were sent into bat. Losing an early wicket Will Outred and James Boyer were left to defend the dignity and pride of the Tahs in fear of an outright upset. Both showing class, concentration and determination, they played out the day both still in not out, until the day concluded early just after tea.

Isaiah Vumbaca

5th Grade – Manly-Warringah 7/281 drew with Sydney 8/197 (B Watts 3/46, M Counsell 2/43)

Fifth grade arrived at Mike Pawley confident after a solid batting performance on Day 1, declaring and sending Sydney into bat.

Opening bowlers Counsell and Osullivan set the tone early bowling good lines and keeping it tight, however the Sydney openers were to good early. Brown made the first break through starting a bit of a collapse. This set it up for our two spinners Jonah and ben who tied down the Sydney middle order, Ben taking 3 bowling with unbelievable consistency for such a young guy.

An unbelievable catch from Toby Poole at short cover sparked some excitement in the group however the Sydney tail then shut up shop blocking out 25 overs straight, both Micky Counsell and Ben watts working hard for wickets but unable to find any, even after taking a new ball.

The 5th grade team fought well but some disciplined batting from Sydney’s tail order means no points were taken by either team for the match.


Hardboard Diggers Team of the Round

Our Harbord Diggers team of the week was a little harder to assemble this week, especially the batting order with a few batting worries across the grades. But there were some standouts with Merchants ton and Wolters dig in 3rd grades 2nd innings seeing them at the top of the order. Pickering and Wheeler were in fine form for 5th grade and come in at 3 and 4, while a McKenna hitting Masterclass see's him promoted to 5.

Sam Webber and Michael Visser are at 6 and 7 for their fighting displays with the bat, with Vissers 5fa with the ball a bonus. Wigney, Beatty and Carden round out this weeks fast bowling cartel while 4 wickets from Sam Alexander continues his good form and brings him into the side at #10



Waratahs look to blossom on Day 2 - Monday News - Rd7 vs Sydney - Day 1


Round 7 saw the mighty Tahs up against Sydney Cricket Club. Some good performances in 1s and 5s with 2s, 3s and 4s struggling with the bat for the most part. First grade dismissed Sydney for 302 with Beatty, Carden and Alexander all amongst the wickets. Second grade made their way to 135, largely thanks to a 64 run partnership between Gainsford and Visser. Third grade battled with the bat to make their way to 92, Sydney are 3/196 in return. Fourth grade fought hard to get to 163, largely thanks to McKenna’s unbeaten 78 from 53 rocks batting at 9. Fifth grade had a solid day out, amassing 7/281 from their 80 overs. Pickering made an awesome 96 and was unlucky not to get a ton, Wheeler was also amongst the runs again, compiling 64. First grade also won their T20 on Sunday against Illawarra very comfortably compiling 2/189 from their allotted overs, Lenton staring with 110*. Illawarra could only manage 118 in reply, with Graham, Alexander and Beadle getting amongst the wickets.

4 Pines Player of the Week - Taylor Beatty

Taylor showed his class with the ball on Saturday at Manly Oval to take a very impressive 4/67 from 21 overs. They are his best figures in his First Grade career as he went about his business on a flat track in God’s Country. He bowled well in tandem with Alexander and Carden who picked up 3 scalps each.

Taylor is a very deserving recipient for the 4 pines player of the week as he showed what he is capable of, hopefully this is the start of many great performances from Beatty this season.

Well done mate!


1st Grade – Manly-Warringah 1/39, Sydney 10/302 (T Beatty 4/67, J Carden 3/42, M Alexander 3/110)

We lost the toss on a green wicket back at Manly oval and Sydney decided to Bat. We started the day with 10 guys as Jay was delayed and coming straight off a plane returning from Sydney Thunder duties where he smashed 76 off 50 odd balls during the week. The day started well with Matty Alexander claiming a wicket in the first over caught behind by the stand in wicketkeeper, the better Crosthwaite. Taylor Beatty took with new ball to partner with Matty A and together they bowled tight lines and got some movement. We had Sydney under pressure 3/31 early in the day, when Taylor knocked over the Sydney captain with a beautiful inswinger.

Enter the debutant Jake Carden, Jake started beautifully and hit a great length and made it uncomfortable for the Sydney batsmen. Jakes first first grade wicket was a memorable ball taking the outside edge and being taken at second slip. His celebration was straight out of the Brett Lee handbook with AB suggesting he should have been a baller. This left Sydney at 4/48.

We did have them on the ropes but we never felt totally in control as ex England one day batsmen Joe Denly was still at the crease. Sydney built a partnership and got to lunch at 5/104. After lunch we claimed an early wicket with Matty A catching the edge and we had them 6 down for 114. Denly still at the crease was a concern. He partnered with their number 8 for a 131 run partnership. We lost our way a little and leaked too many runs and put down a few easy chances. We broke the partnership and able to take some wickets to follow. Still Denly was in and making life difficult, he made his 100 and kept going we eventually dismissed him as the last batsmen for 160 closing their innings at 302. Beatty with 4 wickets was the standout and Carden on debut with 3 along with Matty A taking the other 3.

We had 20 overs to bat and we understood the importance of getting through this period with little damage. Jarrod unfortunately got a very good ball from the left armer to be out caught behind. We still had a little over an hour to bat at 1/7. We were able to get through the next hour to go to stumps at 1/39, trailing by 263 runs with 9 wickets left. I am not out 20 odd with Adam not out 6 off 3000 balls. A huge weekend for our group to chase down the runs next Saturday.

Go Manly,
James Crosthwaite (better Crosthwaite)

2nd Grade – Manly-Warringah 10/135 (M Visser 39, S Gainsford 36), Sydney 4/98 (M Visser 3/49)

The Manly lads turned up to a fairly green looking wicket at Drummoyne Oval. Skipper Jack Ritchie lost the toss and we were sent in. We began the innings with the mindset of ensuring we batted out the 96 overs and doing the hard yards early.

However, the wicket was providing a lot more seam and movement than first anticipated. Openers Ritchie (2) and D’arcy (4) found themselves bowled by deliveries that jagged. We then found ourselves 5/24 when batsmen Weston (6), Kaye (5) and Bariol (0) were dismissed due to some good tight bowling, assisted by the green wicket.

Daley (18) and Gainsford (36) knuckled down and scored some very handy runs due to some good scoring shots straight down the ground and some wayward leg side bowling. Daley was then dismissed after a solid start which brought Visser (39) to the crease who combined with Gainsford to provide the tahs with a decent score to bowl at when the time came. Both batsmen faced over 100 balls and did at excellent job at battling it out in the difficult conditions. Visser's innings included a superb six hit hard and flat over long on.

Unfortunately the tail could not hold on with both Marshall and Bishop-Perrett falling LBW to the leg spinner for 0. This left Wigney 7 not out after cracking boundary over cover. All out 135.

The Tahs took the new ball with full belief we could cause some damage with the 42 overs left in the day. With Ritchie having to leave at tea, under 14’s rep player Nick Taylor was called into field. Openers Visser and Wigney bowled great lines and were unlucky with a few plays and misses early. Debutant Bishop-Perrett was called in at first change, bowling straight and also managed to draw some false shots.

Visser managed to grab the breakthrough snicking off the opener. Dylan Marshall then removed the other opener due to an excellent catch from young stand in Nick Taylor at square leg. Visser managed to grab 2 wickets later in the day due to some good tight bowling in partnership with Tom Kaye. Leaving Sydney at 4-98 at stumps.

The Tahs will return to Drummoyne next week with full belief that we can pick up six quick wickets and get the job done.

Go Manly!
Ryan Bishop-Perrett

3rd Grade – Manly-Warringah 10/92 (J Crombie 25), Sydney 3/196

3rds were confronted with a very green, hard pitch and deep down were hoping to lose the toss. We won, had a bat (not for long) and were rolled in the 34th over for a paltry 92. The last time we collapsed was on a fresh wicket at MPO so we need to step up a bit when the bowlers test our technique. Once again James Crombie (last man out for 25) was the pick, as he was v Penrith when we were last rolled, so well done mate.

Luke Edgell (20) was the only other guy to hit double figures and he batted well before following one and snicking. Maybe there were one or two dodgy decisions amongst it all but no body cares. We need to get better when there is a bit of movement around. I have no doubt we can fight back and show Sydney our true colours when we have a bat this weekend. Must admit I was a bit surprised they did not show greater intent at the end of the day and stick us in for a testing period, but they deserve to do what they want as they thoroughly outplayed us on day 1.

With just 92 we needed to get a cracking start. Cracking was not the word as two edges were spilt early on and they got off to a flyer going at 6rpo early on. Both Brad & Falcs created a regulation chance each and it may have been a different game but not to be as Sydney dealt with us comfortably to the end of the day finishing 3/196. Crombie the pick of the bowlers despite finishing wicketless. Sam Alexander bowled well and exclaimed loudly, Ash’s leggies were expensive but getting better and Ned picked up one as well but all up a very disappointing day. These days happen to all teams, as long as we limit them and bounce back well over the next two weekends this will be quickly forgotten.

Many thanks to Langdon for scoring all day as he did against Penrith – we’ll do better for you next time mate.


4th Grade – Manly-Warringah 10/163 (D McKenna 78*, I Vumbaca 30), Sydney 5/147 (W Akhurst 2/26)

Day one of the clash against Sydney finished with the Sydney team very much in control of the game. On a deck which looked pretty fair for vat and ball at the start of the day we were put in to have a stick. Will and Nick opened up and both looked comfortable at the crease, lots of positive things looking to come of the innings.

Unfortunately, wickets fell at regular intervals and a short time later we found ourselves at 9-80 after 20 odd overs. All batsman found the pitch good to bat on but somehow also found ways of losing their wicket. Dan McKenna was the shining light for the team, once again highlighting his clean hitting ability at the lower end of the batting order. Glyn at 11 supported Dan very well at the other end as he plundered 8 fours and 6 sixes on his way to 78no.

The innings eventually came to a close all out for 163 and the pitch being flat as a tack.

Alex made the first breakthrough early in the piece but in contrast to our innings the Sydney batsman were able to take full advantage of the batting paradise and took to any loose balls ruthlessly.

After being 1-120 however there was a small revival of the manly boys in the last session with Will Ackhurst taking the 2 wickets of the in batsman, Zach got one too late in the day, and Will Outred joined in as well with one, bowling some of the best leg spin bowling your likely to see in 4th grade.

Sydney finished the day at 5-147.

Jacob Graham

5th Grade – Manly-Warringah 7/281 (J Pickering 96, D Wheeler 64, J O’Sullivan 37), Sydney dnb

On an overcast cloudy day at Mike Pawley the Manly 5th graders strolled out to a hard pitch, which would be good to have a bat on. With everyone hoping to bat Waddo went out to the toss, he won and we chose to bat. With the early loss of Matt Brewster (0) Dom Wheeler and Joel Mason combined to create a good partnership to dig the boys out of trouble.

With Maso spooning one to mid wicket, Poole came to the crease to knock a few around only to be stumped later with a good ball from Sydney's left arm ortho. Jack Pickering was next to the middle with him and Dom combining to create a spectacular partnership of 86 with fine combinations of cut shots, pull shots and cover drives taking Dom to well notched up 50 and taking the team score to 3-150. Following the departure of Dom after a solid innings a low ball caught him on the pads for a quality 64, Jacob came to the crease and together he and Jack continued the run scoring with Jack playing fine shots knocking up this 50 not long after tea.

Jack and Jacob both persisted and kept scoring valuable runs with a mixture of 4s, 2s and quick singles forcing Sydney on the back foot and taking to manly boys to 4-200 at the final drinks break. With the pair still continuing on Jack entered the nervous 90s and played classy shots to get to 96 and to unfortunately fall short of his ton by chipping one to a man in close. From here Jonah entered to push around a few singles to get off the mark before the loss of Jacob for 37 placing the boys at this stage 6-250. Hayden then came to the middle to only hit a few singles getting Jonah on strike who then went ballistic hitting reverse sweeps for 2 and bombs over cover for 4 and 6. Jonah’s streak of bombs unfortunately came to and end when he skied one straight up falling for a quick 29. This then brought the captain Waddo to the crease for the last ball as he simply stood and delivered hitting a huge bomb for 6 leaving the Waratahs 7-281 at stumps on day 1.

Hayden Brown


First Grade T20

North Dalton Park was the venue for our last round game of the T20s. Adam Crossy won the toss and we elected to bat. Fast forward 20 overs and we had amassed 2/189, J Lenton was the star compiling 110* from 72 balls, AB also made 41* from 24 balls. They both batted really well and showed Illawarra how cricket is played in Manly

We then went to business with the ball, rock and rolling Illawarra for 118, Joey Graham the pick of the bowlers picking up 4/24 from his 4 overs. Matt Alexander also bowled extremely well and picked up 3/22 from his 4 overs. A Beadle chimed in with 2/26 as well. A very dominant display from the Manly boys whose campaign is now over as we missed out on the finals.


Bears Claw Back Eclipsed by T20 Madness - Monday News - Rd6 vs North Sydney - Day 2


The Manly-Warringah Travelsim Waratah's experienced almost the complete spectrum of results this weekend in with grade fixtures against North Sydney Bears and the 1st Grade Kingsgrove Cup T20 Doubleheader. The immense frustration of 4th Grade's draw combined with the disappointment of 1st grade's demoralizing loss was tempered by the highs of 5th grade's comprehensive outright victory, impressive wins in 2nd and 3rd Grade as well as a T20 Masterclass in the 1st Grade T20 match against UNSW. The exceptional performances of Simon Waddington's 5th Grade side plus the ridiculous batting displayed by Ollie Davies and James Crosthwaite continues to show how the hard work at training is starting to pay off. With three teams within their respective top 3 places and no team below 9th, the Tash are looking to come into Christmas with a wet sail.

"Watch James Crosthwaite's blistering 139* in Sunday's T20 against UNSW"

4 Pines Player of the Week - Oliver Davies

This Week’s 4 Pines Player of the Week is a seriously talented youngster who tore apart North Sydney’s 3rd Grade bowling attack in a devastating display of timing and power en route to his maiden grade century for the Tahs. Entering in the 5th over of the day with another 260 runs required to give 3rd Grade victory, Ollie Davies set about almost single-handedly destroying the North Sydney bowling attack during a 24-over period where it looked the game would be over before tea! Coming off an incredible vein of form in the Australian U/17 competition where he scored 321 runs at an average of 54, it was only a matter of time before this and the half-centuries in 3rd Grade and Poidevin-Gray were converted into something even bigger.

Keep up the great work Ollie!!!


1st Grade – North Sydney 4/444 def Manly 5/443 (M. White 2-113, M. Visser 1-96 [19])

The day started off well with Whitey getting the first wicket on the fourth ball of the day via the opening batsman leaving it and it flicking some glove on the way through. From that moment, the game was never in our favour with their captain Avedano making 176. Early on in his innings he looked like we could get him caught behind with him playing through the vacant cover region consistently. A dropped catch didn’t make things easier.

We didn’t bowl to our plans that we discussed during the week and gave away too many loose balls instead of focusing on maidens. After getting the first two wickets, they developed another partnership before Visser took a sharp catch at mid on that was hit like a rocket. Visser got our fourth and final wicket which he deserved LBW. Even though it was an absolute road of a deck we didn’t show up, our bowling wasn’t as good as we know it can be and we didn’t stick to our plans made during the week by bowling straight.

Jarrod Rawlings

2nd Grade – Manly 264 & 1/44 def North Sydney 171 (J. Carden 3-24, M. Alexander 2-27, L. Weston 2-3)

We arrived at Grahams confronted with a belter of a wicket thanks to Green Options extraordinaire Samoz and Norths resuming at 1-10 chasing 270.

Norths got off to a strong start until the big bopper Kerrod went for one to many off Andrew “Jamo” Jamieson and had to depart. From here the batsmen continued to grind away with very few loose balls from the manly boys making it difficult to score. Eventually Jake “Ping” Carden got the breakthrough, taking an excellent return catch off his bowling. After another couple of wickets the Norths practically shut-up shop and after Lunch they were well and truly playing for the draw. Working hard for the boys all the wickets were shared and a good effort bowling them out for 140.

Good Ol Glenn decided to put us in for another stick for some reason after tea and we finished 1-50 when the two skippers called it.

Well done bois.

Jack Edwards

3rd Grade – North Sydney 271 (S. Alexander 5-67 [24]) def by Manly 6/272 (O. Davies 112, J. Daly 64, A. Virdi 45)

3rd grade had a lovely, slightly dry pitch to score a further 261 runs. Buoyed on from the team coffee we expected to watch someone take it to the Bears. It wasn’t Jimmy Crombie (0) who followed an outtie to gully and it wasn’t Will Wolter (21) who looked good, hitting some nice boundaries but slashed at a ball maybe a bit full and tight and was well caught at 2nd slip. 2/32. Sam Webber (7) joined Ollie Davies (112) to try and get us out of trouble. Sam looked very comfortable, whipping one off his legs amongst others but was undone by a well timed straight drive from Ollie clipping the bowler’s fingers and being run out. 3/73.

Jordan and Ollie had to get another 200 and for a while it looked like they would do it before tea. Firstly Jordan’s innings – hardly a support role but that’s what it was. It was littered with great shots scorching to the boundary and he once again was a rock throughout ensuring we got the points, being there at the end only to be unluckily dismissed after we passed them, supposedly caught at slip off a bottom edge from a spinner.

Ollie’s innings was all action. Going in in the 5th over, departing in the 28th. In for 24 overs, missed some strike action for a few overs so probably faced no more than 65 balls. No-one hit a six for the two days except for 6 massive bombs from the young man. No chances, dynamite stroke play and the Nths capt at tea said it was the best innings he has ever seen. As the opposition I would put 4 slips and 3 gullies in for the first 3 balls and hope for the best. A very well hit cover drive for 6 brought up his century and he left another hundred out there when he played across a part time leggies ball that hit him in front.

We still had work to do at 4/180 but Ash Virdi (44) played a great innings, hitting the ball hard for 10 boundaries, most of them along the ground. Went aerial and found mid off unfortunately just as we were about to win. Good signs from Ash.

All up a very good win which sees us in 2nd spot behind Mosman on quotient.

Warren Evans

4th Grade – Manly 236 (A. Gummer 80) drew North Sydney 7/153 (J. Graham 4-29, D. McKenna 2-12)

It was a boring day out for the Manly boys, with North Sydney been given a wicket that looked to benefit the batsman, we knew we had to bowl stump to stump and be patient. There weren’t many highlights in the first 2 sessions with North Sydney batting out 21 maidens in the first 40 overs of the match, ending up on 1-57. Opening bowlers, Ben Falconer and Dan McKenna bowled well and were unlucky to snare a wicket early on.

As the wicket was playing true and the batsmen blocking everything Max had to rotate the bowlers in short spells to try and get the first break through. Alex Bain in his first over took the first poll, with the batsman playing at a wide one and dragging it on. From that first wicket it was a while till the next wicket fell, however with consistent line and lengths and plenty of patients, Jacob Graham was able to bag a 4fa which was the highlight for the day. Dan also got amongst the wickets later on in the day.

From this point onwards the opposition blocked out the rest of the day for a draw, which at the start of the day didn’t look likely.

Will Akhurst

5th Grade – North Sydney 120 (M. Counsell 5 wickets) & 58 J. Sullivan (3 wickets) def outright by Manly 2/274 (M. Brewster 113, D. Wheeler 59*)

Fifth grade arrived at Tonkin Park after posting a big total last week and the game being much in Manly’s favour.

From a quick pre game inspection, the wicket looked similar to last week (green and hard) and we thought it would be a good day for pace bowling. North Sydney started the day 0/38 after the opening batsmen spent the final 10 overs of last week slashing at any width.

Opening bowlers Glyn Archer and Michael Counsell started the day off with a masterclass in seam bowling with both bowlers bowling with pace, aggression and both being able to get the ball moving in the air and off the pitch. Counsell bagged the wicket of the more dangerous opener within the first few overs and Glyn also picked up a couple of early ones, with Jacob O’sullivan combining with Dom for a runout to keep the pressure building. Big Michael Counsell continued to bowl consistent areas and constantly troubled the bat all day and was surprisingly unfatigued after bowling for most the first innings. He ended up with 5 for the innings, his second fifth grade 5-fa this season. Hayden Brown also snagged 2 wickets coming on at first change, troubling the batsmen with consistent lines. North Sydney ended up with a first innings total of 120 off 39 overs and we sent them in again after tea.

After Counsell’s long first innings spell, Waddo decided to open up with Jacob O’sullivan and Glyn and sure enough early wickets began to fall quickly. Sully picked up 3 wickets in his opening spell, which were his first wickets for the club. Glyn was again on fire at the other end, getting 4 wickets in quick succession and finishing with 6 for the game. North Sydney were in shambles and were 7-22 before drinks. Counsell then came on, picking up another wicket to also make his total 6 for the match. We eventually bowled out North Sydney in the second innings for a total of 58 in 24 overs ensuring a well-deserved 10 points for the Tahs.

Ben Watts


Tah's off to a Beary Good Start vs Norths - Monday News - Rd6 vs North Sydney - Day 1


The Travelsim Waratahs are off to a terrific start in the Round 6 fixture vs. North Sydney. First Grade continued their incredible run with the bat, with James Crosthwaite leading the way with a magnificent 195. JC unfortunately fell just short of what would have been his first double hundred for the Waratahs. He was well supported by Rawlings (81), Adam Crosthwaite (41), Jay Lenton (61*) and Ahillen Beadle (44). Second Grade star and club captain, Billy Darcy led the way with the willow on Saturday, posting yet another ton for the Manly boys. This is Billy's 4th ton in the past two seasons, and his second in as many digs. Contributions from Gainsford, Edwards and Bariol saw Cubby's men post a modest total of 264. Third Grade toiled all day on the highway at Bon Andrews Oval. Sam Alexander enjoyed his long awaited return to the main grade and took his first 5 wicket haul for the season. Norths were bundled out for 271 and we are 0/10 in response. Fourth Grade also had a solid day at the office posting a total of 236 with Adam Gummer chipping in with a classy 80. He was well supported by Max Burgess (41) and Zachy Trewartha (26). Fifth Grade bounced back in spectacular fashion after last week's tough loss against Sutherland. Opening batsmen Will Outred (35) and Matt Brewster (113) set the tone early and continued to punish North Sydney as the day progressed. Dom Wheeler (59*) and Toby Poole (44) continued the momentum and the boys ended up posting a whopping 2/274 in just under 70 overs. Norths are 0/38 overnight.

Finally, our Poidevan Gray side remained undefeated after a nail-biting victory over Sydney. Jack Edwards was the star of the day taking 5/27 off 9 overs and posting a classy 65. He was well supported with the bat by skipper Sam Gainsford (56*). Special mention to Sammy who battled with an elbow injury for the majority of his innings and ensured the boys got over the line in the second last over.

All in all a solid weekend for the Manly boys and with another strong week we will hopefully be walking out of this round with full points. We have made a great surge in the Club Championship race recently, as we currently sit in 5th place, 84 points behind the leaders Gordon. A perfect round will see us very close to 1st Position.

Go Manly!

4 Pines Player/s of the Week - James Crosthwaite/Matt Brewster

This week was another week filled with incredible performances right throughout the grades. This player of the week award is getting harder and harder to decide each week as the club are playing some incredible cricket at the moment. This week's 4 Pines Brewery Player/s of the Week are James Crosthwaite and Matt Brewster. 

James continued his form with the bat after posting 95 against Sutherland last round. The better Crossy went on and made a mammoth 195 off only 226 deliveries. Hopefully this will be the first of many tons for Jimmy this season. 

Matt Brewster hit his first Ton for Manly in 5th Grade's game down at Tunks Park. Matty opened up and set the tone for the Manly boys. In only his 4th match, to already have a ton under his belt is a fantastic achievement and we are all sure it is the first of many for Matty. 

Well Done Boys!

Notable performers: Billy Darcy (113), Sam Alexander (5/67) and Jack Edwards (65, 5/29) were also unlucky not to be players of the week after their fantastic performances over the weekend. 


1st Grade – Manly 4/443 (J. Crosthwaite 195,  J. Rawlings 81, J. Lenton 61*, A. Beadle 44, A. Crosthwaite 41) vs North Sydney 

Turned up to an amazing oval as always at North Sydney. Crossy won the toss and put us into bat for the day. The openers just do their thing and amazing job at that and was awesome to watch. Jarrod paying some nice shots and turning strike over and got 81 before getting caught behind. Then James destroying it and hitting a dominating 195, which his brother wasn't happy he was gonna get a big total so blocked one to keeper and they run for James to be run out. All batters that went out contributed with captain hitting 41 and then Jay 61 hitting some big shots over the rope as well as AB 44 getting us to a big total of 443 to finish the day in a strong position. The bowlers bowled well but our boys just didn't give them any opportunities. The total gives the bowlers next week a good total to bowl at.

Matty White

2nd Grade – Manly 264 (B. Darcy 113, S. Gainsford 38, A. Bariol 27, J. Edwards 25) vs North Sydney 1/11

After a convincing win over Sutherland last round, the Manly boys turned up to LM Graham reserve full of confidence. Skipper Jack Ritchie won the toss and elected bat, giving the inform top order another chance to go about setting a big total on what looked to be another flat Graham's wicket.

After a solid first half hour from our openers, we lost Kaye and Ritchie in quick succession, to leave the score at 2/37. Young Gun Jack Edwards joined the inform (former lower grader) Billy Darcy and the two went about trying to get the innings back on track. Both players rotated the strike effectively and punished the loose ball, while negotiating some quality bowling from the North Sydney quicks. At lunch the score was 2/97, setting the team up for another big total.
Unfortunately, the lunch break didn't do us any favours, as we lost wickets in quick succession again with Edwards out caught behind for 25 and Weston LBW for 2. One of the clubs inform batsmen Aiden Bariol joined Darcy at the crease, (who had already reached 50 for the third time in as many rounds). In only his second innings at this level, Bariol looked to be handling the pressure with ease. A youngest who has all the shots, Aiden looked like he belonged from the outset.

The boys took the score 178, before Darcy survived a massive LBW shout (which looked to be crashing into all three stumps). Unfortunately, this would go against Bariol the next over, when he got what looked to be a massive square up from the same umpire and was out LBW for a well-made 27.

Sam Gainsford joined Darcy and the two kept the score ticking over for the next 10 overs or so. Billy brought up his second consecutive century in the 56th over, bringing about a tremendous applause from the 20 odd strong crowd at Graham's Reserve. The bloke that once referred to himself as a "lower grade batsmen", will have to leave this statement behind, as he looks set for higher honours. His innings of 113 was an extremely mature knock, that included some fantastic stroke making and great power hitting. His long time Idol Adam Crosthwaite will sure have Billy in his sights, if this form keeps up!

At 5/216 at tea, another big score looked inevitable, with Gainsford and Darcy still at the crease. Things didn't go so well after tea however and on reflection Billy may have been side tracked by the talk of his first ever treble, later that evening. Knocking back a tremendous spread for tea and instead taking a couple salt tablets to prevent cramp, proved costly for Bill, as he was out shortly after the resumption of play for 113.
From there we went on to lose 5-27 to be all out for 264 in the 84th over. Sam Gainsford batted extremely well for his 36 with some good support from Matt Alexander 16 off 40 rocks (including two big sixes). The others offered little and which meant we would have 10 overs at North Sydney that evening. North Sydney spinner Jake Lintott was the main destroyer, taking 5/66 off his 27 overs.
In a tense half hour of play North Sydney finished at 1-11 after Alexander ripped opener Docos off pole out, in his third over.

A match that is well in the balance, our bowlers will need to get things right early next week to put pressure on the North Sydney top order, who boasts plenty of first grade experience. The day belonged to Billy Darcy though, a fantastic knock from an even better bloke. The club captain is on fire!

Andrew Jamieson

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Carden TKaye
"Jake Carden preparing with the bat as 2's warm up"

"Tom Kaye focusing on the job at hand out in the middle"
BillTom Jedwards
"Billy D'Arcy looking to consolidate a partnership with Tom Kaye"

"Jack Edwards looking to get amongst the runs against the Bears"

3rd Grade – Manly 0/10 vs North Sydney 274 (S. Alexander 5/67, R. Bishop-Perrett 2/69)

Bon Andrews had a cover of grass but was hard as a rock. Played true the whole day and to chase 271 will be interesting. We were not at our best, especially early on, struggling for control against the top order left handers. RBP (2/69 from 17) was again unlucky with a dropped catch in the cordon first over. Needless to say he went on to score 52. Wilson (0/25 from 11) bowled tidily but the openers seemed unfazed, with us leaking too many hip balls and leg side singles. Evans (1/27 from 6) got the breakthrough with an edge to Daly. 1/38. Ned (2/37 from 11) then got another edge to Daly to make it 2/60. A couple of good catches. 2/3 ain't bad I suppose.

Evans was dispatched to the boundary repeatedly in his last 2 overs and Norths were humming. Sam Alexander (5/67 from 24) bowled with control, flight, beguilement from ball 1. He soon clean bowled their #4 to make it 3/98 and a similar result followed soon after making it 4/106. Good pressure bowling was met with equally good, even tempered batting that dug the Bears out of a hole. We had a few half chances throughout, none taken. Finally their #6 swept at Sam but was caught in front to make it 5/179. Ned then had the #7 well caught by RBP at short cover. 6/193.

Another good partnership followed though and the Bears were threatening 300+ but luckily for us, and needlessly for them, the #8, looking comfortable, took a mad swipe at RBP to be clean bowled. In the same over RBP trapped the other run scorer in front to make it 8/248.

A great running backwards catch by RBP made it 254 and arguably that's where it should have ended but the umpire thought otherwise and the tail hit well for a further 17 runs giving us an awkward chase. We are 0/10 in reply from the two we had to get through.

It will take some time at the crease for a couple of blokes next week for us to chase this down. Will be interesting with both teams no doubt fancying their chances.

Warren Evans

4th Grade – Manly 236 (A. Gummer 80, M. Burgess 41, Z. Trewartha 26) vs North Sydney

Turning up to Mike Pawley Oval on a tacky wicket with a bit of moisture left in it we lost the toss and the boys were sent in by North Sydney. With a strong batting line-up however and coming into the game off the back of a big win last round against Sutherland we were confident of putting in a strong performance with the bat and setting a big total. Openers Cohen and Gummer started off well and moved the total to 44 before Cohen fell to a sharp caught and bowled. Boyer then joined Gummer at the crease but unfortunately fell to a piece of clever bowling, being bowled. Willy Akhurst then came to the crease off the back of a fine half century last round but fell cheaply pushing one to the catcher in close. This then brought Zachy Trewartha to the middle as he showed his intentions early with some power hitting and counter attacking but was undone for well-made 22. Maxxy then joined Gumms and the pair set about consolidating the total whilst showing the rest of the team how to go about their business showing plenty of resolve. The two were patient and showed excellent application to move the team to 177 swinging momentum back in our favour throughout their partnership. Maxxy was dismissed for a solid captain's knock of 41 and Gumms soon followed as he was dismissed for a superb 80 being the mainstay of our innings. Izzy fell soon after for 4 and unfortunately the tail couldn't contribute as much as we would have wanted. Apart from some big hitting from Mckenna and grafting at the end from Graham we were all out for 236. A strong bowling and fielding effort next week will be required but overall a good day with the bat for the Tahs.

Nic Cohen

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"Adam Gummer and Nick Cohen putting on the runs in 4's"

"Adam Gummer looking to crunch one through point"

"Nick Cohen working one off his pads"

5th Grade – Manly 2/274 (M. Brewster 113,  D. Wheeler 59*, T. Poole 44, W. Outred 35) vs North Sydney 0/38

Fifth grade rocked up to a greenish yet rock hard Tunks park wicket on Saturday and decided it was a good toss to lose. With a bit of cloud about and some wind coming off the water, we were sent in to bat after Waddo lost yet another toss (21st loss on the trot?). After Wilbur forgot the team kit we got through a good warm-up and looked set for a good day.

Brewster and Will opened up and started superbly. In no time we had flown to 0-100 with Brewster notching up his fifty. Soon after Wilbur fell for a well composed 34, arguably facing the better bowling and being dismissed by a young kid with a questionable bowling action. Dom then joined Brewster at the crease and the two put on more runs in quick fashion. Brewster brought up his ton in interesting fashion, inside edging the spinner past the keeper's gloves and narrowly avoiding both a stumping and caught behind. Despite the boys' initial thoughts that it may have been byes the runs were awarded and he brought up an excellent and well deserved 100. He was dismissed for 113 shortly after and Dom and Toby continued the onslaught after being given a license, ending up on 59* and 40* respectively.

We declared with 10 overs left in the day to try and snag an early one or two before tea. Unfortunately there were a lot of plays and misses and a dropped catch in the slips. North Sydney reached 0/37 at stumps with plenty to play for next week.

Glyn Archer

Poidevin Gray – Manly 7/180 (J. Edwards 65, S. Gainsford 56*) def Sydney 178 (J. Edwards 5/29, J. Wigney 3/41)

The PG's boys arrived at Drummoyne oval looking to continue their winning streak. Skipper Gainsford lost the toss, a good one to lose, and Sydney chose to bat. Josh Wigney struck in the 3rd over with a great catch by Falconer at fine leg. Sydney's second wicket started to build a partnership, until inform Graham got the number 3 caught at short cover. Wickets continued to fall after Graham's wicket. Edwards taking his maiden 5 fa seemed to get the crucial wicket when a partnership looked like building. Josh Wigney also picking up a sneaky 3 fa and helping keep the Sydney boys to a gettable 178.
Jack Edwards 5-27 off 9 overs, Josh Wigney 3-41 off 8

Wolter and Bariol continued their aggressive manner at the beginning of the Manly innings. Wolter put one back over the spinners head but not long after, found himself trapped in front of the stumps for 8 and was given out LBW. Edwards continued with the positive intent by hitting a couple of 6's early on in his innings. Bariol departed a while later for 14 and was also given out LBW trying to sweep one. Edwards and Gainsford set up the Manly innings putting on 53 for the third wicket. Edwards brought up his half century off close to a run a ball. He was bowled a little while later for 65. Davies, Crombie and Trewartha were out quite quick, giving Sydney a slight glimpse of hope. This was taken away when Carden helped Gainsford pile on the runs and bring up his second half century for the comp. Carden was out caught just before the runs were scored. Gainsford finished on a solid 56 not out and helped the Manly boys pick up 4 from 4 and lead the comp.

Highlights of the day were Edwards 5-27 off 9 and 65, Wigney 3-41 off 8 and Gainsford 56*

Oliver Davies

Sharks Succumb to Terrific Tahs - Monday News - Rd5 vs Sutherland - Day 2


A terrific round for the Tahs saw wins from the top 4 grades as well as PG’s, and a tough loss for our 5th grade side. All our bowlers toiled hard this week as we all went about defending solid totals. The stand out of the weekend was big Joey Graham claiming 7 wickets in his first grade debut. All bowlers chipped in as 2nd grade made easy work of defending 389, Carden picking up 3, and Wigney and Edwars picking up 2 a piece. 3rd grade dismissed Sutherland for 206, with RBP the chief destroyer with 3. 4th grade batted on for one ball as Dmac brought up his maiden ton, what a player. Falcs and Samoz were the leaders with the ball picking up 4 and 3 wickets respectively. 5th grade toiled hard in the field all day and unfortunately went down as Sutherland chased our total of 291, Archer picked up 3 scalps. Our PG’s boys continue their great start to the season with a terrific win over Hawkesbury. The Hawks set us 181 and we chased it down for the loss of 4 wickets, Gainsford was the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets. All batsmen chipped in with the bat, Davies top scored with 51*, Gainsford close behind with a great knock of 44 as both these boys put on 87 for the 4th wicket. A great week for the lads, we go up against North Sydney next week in the grades and Sydney for PG’s at Drummoyne.

Up the Tahs!

4 Pines Player of the Week - Joe Graham

How good is he!

On his first grade debut, Joey picked up 7 of the best as he bowled First Grade to victory on Saturday. As mentioned on social media over the weekend, it is the best figures on debut for a Manly first grader in NSW Premier Cricket. Joey has worked really hard on his bowling and is reaping the rewards, and he doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. Joey now has a mortgage on the top bunk over Jacob in the Graham household.

Well done mate! Love your work.


1st Grade – Manly 5/398 def Sutherland 10/385 (J. Graham 7/148)

Making the third journey in as many weeks to the delightful Glenn McGrath Oval, the Manly boys were full of confidence to defend a strong total of 398.

Expecting another delicious batting wicket the Tahs bowlers knew they were in for a hard day in the dirt, with the expectation to win the fixture in the last half an hour.

A solid first session both with the bat from Sutherland and strong fight from our men with the ball ended with the 6"3 Joseph Graham bowling a textbook off spinning delivery to break the opening partnership on the stroke of lunch and take his first, first grade pole.

Coming into the second session knowing patience with the ball and support from the fielders was crucial to set up a victory the Tahs delivered. Joseph picking up another three critical wickets to have the home team four down at tea.

The stage was set for a cracking last session with both sides in position to take the 6 points. The strong words of have you seen the size of my fingers marks at tea were drilled hard into the Tahs "whoever cracks first loses the game". Knowing this the boys fought hard although going wicket less for close to 45 mins into the last session.

It wasn't until a wide turning delivery from JS Graham was knicked by the in batsman Brown when things started to turn. Joey had 5fa on debut.

A brilliant piece of fielding from the fast skipper brought about a run out and the sharks were 6 down needing 50 for victory. On comes the ticker of Taylor Beatty who wrapped Khan on the pads for 0, 7 down. Out came the 90+ first class veteran Shantry from England, he had no answer for the first game Graham out LBW for 0, 8 down 50 still required.

A mini revival from Fallins and the experienced Rixon brought the sharks to within 15 until the workhouse Visser (struggling with gastro all week) claimed the pole of Fallins caught on the fence.

After bowling 34 overs in a day it seemed it had finally got to Graham noticeably struggling from exhaustion and cramps, a few stern words from the senior players and Graham was on to bowl his 35th, two balls later it was all over a feather behind and Graham had his 7th.

All the hype will be around Joey and his 7/148 on debut the greatest debut for the club in the modern era and in the top 5 of grade cricket of all time and deservedly so, however the support from Beatty, Visser, White, Beadle, Farrell and the professional standard displayed in the field played a massive part in the win, not to mention the outstanding efforts with the bat the week before.

A fantastic victory for the Tahs and a great day to witness history.

Jay Lenton

2nd Grade – Manly 6/389 def Sutherland 10/147 (J. Carden 3/16) & 2/108

The mighty 2nd grade rocked up to the majestic Graham's reserve greeted with the baking sun after a little morning shower and on the hunt for another 6 points. After a disappointing result for the bottom 5 in touch footy, the warm up really set the tone for the day and showed the opposition that we were ready to get in the grind to get the result.

Wigs (Josh Wigney) and Ping (Jake Carden) opened up and bowled an impressive opening spell, keeping the ball up and making great use of the early juice in the deck, leaving Sutherland reeling at 3/16 after Jack Edwards strangled their number 3 down the leg side. Their big bearded batsmen arrived to the wicket and immediately Dyl came on to try and get under his skin. The good little battle was in effect with him getting some big shots away until he made the mistake of going back at Graham's and was skittled for 27. Meanwhile, their young right hander was playing well and they made it to lunch at 4/100.

First ball after lunch, Ping removed Waugh for 40, castled with an absolute peach (it looked good from fine leg) and the Manly boys were on the hunt to wrap up the tail and send Sutherland back in for a second time. This was done very well as Ping (3/16), Wigney (2/20) and Nathan Bracken (Gainsford (1/14)) bowled them out for 147, with Jack Edwards also grabbing 2/20 and Marshall 1/42. Mention to Tommy Kaye who also bowled well with no luck.

With some time to play before tea, we though we'd have a crack of making some early inroads for a potential outright victory and this was started off perfectly with Wigney getting through the defence of their opener first ball to leave them 1/0 off 0.1.

That's where the celebrations came to an end with their number 3 coming out and playing positively, whacking 50 against a tiring bowling attack. Sutherland ended up at 2/100, 12 overs after tea, but nevertheless a great result for the Manly boys and a great way to build momentum leading into the Christmas period.

An excellent performance with the bat last week which was backed up by a great performance in the field.

Dylan Marshall

3rd Grade – Manly 7/319 def Sutherland 10/206 (R. Bishop-Perrett 3/41)

Tonkin was even better to bat on than day one with the weeks’ moisture evening out the pitch and letting the ball come on truly. It would be interesting to see how Sutherland went about the game and from the onset our tight lines kept their run rate in check. The run chase never got interesting, the wicket chase threatened to though.

Wilson (2/15 from 11) got the new ball to go away a bit from the lefty and when he shouldered arms to one that may have straightened a tad he had his off stump and a bit of middle knocked back. 1/18. A long partnership then occurred, all bowlers keeping it tight and Sutherland not accelerating at all. In fact the run rate touched 3rpo very briefly during this partnership but soon fell back to well under 3. Zac (1/16 from 6) bowled well and he got the opener off balance and Bariol had the bails off very quickly to make it 2/86. Aidan’s keeping was on par with his batting from last week.

Izzy (1/70 from 12) was expensive but got the 3rd wicket care of a smack to Wilson at mid off. 3/90. Just before tea RBP (3/41 from 17 overs of good pace) trapped their only threatening bat in front. At tea Sutherland were well behind at 4/115 from 42 overs. RBP kept his hostile spell up after tea and cleaned bowled a couple of blokes, add a snick to Wilson and we were well placed at 7/138 with 90 mins to go. We were flying though the overs with the likes of Evans (0/6 from 6), Davies (0/11 from 8) getting through the overs quickly. The 8th wicket proved difficult with the #3 having no intention to win the game batting for 65 overs for 69 runs. Ned Hole (1/24 from 10) bowled very well, full, straight and onto the bat maybe a bit quicker than they expected and he got a critical wicket caught behind to make it 8/196. The 9th wicket was stubborn as well taking it to the 78th over before Ash Verdi (2/19 from 10) ripped one past him for a caught behind/stumping. Ash’s bowling was high quality leggies and with the pressure he put on in the short cover region he had a good day. Ash finished them up in the 80th over with 30 mins spare. Thanks mate, just saved the club $90 for a new ball.

A very good effort all round this game. Not easy to prize out 10 wickets on a flat track with batsmen intent on occupying the crease. To score 206 in 80 overs was a bit painful but we kept on hanging in with good accurate bowling and were rewarded with the right result.


4th Grade – Manly 7/296 (D. McKenna 100*) def Sutherland 10/156 (B. Falconer 4/43)

4th Grade turned up to Mike Pawley Oval on Saturday with Dan McKenna on 99 not out and our score at 7 for 295. Daniel returned to the crease and stole a quick single into the covers from the first ball of the day to bring up his maiden hundred for Manly. Congratulations Dan! Captain Max Burgess immediately declared and sent the Sutherland boys in to bat.

Sutherland started steadily, taking the score to 36 before the fall of the first wicket. The young Sutherland side struggled to score with consistently straight bowling and well set fields. After the first drinks break, wickets began to fall more regularly. Ben Falconer bowled particularly well in his second spell, using good change ups to bamboozle the batsmen and snare 4 wickets from his 15 overs. Sam Alexander also bowled with control, taking a deserved 3 wickets from 20 overs. The remaining 3 wickets were shared between Dan McKenna, Jacob Graham and Will Akhurst, who took his debut wicket in 4th grade.

Sutherland were bowled out in the 63rd over for 156 handing Manly their third win for the season. This leaves 4th grade in 5th position on the ladder, taking on 10th placed North Sydney next week at Mike Pawley Oval.

Up the Tahs!

5th Grade – Manly 6/291 def by Sutherland 4/295 (G. Archer 3/66)

Fifth grade rocked up to Tonkin Park searching to reach the 300 mark in 8 overs, however due to some smart bowling by Sutherland we managed to reach 291 with help from Hayden (49*) and support from debutant Jake Osborne, ready to have 70 overs to knock over the Sutherland line up.

Knowing that the 4th day deck was as lifeless as grahams on a good day, full and straight was the go. Openers Glynn (3/66) and Michael (0/49) were unlucky not to grab an early wicket due to some smart batting from the Sutho batsmen. Glynn was the pick of the bowlers throughout the day and should be congratulated for steaming in for 19 overs during a day of hard toiling. Hayden (1/54) was also unlucky not to snag a couple of wickets with his tight lines and Ben Watts on debut (0/25) was extremely impressive with the ball troubling batsmen from both ends. At the end of the day we were out batted by Sutherland’s opening batsmen who ended up on 197* out of the 290. All of the bowlers today were challenged and got a taste of the first grade standard in the fifth grade competition. The mighty fifth grade side will be back next week looking to come back as good as ever.

Jacob O’Sullivan

Poidevin Gray – Manly 4/182 (O. Davies 51*, S. Gainsford 44) def Hawkesbury 10/181 (S. Gainsford 3/24)

The boys were up and bouncing around on Sunday morning as we took on Hawkesbury at Graham's. They won the toss and we were sent in to the field.

We started off well with Ben Falconer (2-23) dismissing two of their batsmen within two overs. The batsmen had a slight fight back but the Tahs took three quick wickets around the first drinks. Jack (1-16) took the wicket of the opener who was looking good. Then the first over after drinks Sam (3-24) took two wickets in the over to have Hawkesbury struggling at 5-68. The Tahs had the wind behind them and were hoping for a run chase around 100-120. A few of their batsmen stuck around and eventually Hawkesbury were all out for 181. Credit to the bowlers who bowled well to the plans and the fielding was very good.

With 181 being slightly under par, it was now the batsmen's turn to back up our bowlers on a slow, deteriorating Graham's pitch. Aiden Bariol (22) and Will Wolter(31) got us rolling. Aiden was unfortunately trapped in front. Jack Edwards (13) came in and looked good and added a few more to the total with Will doing his job at the other end. Jack and Will were then both dismissed within 10 runs of each other and the Tahs were 3-67. Enter skipper Sam (44) and young gun Ollie (51*). These two really showed their talent and batted superbly. It took them a few overs to get in but from that they set the bench mark for this run chase. The two looked to finish off the innings as they put on a partnership of 87, but there was a slight mix up running between the wickets and Sam was walking back to the change rooms. The score was now 4-154. Zach (13*) came in with Manly needing 28 runs off about 15 overs to win. Ollie and Zach batted through and past the score with 7 overs remaining. It was a very good batting display from the boys.

This win takes the lads to 3 from 3 wins which puts us in a fantastic position as we take on Sydney next week at Drummoyne Oval.

Zach Trewartha

Hardboard Diggers Team of the Round

This week was a hard one with so many great efforts with the bat in week 1 and the ball in week 2. 5 hundreds and 5 spots in the top 6 going to Bariol, Rawlings, D'Arcy, Weston and McKenna, while Wolter just scrapes in with 95. Both Crosthwaite brothers were extremely unlucky to miss out on the team. Jacob Graham comes in at 7 after his match winning innings on day 1 in 4th grade, as well as providing that 4th seamer with the ball. Falconer produced some cracking changes of pace in 4th grade and he takes the new ball along with the fiery Ryan Bishop-Perrett who is starting to bowl with real venom. Jake Carden was his consistent self and is our first change bowler. Then of course there is Joey.

Depth in the batting and bowling, a team to rival any across the 20 clubs based on the weekends results.


Tons of fun for Tah's as batsmen pile on the runs - Rd 5 Vs Sutherland - Day 1


The TravelSim Waratah's kicked off their Round 5 clash against Sutherland in emphatic style. Our 1st grade side were led well by the top order, finishing the day at 5-398. Jarrod Rawlings continued his run of form with a phenomenal 154 and was well supported by the Crosthwaite brothers as they posted quality half centuries. 2nd Grade bounced back from a very disappointing batting performance against Penrith, posting a mammoth total of 6-389 at atmosphere park. Billy Darcy and Logan Weston batted beautifully as they both notched up their first Second Grade hundreds. These two boys were well supported by half centuries to Jack Ritchie and Sam Gainsford. 3rd Grade had a wonderful day out, with Aiden Bariol (144) and Will Wolter (95) leading the boys to an impressive total of 7-319. 4th Grade struggled early with Maxy's men losing their first 5 wickets for only 56 runs. Will Akhurst and Jacob Graham both led the revival, posting two crucial half centuries to lead the boys to a solid total of 295 at stumps. 4th Grade all-rounder Daniel McKenna (Normally known for his perfect lid and luscious locks) showcased his batting ability, scoring a quick-fire 99*. From all reports this innings was as clean a hitting display as any. Well Done D-Mac. 5th Grade were also dominant with the bat, notching up a clinical 4-255 off their 80 overs. Will Outred, Matt Brewster and Jacob O'Sullivan all posted half centuries. 

Our Poidevan Gray Shield side continued their winning form with a last ball win over Campbelltown. The Tah's were set 207 to win, and despite looking comfortable for the majority of the run chase, a late order collapse saw the match come down to the last over. With 2 runs to win off the final ball,  Ben Falconer, dispatched a shorter delivery through the point region for the match winning runs. An incredible finish to a very tight game. PG's campaign continues next Sunday as they take on Hawkesbury at Grahams Reserve. 

A great start to this round, however we will have our work cut out for us in all grades next week as Sutherland will come at us strong. Hopefully we will be reporting to you with a perfect round next weekend.

Go Manly!

4 Pines Player of the Week - Jacob Graham
This week's 4 Pines Brewery Player of the Week was very hard to decide. We have chosen 4th Grade all-rounder Jacob Graham. Although Jacob didnt post a score the size of some of the other boys performances this week, the importance of his innings was simply unrivaled.

After helping 4th Grade chase down 280 odd a few weeks back, Jacob showed again that no task is too much for him to handle. He summed up the situation perfectly and compiled a very well deserved 78. It is an absolute luxury to have someone of his quality batting in the later order of that 4th Grade side.

Well Done Jacob!

1st Grade – Manly 5/398 (J. Rawlings 154, J. Crosthwaite 95, A. Crosthwaite 87, A. Beadle 36*)

Toss won by Manly (elected to bat)
Sunny 23 degrees
Pitch Conditions - Hard and Flat

We turned up to Glen McGrath Oval on a beautiful day and lucky enough our Skipper Adam Crosthwaite won the toss and elected to bat.

On a pitch without plenty to offer for Sutherland's bowling unit our opening batting pair of Jarrod Rawlings and James Crosthwaite capitalized on the new ball and built a solid foundation to lunch at 0/118.

With a typical innings of flair by James and Jarrod playing the anchor role, their opening partnership ended on 136 with James departing for 95 from 112 balls.

Skipper Adam Crosthwaite continued the momentum as majority of the 2nd session was bowled with spin. Both batsmen rotated the strike really well and never got bogged down as they both were not out at tea break with the score at 1/253.

Into the final session and we started of aggressively, piling on to 314 runs before Adam hit the cricket devils number dismissed LBW for 87 runs off 100 balls. Jarrod then brought up his 2nd 1st grade century playing a vital role for a grand stand finish. But unfortunately, Jay Lenton was dismissed early and as 2 wickets fell quickly the runs started to dry up. To their credit they bowled well in this period and restricted Manly to 5/398 at the end of days play as we were targeting 430. We'll take 398 any day though.

Jarrod Rawlings ended up with an unforgettable 154 runs off 291 balls.

Ahillen Beadle


2nd Grade – Manly 6/389 (B. Darcy 120, L. Weston 102*, J. Ritchie 51, S. Gainsford 50*, J. Daly 26, T. Kaye 25)

2s rocked up to a beautiful looking Graham's reserve and won the toss on a good day for batting. Manly started well with the bat with Tommy Kaye off to a blistering start. He nicked off for 25 which brought skipper Jack Ritchie to the crease. Billy D'Arcy and Jack batted through to lunch in a great, stabilising partnership. After lunch the runs continued to flow with both batsmen bringing up their fifties. Jack fell soon after his fifty and then Jack Edwards went first ball. Logan came to the crease and him and Billy again stabilised. Just before tea Billy brought up his ton. After tea the boys continued to accumulate. Billy was caught on the boundary and then Webber fell soon after. Jordan Daly batted well but got out trying to keep the runs going. Gainsford came to the crease and him and Logan saw out the day. The pair scored quickly and ran Sutherland ragged. Logan brought up a glorious hundred in the last over of the day as Sammy Gainsford picked up fifty at the other end. The lads finished on 389 and Sutherland are dreaming if they think they're leaving next week with anything but disappointment.

Billy D'Arcy 

3rd Grade – Manly 7/319 (A Bariol 144, W. Wolter 95) 

Blowing a gale off the water, a dry pitch, a day for batting and after winning the toss we did just that. Bariol (144) and Wolter (95) opened up and from the first ball, a nice juicy full toss, Aidan looked in complete control to finally break through for his first grade century. It's been threatening and he has gone up a level or two from last year, his power was evident via his timing, not going hard at it and the placement of the ball was impeccable. Shots all over the ground but was particularly strong through the cover to backward point arc. I think it was chanceless, maybe one random stroke where he hacked into the outfield was close to being caught in the swirling conditions but other than that there was not literally an appeal. He had his ton by tea and looked to push to a really big one before a full toss brought him undone. Probably 20 overs left – could have been huge. Congratulation mate, great knock!

Up the other end Will also got off to a great start racing to 17 before he got a little bogged down. Suddenly his timing departed but the pleasing thing was he didn't throw it away and he got through it and, whilst not as smooth as Aidan's dig, Will did what an opener is meant to do. At tea he was in the 40s with the instruction to give it a nudge after tea. If Will found the gaps he would have had a massive score but he just wasn't in the greatest form. Not a bad thing, scoring 95 from 72 overs and not in great form. It was a chanceless innings with I think one half shout for an LBW. He showed his capabilities with some beautiful, hard straight drives. His innings actually reminded me of an innings Aidan played last year v Gordon when he scored 70. He batted well but found the fielder more often than not. No doubt this centre wicket hit out will have him blooming in a game or two. Bad luck on missing out on a deserving, hard fought ton.

The opening stand of 214 was not quite a record breaker but it ensured a good score for us. The rest of the team found it difficult to get going in the short amount of time. Ollie (7) also hit a full toss, low & hard to mid off, Zac (4) had a swipe, Jimmy (13) found square leg, Izzy (19) batted well, Ned (8) hit two fours before going for another one and Evans & Verdi both finished 7no to get us to a competitive 319.

The pitch was low and slow so a patient day in the field will be required to nab 10 wickets.

Warren Evans

4th Grade – Manly 7/295 (D. McKenna 99*, J. Graham 76, W. Akhurst 54)

Fourth grade rocked up to a flat Mike Pawley wicket eager to bounce back from last rounds drawn game and set ourselves up for day 2 against a strong Sutherland side. Max one his first toss of the season and we elected to bat, looking for the top order to set the standard and set us up for the day ahead.

However it wasn't the start we were looking for as openers Max (8) and Nick (13) fell early. Jimmy Boyer (3) and Toby (0) fell soon after to leave us reeling at 4/34, a position we did not want to be in. Jack Pickering and Will Akhurst (on his 4th grade debut) came together to form a much needed partnership that started to swing the momentum towards us with smart batting and strong running between the wickets. As Jack fell for a well made 22, the score was 5/56 and we were in desperate need of a big partnership. Jacob Graham joined Will at the crease and the two went about resurrecting our innings with patient batting. The two put on a 103 run partnership which turned the game around and put us in a position that we could launch from. Will fell for 54, an innings that changed the momentum of the game and his partnership with Jacob deserves much of the credit. Dan McKenna joined Jacob at the crease and the two began to up the tempo with strong hitting, constantly hitting boundaries to carry our score over 200, creating a 117 run partnership. Jacob was run out on 76 in an attempt to get Dan back on strike however credit must go to Jacob for coming in at 5/56 and digging in and then punishing the bad balls which set up out innings and allowed us to launch at the end of the day. Dan McKenna continued hitting balls all around the field, clearing the fence with ease. With one over to go in the day Dan was on 86 and proceeded to hit 2,6,2,2, and a single off the last. ball to finish the day on 99 not out, one run off a century that he deserved after his strong hitting.

We finished the day on 7/295, a commanding position after being 5/56 earlier in the day. Credit must go to Will, Jacob and Dan for getting the team out of a hole and setting up the team for next week where our bowlers must do our jobs. Overall a good day for the Manly boys in which we will be looking for 6 points next week.

Alex Bain

5th Grade - Manly 4/255 (Will Outred 67, M. Brewster 57, J. O' Sullivan 50*, H. Brown 34*, D. Wheeler 32)

The fifth grade boys set off to bounce back from our disappoitning loss last week against Penrith. Right from the warmup the boys were switched on and ready for a big day of cricket and after winning the toss Will Outred chose to bat. Things were looking good as Matt Brewster and Will started off things perfectly with 100 run stand and Matt notching up a 50. Matt unfortunately got out for 57 whilst Will remained solid at the other end . Dom and Will batted beautifully and set up the rest of the innings with Will bringing up his 50 and then Dom a healthy 32 before losing his wicket just after tea. Jacob O'Sullivan then came in and batted superbly as Sutherland started to find there line and length. Will then got out for a well made 67. Things were going along nicely for the Manly boys and at the end of the day finished up at 4/255 with Jacob on 50* and Hayden Brown supporting him at the other end superbly with 34*.

Lachie Kerr

Poidevan Gray - Manly 9/210 (S. Gainsford 54, J. Edwards 41, J. Crombie 34) def. Campbelltown 8/207 (J. Wigney 4/36, J. Carden 2/33)

The boys were up nice and early taking the St Aug's bus down to Raby 3 in Campbeltown. Meeting a fast dry outfield with a 40m boundary on one side and 100m on the other we weren't disappointed to be sent in on a deck that offered a little bit early.

Josh Wigney took the first pill and didn't disappoint trapping the opener LBW first ball. Some poor intent from the batsmen had them travelling just over 2 an over for the first half of the innings with the pressure leading to Jake Carden taking the wicket of the other opener with a smart off-cutter. Wickets started to fall around the 35 over mark as they looked to go bigger with Wiggers finishing on 4-36 off 10 and Jake finishing 2-33 off 8. Jack Edwards also snuck in with a wicket. Unfortunately they got away from us at the end reaching 207, 30 more then what they should have ended up with.

The boys were confident of knocking of the probably below par total. Bariol (8) went early snicking a short and wide one bringing Jack Edwards (41) in who had great intent from the first ball to combine for a good partnership with Will Wolter (20). After the loss of Wolter, Edwards and Davies (18), Sam Gainsford (54) and Jimmy Crombie (34) batted superbly taking us within 30 of the total with a run a ball required from the last 10 overs. Unfortunately the temptation was too much. Rather than picking off the singles we found ourselves needing 4 off the last over with no more wickets in the shed. Joey G (10 off 10) played smart cricket to get us there. Falcs (Punter) left it to the last ball with the field up to smoke one through point to hit 4, only needing 2 to win.

As the wise man once said,
"Roses are red, violets are blue,
Falcs smoked 4 through point last ball,
13 points from Two"~Jake Carden

Aiden Bariol

Captain Crosthwaite Leads The Way - Monday News - Rd4 vs Penrith - Day 2


Round 4 saw the Tahs up against Penrith, the reigning Club Champions. It was a frustrating round in relation to the weather due to the fact that 1s, 2s and 4s all didn’t get on in week 1. We ended up winning First Grade, drawing in Fourth Grade and losing quite convincing in 2s, 3s, and 5s. Highlights of the round were Adam Crosthwaite’s 103*, Jarrod Rawlings’ 47*, Matty White’s 4fa in 1s, Jake Carden’s and Dylan Marshall’s 3fa’s in 2s, Aiden Bariol continuing his rich run of form in the second innings of 3rd grades loss to post an unbeaten 51, some lower order fight in fourth grade, and also a hat-trick from Archer to clean up the tail in 5s. We go up against Sutherland next week in a 2-dayer with 2s and 4s playing at home.

Up the Tahs!

4 Pines Player of the Week - Adam Crosthwaite
What a player! Crossy showed his class and skill on Saturday with a superb 103* to lead First Grade to their second win of the year. He combined with Jarrod Rawlings for an unbeaten 157 run partnership. It was a terrific captains knock that included patience and execution, and a knock that won’t be forgotten any time soon. If Crossy continues this form, the Tahs are in for a mighty year.

Congrats mate, another big year for you this season!


1st Grade – Manly 1-168 (A.Crosthwaite 103*, J.Rawlings 47*) def Penrith 166 (M.White 4-47, M.Visser 3-49)

After a quick start from the first few overs by Penrith White got one of the openers feathered behind which was closely followed by Visser dismissing the dangerous Dibartolo for 18 by a stunning running back catch by Logan at deep cover. Whitey got his second getting a lollipop catch to Gully. What followed this can only be described as village. Their number 5 batsman came out with his phone in his pocket which was hysterical and about 4 balls later he decided to leave one on off stump to give Whitey his third. To add insult to injury the umpire gave him his phone back as he was walking off. With Gibson still in we knew anything could happen. Even though we had taken a lot of wickets the run rate in which Penrith had been going at was unacceptable. After lunch we knew the importance of taking the last 3 wickets to make our chase that much easier. This was successfully done by Beatty and Beadle.

Our run chase got off to a poor start when J.Crosthwaite was caught by a sharp catch at gully for 5 to leave us 1-11. In came the skipper and after dealing with the dangerous Lalor and the new ball we finished with 1-168 with Adam taking the lead with 103* and showing his class. This was well supported by Rawlings who finished with 47*. A much needed win after our flogging against Sydney University. We are now 2-2 with the hardest rounds out of the way.


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Ralph Ones
"Jarrod Rawlings looked solid with the stick as he knocked 47*"

"Smiles all-round as the boys finished up in the field, Penrith all out for 166"

Crossy Beadle
"Adam Crosthwaite with a match winning century to secure the 6 points"

"Ahillen Beadle asking the question as he rips one into the Penrith front pad"

2nd Grade – Manly 80 (J Edwards 27) def by Penrith 186 (J Carden 3/16, D Marshall 3/40, J Graham 2/58)

Arriving at Penrith for the 120 over day the pitch was a tad green and with overcast conditions Jack won the toss and decided to bowl. Josh Wigney and Jake Carden opened up and were bowling some good lines with the ball moving around a lot and both were unlucky not to get a wicket with a lot of half chances not going our way. Tom Kaye came into the attack and took the first wicket, with good pressure bowling. With a slow scoring rate from Penrith, the boys were in the grind and were taking wickets through patience and building the pressure. All bowlers bowled well keeping it simple and in the end Dylan Marshall and Jake finished with three wickets each, and Penrith were bowled out for 186 of 70 overs.

We started our batting losing two early ones before Jack Edwards and Jack Ritchie consolidated a bit before, with Edwards making a nice 30 in tough conditions for batting. Unfortunately Ritchie got a good one just after tea, and soon after a big strike of lightning resulted in a 45 minute delay. Coming into the sheds for this break the boys felt good and were confident of chasing down the rest of the runs. Unfortunately the momentum completely changed and wickets began falling quickly with Penrith bowling well and well and truly on top, after we lost 6-15. The tail managed to dig in for a bit at the end, delaying the finish of the match, but in the end we were all out for 80, a disappointing result after a strong bowling and fielding performance in the morning.

Despite a bad loss the boys can take some positives out of the game and know we will be able to learn for this game and be back stronger next week.

Josh Wigney

3rd Grade – Manly 116 & 1/108 (A Bariol 51*, O Davies 41*) def by Penrith 5/191

Despite a bit of water getting under the covers 3rd grade had a huge task to get points out of the game. A delayed start to let the surface water dry up meant the pitch was flat and basically we were hopeful of a smart declaration from Penrith but that was not the case.

Michael Counsel (0/19) was promoted to 3rds based on his good net form but on the slow pitch he dropped a little too short but did bowl with some pace. RBP bowled nicely but neither bowler was able to get the breakthrough. Evans (1/22) and Issy (1/40) trundled as did the unlucky Wilson who went for plenty in his last over, a lot of the runs coming from the 3 dropped catches he experienced. Two of them would have been good catches and one of them fairly basic but that’s what happens when you have had a loss.

Before the day got under way we had a chat to Penrith with the hope they’d be up for easy, quick runs to leave 70 odd overs to get an outright for one or the other. It was met with an unsupportive “ We’ll see how it goes”. That doesn’t help and just sucks up overs. Anyway they made a strange declaration mid session (therefore losing 4 overs if they did bowl us out) rather than bat through and maybe declare just before tea, not lose overs and give themselves 40 odd overs. Anyway, with a mere 75 run lead, 54 overs left, it meant for a nothing day as we were never going to collapse on the flat deck. Wolter (14) was bowled but that was the only blemish as Bariol (51no) again batted beautifully. Davies (41no) struck some big bombs and looked good as well. We finished 1/108 from 24 overs and probably the best lesson from the game was if MPO looks a bit fresh like it did it’s worth a bowl. Thankfully we did lose the toss but would have batted.


4th Grade – Manly 149 (E Hole 53, A Gummer 22, B Falconer 20, S Alexander 18*) drew Penrith 6/116 (A Bain 2/4, B Falconer 2/17)

After no play on Day 1, Fourth grade were in for a long day with 120 overs on Day 2. Skipper Max Burgess lost his fourth toss in as many starts and we were sent into bat.

Nick Cohen was the first wicket to fall for not many runs after edging one to gully. Captain Max Burgess came and went after another edge to slips. Wickets continued to fall with Ned Hole the only middle order batsmen showing some fight. Ned was joined at the crease by Sam Alexander who played the innings of his life managing to play out some good bowling by Penrith. Ned brought up his 50 as the pair added 60 runs together to dig manly out of a hole. Ned’s innings came to end, Ben Falconer joined Samoz at the crease and the pair continued to push singles and hit the occasional boundary. Falconer played a superb innings of 20 before being caught behind. Unfortunately, Alex Bain couldn’t add to the score and the boys were bowled out for 149. Credit goes to Ned Hole, Sam Alexander and Ben Falconer who showed great determination and patience to dig the boys out of a hole.

Dan McKenna and Ben Falconer opened the bowling. The Penrith batsmen came hard early and DMac was able to strike early just before tea with the opener missing a straight one and given out LBW. Ben Falconer continued after tea and was able to pick up two wickets in the first over back. Unfortunately play was brought to a halt after lightning forced play to come to a short stop. The covers were left off and the rain fell consistently for half an hour.

Play then resumed on a muddy and wet wicket. Wickets continued to fall regularly with Sam Alexander and Alex Bain picking up wickets. As light continued to fade the Penrith batsmen dug in and played out for a draw.

Although it was disappointing not to pick up 6 points it showed great coverage to come back from 7-60 and play out for a draw.

4th grade look to turn things around next week against Sutherland at home.

Daniel McKenna

5th Grade – Manly 70 & 8/189 (M Brewster, H Brown 21*, S Waddington 20*) def by Penrith 202 (G Archer 3/28, W Akhurst 2/23)

We arrived at Manly oval to plenty of sunshine and the news that Penrith would carry on batting.

Determined to fight back after a poor first day Glynn and Haydos were thrown the ball to open up the attack for the day. After some streaky shots by their tail enders Glynn finally found a break through after some unfortunate bowling. He then proceeded to remove their number 10 first ball to be on a Hat Trick to finish of the innings Glynn ended the innings with a hat trick having their number 11 caught at 2nd slip by Will Akhurst. A good reward for some top bowling.

Will Outred and Jonah then opened the batting and after Jonah fell to a bad decision early we were 1 for not many. Dom then joined Outred and they grafted away for a while before Dom was caught in the gully. Akhurst then joined Outred and after a steady partnership Will Outred was also caught behind the wicket to the only loose shot that he had played all day. Jacob then came to the crease and batted excellently for his 25 before being run out in an unfortunate manner. We proceeded to lose Akhurst and then a solid partnership between Brewster and Lachie settled the nerves. When Brewster fell to a loose shot Hayden joined Lachie Kerr before Lachie decided he wanted to join Matt in the sheds and got out as well. Waddo and Haydos then once again steadied the ship leaving us 8 down at the end of the match.

The boys took many positives out of the day, some good fielding and bowling in the morning especially Glynn Archer with his first Hat Trick well deserved and then Lachie Kerr with the bat getting some solid runs.

Matt Brewster

Hardboard Diggers Team of the Round

After a quick start from the first few overs by Penrith White got one of the openers feathered behind which was closely followed by Visser dismissing the dangerous Dibartolo for 18 by a stunning running back catch by Logan at deep cover">Our Harbord a Diggers Team of the Week see's a combination of players from across the grades. Rawlings and Bariol open up with Bariol hitting a half century in the 1st AND 2nd innings of the first grade game, while Rawlings was his typical self in a patient 47*.

Adam Crosthwaite picks himself at 3 while Ned Hole was a rock in the middle order for 4th grade. Ollie Davies showed his class in 3rd grades 2nd dig, while Jimmie Crombie gets the nod at 6 after holding the 3rd grade innings together.

Jay Lenton didn't get a chance with the bat but picked up 3 stars behind the stumps and was his usual energetic self. The bowling attack of White, Visser and Archer picks itself, and it's great to see Dylan Marshall getting the spinners nod with 5 wickets across 2nd and 3rd grade.


Waratahs pounced on by Penrith - Monday News - Rd4 vs Penrith - Day 1


The wet weather wreaked havoc across Sydney on the weekend, resulting in the cancelation of play on Day 1 for 1st, 2nd and 4th Grade against Penrith. However, it was 3rd and 5th Grade who managed to put ball on willow, or not effectively as the case may be, both finding themselves in tough positions due to the unfriendly conditions. 3s were bowled out for 116 at Mike Pawley Oval, with the Panthers 3-73 in reply. At Manly Oval, 5s were bowled out for just 70 on a tough deck, with Panthers coasting at 7-168. A big week is required for the club to get back ontop on Day 2, hopefully our other grades can make use of their rest and grab a win next weekend.

Go Manly!

4 Pines Player of the Week - Aiden Bariol
This week’s 4 Pines Brewery Player of the Week after limited play across the Grades is Aiden 'Baz' Bariol. In a round with very little performances with the bat it was great to see Baz back up his consistent run scoring for the Tah's with a valuable knock of 57 in 3rd Grades sub par total of 116.

Unfortunate not to go on with the innings, Aiden once again displayed his maturity at the crease and showcased his raw talent with the willow in hand.

Well done Aiden!


3rd Grade – Manly 116 (A. Bariol 57, J. Crombie 30) vs. Penrith 3-73 (W. Evans 1/10, D. Marshall 2/15)

A very nice deck was presented once we peeled the covers back. With some water around the square we had a delayed start with 68 overs for the day. Penrith won the toss and sent us in on a fresh but good wicket. Wolter (8) and Bariol (57) looked solid early on, with Bariol in particular dealing with any bad balls. Will looked good too before he played slightly across one that nipped away and clipped his off stump. Ollie Davies (0) found the edge first ball to make it 2/31. Jimmy Crombie (30) survived a big hat-trick ball shout and he and Bariol looked to dig us out.

They did well until Aiden, who was completely on top with 57 runs from as many balls and dominating the partnership, and the bowling, played a shot out of tempo with the rest of his innings and saw his stumps scattered. 3/71. Zac (4) got trapped in front and debutant Issy Vumbaca steered one to gully to make it 5/80. Ash (8) looked promising before he got carried away and charged the spinner, Marshall (1) and Evans (0) were cleaned up by the quick and Jimmy unfortunately played a shot he didn’t need to as he had plenty of support still via Wilson (5no) but such is life. When RBP (1) was unluckily given out stumped we had a well below par total of 116.

With 24 overs to go we needed to get a good start but the new ball was wasted with too many lengths and lines bowled and chuck in some overthrows and general ineptness and Penrith raced to 50 off 10. Evans (1/10 from 6) and Marshall (2/15 from 8) tidied things up to at least make sure Penrith didn’t get the runs on day one to have them finish at 3/73. Needing to take 7/42 to win we are up against it. Hopefully Penrith come with a flexible approach to the way the day pans out if we don’t take a few early wickets.

Could be a great day!


5th Grade – Manly 70 (J. Anderson 26) vs. Penrith 7-168

The boys arrived at Manly Oval on Saturday to some overcast and rainy conditions. We knew Penrith were a good side and that we would have to play well in order to win.

The openers Outred and Anderson got off to a good start before the first wicket fell on 26. Unfortunately it went downhill from here for the Manly side losing a quick succession of wickets over the course of the next 10 overs. We struggled with the swinging ball and consistency of one of their left-armers who ripped through our batting order. We went from 5/40 to 9/49 in a 6 over period. Abhijeet Virdi and Michael Council provided some late hitting and managed to get us to 70 through some aggressive batting. Disappointingly the 5th grade side were only able to manage 70 in the first innings. A less than par total for a very good side.

Our focus now shifted to the job we had with the ball. We knew that we had to pitch it up and get it swinging as they did. Unfortunately we bowled inconsistent and struggled to keep the ball full. We did not take advantage of the conditions at hand and paid the price. The Penrith batsmen built partnerships throughout the course of the day and managed to get to 168, seven down by stumps. Special Mention to Will Akhurst and Abhijeet Virdi who bowled consistent and got some breakthroughs but were not backed up by the rest of the bowling line up or the teams fielding.

Manly will have to come back next week and reassess the game and the conditions. Our hope for the game lays in the second innings. We know if we turn up next Saturday as a team we have a fighting chance to turn it around.


Lower Grades Dominate Day 2 - Monday News - Rd3 vs Sydney Uni - Day 2


The TravelSim Waratah’s entered the Second day of their Round 3 fixture vs. Sydney University, with most games in the balance. First Grade were comprehensively beaten after Sydney Uni amassed an enormous total of 1/424 on day one, with the Tah’s 1-4 in response at the end of the first day’s play. After a steady start to day two (2-80 at Lunch), the Waratahs fell into a heap in the middle session losing their final 8 wickets for just 58 runs. Jay Lenton was the only bright light coming out of the days play with a well made 56. Second Grade enjoyed their first win of the season, with Joey Graham causing havoc for the Students, finishing the day’s play with a well deserved 6-84 off 23 overs. A clinical performance from Cubby’s men saw the Tah’s winning by 92 runs. Third Grade entered the second day’s play needing only 61 runs to pass Sydney University on first innings. Aiden Bariol (49) departed in the first over of the day, which left Ollie Davies (58) and Bill Darcy (52*) the job of chasing down the remaining runs. Both Manly men posted half centuries to ensure 6 points for the main grade. Fourth Grade had an impressive victory after chasing down 284 at Grahams Reserve. It’s not often that a team chases down a score of that size, without anyone making a half century. A really strong team performance in what was a clinical run chase. Fifth Grade were led well by stand-in skipper Will Outred, after he posted an impressive 72 to set up a well deserved 5 wicket victory. Contributions from Jack Pickering (53), Will Akhurst (33) and Ned Hole (35) ensured the boys reached the total with plenty of men left in the shed.

Overall a very impressive week for the TravelSim Waratah’s. Winning 4 of 5 matches against a club like Sydney University is a credit to the hard work all the boys are putting in at training. Another tough round ahead for the Manly boys, with defending Club Champions Penrith our next opponents.

Go Manly!

4 Pines Player of the Week - Joseph Graham
This week’s 4 Pines Brewery Player of the Week is none other than possibly the rarest unit the club has ever produced, Joey Graham. Joey got the day started with a questionable match-winning try in the pre-game touch footy spectacle, which further led to a match-winning spell against the students.

Joey led 2nd Grade’s side to a much needed victory on Saturday with a very mature, poised and disciplined spell of off spin bowling. Joe kept his head the entire day and worked over the Sydney University batting line-up, taking crucial wickets throughout the entire day. The spell of bowling Joey displayed on Saturday is a credit to all the hard work he has put in at training this season and is his first of many 5 wicket hauls in Second Grade for the mighty Waratah’s.

Well done Joey!



1st Grade – Manly 147 (J. Lenton 56, R. Farrell 33, A. Beadle 29) vs. Sydney University 1-424

1st grade had another tough day at the office Saturday. Starting the day 1-4 we were looking to dig deep and take the game to the final session. Unfortunately things didn't start as planned with Adam being adjudged caught behind second ball of the day off his back hip. The next two hours were comfortably our best cricket of the day, with Ryan and Jay digging in and punishing anything loose taking us into lunch at 2-80. Ryan was particularly impressive with a forward defensive reminiscent of a young Rahul Dravid. After lunch we were aiming to tick the scoreboard along to put us in with a shout in the final session.

Unfortunately in the second over of the session Ryan's forward defensive became reminiscent of a near retirement Dravid, as his off pole rolled back a number of meters. In all seriousness it was a terrific effort from Fazz opening up away from his usual position in the middle order, and looking like he was a seasoned first grade opener making 33 from 150 rocks. Jay played superbly making a classy 56, but when he was dismissed things began to unravel quickly for the Tah’s.

James became the first victim of the leggies well disguised wrong-un for 9, and the boys had their backs to the wall. Logan was caught at cover for 9 and Matt was adjudged LBW for 0 in quick succession. AB recovered well from a bout of dysentery last week to make a breezy 29 including a number of irresistible cover drives, before being castled by one that spun sharply from the rough.

If the top order struggled to decipher which way the leggie was turning it the lower order had even less of a chance. Unfortunately this was the case as Viss and Whitey were both bowled by the wrong-un without troubling the scorers. It was a demoralising loss for the boys but we will come back better and stronger in the next few weeks.

A big shout out to Matt Alexander who spent the day on death’s doorstep but still made the effort to get around the boys. After stopping in at the doctors on the way home he's been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome from carrying Bradstreet Building Services on his back all week.

Logan Weston

2nd Grade – Manly 5-324 (T. Kaye 76, J. Ritchie 63, S. Webber 62*, S. Gainsford 54, B. Darcy 39) vs. Sydney University 232 (J. Graham 6-84)

Second grade arrived to a much sunnier day at Mike Pawley Oval than the previous week, with the task of taking 10 wickets on a deck that had previously yielded 324 runs for the loss of only 6 wickets.

We knew that building pressure was going to be the order of the day and we would have to grind our way to victory if we were to get the 6 points. Opening spells from Nick McLachlan and Andrew Jamieson were typically frugal and the Students struggled to get any momentum, eventually culminating in the first two wickets - a regulation snick off another of Jamo's searching length balls, well caught behind by Sam Webber; the other coming through Nicko’s off a hesitant-looking cut straight to Jake Carden in gully. The perfect finish to the session was executed by a vintage Taylor Beatty run out right on drinks. In hindsight this was one of the biggest moment of the innings as the other opener was looking relatively comfortable and having that 3rd wicket down was a massive advantage with the deck was as flat as we all knew it was.

Despite great first spells from Jake Carden, Tay and Sam Gainsford, their next five batsmen all batted relatively well, making use of the excellent batting conditions. This took them through to well after lunch and it was only a brain snap of a sweep shot off Joe Graham that broke the 4th wicket partnership. From there it was our continual pressure with the ball backed up by good fielding that ensured we built steady pressure and took a middle-order wicket every 30-40 mins... Which was basically all we needed. A special mention should be made of two of the youngsters of the side in Joe Graham and Jake Carden who bowled brilliantly in partnership to lay the groundwork for the crucial 4th and 5th wickets, without which the game could have ended very differently. Jake's crucial maidens were backed up by Joe's excellent use of flight and subtle variation to draw the mistake that they felt compelled to risk as a result of the dots coming from the other end.

This was the general formula applied excellently by all who supported Joe from the other end and despite some lusty hitting from numbers 7 and 8, Joe maintained his composure well to have the last say. All up, Joe finished with 6-84 [23.1 overs] in an excellent display of spin bowling on a flat deck. It was also very deserving that Taylor took the only other wicket, as his excellent first spell had gone unrewarded, while his vocal presence in the field all day was simply exceptional. Credit should also go to skipper Jack Ritchie whose intelligent fields all day were a vital component in building the appropriate pressure.

All up Sydney Uni were all out for 232 in 80 overs - a truly excellent all-round performance against undoubtedly one of the strongest teams we will face this year. It was great to see both the batsmen and the bowlers stand up and show such maturity in how to win a game of two-day cricket. What should also not be underestimated is how clinical we were with taking our chances and the excellent fielding standards that were upheld all day - from Tay's crucial run out to Jake and Jordan's catches, only two other opportunities were missed - both extremely difficult chances that if taken would have been exceptional catches. Special thanks also to the Adam Gummer for fielding for us when Nick McLachlan's elbow injury made it impossible for him to continue fielding.

With the first win of the season finally under our belt, there's a really great feel to this 2nd grade side... And with the training ethic, leadership and camaraderie in this group you can't help but feel that there are some exciting things in store... Bring on riff riff!!

Jordan Daly

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Cubby Taylor
"Skipper Jack Ritchie concentrating firmly on the job at hand"

"Taylor Beatty, a picture of perfection as he strides towards the crease"
Nickos Webber
"Nick McLachlan firing one down as he battled through injury on Saturday"

"Sam Webber getting his leap on off an incoming throw"

3rd Grade – Manly 7-231 (O. Davies 58, B. Darcy 52*, A. Bariol 49, D. Marshall 25*) vs. Sydney University 166 (R. Bishop-Perrett 3/37, J. Wigney 3/37, D. Marshall 3/69)

Resuming at 2/106 chasing 167 on an absolute belter we did not expect too many difficulties. Bariol (49) clipped one off his pads to forward square leg in the first over to give Uni hope but Davies (58) and D’Arcy (52no) ensured no joy for them with a controlled partnership to ensure a comfortable win.

Davies played shots all over the wagon wheel and enjoyed the challenge. To Uni’s credit, as we approached the target they were still putting in and one of the better spells we’ll see this year was produced by their quick, Holloway, who hit the top of off when Ollie shouldered arms. Zac (4) was bowled and then Verdi (0) and Evans (0) were cleaned up in the same over, Evans, leaving with a sore toe care of a yorker first ball. Thankfully we had passed the total. Ollie falling at 164 and the other three at 174.

To cap off a solid win Marshall (25no) batted very well, making further claims to go up the order and he and Bill batted with control to see us finish at 7/231 at tea. Bill did his usual thing, picking off the singles quietly in the first 10 overs then hit a number of boundaries. He is in great form. 3, 2, 1 for this week is tough with equal claims coming from Bariol, Marshall, Wigney, RBP, Davies, D’Arcy. I’ll go with…

3 Wigney (took out top 3 on a belter)
2 Bariol (stamped authority at the end of day one and took 5 catches)
1 Davies (batted with maturity to ensure no collapse)

Next week we have co-leaders Penrith which will be a good test for our side.


4th Grade – Manly 6-286 (I. Vumbaca 48*, J. Boyer 47, A. Gummer 41, T. Poole 41, N. Cohen 30) vs. Sydney University 284

The Manly 4th grade boys had the challenge of chasing down a modest total of 284 set by Sydney Uni.

After the hard work the bowlers put in the previous week, on a flat grahams deck, it was time for the batsman to step up. We knew it was going to be a real battle to chase down the runs but the manly boys were always up for the fight.

The start of the innings Nick “slothy” Cohen and Adam Gummer set the tone for the entire run chase, dispersing any loose deliveries to the boundary. We were cruising at 0 for 70. Unfortunately Slothy was run out for a well made 30 and Gums followed shortly after for 41. This brought the two Jimmy’s to the crease. Butch continued to attack and Jimmy Crombie played the supporting roll, cashing in on any loose deliveries.

The spin attack then came into play, and we lost butch for 47. This brought Toby to the crease. As the spinners continued the runs started to dry up. Patience was the key and after the tea break the rans began to flow once more. As we continued to pile on the runs, Jimmy was caught by a good catch at backward square. Captain Burgess joined Toby at the crease. Shortly after Toby was the next man to go for another 40 for the team sheet and the captain followed and we found ourselves at 6/210 at drinks in the final session.

At this point the nerves started to creep in. Jacob Graham and Izzy Vumbaca were given the tough task to chase down 75 runs for the win. And didn't they turn it on. Izzy showed his class and played every shot in the book whilst Jacob played a great supporting roll and latched onto any loose deliveries. The boys guided us home for a great victory, even better that it was Sydney uni. Izzy top scored with 48*.

It was always going to be a tough run chase but the Manly boys never gave up, the support and mate-ship shown on the day shows what a tight group we are. With a great win under our belt, we take on Penrith next week full of confidence.

Yeah the boys!

Toby Poole

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Gumms Rabbs Jimmy
"Adam Gummer majestically sending one to the boundary"

"Both the Jimmy's just cruising at drinks"

Changing Room Wrighty
"Max Burgess leading the team talk after a great win"

"3rd/4th Grade Manager Alan Wright making the day run smoothly"

5th Grade – Manly 5-233 (W. Outred 72, J. Pickering 53*, E. Hole 35, W. Akhurst 33) vs. Sydney University 213 (A. Bain 4/15, H. Brown 3/15)

5th grade returned to Camperdown Oval on day two with another 185 runs required and all 10 wickets still in hand. Given the strength of our batting line up and the fact that the pitch looked more like the M2 we were quietly confident of coming away with the points. After a relaxed warm up & a game of touch with a number of questionable calls, the boys returned to the sheds/park benches and switched on to the task at hand.

Will Outred & Jonah Anderson picked up where they left off last week, picking the gaps with ease & finding the boundary regularly as we raced along to 50 off just 10 overs. Jonah unfortunately nicked one off their young leggie for 22 which brought Ned Hole to the crease who just continued the onslaught, pulling & sweeping the spinners with ease. Will passed his 50 just before drinks & we were sitting pretty at about 1/110.

Sydney Uni seemed to be out of ideas, so they brought on a part time 'mystery spin' bowler to try to buy a wicket & Will had a bit of a rush of blood & fell to a one handed grab at mid on for 72. Will batted extremely well all day & deserved three figures, but unfortunately that's cricket. Ned also played a bit of a rash shot & got castled by the leggie for 35, and then when yours truly missed a sweep shot the very next ball we were suddenly 4/150.

Jack Pickering & Will Akhurst then steadied the ship but kept the runs flowing with some brutal blows over the short boundary & some positive running to quickly reel in the target before tea. Jack brought up his 50 with a massive 6, but Will unluckily fell for a well compiled 33 just before tea, which prompted a declaration from skipper Outred to give the bowlers another crack.

. We only managed to pick up 1 wicket though on an absolute road, so we agreed to call it a day at drinks & take home the 6 points, since half the team had to go home & study for their HSC. The boys are now 3 from 3 & playing some really good cricket, but face a tough test against Penrith next round who are also undefeated. Let's keep up that winning feeling!

Dom Wheeler

Hardboard Diggers Team of the Round


Tahs meet mark vs students in most grades - Monday News - Rd3 vs Sydney Uni - Day 1


Round 3 saw the Tahs up against Sydney University in the first two-dayer of the season, as well as the opening round of PG’s against Gordon. After the first weekend, it sees most of the games in the balance, with a huge weekend ahead to determine how successful our round will ultimately be. First grade had a tough day in the field with no stand out highlights, while second grade had a clinical day with the bat making 5/324 with all batsmen in the runs, including 50s from Kaye, Ritchie, Webber & Gainsford.

Third grade had a very solid day, rolling the Students for 166 on a belter with Wigney, Bishop-Perrett & Marshall all picking up 3 scalps. With the bat we are looking solid at 2/106 with Bariol (46*) and Davies (18*) at the crease. Fourth & Fifth grade both spent some time in the field and eventually bowled out Sydney Uni for 284 & 213 with wickets fairly shared. PG’s got off to a great start picking up a bonus point victory after putting on a clinic to get to 7/306 on the back of a terrific 109 from Bariol from their allotted overs and eventually bowling Gordon out for 181.

Go Manly!

4 Pines Player of the Week - Aiden Bariol
Not many people get to experience a weekend of cricket like Aiden has this past weekend, and is an obvious winner of the 4 Pines Player of the Week. Baz started off his weekend with 5 crisp dismissals behind the stumps on Saturday and followed it up with an ever crisper 47* with the blade in 3rd grade as they look to chase down the Students total of 166.

However, he wasn’t done… On Sunday in his first game of PG’s he came out and hit a majestic 109 from 111 balls including two glorious bombs to help steer the Tahs to a bonus point victory. An inning’s that no one that witnessed it will forget anytime soon.

Awesome stuff Baz, keep up the great work!



1st Grade – Sydney Uni 1/424, Manly 1/4

Turning up at Sydney Uni knowing it hadn't been affected by rugby this year we knew it would be a good wicket and a fast outfield which is exactly what we got. We started the day down a few troops as well, whitey and AB were in all sorts, both sick and did well to even turn up let alone play. Skip lost his 3rd toss in a row and we were in for a long toil in the field, we just didn't know it was going to be a 1-424 toil.

We started really well, bowled without any luck and fielded the house down. It just wasn't to be. Mickey started bowling real fast and started to look like he was nearly at his best again. Mattoes bowled real consistently all day for us and deserved to create a few more chances. Viss steamed in for us all day in a massive 29 over effort. He really put in and should have been rewarded with a lot more, creating some of the only chances we had all day. Whitey was awesome considering how sick he was and finally got the breakthrough for us through a short ball nicked to jay. We could have really done with AB, the other spinners struggled to get anything going with Adam even bowling 2 overs of full bungers to try and create a wicket.

Credit to Sydney uni, they hardly gave us a chance all day and showed everyone how to score big hundreds. Larkin finished not out 200 and Mail finished with 179. It was a tough day for us but we believe we have a big chance to chase down the runs if the pitch is anything like it was for them. They definitely did us a favour in declaring, as we thought we were in for chasing 500 plus for sure. I think if a couple people really put there hand up and go big we have a good chance of getting them. We will start 1-4 after seeing off 9 overs with Farrell and Adam crossy at the crease.


2nd Grade – Manly 5/324 (T. Kaye 76, J. Ritchie 63, S. Webber 62*, S. Gainsford 54)

2's turned up to Mick Pawley Oval on Saturday & skipper Ritchie won the toss & batted first on what looked a good deck. Openers Kaye (76) & D'Arcy (39) made a great start. They left well & D'Arcy dispatched anything on his pads, getting through the first hour unbeaten. After D'Arcy was unfortunately given LBW, Ritchie (63) & Kaye got through to lunch.

The two batted on in the second session, both passing 50 & keeping Uni frustrated, before Kaye holed out to long off, unfortunately 24 short of what would've been a deserved hundred. We went into tea at 2/170 in a good position, but needing to up the tempo to give Uni a tough chase next week. After Ritchie & Daly went early after tea, Gainsford (54 off 47) & Webber (62*) combined in a mature partnership at around 5 an over which took the last session away from the students.

Gainsford went close to stumps & Beattie (4*) chipped in with 30-odd (if you listen to him) & the boys finished on an excellent 5/324. Batters job done, now for the bowlers to bring it home next week against a quality line-up. Big shout out to Jamo (DNB), who played golf on Friday at Bayview with Jay & won on the last hole. It has no relevance to the game, but he talked about it non-stop all day so I thought I'd mention it.


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TK Tay
"Tom Kaye getting his eye in before striking a quality 76"

"Taylor Beatty getting in the zone as 2's prepared for a bat"
Cub Billy
"2's skipper Jack Ritchie finding his form with the bat"

"Billy D'Arcy crunching one on his way to 39 in his 2's debut"

3rd Grade – Sydney Uni 166 (J. Wigney 3/37, R. Bishop-Perrett 3/37, D. Marshall 3/69), Manly 2/106 (A. Bariol 47*, R. Trewartha 23)

St Paul’s was a belter and SU won the toss and batted. Wigney (3/37 from 14) and Bishop Perrot (3/37 from 12) had bowled well in the one dayers without reward so we were hoping the 2 day format may suit. Both SU openers hit some nice boundaries in the opening overs before Wiggers dug one in that hit glove and Bariol took a good catch going forward. He took 5 catches for the game. Next ball the beauty of making a new player play resulted in an inside edge onto the stumps to make it 2/20. RBP had to contend with the strong southerly and he too bowled well but not rewarded. Evans (1/8 from 5) toiled into it and picked up a snick. Possibly unlucky not to have 2 in 2 with a very close LBW given not out. SU started to rebuild and at 3/70 were looking OK before Marshall (3/69 from 17), getting them to turn and bounce, got an inside edge to Ollie Davis who took a sharp catch at short leg.

Zac bowled a good tight spell (0/8 from 5) and Wiggers was brought back on before tea and got the edge against the opener who was playing well but a bit too cautiously. SU’s capt came out and threatened to take the game away with some strong hitting down breeze but a little break in play as we looked for a ball brought him undone when Marshall clean bowled him next ball. At tea they were 6/122.

A mix of good shots and very good bowling from RBP and Marshall saw Uni hit a further 40 odd runs before being dismissed. I particularly liked the tactics of Tim Cruikshank, helping out for the game, who upon seeing the #11 plant his foot and look comfortable to RBP, immediately asked to set a field for bouncers. Without a Heath, Cameron, Edwards, White charging in I wondered if it was going to work but RBP got the ball going though nicely, even grilling him. A windy whoosh outside off was the result of these excellent tactics and we made sure there were no last wicket heroics. 167 to win. Needing to survive 25 overs Ross (23) and Aiden (47no) batted beautifully. Ross’s cut shots were hit very hard and Bariol’s shots all over the ground were also up a notch from last time I saw him. Bariol’s driving down the ground was immaculate. The timing looked Ok from the shot played but then you saw how hard the ball was going into the boundary and you knew he was middling them well.

Ross looked like tearing them apart before a short one stayed down a bit and cleaned him up. Tim (14) looked comfortable and started to get into it with a beautiful pull shot amongst others but, not happy with his footwork, tried to get them moving via a little walk down the pitch but the bowler responded with possibly a slightly quicker delivery that got through his defence. Enter another wonder-kid, 16 yo Ollie Davis (18no). Ollie and Aiden had about 12 overs to see out and they batted without giving a chance. We finished at 2/106. Ollie’s foot work to the leggie was impressive, he got to the pitch very quickly and looked in good form. He’ll probably think he missed a few by smashing them straight at cover but when the sun is out and there are 80 overs to bat somehow I think he’ll start finding the gaps next time. I hope these two see off the first 10 overs and settle in for a nice long dig next week.


4th Grade – Sydney Uni 284

Saturday morning found Manly's 4th grade back home at atmosphere park for the first time in the 2016 season.

After a short and sharp touch footy game we were up and about; and that flowed through the stretch into the fielding warm up. When we lost the toss and were asked to bowl first we were the only team ready to go.

Falcs and Dmac took the new ball and it was Falcs with a gale behind him who had the batsman in all sorts making the first two breakthroughs, one of them an amazing snare by Ned Hole at second slip. Dan was unlucky in his first spell to not take a wicket despite beating the bat at will.

Brad Wilson followed Falcs up at the top end whilst Jacob replaced Dan. Brad took no time at all to get settled in and he brought his top form of late to the crease having the batsman beaten for pace and took two fantastic wickets. Jacob took a wicket late in his spell to send the students to 5-80.

Unfortunately for the bowlers to follow the pitch was flattening out with minimal turn and movement and the batsmen took full toll. Sammos and Isaiah toiled hard, bowling good areas to no avail as the batsmen found gaps and the fence and built a solid partnership. Both batsman passed 50 and it wasn't until late in Isaiah's 17 over spell that finally we made a breakthrough, the number 6 misting a pull shot and finding the man at backward square. Reward for effort followed with a second wicket soon after, with Gummer getting a good stumping. Sammos wasn't as lucky with a number of half chances not quite finding a hand.

After Izzy finished his spell max chopped and changed the bowlers around and it worked a treat, Dan toppling their skipper a few short of a ton and the other 3 wickets falling soon after with a couple of overs at the rest of the day.

Gums and Nick Cohen saw out the last three overs and left us 0-9 at the close of play.

A good lesson for the boys in perseverance on Saturday in the field and no doubt we are strongly placed to give this total a good shake next Saturday.

Jacob Graham

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Falcs Wilson
"Ben Falconer hitting the crease hard for 4th Grade"

"Brad Wilson picking up a wicket against the students"

Sammoes Cordon
"Sam Alexander putting the revs on the ball down at Grahams"

"Fourth grade go wild as Jacob Graham finds the breakthrough"

5th Grade – Sydney Uni 213 (A. Bain 4/15, H. Brown 3/15)

A couple of late changes on Saturday the morning meant we were scrambling for players, but we managed to get a full 11 against Uni at Camperdown Oval on Saturday. Unluckily we lost the toss on an absolute belter, and we were consequently asked to have a bowl.

After a slow start from our opening bowlers, we managed to build enough pressure to force a run out for the first wicket. and from there they went to water collapsing to 7-111 at tea. Hayden Brown the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets.

The afternoon session started a bit slow with us letting off the pressure and saw them build a partnership. But the boys stuck at it and got the 3 wickets in quick succession dismissing Uni for 213. We had a tricky 5 overs to bat at the end and finished the day 0-26 setting up a good day’s cricket next Saturday.


PG's – Round 1 vs Gordon

A new year of PG’s saw club favourite Sam Gainsford take the reigns of skipper from Farrell’. Due to the state of Manly Oval, the game was moved to mighty Mike Pawley Oval where Gainsford went on to win the toss and we were more than happy to have a bat on an absolute belter of a deck. We couldn’t have asked for a better start from openers Bariol (109) and Wolter (39) who combined for an opening partnership of 107.

Captain Gainsford then joined Bariol at the crease and kept the momentum going in a powerful display of batting that unfortunately came to an end as he was caught for a well compiled 49. Crombie (16), Davies (12), Trewartha (16) & Carden (9) all made brief starts as they looked to keep the scoreboard ticking over but the star of the day was Bariol who batted like an absolute champion with maturity beyond his years to score a magnificent 109 to really set up our total of 7/306. Boyer (19*) and Graham (11*) closed out the innings with some powerful hitting and some handy running between the wickets.

The job was only half done as we knew we were going to be up against it as it was a great pitch, fast outfield with short boundaries. However, we responded terrifically with wickets at regular intervals to ensure no partnerships were formed and at one point had them staring down the barrel at 6/74 thanks to all our bowlers bowling with great lines and discipline. They got away a bit at the end but we managed to pick up a well-deserved bonus point as we bowled them out for 181.

Wickets were shared pretty evenly with most bowlers picking up one, Graham finished with the best figures of 3/39. A great win first up from the boys who also had 4 debutants in the starting XI. We look to tackle Campbelltown-Camden out at Raby for our next fixture on November 6.


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Spoils shared in tussle with Dogs - Monday News - Rd2 vs Bankstown - One Dayer


This weekend against Bankstown produced mixed results for the TravelSim Waratahs with the top two grades going down, while the bottom 3 grades produced strong wins. Despite a 5fa and 39 from Ahillen Beadle and a defiant half-century to Jay Lenton, 1st grade fell well short of Bankstown’s 246 at Graham’s Reserve. 2nd grade set the game up with a great team performance in the field but were unable to complete the job with the bat, while half-centuries to Aidan Baker and Billy D’arcy set up 3rd Grades convincing win.

An excellent 3fa and 53 from Jimmy Crombie combined with Will Wolter’s 79 to get 4th Grade over the line in a tight contest, while 5th grade produced what may remain one of the most clinical performances of the season – demolishing Bankstown by 9 wickets thanks mainly to an unplayable spell of bowling from Michael Counsell. Overall, a good weekend of cricket with some excellent bowling highlights especially. Despite this, some improvements with the bat are definitely in order, especially heading into the next few rounds of 2-day cricket.

Up the Tahs

4 Pines Player of the Week - Michael Counsell
This week’s 4 Pines Player of the Week is one of this year’s new recruits, Michael Counsell, who was the chief destroyer in 5th grade’s 2nd bonus point victory in as many games this weekend. The tall quick devastated Bankstown’s batting order, taking figures of 5-15 from 10 overs as the visitors were rolled for a measly 67 runs… All the more impressive when considering the 17 extras in the innings as well!

Originally a Cromer junior, Michael has had a couple of injuries which have prevented him having a full season since deciding to move on from the competitive Manly-Warringah park scene to Grade Cricket. He’s fitted into Manly like a glove and it’s fantastic to see him take such impressive figures in only his second game with the mighty Tahs.

Well done mate, keep it up!!



1st Grade – Manly 146 (J. Lenton 52, A. Beadle 39) def by Bankstwon 246 (A. Beadle 5-60[10], M. Edwards 2-33[6.2])

It was a great day for cricket on Saturday as the Waratahs arrived at the ground to face their old foe Bankstown. Some of the players had not faced them since the grand final two seasons ago. Manly tossed and unfortunately lost to be sent into field first. Bankstown struck the ball well early and got off to a good start but were pulled back by the bowling of Ahillen Beadle who ended up with five wickets.

The middle overs of the Bankstown wicket showed that although thepitch was playing low, it was still possible score runs straight. Another highlight of the game was Mickey Edwards return to the bowling crease. His opening spell was not all that he wished for but he came back late in the innings with two wickets, one of which was a stumping. All the bowlers made valuable contributions.

The waratahs were set an imposing 248 on a pitch which played up the previous week. An early wicket of James Crosthwaite trapped LBW to a ball that stayed low brought concern into the camp. Another wicket fell as Adam was caught at mid on. Jay Lenton and Ahillen Beadle then steadied the ship and constructed a partnership in which Jay took 18 off one ball, christening the new swim centre while doing so. However, in an effort to get the innings moving, AB and Jay went in short succession. The rest of the batting line up did not offer a lot and Bankstown cruised home to a comfortable victory.

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"Skipper Adam Crosthwaite tweaking the field in 1st Grade"

"The boys finishing a tough day in the field"

Ahillen Mick
"Ahillen Beadle on fire with the ball as he finds the Bankstown edge"

"It was great to see Mickey Edwards back in the 1st Grade outfit"

2nd Grade – Bankstown 9/160 (J. Carden 2-26 [10], T. Kaye 2-18 [7], M. White 2-45 [9]) def Manly 147 (L. Weston 48, J. Rawlings 47*, J. Daly 22)

2nd grade turned up to Jenson Park pumped for the 2nd round of the 2016/17 season against Bankstown.

Skipper Ritchie lost the toss and they elected to bat. Andrew Jamieson and Matty White got off to a great start despite Bankstown’s aggressive batting, getting a few early wickets. Jake Carden and Tom Kaye continued to bowl very tightly with Tom getting a wicket from his first rock. Joe Graham and Jack Ritchie bowled well at the death and it was only due to Bankstown's wagging tail that they got to 160. Overall our fielding and overall application throughout the innings was great, especially given the lightning quick outfield.

We began our chase losing Kaye for 0 and Jack for 1. Logan Weston and Jarrod Rawlings built a good partnership getting us to 76 before Logan fell hitting into the gale-force wind for a dominant 48. Sammy Webber fell 2nd ball for another 0, bringing Jordan Daly to the crease. He started to get on top of the bowling but was caught behind off their spinner with the score at 106. Sam Gainsford fell quickly along with Jake and Jamo, leaving us 8-115. Joe Graham and Jarrod looked like they were going to get it done but then Joe was dismissed LBW.

Matty White unfortunately fell short as he was bowled with 13 runs to get in the 47th over - all out for 147. Overall we were the much better fielding team, however when a scorecard contains seven scores of 0 or 1, it’s always going to hamstring any run chase. Rawlings was left not out on 47, giving a lesson on how to put a price on one’s wicket throughout the entirety of the innings. Tough loss but some very promising signs especially with the ball and a great opportunity to bounce back and become better.

3rd Grade – Manly 7/273 (A. Baker 87, B. D’arcy 63, R. Trewartha 35, A. Virdi 33) def Bankstown 162 (W. Evans 4-12[10], Z. Trewartha 3-33 [10])

MPO was another belter and after winning the toss we had a bat. Welcoming back Luke Edgell, 3rds had a strong top order (and lower order) with Luke (8) and Bill (63) making things look easy before Luke chopped on. Aiden Baker (87) played a beautiful on drive first ball for four and looked solid the whole way through his dig. Darcy started cautiously picking up singles before finding the boundary with ease before being run out with plenty of overs left. Zac (4) was elevated to #4 but hitting against the wind the ball ballooned up allowing mid on to take a spectacular diving catch. Ross (35 from 21) played a great cameo, his square driving very strong. He hit a beautiful, hard, however uppish on drive to be caught by mid on. Baker was cleaned up by a good ball and we had a little bit of work to do to get 250. Baker looked set for a 130no and hopefully there are more runs to go for this bloke this year.

Verdi (33no from 22) and Evans (19 from 12) ensured we got to 250 and beyond with some lusty blows to and over the ropes before Evans was run out. 273 was the final score and a good one at that.

Bankstown got a flier. Their openers enjoyed the ball coming on and Wigney (0/32 from 5) and Bishop Perret (0/20 from 4) both copped a bit of treatment however hardly bowled a bad ball. In fact our discipline was outstanding with just one wide all innings. At 0/60 from 10 Bankstown were tracking nicely before Baker (2/32 from 7) showed what can be done by slowing down the pace a bit – both openers hitting the ball down Luke Edgell’s mouth at long off within 3 balls. I couldn’t understand that. Luke took two excellent catches in the swirling conditions.

Evans (4/12 from 10) bowled full and straight and the Townies found it tough to hit him off the square. Breaking through with a bowled and an LBW to get rid of the promising looking # 3 and 4 Evans then really applied to ‘squeeze’ to the middle order. Things got out of control for the Dogs and when Zac (3/33 from 9.5) came on and bowled full & straight as well we really made things difficult for them. It came down to whether we can get a bonus point. With them right on the target we needed to take 2/0 and step up Zac, with two LBWS to get us home with 7pts.

A great win across all aspects of the game, our fielding was heaps better than last week and our bowlers seemed a bit more aware of what needed to be done.


4th Grade – Manly 8/214 (W. Wolter 79, J. Crombie 53, A. Gummer 23) def Bankstown 8/194 (J. Crombie 3-20[8], J. Graham 2-36[10], S. Alexander 2-50[10])

After a disappointing loss the week before, 4s rocked up to Grahame Thomas looking to turn things around against a strong Bankstown outfit. We had a good game of touch, followed by a couple of Luke Edgell inspired stretches, and endured some of Samoz' terrible uni game stories.

The deck looked flat, and the outfield fast, so we were rather surprised to be sent into bat. Poole and Wolter opened up, with Poole knicking off early to a good rock. Gummer and Wolter consolidated well, progressing to 1-40 off 12, before Gumms knicked one to slip. This bought Jimmy Crombie to the crease, who batted with great intent and ran well between the wickets from the get-go. The pair teamed up nicely to swing momentum nicely in to our favour, with Wolter bringing up his 2nd 50 on the trot. He batted with great patience, and hit some impressive maximums in his innings of 79. As the run-rate started to accelerate, we lost Crombie (53) and Wolter, which tore the momentum away from us slightly. Some nice cameos from skipper Maxy Burgess (20) and a swashbuckling 13 from pinch-hitter McLachlan got us to 8-213 with 1 over to go. S Alexander then successfully negotiated the last over, finishing with red ink for a solid 1 off 9 rocks.

With 215 for Bankstown to get, we were confident that bowling a tight line and the right length would be enough to get the 6 points. Things didn’t start too well, with some wayward bowling from the openers, as well as a complementary 4 byes from stand-in keeper Gummer. The introduction of Wilson and Crombie pulled things back nicely, and we started to pick up wickets at regular intervals. After a conservative start, one of their openers started playing some more expansive shots, and the momentum continued to go back and forth between the two teams. An outstanding bowling partnership between Jacob Graham (2-36) and S Alexander (2-50) meant we were back on top, and with Sammoes guiling their opener to run past one, things were all but in the bag. Some late order hitting provided a few scares, but the Dogs finished 20 runs short at 8-194 off 50.

It was a great all-round performance from the boys, and good to get back on the horse after a poor Rd 1 loss. Things are looking up for the mighty 4s – looking forward to our first 2 day fixture at home against Syd Uni next week.

Up the ‘Tahs


5th Grade – Manly 1/69 (N. Cohen 31*, J. Mason 23*) def Bankstown (M. Counsell 5-15[10], A. Bain 2-14[6])

With a strong bonus point victory last weekend against Easts, our focus had now turned to a strong Bankstown side with the game once again being held at picturesque Manly Oval. A few changes this week meant the inclusion of Joel Mason whose experience is invaluable as well as a well-deserved debut for Matty Brewster as wicketkeeper. Unfortunately Waddo lost the toss and Bankstown elected to bat first on a good looking wicket. With a strong bowling line-up consisting of openers Archer and Counsell as well as Bain, Hole, Akhurst and spinners Anderson and Outred we were quietly confident of getting the job with the ball.

The Bankstown opening batsmen started slowly, as openers Archer and Counsell hit their spots from ball one and utilised pace and bounce to their advantage continuously testing the batsmen. Apart from the occasional lusty hitting from their captain, they rarely looked likely to score in anything other than 4’s or 6’s. Some strong fielding and pressure led to the first chance being created by Mike Counsell with an edge flying to the slips for a smart catch for his first and Manly’s first wicket of the day. Fortunately we didn’t have to wait very long for the second with a clever bit of bowling leading to Counsell’s second in two balls as the batsman misjudged a fuller ball and was struck on the pads trapped in front. Chances were created at regular intervals from then on as Archer and Counsell went about their business showing how successful bowling in partnerships can be. Big Counsell tore through the Bankstown top order with two more wickets being caught by Anderson and Cohen and Archer bowled fantastically in support. He afforded little to no scoring opportunities for the batsmen and was unlikely not to pick up more than his 1 wicket for the day.

Alex Bain was then brought on and picked up exactly where Archer left off as he created numerous chances bowling to the middle order batsmen, giving away no easy runs and supported Counsell brilliantly through the back end of his spell. This allowed Counsell to complete a well-deserved five wicket haul and finish his spell with the excellent figures of 5/15 from his 10 overs straight – a fantastic effort from the big man. Ned Hole was then called upon and had immediate impact as he picked up a wicket with a top edge to Archer a mid-on. Bain also chipped in with tidy figures himself of 2/14 and was unlucky not to have a third. Special mention also goes to Waddo with an early contender for catch of the year for his one handed diving catch in the slips. With the wicket a little slow and showing inconsistent bounce, spinner Anderson was brought on to bowl to the tail, and was rewarded with a wicket utilising the bounce of the pitch getting one to turn and bounce catching the number 11’s outside edge with a great catch by Brewster to cap off a very tidy day behind the stumps.

Bankstown’s total after 27 overs was a well below par 67; a huge credit to the bowling attack. With contributions from Archer, Hole, Anderson and Bain, the superstar was undoubtedly Michael Counsell for his fantastic 5/15. Counsell bowled with pace and bounce, utilising the wicket to his advantage and his height and speed always troubled the batsmen. The bowlers all worked together and bowled with a plan, this paid off hugely as we now found ourselves chasing 68 with the opportunity for a second bonus point victory in two weeks.

Openers Cohen and Outred made their way out to the middle with the goal of making their intentions clear racing to 20 before Outred was unfortunately caught behind for 5. This was all the good news the Bankstown bowlers received however, as Mason then joined Cohen and the pair worked towards swinging the momentum back in the small run chase, taking advantage of an inexperienced Bankstown bowling attack. The pair were successful in guiding the side home inside 12 overs for an emphatic 9 wicket bonus point win. Mason finished with a well-made 23* and Cohen on 31*, meaning 5th grade are now two bonus point wins from two games. Our attention now shifts to next week’s away fixture against the strong Sydney University– a big test for the boys. Special thanks must go to Todd Harper and Don Sellen for all their efforts throughout the day. Cheers Guys.

Nick Cohen

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Brewster Willbur
"Matty Brewster made his 5th Grade debut on the weekend"

"Will Outred more than impressed with his new navy floppy"

Waddo Counsel
"Simon Waddington discussing some pre-match plans with Will Akhurst"

"Michael Counsel was the pick of the bowlers claiming his first manly 5fa"

Hardboard Diggers Team of the Round

This weeks Harbord Diggers Team of the Week see's a team dominated by the lower grades as per the weekends results. D'Arcy and Rawlings open up with Beadle and Baker coming in at 3 and 4 after a great game with both bat and ball. Wolter and Lenton come in the middle order after solid half centuries, while Crombie continues his good form with bat and ball to come in at 7 and be the teams premier all-rounder. Trewartha showed his bowling still has some venom in it and comes in as pinch hitter at number 8, while the rest of the bowling attack picks itself with Evans, Bain and Counsell all excelling with the ball on Saturday #bleedblue


Eastern Suburbs Cast Away by Wilson - Monday News - Rd1 vs Easts - One Dayer


The Travelsim Waratahs have kicked off their 2016/17 campaign with an impressive 3/5 weekend Vs the strong Eastern Suburbs club. 1st Grade won convincingly against a line-up which included current Test wicket-keeper, Peter Nevill and also NSW Captain Nic Maddinson. Steve O’Keefe enjoyed his return to Manly with a great all-round performance. Club Skipper Matty White made the most the last minute call up to the top grade, taking key top order wickets to help set-up their victory. 2nd Grade had a tough day out at Waverly with the home side winning pretty convincingly in the 42nd over. 3rd Grade had an impressive win over Eastern Suburbs with Daly, Baker and Marshall all having stellar matches. 4th Grade unfortunately went down in a low scoring affair at Snape Park, with the boys unable to chase down 139. 5th Grade had a great game of beach cricket at the shocking Manly Oval, with Brad Wilson enjoying his home-coming with a match winning spell of 5/27. Overall a good start to the 2016/17 season with hopefully some more wins coming next week Vs. Bankstown.

4 Pines Player of the Week - Brad Wilson
This week’s 4pines Brewery Player of the Week goes to club favourite and boatshed regular Brad Wilson. Brad enjoyed his return to grade (premier) cricket after a long stint overseas, proving that “it’s not that tough out there”, taking a match winning 5/27.

Starting the season in 5th Grade and will more than likely be making his way up the Grades with performances like these.

Well Done Bradley!



1st Grade – Manly 4-149 (A. Crosthwaite 60, S. O’Keefe 39*, J. Crosthwaite 38) vs. Easts 148 (A. Beadle 3/27, M. White 3/32, S. O’Keefe 2/17)

Plan, discipline, action… Description of Manly First grades victory against a quality Eastern Suburbs at the glamorous Graham's Reserve on Saturday.
With an amazing calibre of players of first class and test players on show, possibly the 4 best keepers In the State let alone the country, over 200 first class games and more than 20 test matches shared.. Graham's reserve and its new facilities were treated to something special for the day.

Losing the toss and requested to bowl first, Manly boys were all ready and excited to express their ores season hard work, well talked about plans to get this summer off to a good start
Action was taken, great energy and superb discipline was shown by all the boys in the field and with the ball to bowl Easts out for 148 in the 47th over.

Led by Matty White with 3/32. AB 3/27 and Sok very controlled and skilful with 2/20, the first half was as good as I can remember from any team Iv played with in the field..
Chasing the total was always going to be a task and we didn't get complacent and knew what was to happen to chase it down..

Losing AB early only brought the 2 quality brother Crosthwaite’s together to get us off to a great start and James as he does certainly knows that way!
Putting Easts on the back foot with an entertaining and quick fire 38 and putting a 50+ partnership with Adam before departing.

Adam and Sok coming together were steadying the ship with a 78 run partnership and guiding the boys to a comfortable position.

Adam a quality captains knock of 60 leading the way before Sok finishing the total, showing his class in getting to the total and finishing the game with an unbeaten 39.
Every player playing their part and having an impact.. Quality team performance and much appreciation shown for the day and the players and performances shown..
First win for Manly!

Plan, discipline, action.. Result!

Cameron Merchant

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1st Grade SOK
"Grahams Reserve playing host to 1st Grade for Rd1"
"Aussie Test player Steve O'Keefe was on song for the Manly Boys"

Juicy Coordon
"1st Grade Manager Michael "Juicy" Shepherd running the drinks"

"That's got to have been a close one from the cordon's reaction"

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"Cameron Merchant was on fire in the slip cordon for 1st Grade on Saturday."

"Adam Crosthwaite showed his class scoring a valuable half century in Rd1."

"Full Match Highlights of the 1st Grade Match on the Weekend"

2nd Grade – Manly 191 (J. Edwards 54, J. Rawlings 43) Vs. Easts 3/193

2nd Grade began their season at the picturesque Waverly Oval. New captain Jack Ritchie won his first toss for the season and elected to bat. The Tah’s got off to a fantastic start with the opening pair of Jack Edwards (54) and Jarrod Rawlings (43) getting the boys off to a tremendous start. After losing Jack Edwards for a well compiled 54, Jarrod continued to steady the innings for the Waratahs’, with Jack Ritchie falling soon after Jack. Tom Kaye joined Rawlings at the crease as the two looked to rebuild the Waratahs’ innings. After a steady 40 run partnership, Kaye threw his wicket away getting caught in the deep. This sparked a middle order collapse with Rawlings, Weston, Webber and Gainsford falling in relatively quick succession. With the score at 7-176 the Tah’s looked like they were going to fall well short of a believed 230 par total on a batting friendly wicket. Despite great efforts from lower order batsmen Andrew Jamieson and Mickey Edwards, the Tah’s still posted a mediocre total of 191 off 49.2. Not batting the 50 was a disappointing result, especially after the terrific start we got off to.

We knew we had our work cut out for us the minute we walked out on to field. Despite only having 191 on the board the boys still believed we had enough to take home the 6 points. Opening bowlers Mickey Edwards (0-24) and Andrew Jamieson (1-46) both bowled fantastic first spells to have the Manly boys on top of Easts with the score at 2/38 off 15 overs. Due to some high quality batting from the Dolphins, the game was left in the balance at the fall of the next wicket at 3/120 off roughly 30 overs. Easts batsmen A. Ezekiel took the game away from the Waratahs’ with an impressive 100 as they chased down our 191 in the 42nd over. A good lesson for all batsmen on how to construct a one day innings.

Unfortunately, despite our great bowling effort we weren’t able to achieve the desired result as Easts were just too good on the day. The boys remained positive and enjoyed a chat after the game about the areas to improve for next weeks’ matchup Vs. Bankstown.

Big thankyou’s to Dave Gardiner and Gordon Curry for their efforts scoring and during the warm-ups.

Tom Kaye

3rd Grade – Manly 8/260 (J. Daly 77, A. Baker 73, Z. Trewartha 27) Vs. Easts 8/243 (D. Marshall 4/45, W. Evans 2/41)

The MPO pitch looked like a beauty for this time of season. The outfield a little sluggish but that’s always the case down here. Winning then toss we chose to bat and Bariol (7) looked in confident form before a good snare at 2nd slip brought Baker (73) to the crease to join D’Arcy (22). These guys gained control before Bill edged to 1st slip to make it 2/55 in the 16th.

A great 130 run partnership between Daly (77) and Baker followed. Highlighted by good running between the wickets (except for an early confusion where we were lucky the keeper attempted a back hand flick from 20 yards away instead of a slow lob as both batsmen stranded) these two took control and really built momentum nicely. Runs were worked both sides of the wicket and something resembling 250+ was taking shape. A couple of quick wickets to the left wrist spinner got rid of both set batsmen unfortunately to make it 4 /190 in the 40th.

The Trewartha twins then looked to get us home but the older looking one (5) was trapped by the offie and then Ash (20) and Zac (27) both put on great cameos, highlighted by great running and some beautiful Verdi cover drives. They took the score to 243 before Zac was cleaned up and then Ash snicked off. Dylan (2) swung across the line after a nasty beam ball seemed to rattle him a bit. Bishop-Perrett (9no) played the shot of the day, a flick off his hips first ball that raced to the boundary and Evans (5no) picked up a few singles at the death to ensure a strong total of 260.
RBP (0/39 from 8) and Wigney (0/20 from 4) opened up and bowled well. RBP unlucky not to get a very early one via a standard snick into the cordon that was uncharacteristically put down. He bowled with good pace and energy as did Wiggers who went for a few as the lucky opener decided to open up to the pitched up bowling and hit well down the field.

Evans (2/41 from 9) slowed things down a bit and then the “squeeze” was applied via great spells from Baker (1/29 from 10) and Marshall (4/45 from 10). This bowling partnership was critical to our win as the pitch was a belter and we just needed to mix it up a bit as the quicker bowlers were starting to come on nicely. Baker did that very well and was rewarded with a good low C&B. Marshall was the one that broke their backs, getting rid of the dangerous opener with great flight to snare a C&B and then watched and picked up the middle order with a mix of reckless batting against tight bowling.

Ash (1/65 from 9) picked up a leg side stumping first ball, very smart work from Bariol and then was maybe guilty of trying a bit too much during his spell. Aware that we needed to change things up a bit on this type of deck Ash certainly provided a mixed bag but it was great to see this bloke back to bowling and he’ll be very useful this season with his offerings. RBP also came back after Marshall’s spell and went for a few. Easts 7 & 8 then started to play well and pick us off quite easily putting on close to a hundred. Seemingly the game was in hand from a long way out but the 8rpo required from about over 30 onwards didn’t really change much and about 10rpo was needed over the last 6. Evans bowled a reassuring spell to pick up both scorers and from there it was a little easier and we got home 17 run winners on the back of a great 30 over performance and a fairly slack 20 over performance in the field. All good, just knocked off the grand finalists from the past two seasons but a couple of things to tidy up.

Waren Evans

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Wazza Trewarthas
"Skipper Warren Evans storming through the crease"

"It was a double dose of Trewartha on the weekend for 3rd Grade"

Dylan Flat
"Dylan Marshall getting the fist pumps going as he grabs another pole"

"A picture of concentration, Aiden Baker at the top of his mark"


4th Grade – Manly 118 (W. Wolter 54) Vs. Easts 139 (J. Crombie 3/24, J. Graham 2/12, D. McKenna 2/27)

Manly 4th grade turned up to Snape Park full of enthusiasm for the new season and the challenge ahead against an experienced Easts line-up. With an incredibly strong team, the boys were hoping to get off to a good start to the season. Despite losing the toss, we got what we wanted by bowling first on a good cricket wicket which we knew would flatten as the day progressed. Falcs and D-Mac opened and bowled some good lines with 1 or 2 early chances being dropped. D-Mac got one of the openers with a nice edge to Max in 2nd slip. From there, a steady flow of wickets came at regular intervals, thanks to the tight bowling of Jimmy C, Jacob and Sammoes. At the 30 over mark they were about 4-70. From there Maxy chopped and changed the bowlers around, along with a small spell from Izzy as well, with the intention to stop the batsmen from getting use to the pace of the bowlers. The plan worked with easts getting bowled out for 139 in the last over. A solid effort from the bowling group with D-Mac and Jacob finishing with 2 and Jimmy grabbing 3.

The run chase got off to a good start with Gummer and Wolter at the crease. Both were able to negotiate the openers and were looking solid at the crease until Gumms was caught in front. Jimmy Boyer looked in good touch before the umpire fired him. Toby then skied one off a spinner for not many. Jimmy C joined Walter at the crease and steadied the ship but our run rate was slowing down due to not being able to turn the strike over against their annoying and slow dibbly dobbler and spin bowlers. Looking at the scoreboard at the final drinks break, we needed 70 off the last 20 overs which we could not capitalise on with the wickets we had left in the shed. Wolter departed not too long after bringing up a well compiled 50 trying to increase the run rate, as others came and went by maybe trying to slog too early in their innings instead of turning the strike over. In the end, we lost a clump of wickets going down swinging, bowled out for 118 in the 48th over.

A disappointing start for the Tah’s but plenty of positives to take out of the day.

Go Manly
Ben Falconer (Falcs)

5th Grade – Manly 8/210 (N. Cohen 46, W. Akhurst 42, D. Wheeler 31) Vs. Easts 138 (B. Wilson 5/27, G. Archer 2/31)

It was the first game of the season. After the months of pre-season everyone was ready and in full fitness. The one day match was played at Manly oval against Eastern Suburbs Cricket club.

After losing the toss and getting sent in to bat the two new openers Will Outed and debutant Nick Cohen got us off to a strong start. Both were able to see off the new ball before Outed was unfortunately bowled after a well-played 19. This brought Ned Hole to the crease, he was looking good until he missed a ball which held up in the wicket causing him to be stumped. During the fall of these wickets Dom Wheeler and Cohen came together to build a strong partnership at the top of the order that ultimately set up the innings.

Wheeler raced to 31 before being caught and bowled. Cohen looked as if he wasn’t going to get out, giving out no chances to the fielding side before miss judging one and was given out LBW. He was unlucky not to go on and bring up his half century after being dismissed for 46. The top order had set up the base, and it was now up to the middle order to try and create some partnerships to put us in a good position. Simon Waddington and Will Akhurst kept the run rate ticking over. Manly was on 3/140 at the time with only 15 overs remaining and both decided to pick up the tempo, this brought about the fall of Waddington who was looking for the boundary but missed timed it to deep long on off the spinner. At this stage it was up to the two batsmen at the crease to stay there till the end as it would be harder for the lower order to score of the slow wicket. Jonah Anderson and Akhurst put together a strong partnership before Anderson fell for 21 and soon after Akhurst on 42. The tail added some well needed runs to leave Manly at 7/210.

Once the batters had done their job it was now up to the bowlers to finish off the game. Glyn Archer and Michael Counsell took the new ball with Archer yoking the opener bowling him middle stump. The batting side started to get on top. This was short lived when Archer took his second, finding the edge of the number 3 batsman. A good catch from Waddington and some good fielding Manly were able to take control of the game. Then Brad Wilson came on and bowled stump to stump to clean up the tail, he even claimed two consecutive wickets and unlucky not to get the hatrick. Wilson finished up with 5/27 as we ended up rolling them for 138 with 10 overs remaining.

Its was a good win for fifth Grade giving them the perfect start to the season and providing them with the moment they will need for next game against Bankstown. Also a big thanks to Don Sellen for scoring and Todd Harper for helping out with Drinks.

Will Akhurst

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Archer Akhurst
"Debutant Glynn Archer zoning in for 5th Grade"

"Will Akhurst soaking up the crease at Manly Oval"

"The 5th Grade boys heading out to field at Manly"

Hardboard Diggers Team of the Round

Our first Harbord Diggers  Team of the Week presents plenty of good performances that thoroughly deserve their place. No huge scores but some match winning innings from Crosthwaite, Baker, Daly and Akhurst get them into the top 6 with Edwards and Wolter opening up. Special mention to Cohen who's innings in 5s set the game up at the top of the order. The 3 of the 4 bowlers pick themselves with Wilson, Marshall and White all making significant contributions. Final position in the bowling group went to all-rounder Jimmy Crombie who bowled a tight spell in 4th grade. Congrats to all members. #bleedblue



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