So we have a 1st grade home semi at Manly Oval, and 5th grade home semi at Mike Pawley Oval in a weekend for the Manly cricket tragics. We also have our 4th grade side travelling to Sutherland to tackle the higher placed Sharks.
4 Pines Player of the Round – Ahillen Beadle
1st Grade vs Penrith at Howell Oval – Manly 243 (A. Beadle 126, T. Cruickshank 50, A. Crosthwaite 27) Defeated Penrith 202 (D. Babula 4 for 26, N. McLachlan 3 for 60, M. Edwards 2 for 48)
3rd Grade Vs Northern Districts – Manly 110 and 2 dec for 169 (C. Little 100*, L. Stewart 27*) lost to Northern Districts 162 (C. Little 4 for 31, R Davis 3 for 25, S. Alexander 2 for 42) and 7 for 78 (R Davis 3 for 16, C Little 2 for 9)
Craig Little and Manager Alan Wright after the game
4th Grade vs Parramatta – Manly 101 (M. Cole 30, J. Petersen 28) and 177 (S. Hole 53*) Defeated Parramatta 71 (W. Evans 4 for 9, A. Virdi 2 for 14, B. Wilson 2 for 20) and 4 for 95 (N. McCallum-Toomey 3 for 31)
Manly Oval looked a picture and a few of us enjoyed returning to this great oval. The pitch looked OK but we were not too sure about it. Not a bad toss to lose and as it turned out we won it and batted. They bowled good lines early and Rowan Hamman (0) had one come in sharply as he shouldered arms and lost the off stump, Max Burgess (5) was well caught in the slips and Ross Trewartha (0) got a tickle to make us 3/5. Sam Hole (4) and Mat Cole (30) attempted to resurrect things but Sam got one that stayed a bit low and was LBW to make it 4/13. Arshdeep Virdi (9) battled hard before getting an unlucky LBW to make it 5/43. Cole on the stroke of lunch then also got an LBW that could have gone either way (maybe the umpires were too busy chatting to each other to make correct decisions) to make us 6/68 at lunch. The same ump gave Josh Petersen not out when he smashed it so it was going both ways. Evans (7) and Peterson (28) tried to rebuild but a tickle from Evans put pay to that, 7/89. Josh then got a leading edge to end his excellent innings. He and Cole, who batted very well for his 30, were the only blokes to reach double figures. Brad Wilson and Nick McCallum-Toomey did the usual thing and the quick one, Nick, was run out again. Dylan Marshall then edged into the slips to end it on 101.
As a captain I was thinking along the lines of winning this late on day 2 after giving up first innings by say 70 runs. The pitch surely wasn’t this bad? The opposition can surely score 102 runs despite our strong attack? No chance, this is finals cricket! Brad got us off to a flyer by ducking one in sharply and a second player not willing to play a shot lost his off stump. Not long after an LBW to Brad (2/20) making it 2/8. Nick (1/23) then got the umpires involved with another LBW to make it 3/16. Evans (4/9) soon after joined in and delivered Josh three snicks in pretty quick succession. Arshdeep (2/14) kept the pressure on with Wilson snaring a smart catch in the covers. Another edge to Rowan at 2nd slip from Evans made it 8/52, Arsh the got a tickle 9/53. Some bold hitting out from the tail gave Parra hope but another good catch by Brad from Dylan gave us a fantastic 30 run lead with a mere 117 overs left in the game.
13 overs to go. Rowan listens intently to the talk of being positive and proceeds to nail the 2nd ball straight to mid off. Ross (22) and Max (10) steady the ship against some good bowling but a dreadful last 10 minutes sees both blokes depart the scene, Max playing an uncharacteristic heave and Ross shouldering arms to a ball too close and a third player to lose his off stump. We finish the day 3/38, effectively 3/68.
2nd day Dylan (5) and Sam (53no) look good before Dylan plays across one and he is adjudged LBW. Ditto Cole (12) and Arsh (17). Some wise words from Lozza (who was a legend all game, thanks for your help mate!) in the change rooms after the game reminded us that we need to play straighter. Much straighter. Make it a focus this week boys. We can’t be playing across our pads before we are 50. Anyway news filters in that Fairfield lost and Sutherland are looking likely to win so the pressure comes off but still good to win. Josh (8) again looked good before one kept low which he chopped on. Evans (6) played a nice shot through he covers first ball but doesn’t go on with it and plays loosely at a straight one and is cleaned up. Brad plays beautifully and looks very comfortable batting for 68 mins in compiling 15. The spinner brought him undone – use your feet Wilson!. Nick then followed on with a well made 14 in 32 minutes. Sam Hole though played his best innings to date. In a situation that could be considered high pressure he looked cool as he played straight and occupied the crease, not going anywhere. A great, self assured innings that is exactly what we needed. This combined with Nick & Brad’s efforts meant Parra had 207 to win in 38 overs. They know their fate, they’re happy to play Easts, we are happy to play Sutherland and despite Nick almost snaring a hattrick (3/23) the game was played out by Parra who finished at 4/95 from 21 overs.
Great effort boys, looking forward to the SF. Well done.
5th Grade vs Gordon – Manly 222 (T. Poole 90, J. Carden 59) Defeated Gordon 208 (J. Carden 4 for 38, T. Kelly 2 for 45, W. Outred 2 for 47)
Manly had a great victory over Gordon in 5th grade on the weekend, taking the biscuits in a very close encounter against an always tough opponent.
The wicket at the start of play on Saturday was hard and dry, but with toughs of dead grass on most of the pitch it was a bit of unknown, but ultimately we thought a good cricket wicket. Skipper Dave Farrell won the toss and chose to bat first. Opening up with Joel Mason and Billy Darcy, the Gordon openers bowled some good areas and constantly beat the bat with a bit of movement, as there always should be at the beginning of the game. Runs were initially hard to come by and Mason went early for a plumb LBW, and Billy followed not too long afterwards in the same manner. Hamish Ferguson edged to 2nd slip and after an hour of play we were 3 for 15.
Jack Carden and Toby Poole have both had very impressive years so we were still confident of a good total. The fellas started to show some great intent and were very positive in both their stroke play and their running between the wickets, and before long they began to take the game away from Gordon. Both passed their half century however Jake spooned one not long after to cover for a well made 59. Tom Kelly joined Toby at the crease and together they continued with some good batting, and we were 4 for 185, a fantastic position after being 3 for 15. However, as so often happens in finals, Tom got out and we began to loose wickets in clumps. Jacob Graham came and left, as did Will Outred. Toby was next to go for a fantastic 90 in his best innings of the season. It was very disappointing not to see him go on and get a big hundred, but his debut ton for the Tahs can’t be too far away.
The rest of the tail also did not last long and we were bowled out for 222, losing 6 for 37 at the end. Special mention to Sam Kelly who remained not out and is still to be dismissed in grade cricket….. can play
Gordon had 20 overs to face and started cautiously. After 2 dropped catches, Zach Trewartha got us started with a wicket at cover, and Tom Kelly got their confident looking opening bat LBW to leave Gordon 2 for 41 at stumps on day 1 and with the match evenly poised.
The Waratahs started day 2 very well, mainly through the antics of Billy Darcy. Billy stood at first slip for the first half of the day and proceeded to talk absolute gibber for most of the time, gaining the irk of the batsman but also the humor of his fellow slip cordon and, on occasions, the umpires. “Spartan Saturdays and Kookaburra Sundays” was particularly entertaining, as was the call to send the batsman who had a carbon fiber Kookaburra back to ’06.
Anyway, back to the cricket. Tom Kelly bowled their night watchman with a beauty, and Jack “Ping” Carden got Billy’s man out caught behind after a juggle from impressive ‘keeper Sam Kelly (did I mention that the kid could play?) saw us hold the advantage at 4 for 68. Although some small partnerships formed of 20 runs or so, we bowled consistently well and bounced around the field to have the Stags 6 for 101 not far from lunch.
Unfortunately play was then halted for a period of time, and an early lunch taken, as the Gordon batsman Borg dislocated his shoulder badly attempting to foil a runout plot. It was bad luck for the young bloke, who was batting well and has apparently had 2 shoulder reco’s already. He was in alot of pain and an ambulance was called to take him away, the only piece of good news for him was the 2 shots of morphine that sent him into his own world, something Dollars reminded us that he could relate to. We hope he is doing OK.
Starting after lunch we got a quick wicket, however the Gordon number 8 began to hit the ball very well. The boys were still bouncing around the field and bowling well, but the ball was getting old, the pitch flater, and at 7 for 200 we were looking at the scoreboard.
Skipper Farrell threw the ball to “Ping” and the golden child didn’t disappoint, dismissing the hard hitting number 8 for 55, and then finishing it off with another caught and bowl (his eleventieth in the last few games) much to the delight of the boys and the big crowd.
So a great win for the Tahs. Special thanks to Winga who was with us all day and provided some great guidance, as well as Dollars (as usual) and Ian Ferguson who managed the canteen and was a hero all day around the boys.
Onto Randy-Petes next week at Mike Pawley Oval. See you there.
Jake Carden takes the all inportant 2nd last wicket on Sunday
Will Outred watches the ball move towards the fielder for a catch…..
…. and Dave Farrell takes the catch
Mason and Bradstreet lead the team song