All in all a disappointing day for the Waratahs on Saturday with only M2s coming away with victory while M1s had to settle for a draw despite some late heroics from Elliot Herd. M3s didn’t score enough runs despite a 45 run opening stand. M4s almost stole victory thanks to a brilliant hundred from Dom Wheeler and a mature 46 from Josh Cooper. Both W3s in their semifinal against Gordon and M5s weren’t quite able to chase down their respective targets, although Billy O’Brien continued his good form with 47. Continuing into Sunday, our Women finished with one win and one loss as 2s continued their hot streak to extend their lead at the top of the table following a dominant win over Universities while Brewers suffered a big loss to Gordon.
None other than Dom Wheeler is this weeks 4 Pines Player of the Week. Dom scored a tremendous and patient 105 off 155 balls, in fighting spirits for the mighty 4th grade. Dom has been a wise head and rock in the lower grades for many years now, and this weekend proved just how good he is. Dom has proven is calibre on and off the field for quite some time now, and is becoming a club favourite, so everyone is stoked to see him churn out runs for the Tahs.
Congrats Dom ! And Go the Tahs !
Sienna James takes out this weeks Burdekin Player of the Week with an impressive 5 wicket haul in W2s on Sunday. Taking 5 for 21 of her 7 overs, Sienna demonstrated unmatched consistency with her bowling that was characteristic of her performance this year. With these figures, Sienna also raised the MWDCC Women’s club record for most wickets taken to 55. Away from the crease, Sienna brought some much needed energy to the field to help the girls stay positive in the heat. She was also key to a mid-innings run acceleration, scoring 20 off 13. A stellar performance well deserving of both 3 points and The Chicken Shack fielding award. Key fact: Sienna was the first female player to take 50 wickets for Manly in the clubs history.
A brilliant cap presentation and an even better touch performance started off what was to be a long day at Mark Taylor oval. Sully joined us on debut, as well as Izzy and TK coming up to rejoin the first grade side.
350 is a lot of runs, but on the M2 they were batting on we knew it would be tough to take 10 wickets. TK began beautifully in his first spell without much luck proving why he was so dominant in 2’s and so deserving of his first grade spot. Hadley got the early breakthrough, bloke shouldering arms from around the wicket, exactly to the plans Timmy had written up during the week. Another fell just after drinks before ND’s put on a bit of a partnership. What a man to break the partnership, arguably the most reliable we’ve had all year in Jake Carden, bowling an absolute seed to remove their captain and probably most dangerous player. Hadley had swung around and the ball was tanging, and another was taken leaving the Rangers 4fa.
The wicket though was flat, the ball was a cake of soap, Carden had bowled 10000000 straight from one end, cue Elliot Herd. Herdy for the 5th then began to really trouble the tail as they looked to push the game forward and actually have a crack. Taking his 4th leading into the last couple of overs, it was then too dark to bowl quicks so AB had a little trundle, but no more luck went the Tahs way, ending in a draw with ND’s 8 down.
After resuscitating Ping, we spoke about how good it was to see everyone fight through the whole day in what was a pretty average days cricket. The boys remain undefeated with the red ball and look to take points next week into the Christmas break.
3 Points – Joel Foster
2 Points – Jack Edwards
1 Point – Ryan Hadley
The Manly boys arrived at the home of cricket to much more friendly conditions then the previous week. After well-earned 1st grade call ups to Izzy Vumbaca, Tommy Kaye and Jacob O’Sullivan (debut) the side welcomed back Josh Wigney and Neil Prowse and were super pumped to see local junior Lachie Trewartha make his 2nd grade debut.
After taking two late wickets on Day 1 the openers looked to place the ND’s top order under pressure from the start. The skipper set some attacking fields, but the wickets didn’t come early, as the ND’s batsmen looked to attack. Andrew Hicks bowled without luck in his opening spell, consistently beating the bat.
Without the team’s form bowler Ryan Bishop-Perrett who injured himself at training during the week the home side needed others to stand up. Despite the opening hour not going to plan the quicks stuck at it and the introduction of Josh Wigney into the attack brought about immediate success.
Prowse and Hicks both bowled the house down in the 2nd hour to leave ND’s reeling at 6-97 at lunch. Hicks was brilliant and could have quite easily had 5 or 6 wickets before the break. Prowse swung it both ways and really showed his class under pressure.
The ND’s lower order batted well after lunch as the frustration grew a little. The Manly boys were able to stick to the task though, dismissing the visitors for 193 to run out convincing winners by 153 runs.
A great team effort to cement our spot at the top of the ladder. A big game against Campbelltown at home in the last round before the Christmas break. Thanks to all the volunteers especially Willy, Henry and Gordon who did it tough during the heat in week 1.
Thanks to club captains Wigs and Gains for all their efforts organising the Christmas party. Congratulations to Ned Hole for winning best dressed on the night.
3 Points – Tom Kaye
2 Points -Logan Weston
1 Point – Andrew Hicks
The 3rd grade cowboys arrived at Asquith Oval full of confidence after a trifecta of wins throughout November, keen to keep the momentum flowing in a spicy top-of-the-table encounter against ND’s. Skipper S.Hole won the toss on a green-tinged but firm cricket wicket and decided that batting would be the first activity we would complete today.
As has been the case in each of the sides previous victories, the Webber brothers got us off to a fantastic start with some crisp timing and strokeplay across the vast, sluggish outfield. Runs came at a premium, with many balls pulling up short of the boundary even after the most sumptuous of strikes. M.Webber (30) was the first to fall, top-edging a sweep from the finger-spinner to slip for our first casualty. Skipper S.Hole (10) came in and nerdled the ball around for 20 minutes before also succumbing to the sweep shot, a common theme amongst our top-order on this humid Saturday.
From 1-77 after 23 overs, Manly were well placed to post a completive score of circa 200; however, capitulated from this point. S.Webber (36) was the 3rd to fall sweeping, this time more expansively to be caught at mid-on, before Charles (1) came and went without offering a shot. Trewartha (22) looked to be in fine form once again, crunching a few expansive drives off the spinners before tamely falling to one that stopped in the wicket. Osborne (13) followed suit – carving the ball around before a leading-edge to mid-off. The lower order tried to keep things flowing but unfortunately, we couldn’t get any momentum late on, crawling to a sub-par 142.
Knowing that a strong start with the ball would reignite the contest, Counsell (1/29) and Bain (2/25) got us off to the perfect start pinching 3 top-order scalps. Boulton (1/27) and Kerr (2/38) (both on 3rd grade debut) then entered the attack and both picked up there first wicket in the main grade to have ND’s 4/36 and subsequently 5/58. Game on.
Unfortunately, from this point the Waratahs couldn’t prize out the key wicket of the ND’s captain who calmly controlled the innings from one end to slowly take the game away from us. A 2nd wicket to Kerr gave us a late sniff, but it wasn’t to be for Manly who were defeated by 4 wickets.
A dismal 26 overs with the bat ultimately cost us against the pacesetters of the competition – with plenty of work needed to improve how we approach the middle overs of ODI fixtures. Alas, the Manly boys still reside in the coveted top 6, and a return to Graham’s against another top side in Penrith gives us a great opportunity to bounce back with a vengeance.
Until next week – Go Manly!
3 Points – Alex Bain
2 Points – Michael Counsell
1 Point – Lachlan Kerr
At the ripe age of 19 years old, I have made many comments about the game of cricket in my life time. The good, the bad and the ugly. Some statements have been completely inaccurate, possibly out of pure frustration for the game. Although, up until now, I have not 100% believed in what I was saying.
Mark my words. This is Dom Wheelers world, and we are just living in it.
Arriving to Grahams reserve, the mighty 4’s boys are set to face off against Northern Districts.
For Manly, sitting in the top 6, this could be a big moment. Striding out to inspect the wicket, (flat), Wheeler is already on the field, visualising what’s sure to be an impressive performance. He is already tucking visualising leg glances with swan like elegance. It’s already got me on the back foot, something I should already be used to being a tailender.
Time passes by, the toss goes up; we’re bowling lads. Beautiful. Time to rock and roll.
The boys start of well. It’s nipping around just enough that the boys are already grinning like the grinch. It might just have been the chlorine from the neighbouring pool, but the boys can sense that Christmas might just come early. Unfortunately, after often excellent overs, the Northern Districts boys would sneak a boundary somewhere off the last ball. The game was afoot.
ND’s finished offon 218 after the 50. Considering ND’s fast start, Manly did very well to pull them back to just over 200. Dunnachie (3/47) and Burgess (2/33) were the pick of the bowlers.
Now it’s time to relax and assess what I’ll eat throughout the innings. Unfortunately we begin to lose wickets at a rapid rate. The boys were in a bit of trouble at 4-48.
Now comes to the crease Dom Wheeler. His strut is compelling, he’s sweating confidence. Some people say he looks like he doesn’t care, I say he looks like he doesn’t know how to care. Cool, calm, composed; the Wheeler I have come to know. With a hearty contribution from Cooper (46) and a mammoth contribution from Wheeler (105), we were confident we could snag a victory.
But with a loss of a few short wickets, and the increase of cloud coverage, the mood was set for a heartbreaking loss. Manly fell short by just 10 runs.
All in all, a great learning experience from the boys. Manly played some really strong cricket throughout the day, there was just a few 20 minute periods that costed us the game. Onwards and upwards.
3 Points – Dom Wheeler
2 Points – Josh Cooper
1 Point – Ed Burgess
We arrived on quite an overcast day at storey park. Manly lost the toss and were sent into bowl against a strong Northern Districts side. Manly got off to a decent start in the 4th over with Fleming supplying a good nut which broke through the opening partnership. The Northern Districts top order then proceeded to go on and score an 80 run partnership going into the drinks break. Manly then came right back with the answer with Ganeshraj (debutant) and Smith tying down the batsman bringing the manly boys right back into the contest. Pressure was then back on the nd’s batting lineup due to two run-outs from Ganeshraj and a beautiful spell from Smith taking 3 poles leaving Northern Districts with a total of 219 after their 50 overs. It was then manlys turn to prove themselves with the bat against a strong bowling attack. Openers Riley Dunlop and Billy O’Brien got off to a decent start before Dunlop got runout for 2. Small partnerships were then built throughout the innings with O’Brien sticking around to score a nice 47 before getting out. Jake Hutchings then went onto score 41 with the bottom order collapsing trying while trying to pick the run rate up. Manly fell short of nd’s 220 only making 159 before being bowled out in the 45th over
3 Points – Billy O’Brien
2 Points – Damon Smith
1 Point – Raja
During round 8 of the Women’s 2nd grade competition Manly played Universities in a one day game at Manly Oval. Starting off with a win Captain, Mik Turik, won the toss and elected to bat with the intention of batting out the 50 overs. C. Camburn and Z. Shipp opened the batting, however Universities gained an early wicket of Camburn in the 2nd over. M. Turik was in next and got 46 off 63. Manly finished their innings with 210 runs on the board with contributions from A.Hutt (19), M. Waddington (20), S.James (20), and N. Jonkers (18).
Manly had set an amazing score with their batting although the game was not over. Camburn and James opened the bowled both knocking over their two opening batters in the first over with a screamer of a catch in slips by Shipp which sadly was not caught in the livestream. Manly continued to bowl through their overs but were losing energy. James continued to stay positive in the field and when she came into bowl again, cleaning bowled their highest run scorer initiating a collapse. She then went on to take another 3 wickets putting up her second 5 wicket haul for Manly. The wicket takers were C. Camburn (1/7 off 5 overs) S. James (5/21 off 7 overs) M. Turik (1/23 off 6 overs) A. Hutt (1/18 off 6 overs) and C. McLerie (1/4 off 1.6 overs). Universities were bowled out in the 34th over with only 9-124 (as a player had left injured) leaving Manly 2nd grade in a secure spot on top of the table.
3 – Sienna James
1 – Zara Shipp
1 – Mik Turik
1 – Charley Camburn
Fielding – Sienna James
The team started the day off with a nice breakfast at Chaos cafe and had a fantastic warmup thanks to Duncan in preparation for the game at Forsyth park against Gordon. Everyone was pumped for the match and prepared to put all their effort in for the qualifying final.
We lost the toss and Gordon elected to bat first. Charlotte Ambler (0/19 off 4) and Mia Nel (1/12 off 4) opened the bowling and Mia took the first wicket in the 3rd over. Olivia Hough took a clean wicket in the 6th over and again in the 18th with an amazing performance of 2/18 off 4 overs. The bowling and fielding was very tight in the first 10 overs and Gordon was struggling to increase their run rate. They picked up the pace in the next half, however, Manly took many wickets towards the end of the innings. Sofia Davidson (1/11 off 2) took her first wicket for Manly. Mia Nel took a run out and Steph Hughes had an amazing fielding performance with 2 catches, 2 run outs and 1 stumping. Gordon batted the full 20 overs and finished on 103.
Manly went in to bat chasing 104 with Sarah Gordon and Mia Nel opening. We got off to a horrible start with Mia, unfortunately, run out for a diamond duck. Sarah was joined by Steph Hughes but she was also quickly dismissed for a duck, and we were in trouble at 2/5. With 2 quick wickets down Renee joined Sarah at the crease to rebuild the innings. They put on 42, the best partnership of the day before Sarah was bowled for 23 off 42. The next 3 wickets fell cheaply with Jess Kaye caught for 1, Olivia Hough caught for a 2nd ball duck and Jas Wilson bowled for 1. Meanwhile, Renee stabilised the innings during the middle overs and retired (30* off 37). Abby Taylor pushed to increase the run rate (8* off 10) with Cam Pryor (10* off 13), however, we ran out of overs, finishing with 6/79. Gordon won by 24 runs.
3 – Renee Hough
2 – Olivia Hough
1 – Cam Pryor
Feilding – Steph Hughes
The Manly girls turned up to Killara Park and were met with cooler temperatures than the week before, but it only took 5 minutes for one of the girls to step in the dog poop all over the ground. We won the toss and choose to bat.
Gemma and myself opened the batting. Some nice shots couldn’t get past the fielders and some hesitant running made for a slow start. We then lost a few quick wickets of Gemma, Ellie, Chloe, Nat and Ruby, each being dismissed for less than 10. Kate and Eliza then paired for some sensible cricket and got us past 50 runs. Our beginning target of 200 wasn’t looking good due to the combination of the slow outfield and loss of wickets. Eliza was then dismissed, shotley followed by Mia. Kate’s smart innings then came to an end and Manly were 8-72. Emily and Jess then backed up their batting performances last week and got us past the 100 mark. Jess was then dismissed for 15 after being able to easily find the boundary. Em and Steph then had the goal to finish our innings and bat out the 50 overs. Em was then dismissed for 25 and we were all out for 122.
We then focused on defending our small total. We couldn’t quite bowl in the right areas and missed lots of opportunities, with dropped catches and missed run outs. Our bowling and fielding wasn’t up to the usual standard and we struggled to take wickets, although there were some very unusual decisions from one umpire who it seemed like blinked every time there was an LBW appeal. Kate took a great catch early on off Jess’ bowling to get our first of 2 wickets for the day. Our next wicket came too little too late, when Ellie took a great catch off Emily’s bowling to dismiss the opener, but Gordon were 2-116.
It was a disappointing day with a loss and probably our worst overall performance in all areas, especially after such a great game last weekend against Parramatta. Brewer are looking to bounce back next week after some training and rest and will hopefully be able to get back to usual standards.
3- Emily Horstead
2- Jess Manning
1- Kate Salmon
Fielding – ?