Day 2 of the Styleness Waratahs round 7 battle with UNSW saw the Tahs come away with 2 gutsy wins in 2nd and 4th grade, whilst unfortunately going down in 1st grade, 3rd grade and 5th grade. 1st grade toiled hard with Ryan Hadley (2/27) and Chris Green (1/17) the only wicket takers in a round to forget for our top side. 2nd grade had a win to remember, defending only 185 to bowl out UNSW for 174 with strong performances from Elliot Herd (3/31) and two wickets each to Andrew Jamieson, Sam Gainsford and Max Webber.
3rd grade lost a close one at David Phillips, falling just short of UNSW’s total of 232, being bowled out for 215 near the close of day’s play. Captain Nick McLachlan led from the front, posting his highest grade score of 63* to almost get his side over the line. 4th grade continued their winning ways, bowling the opposition out for 134 after they were cruising at 0/70. Jake Osborne and Alex Bain with 3 wickets each. 5th grade also fell short of their total, chasing 348 for victory the Tahs were bowled out for 277. Oscar Lucius (63), Oliver Melville (52) and John Warn (46) amongst the runs.
Saturday also saw our women’s 3rd grade side play their semi-final against a strong Gordon side. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be for our girls, valiantly going down chasing a big total. Gordon batted first and were restricted to 5/253 with Mia Waddington and Renee Hough doing the damage, both taking 2 wickets each. With the bat, Krisite Crawford (49) and Nat Guyot (46) led from the front as the girls fell 37 runs short of their target, finishing 9/226. Great season girls!
Sunday saw our Brewer Shield girls claim their first victory of their campaign. Batting first the girls finished 8/153 with Robyn Medley the star, hitting our highest ever Brewer Shield score with 56*. With the ball, the girls were clinical, bowling out North Sydney for 69. Chelsea McLerie and Mia Nel did the damage, both claiming figures of 2/7.
Nick McLachlan is this weeks’ 4 Pines Player of the Week after his captain’s knock of 63* almost got his third grade side over the line against UNSW. Coming in at 7/121 chasing 232, Nick batted patiently and punished the bad balls, creating a couple of strong partnerships to almost get across the line. Nicko’s bowling prowess is known by many, however his batting has come miles lately, showing the future potential of his 3rd grade side to hit high totals with strong contributions from the lower order. Congratulations Nick!
We turned up to the village beach for day 2 and were happy as we welcomed back Mickey, Hads, Greeny and dreamboat himself Nappa. As UNSW were 0/50 overnight, we were essentially defending 135 and as we expected, the pitch was extremely flat and provided little assistance to the bowlers. The bowlers were very disciplined in the morning session and bowled in partnerships with little luck. Mickey and Hads were particularly good in their return. In the end, we simply didn’t have enough runs on the board and weren’t able to apply scoreboard pressure with UNSW passing us just prior to tea.
3 – Joel Foster
2 – Ryan Hadley
1 – Jay Lenton
The boys turned up to manly oval, after a great breaky at The Butchers Cafe, ready to rock and roll. After an extended game of touch footy boys were in high spirits and ready for the days play. Early wickets were key as UNSW started the day 3-83 chasing 185.
Max Webber was the first to break the shackles, nicking off their number 3. Max then took the wicket of the other batsmen from the week before with the execution of some very good plans. After that the boys really rallied well and started to take the momentum away from UNSW. None of UNSW batsmen really looked like taking the game away from us due to exceptional bowling from all our bowlers. Brad Wilson bowled the house down without any luck.
The two spinners, Elliot Heard and skipper Sam Gainsford, also put plenty of pressure on the batsmen getting through a lot of overs in a minimum amount of time. The boys had UNSW under a lot of pressure at 9-149, still requiring a further 26 for victory. Their 10 and 11 managed to stick around and get the score to 170 before we decided to take the new ball. Andrew Jamieson was then the finisher as the last UNSW batsmen hit one straight to Sam at mid off.
3 – Andrew Jamieson
2 – Elliot Herd
1 – Ash Virdi
Leading on from a positive previous week, the mighty third grade boys were ready and up for a challenge in chasing a competitive total. Left to still claim the 10th wicket, it didn’t take long before Nickos snared it, leaving Hole and Mendel with a big task ahead.
Losing an early scalp Brynn and Jesse toiled extremely hard, allowing us a platform to kick on from after tea. Brynn kept on trudging and trudging to reach his 50 which was a superb knock, however with a middle order slump the tail was left with a truly tough mountain to climb.
Being well supported by RBP, Nickos was superb in hitting the ball cleanly and showing some real fight in reaching his first 50 for the Tahs – however we fell agonisingly short. Huge credit goes to Nick for his tough cricket at the back end but the mighty 3’s will be back better than ever next week to grasp that win.
3 – Isaiah Vumbaca
2 – Brynn Medel
1 – Jesse Moffat
The Manly boys turned up to a flat, low bouncing deck hoping to knock over UNSW for under 166. Bain and Somerville started us off well with many balls closely missing the edge of the bat. However, UNSW pressed on and ended up 0-76 after 15 overs. The first wicket fell due to some quick work in the field by Davies. This changed the momentum of the game as Manly then capitalised and took 4 quick wickets due to some tidy bowling from Osborne, Evans and Davies.
Tea was taken with the score at 5-103. After tea, Osborne was to continue and Bain was to start his second spell. They both bowled very well together with Osborne dotting them up from one end and Bain taking wickets at the other. Bain finished with 3 wickets and Osborne with 3 as well, this ended the game with UNSW all out for 131. A very successful game and a great win.
Overall a strong day out for the Tahs as 4th grade continue their winning ways and will be looking to build on this performance next week against Northen Districts.
3 – Jake Osborne
2 – Alex Bain
1 – Joel Davies
The sun was shining on the picturesque David Phillips North Oval and the mighty 5’s were set to chase down UNSW’s respectful score of 348. However, with the notorious flat wicket coupled with a quick outfield and a 30 metre boundary, clubhouse side, the boys felt confident in chasing it down.
The day started off on a positive note, with Oscar Lucius and debutant James Buchanan occupying the crease, to post a 70-run partnership until Buchanan was dismissed on 35. The calm and collected attitude of 14-year-old Buchanan, ticking over the strike and obliterating the bad ball thoroughly impressed the 5’s boys to say the least. Lucius’s innings began to take a toll on the frustrated opposition, hardly ever playing a false stroke, always respecting the ball on its merit. A quick partnership between Seward and Lucius brought our total to 101, where Seward was dismissed just before tea.
The entrance of old-timer John Warn after the break had everyone propped up in their seats, unsure of what was to come. “I’m just gonna take it easy mate.” Famous last words of Warn. Yet what followed was a series timing that made the ball sound like a cannon coming of Warns bat. Warn’s four 6’s in an eight over period, rocketed the score to 139 until Lucius (63) was dismissed and Warn (46) gone, with the team score now 160. With skipper Marshall and another debutant Melville at the crease, the boys looked steady, toiling hard out in the middle. Marshall was soon after dismissed, followed by Jones and an elegant cameo from Rochester. But Melville showed he was up for the challenge, knocking the ball around and blasting the short-pitched bowling bringing the score to 277 until he was caught behind on 52.
With only 2 minutes left in the days play, UNSW only needed one more wicket to win the match. Unfortunately, the boys only just went down, with the last partnership ending with the umpire firing his finger up for an LBW appeal, leaving Park stranded as the last man standing.
3 – Oscar Lucius
2 – Jack Hobson
1 – John Warn
Losing the toss to Gordon once again, a strong Manly team took to the field to begin their bowling attack. In a great display of bowling and fielding, Manly almost had the Gordon opening batswomen out for a golden duck. Keeping the run rate down – sometimes a difficult task on a field with a very short boundary – Manly gained their first wicket in the sixth over with a edge to slip. With momentum building, Mia dismissed the next batswomen with a clean bowl. After the drinks break Gordon used their experience to pick up the run rate and began to build on their score – changes in the bowling did not bring respite until Renee stepped up. Finding a great line and length, she led the batter to hit straight to Kristie who held the catch to dismiss the player. Continuing on good form, a second Gordon player succumbed to Renee as she was caught behind by keeper Nat. Not to be deterred Gordon continued to build a great score. A last wicket was to be had for Manly as Mia took the stumps out of ground with an impressive ball. Gordon finishing their innings for 253/5.
Heading into bat Manly knew of the task ahead of them as Robyn and Nat took to the crease. Working together they played themselves in and set a strong platform for the rest of the team. At the first drinks break the team talk was giving the players license to play riskier shots and to hit out! The girls took this on board with Robyn being unfortunately caught at 35. Nat continued the pursuit and edged closer to her 50, but with some confusion in the calling she was run out on a personal best of 46. Kristie steadied the ship with Jess, showing a great partnership and putting Gordon under pressure as we began to match their run rate. A great middle order showed poise despite the pressure – with Sienna and Renee both scoring well. Heading into the final ten overs Manly were beginning to pile on the runs until an unfortunate call by the umpire ran Kristie out for 49. The tail order continued to battle on but the win slowly slipped away and Manly finished for a season best of 226/9.
It has been an amazing achievement for the team to get this far in the competition and they have made impressive improvements in all aspects of the game. A huge thank you to our coaches Ross and Simon who have spent so much time coaching the team. A thank you as well goes to all the other volunteers and parents who have come down to run net sessions, helped during matches and supported throughout the first half of the season. A big congratulations to the girls who have shown such improvement – here’s to the t20 season! Go Manly!
Manly’s U18 Brewer girls were playing away at Tunks Parks versus new side UTS North Sydney. Sunny skies and a nice breeze off the harbour made for great weather for the game. As well as being against a “local” rival, the match was made more interesting because a couple of Manly girls had transferred to UTS North Sydney during the off season. Manly lost the toss and batted first.
Mia W and Nat opened the batting and looked confident out in the middle. They kept the runs ticking overs before Mia misjudged a ball and was bowled for 11 with the score on 24. The next few batters all got starts but unfortunately could not go on with it, with Nat out LBW for 18, Jess bowled for 17 and Gemma looking confident before being bowled for 8. Manly were 4 for 66. Robyn came in looking in top form but needed a partnership to shore up the innings. Sienna and Chloe both scored 3, and Manly were 6 for 75 and looking a bit scratchy. Mia N, then Chelsea, both played great anchor roles, holding up one end while Robyn took to the bowlers. Mia fell for 3 but the score had moved on the 113, then Chelsea fell for 8 with the score on 144. Robyn finished on 56 not out with Abbey (0 not out), with the total of 8/153, a score Manly felt confident in defending.
The Manly girls bowled a tight line and length from the start of the inning. Chelsea got a wicket in the first over (a nice catch by Jas), which set the tone for the rest on the inning with UTS North Sydney losing wickets regularly. Robyn, who opened with Chelsea, bowled her first spell for no run. Abbey Melville then picked up a wicket in her debut MWDCC match with a great high catch from Robyn, as did Jess Manning later in the innings with some neat out swing bowling. Sienna James was unlucky not to get a wicket in her 3 consecutive maidens but Mia N picked up 2 wickets both bowled, with Jess Mulcahy, Mia W and Gemma all picking up a wicket each. Sienna closed the innings with an incredible direct hit run out from short fine leg to stop them from getting a quick single. The girls’ accurate bowling and strong fielding was a highlight but still with some room for improvement when we play stronger teams.
A well-deserved win by the girls, and a great team effort. Next week it’s a T20 double header against Sydney and last season’s premiers Gordon.