An outstanding week of cricket across the entire club saw the Travelsim Waratahs take home the points in all grades bar 2s, who fought out an exceptionally gutsy draw to deprive Sydney Uni of even a single club championship point from the first round of competition!! A truly outstanding result given that Sydney University are currently reigning premiers in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grade!!!
1st Grade put in a great team performance and got home thanks to 3-fas from Nic Bills and the irrepressible Ahillen Beadle, while 2nds made a heroic comeback to salvage a draw thanks to a half-century from Sam Webber and exemplary batting from Mitch Pugh, Luke Grant, Michael Visser and Dylan Marshall. 3s also fought back hard to get home in a nailbiter, taking 9-110 on a belter thanks to Ryan Farrell (5-77). 4s were lead from the front by skipper Roscoe Trewartha (61) and 4 Pines Player of the Week Javed Badyari (87) to recover from effectively 6/10 to reel in Uni’s 168, while 5s blew them off the park, declaring at 8/291 and rolling them for 114 with the wickets shared around.
To read about last week’s play, please go to http://www.manlycricket.com/media-page/news-items/monday-news/2014-15/412-solid-start-against-the-students-monday-news-rd1-vs-sydney-uni-day-1
4 Pines Player of the Week – Javed Badyari
After being unluckily overlooked last week after an incredible 6 wicket haul, a match-winning knock of 87 in 4th grade makes Javed Badyari this week’s 4 Pines Player of the week. Javed has been taking something of a sabbatical from cricket in recent times, preferring to travel the world in his summer Uni break. But with his last season in PGs approaching he was never going to be able to stay away, and it was with great pleasure that we welcomed him back to the club for a more casual season. Having played a lot of 2nd grade and the occasional 1st grade game it wasn’t going to take long for Javed’s class to come through in 4s. For anyone else, playing only 1 game in the better part of 2 years would leave you a little rusty. Alas not Javed. Re-entering the fray at effectively 6/11 (given an untimely mix-up of dates by a player who shall remain anonymous) to chase 168 after retiring injured last week would be a daunting proposition for any batsman, let alone one playing their first serious game in 2 years. Despite this, Javed was completely unfazed and batted with skipper Roscoe (61), Tom Kaye (16) and finally Will Outred (4*) to compile a match-winning knock that took the game away from the students. Well batted Javed, welcome back!! Special mention also to Ryan Farrell who was unlucky to miss out on the award for snaring his first 5-fa for the Travelsim Waratahs – a crucial 5-77 in 3rd grade.
1st Grade – Manly 250 (A. Beadle 90, T. Cruickshank 59, J. Lenton 43) def Sydney Uni 189 (N. Bills 3/34, A. Beadle 3/30)
There was a lot of talk about the preseason – did we do enough…?
Enter Tim Cruickshank – one fearless leader who I think ironed his creams especially for the toss with Sydney Uni captain Greg Mail. Head Em up… shank hadn’t lost his memorable two up form from ANZAC day post presentation night in April… Timmy won the toss on what was to be a very slow Manly Oval wicket, the boys where super keen to give it to the Sydney Uni bowlers after being bowled out for 50 against them last year, however a few early wickets to Uni had us in trouble at 4/48. This bought our first big signing of 2014/15 season Jay Lenton to the crease with Manly’s rock solid Ahillen Beadle for a 92 run stand. Jay ended up with a solid season opening knock of 43 that set the platform for AB and Tim Cruickshank to build another solid partnership of 94 with the Timmy falling to the ever consistent bowling of Ley for 59. AB fell for 90, 10 agonising runs short of becoming the first Manly player to score a century in three consecutive digs. We ended up posting 250, probably 20-30 short of what we wanted. With 3 overs left in the day SOK claimed the big wicket of Scott Henry and we finished the days play with Sydney Uni 1/24.
Day 2 saw the unveiling of two other big signings over the off-season: Nic Bills, who is as professional as they come, and the return of James Munting to Manly oval. Munter and Billsy were clinical in removing the night watchman and Joy (Abbott’s replacement) in the opening overs of day two. As the deck flattened Timmy called on (you guessed it) AB to make a statement. He did so straight away, removing Larkin with a cracker of a delivery that turned and bounced to take the glove and was taken sharply at 1st slip by Timmy himself. AB also took the prize wicket of Sydney Uni captain Greg Mail for 3 and finished the day with 3/30 off 17 overs (statement made).
It wasn’t all roses for the bowlers with some fight coming after lunch from Ley 57* and some handy front foot defence from the tailenders avoided any chance of giving us a crack at 10 points. But Billsy came back and showed the boys he has some tricks, getting the older ball tailing in to pick up 2 more vital wickets. Billsy finished with 3/14 off 14 overs while James Munting finished with the figures of 2/40 off 12 overs. Great signs for the Tahs with Luke Diserens bowling with some great control before and after tea while Nick Mclachlan also started the season well with a solid 1-fa… We ended up bundling Sydney Uni out for 189, giving the good guys 6 points…
2nd Grade – Manly 9/203 (M. Pugh 46, S. Webber 57, L. Grant 24) drew Sydney Uni 9/260 (M. Visser 4/52, M. Pugh 3/25, D. Marshall 2/68)
The mighty 2’s arrived on Saturday to a freshly top-dressed Sydney Uni 1, confident of taking their final wicket swiftly and chasing down the target set. After an exceptional warm-up we were informed that Uni had decided to declare on 260. Adam Gummer and Mitchell Pugh opened the batting, looking positive from ball one before Gummer was caught behind, bringing Aidan Baker to the crease. This pair steadied the ship very well and things were moving steadily until Flat was caught at cover for 15. Taylor Beatty joined the fluent-looking Pughy at the crease and the two saw us safely to Lunch at 2-50 with the game evenly poised.
Unfortunately we lost Tay (bowled) straight after lunch, before Pughy and Jarrod Walter worked well together to get the score to 72. After gracefully lofting the spinner back over his head Pughy was caught at short cover for 46. Jarrod Walter continued to look positive now with Jordan Daly at the crease and the pair were looking comfortable rebuilding before Waltz was caught off an unfortunate leading edge. When Jordan wafted at one well outside off stump soon after things were looking grim at 7-82. Sam Webber and Luke Grant then formed a vital and showed some of the concentration and determination that had been lacking from earlier in the session. These two batted magnificently with Luke playing a perfect supporting role for the in-form Sam Webber and got us to tea to wrestle back some momentum that would prove crucial.
These two continued exactly where they’d left off after tea, taking the partnership to an excellent 75 when Luke fell to the first delivery with the new ball for a well-made 24. This brought Michael Visser to the crease who continued to support Swebber perfectly, helping him to his half-century. Unfortunately soon afterwards Swebby was trapped in front for a sublime run-a-ball 57, but with the score on only 175 and well over an hour still to play, hopes of a draw were far from the minds of most, especially Sydney Uni. Enter Dylan “Legs 11” Marshall with his borrowed bat ($2) and his sights set firmly on the number 10 position. Some say that in a similar to phenomenon to how mothers gain extraordinary strength when their child is in danger, tail-enders often show supernatural batting abilities when they feel their position is threatened by that of another. We may never know whether it was this innate primal instinct or simply a combination of sensible shot selection, patience and belief that formed this extraordinary partnership, but regardless, it was one of the most inspiring 10th wicket partnerships anyone at the ground had seen, and was a testament to the growing character of the side. The way Mickey and Dylan batted to save the match when for all money Sydney Uni had the game virtually won, was a lesson to all the batsmen there. All they did was value their wicket and play within their boundaries of their sole objective – stay at the crease for as long as possible.
We ended the day at 9/203 with Viss on 11* and Dyl 20* – an exceptional result from a desperate situation, well batted to Pughy, Swebby, Luke and especially Viss and Dylan.
3rd Grade – Manly 4 dec 301 (J. Rawlings 169*, R. Farrell 51) def Sydney Uni 284 (R. Farrel 5/77)
3rds had a tough day ahead of them after a quick look at the pitch that appeared to offer zero assistance to bowlers. In fact I have never seen Grahame’s look and feel so hard. Quite possibly the first time ever where the centre guard taken at the beginning of the day lasted the whole day without crumbling away.
Anyway we needed to take our chances with the new ball to get into the game. Alas, a snick from Toomey (0/35 from 11) going untouched between 1 & 2 and Ronnie (0/45 from 13) dropping a sharp C&B meant part 1 of our strategy was not off to a great start. Part 2 was to snare a leg side tickle…phew, that one came off thanks to Lance Stewart (1/9 from 4) and James Boyer taking an excellent low leg side catch. The Uni #3 and opener than proceeded to bat well, picking off our wayward bowling and dispatching way too many balls through the onside. They batted confidently against average bowling right up to tea where they were well placed at 1/150. Sam Hole (2/47 from 15) created a chance just before tea with a looping leading edge falling between the fieldsmen.
After tea Evans (1/23 from 15) and Farrell (5/77 from 22 straight) resumed with the plan to bowl tightly. This was going to be tough for Ryan as he hasn’t bowled for a year or two and leg spin is something you tend to need to practice. Anyway, he got through his first over unscathed (just) and then proceeded to bowl a seriously good spell of leg spin. The ball was turning and bouncing a long way, some going to 1st slip after pitching just outside off. Evans was creating pressure from one end and Ryan started to take wickets from the other via a bowled to make it 2/175, and a C&B. Evans got in on it with an LBW and Ryan then got out the century maker to make it 5 for about 230.
You could sense Uni were unsure what to do. We had attacking fields and the outfield was lightning. They needed to go at about 5 an over but our energy levels picked up sharply after our half time pep talk from Shawn and we were gaining the ascendancy. Uni were kept in it by our fast over rate and attacking fields and I always felt there was going to be a winner. Sam Hole and Alexander both picked up a wicket. With 10 mins to go Sam Hole then bowled a great arm ball to skittle the #10. The final wicket finally came with two mins remaining via a mis-hit to mid off where a juggling (although easy) catch was taken to complete a fantastic come back. At 1/175 we were, to the outsider, in big trouble but our enthusiasm was obvious and once we got that first breakthrough we knew it was going to turn but nevertheless to take 9/110 in 42 overs on a belter was a great way to start the season.
Well done everybody and congratulations to Ryan for such an exceptional spell of bowling. 3rds were treated to two great examples of great cricket this game – Ryan’s 5fa and Jarrod’s 169* were both of the highest quality.
4th Grade – Manly 6/180 def Sydney Uni. 168 (J. Badyari 6/33)
4’s turned up to a sunny St Pauls, ready to chase down Sydney Uni’s 168. With the score at 4 for 10 the game was very much in the balance but the boys were confident in the batsman still to come. With skipper Ross Trewartha and Max Burgess resuming the chase, we lost Max early to a good ball that took his off stump in just the second over of the day. Javed Badyari joined Roscoe and the two combined to put on a brilliant century partnership that was a pure masterclass of batting, with shots played all around the ground. The two kept ticking the score over as both of them passed 50. As the score was creeping closer to the target, Roscoe picked out the man boundary just before tea for a well-made 61. Tom Kaye joined Jav at the crease and the two brought the team home and batted on for a bit extra, just to rub the victory in a bit. Javed finished with 87 along with his 6 for 33 last week.
A great win for the team and hopefully the first of many this year.
5th Grade – Manly 8/291 (J. Mason 99, J. Pickering 50) def Sydney Uni 114 & 4/83
5th grade got off to a perfect start on the weekend with a convincing team performance that blew our Sydney University rivals off the park.
With 3 new debutants in Jack Pickering, Ryan Bishop-Perrett and Theo “the hairy” Guichon, it was a new look side from last year but one just as talented. Warm-up was good as always with David “Lozza” Gardiner taking us through our paces. It’s such an advantage having someone of Lozza’s experience to run our warm-ups and be there to help us during the day.
After getting to 6 for 260 the previous week off our reduced 64 overs, we decided to bat on a little after seeing that the deck resembled the Pacific Highway. Waddington and Joey Graham batted on, with Joey losing his stumps early. Waddo picked off the 1s and 2s plus the odd boundary, with the Hairy Guch showing he has plenty of class with the bat, blasting 16 off 6 balls. We declared at 8 for 291, leaving us 70 overs at Sydney Uni.
Wiggers (Josh Wigney) and RBP (Ryan Bishop-Perret) opened up. Wiggers showed his great pace and potential by cleaning up their opener with a pearler that took the top of off early, while RBP showed great shape, although probably an off-stump or 2 too wide. Wiggers got our 2nd with the score on 30, a lovely catch behind the stumps from The Hairy Guch. RBP got our 3rd at the end of his spell thanks to some great catching from Jack Pickering in the gully, and from here on in it was all Manly. Zach Trewartha bowled a great spell with 2 poles, as did Tom Kelly and Jacob Graham to all pick up 2 wickets each. The lower order of Sydney Uni was quite weak, and we went through them for 114. Great catching and fielding set the standard.
Sending Uni back in with 30 overs to bowl, we had them 4 for 83 at the end after a few hairy moments for them, Joey Graham showing his great potential with the balls with 3 excellent wickets and a lot of turn and bounce.
Great start to the season for the Manly boys, and great debut from skipper Waddington. Special mention to Sam Kelly who was there both days and supported the boys in everything we did. What a legend.