The Waratah’s continue their great start to the season with an unprecedented consecutive clean sweep, this time against the strong Sutherland club. 1st grade cruised to first innings points with a 10 wicket victory, 2nd grade fought hard to get the points as did 3rd grade who got the points at the death with a big crowd in attendance, 4th grade started the day in a doubtful position but great batting saw us home whilst 5th grade had a big win. This sees us just ahead of Sydney Uni who had a big weekend against the lowly Blacktown club. With another week of intensive training we should go well against Mosman this weekend.
In the T20 on Sunday 1st grade struggled to contain a barnstorming innings from the Randy Pete’s opener and went down.
4 Pines Player of the week – Sam Alexander 5/43
In a weekend where plenty of runs were scored on flat, dry pitches it’s great to see a bowler get the reward this week. Sam got his second 5fa for the season to steer 3rd grade home with a great win. It’s fantastic that this bloke is enjoying a great start to the year – it’s a reward for his work ethic in the nets and it comes as no surprise.
Sammy after taking 1 of 5 poles against Sutherland in 3rd Grade
1st Grade – Manly 0/164 (J. Ritchie 75no, L Edgell 82no) beat Sutherland 163 ( D. Babula 3/35, McLachlan 3/33, N Buck 2/44) and 4/211 (N.Buck 2/18, J.Ritchie 2/17)
1st Grade T20 – Manly 6/136 (A.Beadle 48, A.Crosthwaite 42) lost to Randwick Petersham 7/160 (J.Ritchie 2/33, D. Babula 3/32, N.McLachlan 2/25)
2nd Grade – Manly 4/355 (C Merchant 132no, J. Walter 116, J. Rawlings 49, B.Qureshi 34no) beat Sutherland 262 (M.Visser 4/86, L.Diserens 3/67, T. Beatty 2/60)
Driving out to Sutherland after our regulation coffee break, Viss, Watlz and myself casted predictions on the day, all forecasting a sheer dominant performance by the visitors. But “ as we spoke about in the car” we all quietly knew that our “unique dream team” (including LG) were in for a really tough arm ressel.
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Our new opening bowling partnership who both have been consistant performers to date set to defend our 38225 scored last week. (355)
Vissa as standard grabbed 4 very quick wickets to start our day off leaving the locals 5-50 ish.
A great batting partnership had been produced which caused a little boil over in a few of our bowlers and a few drop catches didn’t help put a smile back on our straining quicks.
Credit to the two set bats who pretty much had the greatest conditions known to cricket with a freeway like pitch put in the middle of a billiard table! But also huge pat on the back to our guys who didn’t give up or lay down to some easy boundary hitting.
Balaaqq showed dizzy has no problems with his spinning spot bowling just one over of absolute filth proving he should just stay getting throw downs.
After the home passed 5-250 off 48 overs we all knew we just needed one chance! Come in Taylor beatty, after not a bad first spell which got easily dispatched, his new found confidence and positive attitude had him beating the fat guy on 150 several times. Finally striking him on the pads, LBW was given and the boys were ecstatic! Another quick wicket caught in the slips saw a huge swing in momentum and all 10 fielders going ballistic in the field! (Rawlings $2 church mouse)
Leaving the locals 7-255 I then wanted to join in all the fun bowling a Warne to Gatting like ball, bowling the number 9.Two Yorkers in a row saw bails flying everywhere bowling the 10 & 11 seeing this fight over!! All out 260
One of the greatest wins I’ve ever played in because of the guys never giving up when we were in a huge amount of strife! To then turn the boat around and come away with a third successive 6 points.
Huge pat on the back to Nappa (130), Waltz(110), Viss(4 fa), Taylor(2fa) and Smittaaaa( ). You all got my votes as players of the match.
3rd Grade – Manly 298 (A. Gummer 66, A. Virdi 54, R. Farrell 47, M. Burgess 30, C.Little25, J.Boyer 25 ) beat Sutherland 275 (S.Alexander 5/43, A Virdi 3/49)
We turned up to lovely Grahams pumped and ready to defend our last weeks total of 298. After a good warm up we were keen to get out there and give it a red hot go.
After a great start for Sutherland they were in the driving seat being 3-200. We were all a little nervous but with some great captaincy and bowling changes we were able to get them all out for 275. The standouts for the bowling was Sammy Alexander with 5-43 and Ashy Virdi with 3-49. Both Ashy and Sammy were the pick of the bowlers as they bowled really well when the pressure was on and towards the death of the game. It was a great victory and a great song to finish a great day. Thanks to all the players for coming down from 1st and 2nd grade, the support was great and made us really determined to get the job done. Big thanks to Wrighty as well for the day.Well done Manly boys on another 5 from 5.
4th Grade – Manly 7/124 (R. Trewartha 55, J.Petersen 17no, D.Reynolds 20no) and 7/113 (A.Reid 31no, B.D’Arcy 31) beat Sutherland 119 (N.Toomey 4/35, D.Reynolds 3/14, A.Baker 2/30) and 4/172 (P.Lindsay 2/40)
Manly started the day in a bit of trouble at 7/89 chasing 119, with Josh Petersen (17no) and Danny Reynolds (20no) in, both 2no. The pitch looked more prepared than last week which gave us hope. The next 11 overs was a masterclass in building an innings, both batsmen did not look like getting out. Well run singles, dispatching bad balls for 4 and a final 95m launch by Reynolds to give us the 6 points was outrageous. It was with some regret I closed the innings as I think it would have been fun to watch Danny have a go and for Angus and Nick Toomey to get the chance to have a bat. Sorry guys, I thought a declaration was the best chance to get the 10 points and Sutherland, to their credit, played along.
We bowled and fielded a bit sluggishly, allowing Sutherland to go at the required rate that would give them the chance to declare. The less said about the figures the better but Nick again bowled well. Sam Hole had a bowl as well and his figures were certainly not indicative of the way he bowled. Anyway Sutherland declare at 4/172 leaving us 168 in 30 overs.
Ross (0) got an early leading edge and Aidan (8) tried to run one down to 3rd man only to feather it to the keeper. 2/27 with Bill D’Arcy (31) batting well and Sam Hole (23) also running well between wickets. After losing these blokes at 5/60 but with Pete, Jacob and Danny all in or to come I thought we would continue to chase. A bad few overs though and we lost all 3 for not many to leave us at 7/74 with 10 overs to go. Reid (31no) and Evans (6no) closed up and ensured a 1st innings win. Angus batted well and will be eyeing off a spot up the order if he keeps that up.
All up a good win against a good opposition. Our batting needs work with three collapses in a row now. Be happy to play out some maidens boys, we don’t have to go hard every ball. Our bowling and tail end batting has been great and it is reassuring to know we have depth in our batting.
5th grade turned up feeling very confident on Saturday after having Sutherland 5/4 after day one.
Ben falconer and zach trewartha (1/11) started the day off for us bowling well without luck as falcs (4/22)was looking for his first ever 5 wicket haul, apparently something he hasn’t even achieved in the backyard. Unlucky bud.