Saturday was a good day for the Tahs again as we recorded 4 from 5 victories, while Sunday saw the spoils more evenly spread, with Greenies and Brewers unfortunately going down. Another Jay Lenton century saw M1s make short work of the chase in their 2 day fixture while only M4s were the only ones unable to get the job done against Blacktown. The highlights across the men’s lower grades included Michael Counsell’s 4/41 in M3s, Matt Brewster’s 92 in M2s and 89 & 71 to Josh Cooper and Andrew Boulton respectively (M5s). The women’s highlights included Mia Nel’s unbeaten 52* in W3s while Sunday saw Brewers go down, but W2s romped home with a 9 wicket win.
This weeks 4 Pines Player of the Week is none other than the men’s first grade captain and club favourite Jay Lenton. Jay scored one of the great fighting and tough hundreds to secure a difficult run chase for the mighty 1’s. Jay came in with the need to consolidate, and did so superbly- before getting expansive and playing some glorious strokes to find himself with a back to back hundred. Jay showed immense physical and mental toughness with battling the heat, which sent a great message to the change rooms, and this moral lead on with those who batted with Jay at the crease.
Jay has been a rock with the stick for many years, and his recent run of exceptional form has given rise to his 10th hundred for the club and he’s continuing to write himself well into some prestigious history books, and hopefully there is plenty more to come throughout the rest of the season in the hunt for silverware. A huge congrats to Jay and Go Manly !
This weeks Burdekin Women’s player of the week is Brewer mainstay Chloe Osborne. Chloe persevered through the heat on Sunday, scoring an impressive 54 runs. This brings up Chloe’s 500th run in the Manly Brewer team. Scoring at close to a run-a-ball, Chloe opened the batting under tough conditions and helped her team to set a solid initial platform, almost batting through the innings until she was run out in the 18th over. Congratulations Chloe and go Manly!!
Manly lost the toss and was sent in at Manly Oval against Blacktown on day one of a Saturday/ Sunday game. Man we got off to a wonderful start with both Ryan Hadley and Tommy Kaye taking two wickets a piece very sharply bringing Blacktown 4-30 with Manly in really good stead
A high-quality partnership between the Blacktown team got them to 220 before losing their fifth wicket after a tough 100 and a 90 at the other end. Manly toiled hard, Tom Kaye the pick of the bowlers with 4fa.
Manly got through the 3 overs at the end of the day at 0/1 with a good, hot day ahead on the Sunday
Benny Bryant and Joe Foster got the manly team off to a very good start at 0-50 before Benny Bryant and Joe Foster both hooking to get out leaving Jay Lenton and Cameron Merchant a fair task and boy did they do a great job.
Cameron Merchant departing for 31 before Jay Lenton and Ryan Farrell coming together for a spectacular and clinical partnership. Jay Lenton ending the day with 105 not out and Ryan Farrell absolutely supreme with three sixes to finish the day at 71 not out and Manly winning the game only losing three wickets with 20 overs to spare, a great victory.
3- Jay Lenton
2- Ryan Farrell
1- Tom Kaye
A delightful trip out to Blacktown saw the 2s boys arriving at Joe Mac. Despite the hot weather, we were fortunate enough to have a wonderful sea breeze throughout the entire day which kept the temperatures down to only 40*. We hit the deck with Jamo losing the toss “shock me” and being sent into bat on a nice wicket.
Brewster and Ned Hole got us off to a great start putting on 117 before Ned departed for 30. 6 wickets in quick succession saw us in a bit of strife at 6-142. A very classy and dominant knock for Brewster helped us getting into this position after coming ever so close to a ton scoring 92 (101). Daly and Prowse were the two new batsmen at the crease who continued the flow of runs without losing any wickets. The two of them putting on a very crucial 78 run partnership for the 8th wicket. Daly finishing off with 48 and Prowsey 32* making a respectable total of 8/229.
A clinical bowling effort at the top from Jameison and Seward had us in a really good position with Jameison going for very few runs and Seward picking up the early pole. O’Sullivan picked up the next big wicket of the other opener who looked quite ominous. A consistent flow of wickets continued from there with Davies picking up 2 and Prowse taking 3 before heat stroke got the better of the pommy 5 overs in after he stated: “I’m good to bowl ten straight”. Thunder and rain came over Blacktown as the game was called off at 8/136 off 37 overs with us getting up with the DLS method. A very convincing win which keeps us at the top of the table 10 points clear of second-place
Hello and welcome to the 3rd grade match report for what was round 11 where The Mighty Tah’s took on Blacktown in a limited overs fixture at The Home of Cricket.
For breakfast, the scene was The Butchers cafe, and the victims were smashed avo, bacon and egg rolls and banana bread with Big Maxy Webber taking the title with a succulent serving of sausages, eggs, sourdough, mushrooms, a few greens and a ladle of beans. Upon seeing the size of the meal, Coach Doons put a line through Max’s name on his potential triathlon group hit list, tough but fair. Special mention must go to The Young Will Gustaffson who smashed open the piggy bank and treated himself to a lavish meal which did not reflect well on his cost/benefit analysis skills. This isn’t a surprise to members of the coveted Simulated Cricket Community (SCC), all aware of his failure to grasp the concept of regressing to the mean. Might be time to audit a few maths classes at St Augustine’s, as well as a colonial inquest into The Syndicate.
8:45am – Now there’s been time for some of the larger meals to settle, let’s get into some cricket. The covers were off, the boots were laced, sunscreen applied, the wicket inspected (it’s flat). A quick talk from the skip is delayed as we wait for Lachlan Charles to arrive, in your own time mate, typical behaviour from The Young Renegade which eventually saw him featured on channel 7’s The Grade Cricketer later in the day.
A series of unfortunate events led to Skipper Sam Hole losing The Toss under the watchful eye of Brian ‘oysters’ Ferguson, and The Tah’s are directed to have a field first in what was looking to be a bit of a warm one. No problem for the Northern Beaches locals as thankfully landscaping extraordinaire Junky (Ma Boy) had laid down 2/3’s of Manly Beach across the field earlier in the week. Finally some justification for Alex Bain’s forearm compression sleeves as the abrasive surface was kind to neither batsmen, bowler or fielder, only The Young Will Gustaffson able to capitalise on the conditions, building himself a nice little sand castle by the northern sight screen. Thankfully The Mighty Tah’s were prepared for the occasion thanks to several sessions from The Great Lozza himself, a coveted fielding coach, but quickly discarded by some (Samuel Hole) when it comes to other aspects of the game. More can and should be said here, but perhaps it’s just best for Sam to offer a quiet apology and we scan all move on with our lives. You can give me throw-downs any time, Loz.
Taking the new Kookaburra Cricket Ball was Josh Wigney and your scribe. The plans were as simple as plans get, limited overs cricket at Grahams, you’ve heard it all before. Naturally, first blood to Wigney with the Blacktown opener playing across the line and a sexy catch from The Sexy Ryan Bishop-Perrett had The Mighty Tah’s rock and rolling. A rotisserie of seam bowlers chugged through the overs, snapping necks and cashing cheques as they went with no real partnerships forming. Lachlan “Farmer Wants a Wife” Trewartha was able to settle in from the northern end and have some fun as well, reeling back in the coveted Over Rate. The innings finished with a strange procession of batsmen who both could and could not see the Red Leather Kookaburra, perhaps a re-jig of the Blacktown lower order will be seen in the coming rounds via MyCricket, the superior cricket scoring app to it’s odd, uncomfortable English counterpart PlayCricket. All in all, The Mighty Tah’s were able to gift wrap the innings, taking the last 5 for 25 (round up when batting, down when bowling) leaving 8 crucial overs un-used (which do not carry over to next week unlike your old Virgin Mobile phone credit) and only 148 runs on the famous Grahams Scoreboard.
Lunch. 3’s and 4’s are lucky enough to play their cricket next to the Northern Beaches premiere indoor swimming pool with a “proper” cafe available, as opposed to a fake cafe. Rumours of several young bucs paying the $8 cover fee to jump in said pool were rampant. Unfortunately the Boy Charlton hasn’t seen custom from a Waratah since English import and perennial heat stroke victim Neal Prowse swam a few laps of butterfly many moons ago after not getting many overs in (does he mainly bat or bowl? Nobody knows).
Time for more cricket. The Max and Sam Webber² partnership is looked upon equally as favourably by The Mighty Tah’s as it is unfavourably by the occasional tech illiterate opposition scorer unable to grasp the concept that they are not related. This week’s instalment saw them lay foundations all the way to the 33rd floor in what were plans for a 149 floor building. In this analogy, the floors of the building a runs required and the opening partnership represent the first stage of development. Unfortunately Webber 1 (Max) is the only trade qualified member of The Mighty 3rd Grade and as such was unavailable at the time to explain that foundations are laid generally at the ground level and as such the analogy falls apart as would our mighty tower, but we’ve come too far to turn back now!
34 of the absolute sweetest and scrumptious to Max and an simply dominant 28 to Tim “Fit” Doonan all but put the game to bed as they were supported by Charles and Wheeler. Cometh the moment, cometh Sam Hole. Unfortunately Sam forgot to renew his subscription to Bomb Squad Weekly after signing up for the free trial in the previous round against UTS, so the remaining levels of 3rd Grade Tower were to be built cautiously by Sam, which is fitting as he runs the grade as somewhat of a dictator unfamiliar with democracy and will most definitely be occupying the penthouse suite upon completion. This ties back in with our analogy quite nicely as Sam squirted the winning runs and led us in what was a notably “reverbative” rendition of the team song – absolutely excellent acoustics in those sheds, must have been a perfect balance of sand, sweat, heat, zinc, the moon and mars aligning, cordial, banana bread, Stella Artois and zing bails.
A genuine thank you to David Gardiner and William Gustaffson for their help throughout the day. If SportsBet had a market on which support staff had their whites in the boot of their car or their back pack just itching to get on the field, they’d suspend betting on these two at $1.01 – always a treat when the selection committee bless us with Loz and Will.
A final apologies to Ryan Hadley for not submitting match report until 11:30 on Tuesday morning. In defence of the author, Ryan only asked me to put pen to paper at around 4pm on Sunday, and asked for a 2nd grade report, an awkward interaction all round but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
3rd grade now sit in 4th place on the table with 2 comprehensive wins on the bounce since the Christmas break.
3 points – Michael Counsell
2 points – Alex Bain
1 point – Ryan Bishop-Perrett
We’re on the march..
The Manly boys rocked up to a picturesque Jim Hanshaw Oval in hope of getting the season back on track and putting a few wins under the belt. Losing the toss on what looked like a reasonably flat deck, Manly were sent into bat.
Losing Gummer early, the mighty 4s looked to be positive early without playing anything rash, heading to the first drinks break at 2-68. The quick drink on an already boiling Blacktown day didn’t do any favours for the boys, as after the drinks break in was all one way traffic. Unfortunately not in Manly’s direction. The runs dried up, and, as has happened on too many occasions this season, wickets were lost in clumps to leave the boys reeling at 8-95, a loss of 6-20 in 15 overs. When Jack Melchiore fell for a hard working, patient 44, Manly were in all sorts of trouble at 9-103. Some late hitting, mixed with aggressive running from the last pair of Glyn Archer and Jack Hobson showed the top order how its done, putting on an extremely impressive last wicket partnership to get the team to a defendable 149.
Entering the field with a modest 149, we were in need of a couple of early wickets to really give the game a shake. Unfortunately that didn’t come and the mounties got off to a bit of a flier at 1-60. Despite this, the introduction of spin from both ends brought a halt to the run rate and the wickets soon followed. Jake Osborne and Rhoop Dillon bowled extremely well in tandem to reign back the scoring and pick up invaluable wickets along the way to give the Manly boys a slight sniff. Unfortunately though, as luck would have it, an afternoon Blacktown storm brought a holt to proceedings with the Mounties slightly ahead on Duckworth Lewis, however the game was still right in the balance at 7-132.
3- Jack Melchiore
2- Jake Osborne
1- Jack Hobson
5’s had a new look team to face Blacktown, with players returning from injury, higher grades, and some old faces returning to help out. Roch won the toss and it was a no brainer that the tahs would have a stick. A shaky start saw us lose 2 wickets in the first 10 overs to have us 2-30. Enter Boults and Coops. The Greenies skipper and VC put on a magnificent partnership of 110, before Boults was dismissed for 71. Coops kept at the grind, gritting his way to the final over where he was unfortunately knocked over for 89. Some valuable contributions from Daimon Smith and Simon Waddington helped bring the total to 5-254 after 50.
Rochy and Waddo Jr opened up with the ball. Waddo was extremely unlucky not to have a wicket, as he had a chance put down, and a dubious umpiring decision not go his way. Liam Dinan and Ollie Melville were brought on and bowled perfectly in tandem. Ollie got the first 2 breakthroughs with consecutive balls, while Liam kept toiling and eventually got his deserved scalp, to have Blacktown 3-83. Raja and Daimon were brought on, with Raja taking a wicket almost immediately, and Daimon running the non striker out, which now had the opposition 5-115. Raja continued spinning a web at one end, and was rewarded with 2 more wickets in his spell. The tahs now had them reeling at 7-138. Keelan Mendel took the rock from the top end, and completely demolished the Blacktown tail, taking 3-2 off 1.2 overs. A great all round performance from the tahs to bowl them out for 166, only just missing out on the bonus point.
3 – Josh Cooper
2 – Andrew Boulton
1 – Keelan Mendel
After a tight, last over thriller the previous week, the second grade Manly girls were looking forward to our next T20 game; this time in the 40 degree Penrith heat. We arrived at Howell Oval for an 8.30am start, and Captain Mikaela won the toss, electing to field. The Penrith openers got off to a solid start on what looked to be an excellent batting wicket. The opening stand of 52 runs was finally broken by Charley, who dismissed the first opener caught behind with a good catch by wicket keeper Hannah. The second wicket came only three minutes later, again by Charley; a leaping catch by Mia securing the second opener’s fate. The run rate significantly slowed by that point, with wickets from Mia (1), Sienna (1) and Mikaela (3), as well as a great run out by Zara, restricting Penrith to 8/82 off their 20 overs.
Both the wicket and outfield looked to suit batting, so we looked to approach the low scoring run chase with intent. The opening Manly batters, Charley and Niamh, got off to an excellent start. The opening stand of 62 ended when Niamh was run out for 30 off 38 after playing an excellent innings in the scorching heat. Captain Mikaela came in at three, and quickly ended the game, scoring a quick-fire 16 off 10 to secure the win and the bonus point in the 14th over. Charley ended up not out 28 off 31. Overall, an excellent team effort for the Manly girls, ultimately leaving us undefeated in the season so far.
3 Points: Charley Camburn
2 Points: Niamh Bullen
1 Point: Mikaela Turik
Fielding: Mia Waddington
The Manly girls arrived at their home ground Balgowlah Oval, with confidence, to play their second 40 over match against Universities. Liv (c) lost the toss and the Manly girls were sent into bat first. Trying a new lineup, captain Liv and Mia opened the batting. The girls got off to a slow start, respecting the good balls and punishing the bad ones. Shortly after, Liv was run out and Steph came in to join Mia in the crease. The relationship was looking good until Steph went for a big swing and was caught behind. Manly were now 2 wickets down early in the innings, with only a few overs gone. Renee then joined Mia and between them made an an amazing partnership of around 70 runs until Mia retired on 50*. Renne shortly followed after with 50* as well, which left 2 new batters at the crease, Jess and Abby. Jess and Abby were both caught bringing in Sarah and Cam. Unfortunately Sarah was bowled bringing in Jasmin who unluckily was sent out for a duck. Sallie joined Cam who was later dismissed bringing in Helen to get her first runs for Manly. The girls played very well with a defendable score of 162.
The day kept getting hotter but that didn’t stop the Manly girls from giving 100%. Sarah (1/7 off 4) and Sallie (1/13 off 5) opened the bowling giving Uni’s a mix of pace and spin, finding it hard to get runs. Mia (1/8 off 5) and Jasmine (2/10 off 5) took over the next spell bringing on only spin. Manly fielding and bowling exceptionally well decided to bring on express pace Jess (3/5 off 2.5) who brought their run rate down. Emma (0/2 off 1) had an amazing over bowling her leggies only giving 2 runs off the over! Jess comes back on to get the last wicket caught by Mia. Manly bowling the Uni’s out in the 22nd over for only 48 runs. What an amazing win, well done girls!
2 – Renee
2 – Mia
2 – Jess
Fielding – Abby Taylor
Brewer turned up to a beach-like Grahams reserve, with the sand still covering the ground as well as dew. After a close win over St George last week, another close game against a team in the top 4 was expected. Our warmup started with a loud rendition of happy birthday for Abbeys 16th birthday and ended with a confusing H drill which we took a while to get the hang of. We lost the toss and were sent into bat, which was good considering the team was undecided on what to do still.
Chloe and Nat G opened the batting and began the innings with a few quick singles. We began to pick up the run rate with some 2s and some boundaries, although there were lots of dodgy calling and hesitant running. After the 10th over, we were 0/50 and looking to pick up the pace. Nat G was then caught trying to excel the run rate and clear the infield. Ellie James then came in. With the heat getting up there, Ellie and Chloe continued the innings with some singles and 2s. With us needing the run rate to accelerate, Parramatta tightened their fielding and didn’t let us take many runs. In the 18th over Chloe got her 50 and surpassed 500 brewer shield runs, the first person to ever to so in the history of Manly. Chloe was then run out trying to increase our total in the last over, bringing Kate Salmon to the crease. Ellie then hit a 4 to finish off our innings and taking our total to 2/103, which was defendable considering the heat but we could have taken a few more risks towards to the end with 8 wickets in hand.
Kate and Chelsea opened the bowling, but were unlucky as the Parramatta openers were hitting the gaps and taking the singles. Parramatta began to find the boundaries Emily Horstead then got the break through, with a lovely bowled taking out the off stump completely. Em finished her spell with the best bowling figures of the day with 1-18 off 4 overs. After a few big overs and some close chances from all our bowlers. A great run out from Kate (assisted by Ellie) and then another wicket, with a stunning diving catch from Ruby Gruber behind the stumps was too little too late from the Manly girls, as Parramatta were 3/99 off 13.5 overs. Our bowling tightened up towards the end, but unfortunately we couldn’t get across the line today.
We would also like to say thanks and goodbye to Eliza and Emily for their amazing contributions in Brewer so far. They have bowled and batting well and were outstanding in the field, both with their direct hit run outs and diving everywhere to save the boundary which really helped us in the close games. Good luck for their MWJCA Peden competition and we will hopefully see you back during finals!
The points for this round are:
3 – Chloe Osborne for her outstanding batting in the heat and for surpassing 500 Brewer shield runs for the first time in Manly history.
2 – Nat Guyot (myself)
1 – Ruby Gruber for her amazing catch and her great keeping work and energy in the field.
Fielding – Eliza Henry for her great fielding effort, not only today but throughout the season