4 Pines Player of the Week – Ahillen Beadle
1st Grade – Manly 4/387 (A. Beadle 157, J. Lenton 104*, C. Merchant 66) vs Gordon
As news of Timmy losing the toss ran around the ground the bowlers heads immediately sank. At 10:00 it was already 25 degrees and the wicket already appeared particularly batter friendly, it looked like it was going to be a tough day out in the dirt for the Waratahs. However there was a saving grace with the Gordon skipper sending us in to have a bat, much to the delight of both batters and bowlers.
The day didn’t start to plan though, with Coxy unfortunately getting one of only handful of balls that swung or seamed off the deck and found an edge. But that was as bad as the day got for the manly boys. Cameron “Nappa” Merchant and Crossy got the day back on track, putting the Gordon bowlers to the sword and shifted the momentum back our way and set the tone for the rest of the day. Crossy was eventually dismissed for 22 caught at first slip. Nappa and AB combined for another good partnership until a classy knock from the former came to an end on 66 caught at first slip of the spinner.
That brought Jay Lenton to the crease and his combination with AB wouldn’t come to end for another 226 runs. Both batsmen looked a class above and were in control of the game the whole time and were constantly keeping the scoreboard ticking over. AB’s 157 was his 3rd century in 5 games and never really looked like getting out until he was stumped down the leg side, to end what was an almost record partnership for the club. For Jay (who unfortunately has a higher first grade score than myself) it was his first of hopefully many 1st grade centuries and was a knock that should give him great confidence for the rest of the season. Finishing the day with Jay was the skipper, who was happy to help out with a cheeky little stat booster of 25no proving that even Shank keeps track of his stats throughout the season.
In all it was another impressive day for Manly and we will look to take the momentum of the day into a big week of cricket.
“Jay and AB kick back after their magnificent centuries”
2nd Grade – Manly 5/329(dec) (A. Baker 146*, R. Hamman 80, J. Walter 48) vs Gordon 0/12
Unfortunately, the skipper fell the next ball for a superb 80. His innings may have been slightly overshadowed but you can’t underestimate the importance and class of his knock.
“The Flat happy as ever after his majestic 146*”
3rd Grade – Manly 0/23 vs Gordon 213 (B. Falconer 4/33, J. Badyari 2/43, R. Davis 2/56)
4th Grade – Manly 9/260(dec) (T. Kaye 101, J. Graham 28*) vs Gordon 0/6
There were a few good shouts late in Jake Cardens first over, perhaps one missing between middle and off stump but the stags finished the day at 0-6.
There will be a big week next week for the boys to pick up the 6 points.
“Tom Kaye gives his thoughts on his stunning salad…and classy 101”
5th Grade – Manly 136 (S. Waddington 49) vs Gordon 5/72 (R. Bishop-Perrett 2/14, B. Kittlety 2/24)
5th Grade turned up at Gordon after winning our first two matches of the season fairly comfortably and looked to continue our dominant ways.
After losing the toss and being sent in on a fairly green wicket, Maso and Hamo got us off the a strong start, looking to settle in for a long day at the crease.
We lost Maso to a good piece of bowling and after that lost wickets fairly regularly. With a combination of poor shots, little bit of bad luck, we were bowled out for a total of 136. Waddo scoring a well made 49 showing the rest of us how to do it.
With a small total we needed to start strongly with the ball, that we did, Ryan Bishop-Perrett taking 2/14, Ben Kittlety 2/24 and Tom Kelly 1fa. We finished the day in an even position with Gordon 5/72.