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Batsmen cash in to put the Tahs on the front foot – Monday News – Rd 3 vs Gordon (Day 1) + PG’s vs ND’s

The TravelSim Manly Warringah Waratahs capped off another strong weekend, this time against Gordon, thanks to an array of batsmen cashing in on what was a scorching saturday afternoon. The delicious combination of a rainless week and beautiful sunshine saw some flat decks and lightening fast outfields which allowed the batting talent of the club to once again come to the fore.

In 1st grade, centuries to the run-machine Ahillen Beadle and keeper Jay Lenton helped Shanks men post a mammoth 4/387 at Drummoyne Oval while 2’s werent to be out done by much with Aidan Baker posting a majestic 146* in their total of 5/329 declared. Both teams will be looking to wrap up the points next week and continue their stellar starts to the year respectively. 3rd Grade toiled well on a flat Killara track to restrict Gordon to 213, Ben Falconer the main man on debut in the main grade picking up a deserved 4/33 from 17 overs. 4’s were led by Tom Kaye’s first ton for the club on the way to 9/260 declared while 5’s bounced back extremely well from 136 all out to have Gordon teetering at 5/72, in what looks to be a tight affair.

PG’s also kicked off their campaign on the weekend however went down by 18 runs in a disappointing chase against Northern Districts. Ryan Farrell (75) and Sam Gainsford (39 and 2/33) led the way for the U/21’s side who will look to bounce back in a few weeks against St. George.

All in all the TravelSim Waratahs are well placed across the grades once again and will look to take the points on offer against Gordon next weekend. Go Manly!

4 Pines P4 Pines Logolayer of the Week – Ahillen Beadle

This weeks 4 Pines Player of the Week was not an easy pick with four centuries across the grades, however it’s hard to go past Ahillen Beadle‘s scintillating 157 in 1st grade. Arriving at the crease with the innings in the balance at 2/84, AB went about his work in what only can be described as a first-class manner, taking apart the Gordon attack. Finding the boundary on 23 occasions and clearing it twice, AB’s innings was from a mere 188 balls and was the catalyst for 1st grades mammoth total.
This man has gone from strength to strength over the past 12 months and it’s hard to argue against a representative call up for him in the not too distant future. For now at least, we’re happy to have AB plundering runs for the TravelSim Waratahs week in week out. Well done Ahillen!

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.

Nic Bills

Jay and AB
                                                                                  “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

Looking to build on last week’s win, 2nd grade took to Manly Oval for the first time this season. Rowan won the toss and decided to have a stick. After losing Pughy and Gums early on to good deliveries, we were under some early pressure. Those wickets brought Jarrod (48) and Aiden (146) to the crease who looked to stabilise the innings. For the second time in as many games, the boys did an outstanding job. The pair played extremely well, mixing defence and attack. The highlight of the pre lunch session, a couple of consecutive sixes over the spinner’s head by Walts. 2-72 at lunch. The boys continued their dominant display after the break. Flat started to find the boundary consistently and the score raced to 104, when a run out accounted for Jarrod. A great partnership of 100 odd.

Out strode the skipper, Rowan and together with Flat, they took control of the match. It was an outstanding display of batting by two of our most senior players. They managed to rotate the strike effectively while hitting regular boundaries. It was a pleasure to watch! 3-190 at tea, as Aiden approached a hundred.

Not even the tea break could halt our momentum as Rowan and Flat put Gordon to the sword. They managed to amass 150 runs before Bakes brought up his first 2nd grade ton. It was an amazing performance from ‘The Flat’ who worked extremely hard throughout and really deserved his hundred.

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.

Sam Webber (20) and Ryan (8 not out) provided great support to Aiden who continued to steal the show. They closed out the innings perfectly, taking us to 5-329 when we decided to declare. A big congratulations to Flat for his unbeaten 146!! What a performance!

We had 3 overs at Gordon to close out the day but unfortunately we couldn’t quite snag a wicket. Bring on next week and the hunt for 6 points.

Up the Tahs,
Flat ton

“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)

Killara has been full of runs and I could see why. A very hard, flat wicket, one end slightly grassier than the other but nevertheless a belter. Gordon won the toss and batted. Ronnie, whilst fighting a virus, got us off to a flyer, clean bowling a bloke first ball. Possibly unlucky not to have two in 4 balls as there was a very adjacent LBW turned down. Ben Falconer (4/33 from 17) on debut in the main grade also opened and hit good lines immediately. Gordon started to settle down and a snick going down from Ronnie (2/56 from 12) helped their cause. Falcs finally broke through on the back of his relentless line and length (and a bit of new ball swing) with a snick to Jimmy to make it 2/30. Gordon then batted well although with some help from the umpire as a big snick was turned down off Falcs when their skipper was on 5. He went on to score 44. Some of our boys seemed to enjoy putting their opener at ease with some friendly chat and he duly batted well for a comfortable 51 before Ronnie came back and trapped him in front first ball of his new spell.

Things were evenly poised at 3/131 at tea. Sam Alexander (0/43 from 11) hit the right areas quite often but was not rewarded. We were on the verge of playing excellent cricket but just let off the pressure a bit too easily at times. After tea we started off with Ron and Falcs and Ben bowled another excellent spell picking up regular wickets and finally snaring their capt via a great low catch at mid off by Javed. Ben showed his fitness by not faltering over his 17 overs and was unlucky not to get a 5for. He picked up 3 snicks and the impatient hit to mid off in his very impressive spell.

Sam Hole (1/8 from 6) bowled very tidily and picked up an LBW. Evans (1/28 from 9) was bit grumpy when he has two catches go down in the cordon in two balls that both went for 4 but was rewarded with an LBW later in the over. Costly drops though as the guy put on another 20.

Javed (2/43 from 13) worked up good pace and his line was better than last week. Just a bit short still and when he pitched up was very menacing. He will go through sides at 3rd grade level with his pace once his length becomes more consistent. Jordan Daly took an excellent low down slips catch from Javed and then Falcs took a well judged catch at fine leg to end the innings.

All up 213 with 11 no balls and 3 dropped catches which I hope don’t come back to haunt us. Like Syd Uni our 2nd half (7/81 from 31) was stronger than our first.

Jarrod and Cole looked comfortable to reach 0/23 at the end of the day. Cole making his intentions clear by going after the spinner in the last 2 balls of the day. Good stuff mate, I love it!


4th Grade – Manly 9/260(dec) (T. Kaye 101, J. Graham 28*) vs Gordon 0/6

Saturday was a warm sunny beautiful day for cricket and the Tahs had an early win; JP winning the toss and electing to bat on what has been a very friendly pitch these last few weeks.

The openers Joey Graham (debutant for 4th grade) and Billy Darcy started off strong, seeing off the new ball and getting into the first and second change bowlers. Unfortunately neither could make good on strong starts but it brought tom Kaye to the crease who started off aggressive against the leggie, belting a couple of fours to race off the mark before settling down into what would be a long measured and mature innings. Jake Carden made a strong start but as seemed to be a trend with the innings, good starts and looking set early wasn’t translating to big scores. Ed Burgess came back into the team and slotted into number 5, belted one onto the front pad and walked back bemused and confused as the finger went up for LBW.

All the while Tom was going about his work quietly and methodically dispatching bad balls to the fence and turning over the strike; after will and Pickers came in and got out the captain joined with Tom to steer the ship towards calmer waters, bringing us closer to the tea break, and starting to post what could be a respectable total.

JP was out soon after tea for a finely crafted 25 and Jacob and Tom started their partnership. Tom continued on his merry way, still scoring at relative ease as Jacob found his feet at the wicket. A beautifully played cover drive from tom brought the boys to his feet as he went past 100, the first of what will no doubt many hundreds for the club. Congratulations to Tom for passing that milestone, no doubt a line in the sand moment, there’s a big season of runs on the horizons for sure. Unfortunately for Tom a change in the bowling and a ball that seamed enough to find the edge ended his fine innings at 101 and brought Zach to the crease who started where tom left off, belting bowlers left right and centre everywhere, dispatching 2 huge bombs on his way to 24 before being stumped looking to go long once more.

A couple over’s partnership between Wigney (4no) and Jacob (28no) saw the boys to a respectable 9-260dec as JP pulled the pin on the innings in order to have a late crack at the tired Stags.

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.

Go Manly.

Jacob Graham

“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.


Poidevin-Gray (U/21’s)  – Manly 192 (R. Farrell 75, S. Gainsford 39) def. by Northern Districts 7/210 (S. Gainsford 2/33)

PG’s looked to get their season off to a winning start against ND’s at Mark Taylor Oval. On what looked to be a hard deck and quick outfield Taylor called incorrectly and we were sent into the field. Mickey got the ball rolling early for the Tahs nicking off the opener cheaply to give us the start we were after. However, Northern Districts went about rebuilding there innings and through a pair of half centuries guided their team well past the 100 mark. To our credit, we continued to work hard and toil away throughout this tough little patch and were rewarded when Javed forced the opener to shell one to Hole at mid-on.

The introduction of Sam Gainsford into the attack was a defining moment in the innings with his control and varied pace pinning down the ND’s batsmen. His 2 wickets, including that of the no.3 helped restrict the oppposition in the second half of the innnings and along with tight spells from Taylor, Jake, Dylan and Mickey keep ND’s to a very gettable 210.
After a solid but steady start with the bat Hole was run out from a direct hit for not many bringing Ryan (75) to the crease who continued his form from the beginning of the grade season. Rawlings and Beatty unfortunately fell LBW from consecutive deliveries from the first-change and from their we were always chasing the game. Jordan looked solid before being bowled shortly after then Webber went in a similiar vein leaving us in serious trouble mid-way through the chase.

Enter Sam Gainsford who produced some clean hitting and smart running between the wickets to drag tha game back. Sam departed, holding out to long-on however Javed (24) continued the Tahs fightback. Needing 30 from the final 3 overs, it wasn’t to be for the Manly boys with the side eventually bowled out on the final ball for 192.

A disappointing result, considering the effort required to restrict ND’s to what was a reasonable total. It’s up to the top-order inparticular to step up and set the tone in a few weeks against St. George.

Go Manly
Sam H

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