3’s were led by a record-breaking partnership from Ryan Farrell (105) and Tom Kaye (74) to a strong total of 281 and got home comfortably. 4th grade let one get away going down by 1 wicket, with Sam Alexander and Joe Graham once again starring with the ball. Finally 5’s chased down 168 easily with Max Burgess starring with an unbeaten 91.
Our youngsters in Green Shield have also got their campaign off to a fantastic start with a pair of wins against the ever-strong Sutherland and Randwick-Petersham clubs. Jack ‘the-better-brother’ Edwards has been impressive with the bat making 73 in both games while the bowling has been consistent with the wickets shared.
So with every side throughout the club in a position to play finals cricket, it really is an exciting time to be apart of the TravelSim Waratahs. We’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and happy New Year, and look forward to resuming things in 2015! Go Manly!
4 Pines Player of the Week – Ryan Farrell
This weeks 4 Pines Player of the week goes to the great Ryan Farrell for scoring his maiden ton for the club with a classy 105 in 3rd grade. Only finding the boundary on seven occasions throughout his innings, Ryan masterfully knocked the ball around the outfield while also combining with Tom Kaye for a record partnership of 164.
Having already compiled 480 runs this season at an average over 50, Ryan is showing just how talented he is with the bat after beginning his time with the Tahs as an outstanding leg-spinner. We can’t wait to see ‘Faz’ continue to plunder more runs as he climbs the grades in the years to come. Well done Ryan!
1st Grade – Manly 9/160 (T. Cruickshank 68*) def. Sydney 159 (M. Edwards 4/25, N. Bills 2/27)
Economical bowling efforts from Bills, McLachlan and Edwards put the Tahs in a strong position leading into the innings brake, with the hosts managing to accumulate 159 all out. Stand out with the ball was Edwards with the impressive figures of 4-25 off 8.
With only 160 needed for victory, the Tahs were quietly confident of achieving the target set. However it wasn’t easy, with the visitors regularly losing wickets and struggling to put together significant partnerships. At 9-100 things weren’t looking good, but a captain’s knock of 68* from Cruickshank, who together with Munting produced a partnership of 60 for the 9th wicket, got the Tahs home to victory.
2nd Grade – Manly 8/280 (J. Rawlings 79, J. Ritchie 75) def. Sydney 185 (M. Pugh 4/??)
2’s rocked up to Grahams as we thought Manly Oval does not have enough atmosphere. The day started well with Taylor winning the toss and batting. The new opening pair of Cubby and Ralf got us off to an amazing start having us 0-130 after 17 overs. The Sydney bowlers generously fed cubby’s cut shot all morning allowing him to race to a very classy 89 before being caught trying to play a late cut. Flat decided he would test out his ankle with a quick single, not only was he run out but he also hit the deck hard when attempting to drop a shoulder on a Sydney fielder. Rawlo once again showed little to no respect to his teammates when he reached yet another 50, he is getting bored of scoring 50’s it seems. He departed for 79, another great effort from a bloke who clearly knows his game very well and continues to take advantage of some amazing form.
The middle order wasn’t able to take advantage of the great platform set by the openers and we ended up 8-280.
We started well with the ball with Taylor taking 2 early wickets. The bowlers did well for most of the innings bowling in partnerships, these partnerships allowed us to apply scoreboard pressure on Sydney and they weren’t able to handle it. The bowlers were backed up by quality fielding all innings and we ended up bowling them out for 185. Taylor took 3 wickets, Dizzy 2, D Marshall 1 and the great man Mitch ‘Oscar’ Pugh taking 4 of the best. I think I speak for everyone at the club in saying that we can’t wait for Pughy’s girlfriend to get here so he won’t be such a grouch.
A very convincing win for 2’s and the great sign is that we all agreed that there was still a lot to improve on. A great way to go to Chrissy.
3rd Grade – Manly 5/271 (R. Farrell 105, T. Kaye 74, M. Cole 38) def. Sydney 199 (N. McCallum-Toomey 3/38, L. Grant 3/58)
Sydney knew it was going to be tough as their body language flagged considerably after 10 overs. Ryan dealt with his unlucky dropping like a true pro – no one heard him whinge and he batted beautifully to compile his first grade century. Congratulation mate, a great knock!
Tom continued his great form but a bit of tiredness set in and he lost some of his shape and he eventually holed out. In skipped Mat Cole (38 off 29) and cracked his first delivery straight over the bowlers head for 4. A great shot and the perfect cameo at this stage of the innings. He unselfishly got out having a crack, holing out on the long on boundary.
Jordan Daly then gave us that extra little bit with a great 19no from 10 balls. He looked in prime form as well.
Ryan was eventually stumped in unfortunate circumstances. Having missed a yorker which he thought he jammed out to somewhere he considered a run but the keeper rolled the ball up in the confusion just dislodging a bail. Unlucky, as a 120no would have been the fair result. Will Outred in his 3rd grade debut had a late dip only to be bowled off the last ball for for 8.
A very defendable 271 (more like 310 at Grahames) was the outcome. Sydney needed a good start but Ronnie (1/8 from 6) and Nick (3/38 from 10) prevented this. Ron’s first spell was an incredible 0/1 from 5 overs. Sydney were desperate for quick singles but great fielding, especially from Tom at mid-wicket frustrated them out of it. The energy in the ring was obvious to all and the pressure was finally too much when they tried to steal one to mid-on but Evans swooped and underarmed the ball from side on 5 metres for a relatively easy run out.
Luke Grant also unluckily dropped from 2’s, bowled a great spell that was full of thick edges, the occasional juicy full toss and critical wickets. 3/58 from 10 sounds expensive but it was a terrific spell. Their number 3 looked threatening but a great catch from Ron off Luke at mid-off made it 2/30 odd. Their opener who earlier in the season cracked 160 incl 8 sixes was then caught in front for a slow 20 runs from 20 overs. They came out flailing away after this dreadful start and all bowlers bowled well to share the wickets around. There were a few overs where some very agricultural cricket went on but we held in together as the runs occasionally flowed. Our fielding remained top class all the way through and Ron deservingly got the last wicket. He and Nick set this big win up with their early overs and it was great to see them both clean them up.
This keeps us in the 6. Hoping we can come back refreshed and eager to continue our good form after Christmas.
4th Grade – Manly 9/199 (Z. Trewartha 40, J. Graham 35, L. Stewart 34) def. by Sydney 9/202 (S. Alexander 4/24, B. Falconer 2/12)
Ed Burgess struck the ball beautifully for 25 however came and went as we wobbled at 7/150. Some outstanding hitting from Zac Trewartha at the bottom of the order and some intelligent batting (yes you read right) from Sam Alexander and Josh Wigney got the Tahs up to the defendable score of 199.
Sydney started well with the bat before Ben Falconer got the ball rolling with a couple of wickets to halt their momentum. The Tahs continued to pile on the pressure with the introduction of Alexander and Graham squeezing Sydney and creating plenty of chances. With the fall of consistent wickets, the Tahs got into the winning position of 8/90 when the spells of Sam and Joe concluded.
At this point, the Sydney no. 8 and 10 went about picking apart the Manly attack with some impressive hitting and running between the wickets. Although Josh Wigney returned and picked up a late wicket, Sydney snuck home with 1 wicket and an over to spare.
A dissapointing way to go into the break for this side, however we can take alot from the fact it took a pretty special and unbelievable effort from Sydney to get over the line in a game we controlled. Still equal top and well placed for finals cricket! Go Manly!
5th Grade – Manly 3/170 (M. Burgess 91*) def. Sydney 9/168 (R. Bishop-Perrett 2/26, M. Burgess 2/32)
Skipper Waddington, on his return to 5’s, lost the toss as usual and we were asked to field. The wicket was a good one, maybe a little slow, but the outfield was thick and lush. A run out started us off early before a Ryan Bishop-Perret outswinger got their other opener caught at 2nd slip by Pickering. A handy partnership started between their number 3 and 4 and at 2 for 106 off 30 overs things could have gone either way. However both went in consecutive balls to the spin Max Burgess and then Isaiah Vumbaca, opening the game right up. Our fielding was excellent for the most part (Special shout out to Tom Kelly who was outstanding in the field. Not sure that’s ever been said before, but he was.), and we dismissed the tail fairly easily on the last ball of the innings for 168, Ben Kittlety and Joel Wood helping clean up them up. It was a below par score on a good pitch, but with a very slow outfield it was still going to be a battle.
However no one told Max Burgess. After picking up 2 for 32 with the ball, Maxy was outstanding with the bat. He hit 91 not out to ensure that the result was never in doubt. He mixed elegant cover drives with some great pull shots and smacks back over the bowlers head, especially against ex-Waratah Justin Knight (sorry Knighty we had to put that in there). Max received good support from Joel Mason, Tom Kelly and then Jack Pickering, before Jacob Graham helped close it out in the 40th over.
It was disappointing not to see Max get his hundred but that was the only disappointment of the day. Max showed that in all facets of the game…. bowling, batting and fielding…. He is way too good for 5th grade.
A decisive victory heading into the break places us in 8th spot and within striking distance of the top 6. We should have been higher if we played a few of the games to our potential, so there is still a lot of improvement to go.
Green Shield Rd 1 – Manly 6/194 (J. Edwards 73, E. Hole 34*) def. Sutherland 9/190 (I. Vumbaca 3/34, L. Kerr 2/30)
Sutherland won the toss and elected to bat at Glenn McGrath Oval. Sutherland batted the 50 overs and got 9/190. With Isaiah Vumbaca 3/34, Lachie Kerr 2/30 and the rest of the wickets evenly spread.
Jack and Aiden opened the batting for us and got us off to a good start. Aiden fell on 23 with the opening partnership 48. Nick Osborne fell soon after. Jack Edwards kept batting and him and Jack Pickering built a partnership of 70 before Jack Pickering fell for 17. This started a bit of a collapse with us losing 3 wickets for 6 runs. Jack Edwards ended up getting 73. This was a superb and classy innings. Ned Hole 34* and Alex Bain 23* brought the team home in the 46th over. This was a great win and a great way to start off our Green Shield campaign.
Green Shield Rd 2 – Manly 8/261 (J. Edwards 73, A. Bariol 50, J. Wood 49) def. Randwick-Petersham 128 (J. Anderson 3fa., L. Kerr 3fa.)
We won the toss and elected to bat. We got off to a great start with Aiden and Jack E getting about a 120 run opening partnership. Aiden with a great 50 and Jack with another superb innings of 73. Joel Wood got 49 with some big hitting in the last 10 overs. Ned Healey 23* and Isaiah Vumbaca 12* also batted well in the last couple overs. We ended up with a great score of 261 in our 50 overs.
Jonah Anderson and Lachie Kerr opened the bowling. Both of these two troubled the batsmen and both started us off amazingly well. Jonah getting 3 wickets and Lachie getting 2. We ended up bowling them out in a very convincing win for 128. With Joel and Ned Healey picking up 2 wickets each, and Isaiah with one as well. This was a great game for us, with us bagging bonus points and continuing our winning streak.