The Travelsim Manly Warringah Waratahs have moved to outright 2nd and within striking distance of leaders Parramatta with a superb finish to Round 11 against the Blacktown Warriors.
We can’t remember too many rounds where we have won all 5 grades, with 2 of them being outright victories, in the recent past. In-fact, a review of our records shows it to be the most successful round that we can find since 5th grade was introduced in 1969/70.
The round was no doubt set-up in week 1 after 3 teams had already gained 1st innings points. However there was still some fantastic cricket in week 2.
The highlights of the weekend were with the ball. Andew Jamieson repeated his 1st innings heroics for 2nd grade with another 4 wicket haul, giving him 8 for the match.
Josh Wigney took 5/24 and teamed up with Isaiah Vumbaca (4/51) to get 3rd grade to an easy victory. Brad Wilson continued his great form with the ball at Grahams, taking 5 for 11 to propel 4th grade to an outright victory.
Jarrad Ninnes took his first 5 wicket haul for the Tahs in 5th grade, bowling 21 high class overs to get our boys over the line.
So 152 Club Championship points for the round and all teams challenging for the finals. 1s (7th spot) 2s (8th spot) and 3s (7th spot) have all pushed hard over the last few rounds to make a push for the finals, while 4th grade are sitting nicely in 1st position.
5th grade have moved into outright 3rd spot on the table and will be looking to consolidate their position over the next few weeks.
With 4 matches to go we sit in 2nd spot in the Club Championship, only 22 points away from Paramatta in 1st place, 55 points in-front of Sydney in 3rd place and 124 points in-front of Northern Districts in 4th spot.
Our clash with Parramatta in the penultimate round could very well decide who takes out this year top club award.
Jarrad Ninnes approached our club at the beginning of the season about playing withy us after moving into the area. A proven higher grade player and now a local, we were pleased to have him on-board.
However a back injury curtailed the first half of his season, with his first game only coming in round 6 against Sutherland.
It is clear to everyone that he is a class bowler, and he pulled the trigger on Saturday against Blacktown, sending down 21 over to help dismiss them for 125. With only 179 runs to play with, it was some pressure bowling from Jarrad and the reason he wins this weeks 4 Pines Player of the Week.
Congrats to Jarrad and his first ever 5 wicket haul for the Tahs.
oe Mac once again greeted us with the harshest of hello’s, with the change rooms being comparable to a sauna when combined with another 30+ degree day in one of Sydney’s nicest suburbs to visit.
Putting the heat and the expectation of 10 points aside, we set about our business. The first hour of bowling was somewhat disappointing, with no wickets taken and both batters scoring easily.
The bowling only improved from here, with the continuation of Visser and injection of Foster. Foster bowled a brilliant spell of length, nicking off the two set batters.
The game trudged on with wickets being taken at longer-than-hoped intervals. Visser trapped ex Manly first grader, Nick Watkins, in front for 20, Edwards obliterated the stumps with a played on that saw the ball trickle onto leg stump, and Green burgled a standard spinners wicket, long hop pulled to short square leg.
After these two wickets, it seemed as though they had no interest in making a game of it. The tea break gave us some hope, with opposition captain, Daya Singh, saying they would bat for 6 more overs and declare, in order to make a game of it, being 190 ahead at this stage.
Attitudes at the start of the last session did not show this, and it had seemed we had been taken for a bit of a ride, and Bankstown batted on. The final wicket was taken by Joey Graham, getting the wicket of his opposing number, if only Joey batted at 7, rather than 10.
Tough day in the field for the Tahs, but lessons, nonetheless, learned.
3 Points – James Crosthwaite
2 Points – Tom Kaye
1 Point – Adam Crosthwaite
Mickey “Hurricane” Edwards
fter an outstanding performance from the Manly boys in week 1 the visitors resumed at 6/80 in their second innings with a lead of just 20 runs. We could have been forgiven for thinking it was going to be an early finish with 10 points and an outright victory up for grabs, but the Blacktown lower order batsmen had other ideas.
The morning session saw the Blacktown batsmen apply themselves well, ticking the score over and frustrating the home side. Blacktown middle order batsmen Usman Butt applied himself well making a patient 59 before he fell to Jake Carden.
All four Manly quicks bowled well in patches but just couldn’t get the early wickets Captain Sam Gainsford desired.
The Blacktown innings came to an end just before the lunch break with the visitors acquiring a 2nd innings lead of 116, which looked very achievable given the Manly Oval wicket had flattened out considerably.
Openers Jack Ritchie and Billy Darcy started well, getting through the first 10 overs without any damage. However, disaster struck soon after as we lost both openers and Tom Kaye within a short period to leave us at 3 for 9 after 16 overs.
This brought Aiden Bariol and first innings star Jake Carden to the crease and the two went about resurrecting the Manly run chase. Both players batted patiently, turning the strike over and putting away the loose ball to take our tally to 3/50 at the tea break.
Not long after we again lost 3 wickets in quick succession (Bariol 21), (Carden 26) and (Gainsford 4) all fell in the space of few overs. Enter Ash Virdi who came to the crease and as usual looked to dominate from the outset.
The game soon swung in the home sides favour with Ash scoring freely to all parts of the ground. He was well supported by young gun Jacob O’Sullivan who held up an end and turned over the strike when needed. The two took the side to 113, just four runs short of victory before Ash was unfortunately stumped for a brilliant 47 off just 44 balls.
The winning runs were hit the next ball giving the second-grade boys a well-deserved outright victory with the 10 points putting them right back in contention for a finals spot. An outstanding all round team performance set up by some brilliant bowling from all the quicks in week 1 and a superb knock from Jake Carden in the first innings.
3 Points – Jake Carden
2 Points – Andrew Jamieson
1 Point – Ash Virdi
he Waratahs rocked up on the 2nd week to the sound of rockets and parachutes falling to the ground which was a little disconcerting, however we put it to the back of our minds as we went looking for 6 points.
Josh (5-24) set the tone with a searing bouncer accounting for the opener in the first over, caught behind by Sam Webber. Blacktown then put together a couple of partnerships but tight bowling and fielding kept them under pressure. After tea we ripped through them to take 6-9 with Josh and Issiah (4-51) causing the damage.
Having bowled them out for 127 we decided to stick them back in for the remaining 27 overs but were thwarted by the same pair as earlier in the day. They ended up 2-57 but we knew that if we’d been able to break that partnership we would have been well on our way to 10 points.
This was probably our most complete performance of the season with everyone playing their roles and executing a plans. It bodes well for the rest of the season!
3 Points – Josh Wigney
2 Points – Jack Pickering
1 Point – Sam Hole
lacktown started the day at 3-10 after a Mick Counsell powerhouse performance last week.
There were rumours that the force generated from his final ball caused an earthquake off the coast of Queensland. All conjecture of course. Anyway, I digress.
After an unlucky start with a few catches dropped that could allegedly be put down to Australia Day landing on a Friday this year, it was Brad Wilson who stepped up. This slick haired son of a gun rocked through the bulk of their order and Blacktown found themselves all out for just over 50.
With the game well and truly on with Manly still needed a big 20 runs to seal outright, captain Adam Gummer steadied the ship with an unorthodox style of play in which he nursed the ball through gaps for ones as opposed to the big hitting bomb fest we usually enjoy.
The Blacktown lads sniffed another early mark and coincidentally started bowling into Gummer’s hot zone. I don’t need to tell you it was slim pickings from here.
Special shout out to myself, Glyn Archer and Alex Bain who literally did nothing all day othr than watch, encourage and cheer.
3 Points – Brad Wilson
2 Points – Sam Alexander
1 Point – Michael Coinsell
e arrived at Blacktown on another scorcher of a day, with a nice green deck to play with, having to get only 8 wickets for the victory
Captain, Dylan Marshall selected Jarrad Ninnes and Ben Falconer to open the bowling, both bowlers bowling exceptionally well restricting Blacktowns 3 and 4 batsman to only 17 runs
Then, a sharp double breakthrough came through the young quick, josh Seward, caught by Aiden Bennett And the other caught in slips by Ben Falconer, this put the Blacktown side at 4/36
Blacktown fought back hard in the session before tea, bringing them to 4/98 chasing 180, until Jarrad ninnes, struck on the last ball of the session with a plumb lbw, dismissing there set number 3 batsman
After tea, Jarrad Ninnes and Ben Falconer tore through the rest of the Blacktown batting, dismissing the tail for only 23 runs, the standout being Ninnes 6/28 off 21
3 points – Jarrad Ninnes
2 points – Ben Falconer
1 point – Hilton Ovenden
he first grade one-day quarter finals came about with little fainfare after the success of tghe last couple of weeks, and we travelled out to Old Kings to take on the inform Parramatta at Old Kings.
Winning the toss and deciding to bat, we started really well with James Crosthwaite and especially Jay Lenton getting us to 43 without loss after only 9 overs.
However we lost both openers in the space of 2 runs. We couldn’t afford to lose another wicket.
As a result Adam Crosthwaite and Chris Green knuckled down and put on 70 before Green was out trying to lift the run rate. Davies played a nice little cameo however once he was out at 149, our batting faded with no one from 6-11 getting more than 8.
At the other end stood Adam Crosthwaite through the lower order carnage. He stood tall once again, only departing on 78 at the very end of our innings.
194 never felt like enough however we pushed Parramatta all the way. This was mainly due to our spinners who were fantastic.
Ryan Farrell’s bowled the spell of the day with his leg-spin, taking 5/32 off 10 to put us in with a chance.
Chris Green with 0/22 off 9 and Joe Graham with 1/41 off 10 were also outstanding.
At 5/137 and then 7/175 we new that we weren’t far away, but Parramatta rallied and passed us 7 down, knocking us out of the competition.
Good luck to Parra for the rest of finals series.
he girls first away game since round 1, playing Parramatta at the very nice Castlewood Park at Castle Hill. Manly lost the toss and fielded first.
The girls showed a lot of improvement in both the bowling and fielding department this week. Extras were halved from last week, and most of the chances in the field were taken. Amelia and Jasmin opened the bowling with great accuracy, conceding only 5 runs from the first 6 overs, with Amelia bowling 3 maidens in a row. Gemma and Chelsea took over, with Gemma taking the first wicket in the 11th over. Robyn, Mia and Chloe all took a wicket in their first spell, including nice catches from Breanna and Gemma. Parramatta were 4 for 74 from 22 overs before a nice 63 run partnership took to score to 137 after 31 overs. Genevieve took two late wickets, including a neat stumping from Hannah, and Mia picked up another wicket with a caught and bowled. Parramatta finished on 170.
Manly opened with Robyn and Natalie, who looked confident against some tight opening bowling and kept the score ticking over. Natalie got out lbw for 6 to the first change bowler, and Genevieve joined Robyn at the crease. They took the score on the 77 after 29 overs before Robyn fell in a run out mix up for 37. Chloe came in and looked good for 8 runs before being run out at the bowlers end after an unlucky deflection off the bowler. Sienna chimed in for 10 runs, before another run out, this time a direct hit in the 39th over. Mia swung hard for a nice 4 before being caught on the last ball of the innings, leaving Gemma not out on 1.
The girls showed some good improvement this week. Tighter bowling, more urgency in the field, and building some nice partnership while batting (including making our highest team score so far) were all positives to be taken out of the game.
ur Team of the Round from the weekends fixtures see’s some really strong performances resulting in another top shelf team.
James Crosthwaite and Sam Hole open the batting with Adam Crosthwaite and the in-form Jack Pickering coming in at 3 and 4. All-rounders Jake Carden and Ash Virdi were huge over this round with the bat and deserve their spots at 5 and 6 after a pair of match winning innings.
Sam Webber took 5 catches behind the stumps across the 2 weekends and takes the gloves behind the stumps.
Our front-line bowling attack picks themselves after some great performances. Jarrad Ninnes and Josh Wigney take the new ball, with Brad Wilson coming on at first change.
Of course our spinner is Sam Alexander after his 5 for 11 in 4th grade.