A day to remember on Saturday with the top 4 Men’s grades all completing comprehensive victories plus a fighting draw in M5s. Hundreds to Ollie Davies in M1s and a debut ton to Keelan Mendel in M5s were highlights with the bat, along with 4fa from Roop Dhillon in M2s, Neal Prowse in M3s, and Lachie Kerr and Hayden Williams in M4s.
Unfortunately, we were not able to replicate the same form on the Sunday. Brewers had a huge 9 wicket victory thanks to a good all round bowling display and great little knocks from Caitlin du Preez and Hannah Moss. PGs had a brilliant fighting win with Joel Davies again leading from the front. W1s had a heartbreaking 1 run loss to Sydney, recovering from 3/6 thanks to a half century from Lauren Kua. M1s and W2s both suffered comprehensive defeats at the hands of the Tigers.
It’s fair to say that in these pages we usually award our Player of the Week to someone who has directly impacted the outcome of the game. Usually it’s for a win, and rightly so.
However, we cant go past the éfforts of Keelan Mendel on Saturday as our 4 Pines Player of the Week. He batted for 80 overs for his 102* which was the first time in a long time that a 5th Grade player has carried his bat.
Doug McGrath said it right…. one of the most tenacious, fighting and gritty innings that we have ever seen in 5th Grade. Keelan almost single handedly ensured a draw for the Waratahs. What a superb performance.
Tough one this week with an all-round team performance getting Brewers over the line, but W1s and W2s not able to get the victory.
But we are shooting for Lauren Kua as our SeaDrift Distillery Women’s Player of the Week. Very well deserved. She opened the innings but found her team in deep trouble at 3 for 8 chasing 117.
However, Lauren proceeded to play an innings full of class, coming within a whisker of getting her side across the line.
Her half century came off only 48 balls including 5 boundaries and a 6.
Fantastic see see Lauren in such great form.
anly headed into Day 2 against Bankstown needing 215 for victory. Having unfortunately lost Joel Foster the week before late in the day AB and Ryan Handley would start the day at the crease.
The sun was out and wicket was looking good with Manly knowing the importance of the first hour.
It was however Bankstown that started strongly getting 2 early wickets in Hadley (2) and AB (7) with the score at 3-15.
Ollie Davies and Jay Lenton however steady the ship for a 100 run partnership setting the team in a very good position. Jay was then dismissed for 54.
Ryan Farrell then joined Ollie at the crease for a valuable 24 but all eyes were on Ollie Davies who brought up a very classy century, continuing his good form this season.
Ollie was then dismissed for 111 with Joel Davies (5*) and Ben Bryant (4*) left to finish the job. Manly chased the total 6 down pushing them to 3rd on the first grade ladder.
3 Points – TBC
2 Points – TBC
1 Point – TBC
he boys rocked up to Bankstown oval after a very positive performance week 1, led by Josh Sewards career day (7-38). The team decided to bat on for a lead of approx. 80-90 in which we perfectly executed thanks to a great start from Ned & Izzy, finished off by some nice hitting late from Jamo.
Bankstown responded expectedly, playing their shots from ball 1 which was exactly what we were hoping. Despite some great shots/cameos from their top-order, none of them capitalised on the perfect batting conditions as most threw their wickets away with loose shots as a result of sustained pressure from our attack. Roop Dhillon showed great poise as he picked up some key wickets thanks to some sharp catching off his own bowling. His spell put the boys well on truly on track for 10 points. Unfortunately, the conditions ultimately won the battle as Bankstowns lower order held on to prevent us from taking second innings points.
Another positive performance from the boys, was great to see two of our young guns step up and lead the bowling performances across both weekends.
3 Points – Josh Seward
2 Points – Ben Bryant
1 Point – Roop Dillon
he boys arrived on a beautiful Saturday morning at Grahams. After scoring 390 the week before and Bankstown already 2 down, we were in the box seat. The wicket was as flat as it was the week before so we knew we would have to work hard.
We started off with Prowse and Counsell. Both hitting their lengths and bowling through to the first drinks break. By this stage we had taken 3 wickets to have Bankstown 5-60, still requiring a mammoth 330 to still win.
The rest of the day was a bit of a grind with some of the Bankstown batsman sticking around. Lachie bowled a superb spell both sides of tea, with the quicks recycling at the other end. Tea, Bankstown were 5-111.
After tea we continued to bowl well and got the rewards. Bankstown eventually being bowled out for 172. Lachie finished with 3-20, Prowse 4-42, Hicks 2-48 and Counsell 1-25
Another 6 points for the Manly boys with a convincing 218 run win. Onto next week away at Hawkesbury.
3 Points – Brynn Mendel
2 Points – Sam Hole
1 Point – Neal Prowse
fter last weeks abomination at the hands of Coops and Hutcho, 4’s had the dogs 1-7 chasing 284 going into the 2nd day.
Day two was slow starting for the Tahs, with the Bulldogs opener displaying some toughness.
Enter Lachlan Kerr. Fresh off his stint in the UK, his spell of shear pace and consistency rewarded him with 2 quick wickets, and another up the other end to Fraser Noack to turn the match on its heads and have the dogs 4-60.
George Cummings tied up the other end with his control and was unfortunate not to take one with him. Hayden Williams came on and completely ripped the heart out of the middle order taking 3 poles in quick succession to have them reeling. Kerry and Haydo’s finished the job taking one each at the end to give them both 4fa, and bowl Bankstown out for a measly 104.
We sent them back in, but to no avail. The dogs stuck around and with the bowling attack tiring and the deck not giving us anything, skipper Roch decided to call it there. A clinical win for the Tahs that keeps us undefeated to start the season. One thing to take away from the contest, if Lush offers to drive you to an away match, don’t accept.
3 Points – Jake Hutchings
2 Points – Josh Cooper
1 Point – Lachie Kerr
th grade turned up to Mike Pawley oval for day 2 of the match against Bankstown needing 343 to lock in a win. Conditions were great as the sun was shining on a surface that looked like it had a lot of runs to offer.
The openers, Keelan Mendel and Matt Evans set the platform and got us off to a great start before losing Matt for 31.
Keelan continued to score and got some help through the middle overs from Simon Waddington. With Simons positive intent and with Keelan rotating the strike, the two managed to put on a crucial 94 run partnership before losing Simon for 60 with the score 3-181 after 56 overs.
After Simon’s departure Manly continued to lose wickets in the hopes of victory, with Bankstown’s total seeming just out of reach.
Despite wickets falling around him, Keelan Mendel continued to put on the runs, bringing up his maiden century for the club. An outstanding display of batting and concentration in a marathon hundred.
Manly held on for a draw in the end and split the points with Bankstown with the score 7-248 and Keelan finishing on 102*.
3 Points – TBC
2 Points – TBC
1 Point – TBC
he lads rocked up to a pretty dry wicket at Drummoyne that looked like it had plenty of overs already in it. Nevertheless, spirits were high after a dominant start to the season in all formats.
Bowling first, Sydney got off to a reasonably hot start, we knew though this would have to be the plan with the new ball the best time to bat. Hadley got a double breakthrough in his first over while Herd chipped in shortly after. Wickets fell before Sydney consolidated, running well between the wickets and setting a platform to launch. The Manly boys were having none of it, bowing some good off pace stuff to really restrict the back end of the Sydney innings. Some good catching and movement on the fence highlighted a great bowling innings, Hadley endekng with 3, Herd with 2 and Mickey a frugal display and a pole.
We knew the chase would be tricky on a tiring wicket and that it was. Brewster got a chance at the top and looked promising, striking a few out of the middle up top. Wickets fell pretty consistently unfortunately at the other end early. Joel and Brewster looked to build somewhat of a partnership but both dismissed within quick succession leaving the boys in a bit of a rut they couldn’t get out of. Bowled out for 69 it was a tough defeat to a galant Sydney side, our first loss in the T20 competion.
Finals still well and truly on the cards, plenty of promising signs over the last few weeks in the shortest format, winning close ones and dominating. Yet to play the perfect game but getting closer each week. Onwards and upwards.
fter a great performance last week, the Manly PG’s team were to face a tough Sydney opposition at the pristine Drummoyne oval.
With Captain Joel Davies winning the toss, Manly got the opportunity to bat first on a very hard deck. The Manly boys started off shakily losing the powerhouse Brynn Mendel early on, but Lachlan Coyte showed his class by hitting 2 glorious straight drives for four. When Joel Davies (51) and Andrew Boulton (27) came to the crease, they did what they do best. They steadied the ship with a 61-run partnership with Joel Davies bringing up a well deserved 50, once again showing his class and maturity. However, when wickets began to fall due to some quality bowling, Evan Dunnachie (11) strolled to the crease to guide Manly to a defendable total of 112.
After the innings break Manly headed out into the field. Andrew Boulton struck early shortly followed by Josh Seward getting much-needed wickets seeing Sydney struggling at 2/6 after 2 overs. As things started to go Sydney’s way, Joel Davies put himself on and ripped through the Sydney batting order, getting 3/19 off 4 overs. As the pressure started to build atop Sydney’s shoulders, a wicket from Roop Dhillon, along with Joel Davies and Andrew Boulton combining once again for a runout saw Sydney needing 13 runs off the last over to win. As Andrew Boulton took the ball, the game was in his hands, and he delivered perfectly, restricting Sydney to only 4 runs in the last over. With a combination of great fielding, the Manly boys were able to come out with a well fought 8 run win.
iding off the high of last weeks clinch win against the Slayers, Manly W1s were looking forward to another home game versus Sydney. A couple of last minute injuries left us with a slightly depleted batting side, but we persevered nonetheless, with captain Mik winning the toss and electing to bowl. An early wicket for Annie went our way, but dismissals were otherwise hard to come by. Sydney’s second wicket fell in the 12th over, with Lauren picking up her first wicket for Manly. Chelsea, Sophie, and Mik each picked up one wicket respectively, and we fielded well to restrict Sydney to 117. And then we were in to chase.
Lauren and Annie formed a new opening partnership, although the shine quickly wore off when Annie was run out for a diamond duck on the third ball of the innings. Mik and Charley fell within the next two overs, leaving Manly floundering at 3-5. Katie and Lauren worked beautifully to rebuild our innings, featuring a six and a couple of perfectly executed ramps. They brought us to around 80 by the 16th over. Voices in the Manly camp grew more nervous and quiet, as we realised we might be in with a shot of winning. Lauren notched her first half century for the Blues in the 18th over, but was bowled two balls later. Katie briefly persevered, but was dismissed in the 20th over for 43. This left Manly with 6 runs required off two balls for victory. Mia edged a four off the second last ball. 2 off 1. Emily jinxed us by relating our current predicament to W1s 2021 mishap against Penrith, where we also needed 2 off 1 and Shiv was caught out. Mia was smacked on the pad, and Sydney went up, pleading for LBW. And given. Manly finished our 20 over 5-116 in response to Sydney’s 4-117. A tragic end to a wonderful, persevering effort, particularly by Lauren and Katie. Hopefully a nail biting game goes our way at least once in the future. We’re looking forward to playing Gordon next week at Chatswood Oval.
3 Points: Lauren Kua
3 Points: Katie Letcher
fter winning the previous two T20 matches, second grade were keen to make it three against Sydney.
Manly lost the toss and bowled first. Some tight bowling in the opening overs by Mia Phelps and Sophie Morris saw that Sydney were just 13 off 5 overs. However, without the fall of a wicket Sydney were able to get going through the middle overs. In the last 5 overs, the Manly girls were able to find their rhythm to restrict the back end of Sydney’s innings. Wickets to Emma Thatcher (2/28) getting the key wickets in the opening pair, Sophie Morris (1/14), Chelsea Mclerie (thanks to a stunning catch by Jazz Wilson)and Emily Horstead. Manly was set the task of chasing 132 for victory.
With Sydney posting a big score, we knew it would be a hard chase. Tight bowling and early wickets to Sydney made it hard for Manly to achieve the required pace. Captain Mia lead from the front and was the backbone of the innings with 41 off 45. Ultimately, we ended up falling 47 runs short finishing 9/84. It was a tough defeat to a strong Sydney side.
Looking forward to bouncing back in our first 50 over match next week.
3 Points – Mia Nel
2 Points – Emma Thatcher
1 Point – Sophie Morris
n Sunday Manly played Penrith at Grahams. It was the perfect day for our first 50-over game.
Penrith won the toss and elected to bat. We started off with strong bowling by Darcey (1/5 off 4 overs) and Sophie (2/7 off 6 overs) which set the tone for the rest of the team with strong bowling following throughout the innings. Olivia (2/18 off 4) came in to bowl and took 2 quick wickets leaving manly on a hat-trick ball. Hannah (2/3 off 3) came in and took out the middle order. The wickets were falling quickly and we brought Lara (1/4 off 10) and Annabelle (0/6 off 3) into the attack. The spinners were able to take 2 wickets in 13 overs combined. The change of pace meant skipper Caitlin (1/1 off 1.5) took the last wicket. Manly was set with the task of chasing 67.
After losing an early wicket Hannah (24*) came to the crease to join Caitlin (29*). Between them, they were able to build a strong partnership and win us the game after 24 overs. This secured our double-bonus point win. Well done!
3 Points – Hannah Moss
2 Points – Lara Hughes
1 Point – Caitlin Du Preez