Excellent weekend for the Manly Warringah Waratahs with 5 from 7 across the weekend. With plenty of rain around and no play across much of Sydney, we were able to get all our 4 home games up, resulting in 2 bonus point plus 3 other convincing victories.
It was a real bonus for our Men with the 2 wins coming with most of Sydney not getting on on Saturday, putting both sides right back up the ladder. Big credit to Gene Ngamu and his staff of groundsman who were phenomenal in getting us up at Manly Oval and Grahams. Shows what good facilities and good people can do.
While W2’s were well beaten, both W1s and Brewers showed that they will be contenders at the end of the season with big wins. Our big guns stood up in both games, allowing the sides to dominate the scoreboard
In no surprise to any, this weeks Men’s 4 Pines Player of the Week is the powerhouse first grade skipper, Jay Lenton.
Just weeks after a dominant hundred against Randwick, Jay has yet again climbed into another huge first grade hundred, reaching 120* off a mere 86 balls. Jay controlled the innings with composure and great temperament, before hammering some monster bombs in the final few overs to lead Manly to a match winning 229 off 31 overs.
The crowd that watched this unfold were in absolute awe of the clean ball striking, before Jay yet again lifted his lid, in what seems to be déjà vu over the past few years especially.
Post such an incredible knock, an unbelievable statistic has arisen in the clubs very deep history. Jay’s average of 44.27 is the highest average for any player that has scored above 4,500 runs. What an unbelievable achievement for a player with many years left in his career. We can’t wait to see Jay continue to write himself into the Manly history books, with hopefully a few trophies tucked away in his arsenal. Congratulations Jay!
The well deserved Seadrift Distillery Women’s Player of the Week for Round 3 is up and coming all-rounder Eliza Henry. Eliza was a force to be reckoned with in the Brewer Shield match against Gordon on Sunday, delivering a great performance both with bat, ball and in the field.
Turning up to Manly Oval we thought that it was going to be a tough day to get some cricket in with puddles all around the ground and further rain on the radar. However, after a few hours of super sopping (especially from SOK) and good weather, we managed to get on at 2:30 and a 31 over game per innings.
A slow start with the bat and a few early wickets had us 3-80 odd before a Jay Lenton masterclass took place. An innings of calculation and skill accompanied by brutal power hitting, it was one of Jay’s best hundreds for the club in my opinion. He showed not only his amazing ability but also true cricketing smarts finishing with 120* off 86 balls. At the other end he was aptly supported by English recruit Tom Lammonby who finished with 45* off 26 balls and the total of 229.
With the ball we dominated from the start, taking regular wickets and putting the Bears batters under immense pressure in the field. We had them 6-83 when rain finally came yet again followed by bad light which left the Manly boys well in front on DLS so we took the 6 points. A great day had and a dominant win.
3 Points – Jay Lenton
2 Points – Tom Lammonby
1 Point – Greg West
3s rocked up to Grahams on depressing cold morning expecting no cricket to be played. With a break in the rain and some eager work with the super sopper, a reduced game of 42 overs was ready to be played.
Manly loss the toss and was sent into bat on green wicket with plenty in it for the bowlers. A few controversial decisions saw Manly lose regular wickets but a great batting display from Zach Trewartha (59) saw the boys post a defendable total of 172.
With still plenty left in the wicket, all Manly bowlers bowled with great discipline and control. Josh Wigney ( 2/8), Neal Prowse (1/8), Michael Counsell (1/18) and the standout Alex Bain (3/11), backed up by some great efforts in the field saw the opposition bowled out for 50 as Manly win with a bonus point.
3 Points – Zach Trewartha
2 Points – Alex Bain
1 Point – Neal Prowse
Coming off a big win yesterday against North Sydney that secured a spot in the top 6, our focus shifted to the t20 competition. Following a loss and a wash out in the first two rounds, the remaining three fixtures are must wins if we are a chance for finals.
Batting first we yet again lost two wickets quickly and were on the back foot in the power play. Lenton and Farrell had a small partnership before we lost another two wickets in quick succession. At 4-56 we knew we needed to scrape our way to somewhere near 150. Bryant and Farrell combined for a 70 run partnership to get us back in the game, Bryant the main run scorer with an incredible 62 from 43 balls. His efforts got us to 143 from our 20 overs.
From ball one, the bowlers did a fantastic job at restricting the easts from scoring. We picked up wickets at regular intervals throughout the first 10 overs and from there the game was ours. The pick of the bowlers had to be our Englishman Tim Lamington with remarkable figures of 4-9 off his 4 overs.
Special mention to our big guy Mickey Edwards. It’s been an incredibly tough 12-18 months for Mickey with his injury struggles, to see him out on the field again and celebrating a win with his mates was great to watch. Glad to have you back Michael!
PG’S were at a cold manly oval eager to face Eastern Suburbs. Manly, lead by Joel Davis, lost the toss and were sent in to have a bowl. The boys started strong and restricted Easts to 125. Jack Hobson was a standout with 2-19 off his four overs.
Chasing 125 for victory manly needed to set a good foundation. Unfortunately no major partnerships were formed and the boys never got going. Josh Seward was the pick of the batter with 47. He fought his way through a tough bowling attack giving manly a chance and josh cooper with 13*. We ended up on 8-96. The boys will be back next week ready to face North Sydney.
Coming off a week a washouts and poor weather, we were up against Gordon Women’s at L.M Graham Reserve. It was a cloudy looking day with the hope that no rain would cause any disruption to the game.
Mikaela lost the toss, and we were sent into bat. Annie and Shiv opened the batting and laid a steady start for us with both batters hitting some powerful strokes to the boundary. Unfortunately, Shiv was unable to put away a poor delivery and was caught out with Saskia coming to the crease at 3. With some poor luck both Annie and Saskia were dismissed off full tosses straight to Gordon’s fielders.
Fortunately, Mikaela and Charley were able to build a solid partnership with Mikaela scoring 35 off 30. Mikaela was dismissed in the second last over which brought Laura to the crease. Laura finished off the innings with some hard hitting and great running with Charley who ended up on 21* off 32, setting Gordon a solid 119 for victory.
Annie and Laura opened the bowling and were very consistent, not allowing Gordon to get away from Manly in the powerplay. Gordon remained steady and dot balls were building, with Laura claiming the first breakthrough via an LBW, which was her first wicket in grade. This lifted the energy of the Manly girls with Shivani and Mikaela coming on first change. Gordon started to build a partnership; however, the runs were not flowing as quickly as they would have liked. Mikaela claimed the big wicket of their opener which completely changed the game causing havoc for the Gordon batters in which runs dried up and wickets started to continue to fall. As wickets fell, Zara Shipp claimed her first wicket-keeping dismissal via a run out from the arm of Annie.
Overall, Manly asserted their dominance and put in an all-round great team effort. This takes the team to number 1 on the ladder and looking forward to the top of the table clash with Penrith next week at Howell Oval for our first 50-over match of the season.
3 Points – Mikaela Turik
2 Points: Laura Judson
1 Point: Charley Camburn
Arriving at grahams after some rain in the morning, 2s were crossing their fingers and toes that the rain stayed away for the rest of the day. I won the toss and chose to bat on the green wicket to try and avoid Duckworth Lewis if there was rain. Kristie and I went into bat again the newly formed Gordon north Sydney.
The first over or so looked good, taking some quick runs on the fast outfield. We then lost 3 quick wickets of Kristie Crawford, Chloe Osborne and Claire Waddington for not many runs. Renee Hough came in and a partnership looked like it was forming. Renee hit some quick boundaries to try and bring up our total but then was run out. I then got out after hitting it straight to the bowler and our lower order held on for a bit.
We scored a few more boundaries but lost too many wickets and put up a score of 69 which was a low total to defend but not impossible. Mia Waddington and Kristie opened the bowling with tight bowling and little runs from both ends.
We started strong with lots of energy and sharp fielding. Jess and Ellen Hall came on, but the Gordon batters were set and we were struggling to take wickets. Chloe and Jazzy then came onto bowl with spin coming from both ends looking for wickets.
Gordon/North Sydney were at a similar total to us at 10 over, but had loss a lot less wickets. Jazzy took the first break through, with the batter hitting it directly to mid off, and Chloe took 2 quick wickets, one stunning catch by Mia Nel and another bowled. Although they had a slow run rate, our small total was easy as our bowling wasn’t tight enough and we couldn’t keep any partnerships. Although it was a tough loss, there were some positives and we have lots to work on for our first 50 over game next week against Penrith at Manly Oval.
3 Points – TBC
2 Points – TBC
1 Point – TBS
All the girls arrived at 8 at Grahams for a home game against Gordon. Once everyone arrived, we went to look at the pitch which was very hard to see because it blended in with the field. It was so green! After a very thorough warm up we lost the toss and were sent in to bowl, which was our original decision!
We started off the game strong with Sophie (0/8) and Darcey (0/11) opening the bowling putting pressure onto the opening batters. Jazzy (0/10) and Maya (0/9) bowled next change, bringing some spin in to mix it up. Eliza (2/13) and Mia (0/12) then came in to bowl more spin. Shae got an amazing stumping off Eliza’s bowling bringing us our first wicket.
With less than 5 overs to go and Gordon only having around 60 runs, we brought Brooke (1/12) and Emily (0/7) on with pace to finish off strong. During the feilding Eliza took 2 run outs which were both direct hits and needed wickets. At the end of the innings we managed to keep Gordon down to 84 off 20 overs.
With a 15 minute interchange the girls were eager to go out and have a hit. Chasing 84 runs we were really confident. Caitlin (6) and Emily (18) opened the batting, starting off slow, respecting the good balls and smashing the bad balls. After a few overs Caitlin was caught behind the wickets with an edge.
Eliza (25*) then came in ready to hit some runs and finish the game off. The Brewer girls keeping well above the run rate only had a few more runs to get. Emily later was bowled but played a very good part in putting runs on the board. Brooke (19*) with all confidence went to join Eliza out in the middle. During the 12th over we got the runs with an extra bonus point.
Great game girls!
3 Points – Eliza Henry
2 Points – Emily Horstead
1 Point – Brooke Frew