Coming back from a wet week one last week, the Manly boys toiled hard and got the better of Easts in conditions that proved beneficial in some grades but less so in others. 1st grade, and in particular Mickey Edwards were ruthless in their route of the remainder of Easts batting order before a clinical chase saw Easts asked to pat again in hopes of an outright. On the other hand, 2nd grade failed to substantially grow their total overnight and were beaten by 4 wickets. After limping to a little over 100 on a juicy wicket last week thanks to 40 from batting all-rounder Andrew Jamieson, Easts reeled passed the target of 137 with the six wickets shared bar two to Jamo.
3s endured a frustrating draw as Easts, confident of their seemingly unshakeable hold on the minor premiership, elected to bat out as much of the day as possible. Despite a spirited chase led by Matt Brewster 79* and Jacob O’Sullivan 59* the day came to a close with Manly dominant at 1-173. Karma did the job on Easts anyway as Sydney Uni won outright, jumping Easts and bumping them off top spot. 4s also made the most of difficult conditions to post a respectable 193 thanks to 60 from the younger Davies (Joel) and an unbeaten 50* from Jimmy Crombie. The negativity of Easts 3rd grade was apparently contagious as despite ample wickets in hand, Easts 4th grades showed similar reluctance to pursue a victory and never really attempted an assault on what was a very par score on a deck that had flattened out nicely from earlier. A revitalised 5th grade skippered by club favourite Roscoe Trewartha had an awesome outright win that demonstrated the outstanding talent in the side. Spearheaded by outstanding bowling from youngsters Jack Hobson and Lachie Trewartha the meagre 103 for an outright victory was mowed down in just 13 overs courtesy of a Jake Osborne masterclass as he battered a swashbuckling 77.
Despite tough competition from Jimmy Crombie’s unbeaten 50* in 4th grade and Jake Osborne’s blistering 77 in 5th grade, this weeks’ 4 Pines Player of the Week award goes to young Jack Hobson in 5th grade for his outstanding bowling performances. His 5-12 off 8 overs in the first innings along with his 2-12 off 5 in the second really opened the door for 5th Grade’s outstanding outright victory at Mike Pawley Oval. Opening the bowling, Jack and fellow young gun Josh Seward ripped apart Easts top order, rolling them for just 95 off 31 overs. After a rapid, successful 21-over run chase and prompt declaration only 2 runs ahead, Jack went on to take two more, breaking important partnerships that again revitalised Manly’s hopes for a shot at the 10 points. Thanks to a red-hot 77 from Jake Osborne, the 104 required was attained in just 13 overs. After a couple of disappointing losses recently, this outright win truly reflects the talent in this side and keeps alive this chances (albeit slim) of this talented 5th Grade side sneaking into the finals.
Day 2 Report
Resuming play with Easts at 6/79 on a beautiful Manly wicket, Mickey Edwards continued his form from last week to pick up a further 2 wickets and broke a crucial 7th wicket partnership. He ended with figures of 7/40 off 22 overs and unlucky not to get 8 wickets with a dropped catch in the slips. Well done to the big quick on his maiden 5 wicket haul for Manly 1st grade.
Ryan Hadley finished off the tail and Easts were bowled out for 125 of 53 overs. All bowlers bowled with discipline and patience and it’s a clear reflection on the scorecard.
Openers Ryan Farrell and Logan Weston were dismissed early by a fiery spell of fast bowling from Stuart Meaker and Henry Thornton. Meaker who has played for England and Thornton who is a Blues Rookie removed the openers in quick fashion with the score on 2/8. The Pressure was on!
The experience duo of Skipper Jay Lenton and Ahillen Beadle battled hard to lunch at 2/44. An important period after lunch was required by both teams and fortunately for Manly, this partnership continued to 89. Beadle out on 38 with the score on 3/97.
Young gun Ollie Davies and Lenton made sure to work hard to finish the innings and the skipper declared passing their score on 3/131.
Special Mention to Jay Lenton who batted with a broken finger and displayed maturity throughout his innings and ended up with 52 not out to guide Manly home. Ollie finished with 25 not out off just 30 balls.
With 72 overs to ball, we declared searching for Maximum (10) points but the opposition had other ideas with their 2nd innings play as we didn’t pick up quick wickets to continue play.
Easts ended up on 1/79 as we shook hands to seal 1st innings (6) points.
Up the Tahs!!
Rocking up to Waverley Oval, the boys had high hopes of an unlikely must-win game to keep our season alive. Seeing a green wicket the boys were keen to get stuck in. With Starry and Jamo continuing on from last week the boys got us off to a great start, hitting boundaries and giving us momentum. Unfortunately Jamo was bowled out, bringing the self-proclaimed Sir Donald Bradman (Brad Wilson) – the man with no average to the crease. A continuation of boundary hitting continued but was short-lived when Starry was caught.
With the boys coming into the sheds the boys were keen to give it a red-hot crack with the ball. Jamo and Maxy Webs took the new ball with great effect and both of them taking wickets early into easts innings with Jamo getting 2 bowled and maxy LBW setting up the boys for a great fight. Tommy Kaye and Hicksy taking over with the ball and the boys continued to apply pressure with plenty of play and misses and catches not going to hand. The boys still fought hard and following on with gainsy and Herdy taking over and continued to apply the pressure with both of them taking wickets. Wilson then came in and bowled superbly with some luck taking a wicket and keeping us in the fight. Unfortunately the wicket started to flatten out and making it more difficult for the boys to take wickets. But credit to the boys where it is due, all 11 blokes on the field fought to the very end and took the game as deep as possible and unfortunately the boys were unable to get the victory. The pick of the bowlers were jamo with figures 2-27 off 14 closely followed by Herdy, gainsy, wilso and maxy all taking a wicket each. The boys now taking on Blacktown next weekend the lads are keen to finish the season off with a bang.
The main grade rolled up to Grahams to be met with a pristine outfield covered with nice dew. Reasoning: 120 overs of glorious cricket awaited. As the boys spiked up the distant noise of a dirt bike could be heard as Micky Counsell raced towards Grahams, the early start a struggle for some.No fatigue was present, however as play began with Easts 2/24.
From the outset it was clear on what the opposition had in mind, little risks and minimal scoring. With a draw on the cards their skipper batted rather well with a number of their top order. The boys toiled hard for the first breakthrough, which came about courtesy of Ryan Bishop Perrets 101st wicket for the Tahs, a genuine schnick, far too much nibble for the Eastern Suburbs number 4. At around 4/100, the match was delicately poised, their captain was removed for 83 by an Alex Bain seed, stumps obliterated and boy was he pleased!
A number of 50/50 calls went against the Tahs and to cap off a frustrating morning Isaiah Vumbaca was robbed of an important dismissal before lunch. With some tight and patient bowling the boys grinded away and Easts batted patiently before Jake Carden took numbers 5 and 6 in the space of two balls with consecutive ‘sneakers’ – very classy from the wily veteran. Nickos was becoming quite frustrated by the lack of intent to make a game out of the day from the Eastern suburbs boys, and much to the dismay of the batsmen, began listing his demands. It seemed to work however and they showed a smidgeon of intent.
With Easts believing all they needed for the minor premiership was 1 point they were content with a draw, however a flurry of quick wickets saw the tail dismantled and the total required by the tahs was 237 in 45 overs. With the news that results had gone our way at Tea the decision was made to block out the day and bat smartly with the plan of taking a point, and punishing Easts for their negative attitude by batting them into submission all day.
Sam Hole and Matt Brewster strode to the crease before Sam was judged LBW for a well-made 29 in a decision that left onlookers wondering whether the Lutze family had had some involvement. Once the opposition had finished picking the splinters of Sam’s Gun and Moore bat out of the ball, O’Sullivan arrived at the crease. Jacob O’Sullivan. Remember the name, this kid is gonna be something special! Matt and Jacob carried out the demands of the skipper to a tee. Grahams resembled the M2 and the pair planned on cashing in and making Easts pay. A number of drives and cuts from Brewster and flicks and sweeps from Sul kept the scoring flowing freely. As both boys passed 50 and the partnership reached 130 the day came to a close, O’Sullivan finishing on 59* and Brewster 79*, a fine day of batting. A draw was enough for the Tahs to just need a win to lock in 3rd in the final game of the season against Blacktown.
But it’s funny how cricket works isn’t it? Sydney Uni in 2nd below Easts bowled out Sutherland twice in an afternoon to clinch an outright win and move above Easts… if only it could’ve been avoided… Oh wait it could have – the Manly boys getting the last laugh as the record moves to 7 undefeated on the bounce.
Go the Tahs!
The Manly boys were back at Trumper Park. After all the rain we had the week before we only managed to get 2 balls in the following week, with a total of 2 runs. So day 2 was extended to 120 over.
There was always going to be a bit in the deck early on in the day, which definitely showed with 5 out of the dismissed behind the wicket or bowled. This defiantly got us out of a bit of trouble, with Joel Davies and Dom Wheeler coming together to get us back on track. Joel put together a crucial inning showing of his skills with a real batting masterclass to keep manly in the chase. Dom got us through a rough patch before falling to a good delivery which bought Jimmy to the crease. Joel then fell shortly caught behind for 60 . Jimmy combined with bottom order, with a few of the boys throwing the willow to get some quick runs. This got us to a competitive total. He was 50 not out after the fall of the last wicket which brought the score to 193 off 64 overs.
With 56 overs left in the day we knew we needed to bowl well to get all 10 wickets. Moffatt and Wigney opened up bowling tight lines. There were plenty of plays and misses with both unlucky not to get any early wickets. After showing us how it was done with bat Jimmy came on and showed how it’s done with ball snaring the first wicket for the Tahs. With conditions favouring the batsman with wicket having flattened out, it made it hard for our bowlers to get any wickets. We knew we just had to be patient and bowl tight areas to bring a wicket. This is what Graham did holding up one end with his perfect consistent lines for 18 overs. His figures of 1-40 didn’t do his outstanding spell justice, with at least half of is balls being plays and misses. He along with Gummer and Davies partnered up to reduce Easts to 4-110. Easts showed intent in very small patches, with a bit of luck going their way. In the end Manly only ended up having them 7-184 with the game ending up in a draw.
Still one game left in the year. Would be good to win the last game wrapping up the season before hopefully moving into the finals.
5th grade returned to Mike Pawley Oval needing an outright victory to remain a mathematical chance of a finals dream. And outright victory was what we achieved, comprehensively defeating a struggling Eastern Suburbs outfit. After an inspiring team talk on Thursday by captain Ross Trewartha the boys showed up to Curl Curl with a spring in there step (except for Sam Jones who stumbled in at 8:45 half asleep). Everything went right for the Manly boys winning the toss and bowling on what appeared to be a good batting pitch.
Jack Hobson and Josh Seward got the boys off to the perfect start and after a wicket to Sam Jones Easts were 6/30. Eventually crawling to 96. Jack Hobson the clear pick of the bowlers with 5/12. Manly swiftly chased down the runs with cameos from Duly and Jones before immediately declaring and putting the pressure right on the Easts batting lineup.
Hobson again got the boys off to the perfect start with a wicket in his second over before Lachie Trewartha took control. Taking the game on from ball one Lachie took 6/40 off 14 overs to help bowl out Easts again for 105. With another 105 needed off the remaining 24 overs of the day Jake Osborne went on the counter attack scoring an embarrassingly devastating 74 off 30. Manly eventually chasing down the score 2 down after only 13 overs. A great day for the Manly boys lead by the bowling group. Onwards and upwards to Blacktown.
Round 13 and 14 in the Third grade T20 competition saw us travel out to Tonbridge Oval against bottom placed Universities Gold. They have some good players but are struggling for numbers of late. They only had 7 players for today’s games. They were going to find it hard so we lent them two fielders for the duration of our innings.
Uni won the toss and elected to bowl. The Hough sisters opened up with a 20 run partnership. Renee soon started to middle the ball hitting 5 boundaries in her 23 before she was dismissed with the score on 43. Kristie continued the onslaught in partnership with Issy. We lost a few wickets in the middle of the innings with Kristie out for 27 and Abbey Taylor, Sienna and Nat all ticking the run rate over and a handy run-a-ball 18 at the end from Chelsea got us to 8/131 off our 20 overs.
Chelsea and Robyn started the innings off well with 2 wickets and 3 maidens between them in the first 6 overs. Claire and Mia then bowled well with Claire picking up her first wicket in grade cricket with a good catch to Chelsea in the covers.
Kristie and Alecia finished off the inning with Kriste clean bowling their top scorer for the match and Alecia picking up 2 wickets for 1 run off her two overs with Sienna and Nat taking the catches.
The second T20 match saw Uni win the toss again and elect to bowl. We got off to a flyer this time with Nat and Robyn both retiring. Nat 33 off 32 and Robyn 31 off 22. Claire and Mia came in to continue the fine batting. Claire was the first wicket to fall at 109 when she was run out for 17. Her top score in her debut season. Mia also retired 31 off 20 balls. The remaining batters took some risks to keep the runs ticking over and we finished 4/154 off 20 overs. Our highest total this year in the T20 comp.
Sienna and Renee opened the bowling with Sienna taking a wicket in the first over. Just the start we needed. She picked up another wicket soon after and at 2/11 Uni needed a miracle to chase down the big total. They put on a bit of a partnership but Kristie got the next wicket with the last ball of her first over and then another with the first ball of her next over and didn’t realise she was on a hat-trick. Nevertheless, the next ball was right on target but the Uni batter survived.
We only needed 2 more wickets to bowl them out and Uni were now looking to bat out the day and restrict our additional bonus points. Robyn picked up a late wicket however but Uni gold finished on 5/76 off their 20 overs.
A great performance by all the team based on some great batting at the start, some tight bowling and 5 catches in the match for Mia (two of which were as a substitute fielder for Universities).
This keeps us in third position and a semi-final match up against Gordon next week.
A warm sunny day and a slow and dewy Weldon Oval outfield had Manly thinking win the toss and bowl. This time returning skipper Mia Nel lost the toss and we were sent in by Parramatta. This would be a tough test as Parramatta, though a little undermanned, had convincingly won both of their first games.
After the early loss of Caitlin Du Preez, bowled by Parra captain Lucy Wilson, Ellie James joined opener Emily Horstead and the innings steadied. Emily departed in the 10th over with the score now 2-26. Kate Salmon then teamed up with Ellie as they paced each other to put on a crucial partnership of 68. They both retired not out, Kate on 31 in the 18th over and Ellie on 33 in the 19th over. Ellie’s second consecutive 30 plus score. Double figure scores from Mia, Maya Nicey and Jessica Manning supported by some quick running from Jazzy James had us continue to build to our total to 9-170 off our 35 overs.
Lunch was again a star of the day and we thank all of the Manly contributors. Well-fed Manly took the field with an air of confidence after a good team effort with bat.
Caitlin made the early break through, dismissing their opener Tate caught by Eliza Henry, to take her first MWDCC wicket. After Ellie dismissed the Parramatta captain caught by Ruby Gruber at keeper, Parramatta progressed to be 2-55 when their other opener retired not out on 30. Two on target deliveries from Steph Hughes and a smart stumping by Ruby off Sallie Molyneux’s offies quickly had the score in the Tah’s favour at 5-65.
At this point Emily decided it was time to wrap the match up quickly. In her first over Emily bowled the Parramatta number 8 and then fielding at fine leg in the following over threw out the remaining two wickets (first a direct hit and then an assist with keeper Ruby). We had rolled Parramatta for 73 in the 25th over.
Coach Ross Denny was well pleased with the efforts of our ‘baby Brewers’. With news of victory from Manly Oval he was proud to inform the girls that they had again created history, as part of our first Women’s undefeated weekend across 3rd Grade, U18’s and U15’s! Go Manly!
Ellie James 33no, Kate Salmon 31no. Stephanie Hughes 2 wickets for 5 and Emily Horstead 1 wicket for 3.
Back at L.M. Graham Reserve next week to face another tough test against the undefeated Gordon.
Brewer Shield girls were relishing the return to Manly Oval for their clash with UTS North Sydney. We won the toss and elected to bowl on a hard wicket with a light green tinge on top knowing the wicket will play well all day.
Laura and Jasmin started the attack with typical straight lines limiting the loose balls. Jasmin and Sienna followed with more of the same except the opening batters seemed up to the task. It wasn’t until they foolishly tried to take a second run on Robyn’s arm that we got the breakthrough with a clean run out assisted by Nat with the gloves.
Sienna was getting some bounce and turn and then picked up two more quick wickets including the big wicket of their captain and former Manly player Genevieve O’Brien. Jess Mulcahy then came in from the Sydney Rd end to clean bowl 2 of the North Sydney middle order batters.
Abbey Melville then picked up where Sienna left off at the other end taking the 6th wicket with a sharp catch diving forward by Jasmin. Mia Waddington brought herself on to bowl after Jess and after a series of maidens picked up an LBW. At 7-74 North Sydney North Sydney’s tail might have wagged with their number 4 and former Manly player Amelia Sim still at the crease and starting to look confident. However, a direct hit from Jess ran Amelia out and then Mia and Robyn cleaned up the rest to have UTS North Sydney all out from 86 in the 31st over.
With 40 overs to get the required 87 runs we know full bonus points were on offer but needed to get the win first. Nat and Chloe got us off to the solid start we needed. Both were looking comfortable until Nat played all around one to be LBW. Robyn then came in and survived a big shout of LBW first ball. After that though she never looked back.
Any loose ball was plundered to the boundary with Robyn and Chloe guiding us past the target. Batting on for bonus points we set about trying to lift the run rate to achieve the 100 run lead and full point on offer. When Chloe was stumped the score was on 109 and ticking over quite well. Hannah and Gemma came in and played some nice shots before both being bowled while Robyn kept going on past her previous top score. We achieved the 100 run lead in the 34th over with Robyn unbeaten on 90 off 87 balls.