The Manly-Warringah Waratahs are looking forward to another big weekend of cricket, which includes a history making Women’s first grade fixture, round one for the lower grades and the beginning of the Men’s T20 campaign.
Manly will be fielding a Women’s first grade team for the first time since 1983/84 and will be facing Northern Districts at Manly Oval this Sunday afternoon after the Men’s first grade T20. Sarah Turner and Shivani Mehta don’t have to wait long to face their former club joining Manly from Northern Districts for the new Season. Another new member in the squad is local junior Saskia Horley who returns after spending her grade career at Gordon thus far, Saskia brings some great experience to the side after representing the Sydney Thunder over the past few seasons. She had a terrific premier cricket season last time out averaging 50 with the bat and 18 with the Ball.
Premiership winning captain Mikaela Turik will again lead the side this season which includes many familiar faces from last season’s success. Charley Camburn, Annabel Hutt, Zara Shipp, Kate Salmon, Laura Judson, Natalie Jonkers and Chelsea Mclerie make up the rest of the side for round one.
All Men’s teams will face Randwick-Peterhsam
Men’s first grade will be looking to bounce back after their disappointing round one result against NDs, they will head to Coogee Oval on Saturday to face a Randwick side who also had a disappointing round one. In some exciting news for the club English first class batsmen Tom Lammonby is expected to be named to make his Debut for the Tahs, Lammonby plies his trade for Somerset in the County Championship and already has 19 first class matches to his name at just 21 years of age. These two sides will then meet again on Sunday at the beautiful Manly Oval for the beginning of the T20 season, first ball will be bowled at 12:45pm.
Andrew Jamieson and his second-grade side will be looking for back-to-back victories when they welcome Randwick to Manly Oval on Saturday. Jacob O’Sullivan impressed with the bat in round one with a classy 72 whilst young seamer Josh Seward was the pick of the bowlers. Their opponents Randwick fell just short of Mosman’s 275 in round one and will be a tough opponent.
Sam Hole (3rd Grade), Adam Gummer (4th Grade) and Reiley Dunlop will lead their sides out for the start of the new season for the lower grades. Our 3rd grade side is historically our most successful grade winning 9 premierships with the last one coming in the 2014/15 season. 4th grade will be looking to bounce back this season after a disappointing 15th placed finish last season, they will be regularly captained by Andrew Rochford this season but in his absence last season skipper Adam Gummer will be taking the reins. Reiley Dunlop gets the opportunity to captain 5th grade this weekend as they start their season in a hope to return to finals cricket after just falling short last season.
Enjoy your weekend of cricket and Up The Tahs!