4 Pines Player of the week – Nick McLachlan
It then obviously became a four innings game and we set about rolling Bankstown for a low total to bring ourselves back into it. Unfortunately we didn’t pick up our first wicket until the score had reached 40, however we worked our way back into it with the score being 5-87 at one stage. Bankstown then put together a big partnership and hit out towards the end of the day, eventually declaring at 9-246. Nicko’s was the star with the ball, ripping through the dogs middle and lower order with some lethal swing bowling. It was great to see his confidence rise as the wickets fell, and by the end of his spell it felt like he was a chance of taking a wicket every ball he bowled. He eventually finished with 7-37 off 13.5, while Viss and Bucky were the other wicket takers with one each. Although he didn’t take a wicket, debutant Diserens bowled extremely well, particularly early in his spell. He definitely proved he can cut it at this level and no doubt has the potential to
play rep cricket in the future.
We were left with 7 overs at the end of the day to see out, and unfortunately we finished the day 1 down. It was important we showed up on Sunday with the right attitude and a willingness to tough it out and to ensure we didn’t get beaten outright. As in the first innings Crossy led from the front and scored an excellent 123 in four hours to bat ourselves to safety. We ended up just losing two wickets in the day and play was called at tea with our total 3-223.
Overall it was a disappointing loss and performance with the bat on Saturday, however we just have to learn from it and make sure it doesn’t happen again. We now switch to one-day mode for the next four games, so hopefully we will be able to have plenty of success in that competition.
Winning the toss and batting, the Dogs were in trouble early at 3-15 thanks to quality opening spells from Mickey “Falcor” Edwards and Taylor Beatty. Falcor in particular was unplayable on the quick and nippy surface, so he proceeded to let the opposition know exactly how good he is (i.e. Their God). News of Mickey’s antics quickly travelled around the grounds and provided a good talking point after the game. Despite being behind the 8 ball, the number 3 and 4 of the Bankstown Baseball XI decided to throw the bat, and luck was on their side as the pressure was turned back on the Tahs. It continued this way for the remainder of the innings, and despite Mitch Pugh’s best efforts of nippy meds in the middle overs, the Dogs tail wagged and they managed to scrap their way to an impressive 305.
At the change of innings, we talked about the importance of getting yourself in on that pitch, while we we also forced to listen to Jarrod Walter’s usual dribble. Pughy and Walts opened up and looked the goods until Mitch knicked off for 16. This brought Flat to the crease, who showed his class from the start with some fluent drives and smart nurdling. Sam Webber then replaced Walts, and worked hard with Flappy to put us where we wanted to be after 25 overs – 3-130. However, things went astray from here, with Shwebby and Flat (71) departing, followed by a significant middle order collapse. It showed a lack of accountability from the middle order, with Doochman’s skippers cameo the only shining light in an otherwise below par back-end of our innings.
We ended up being rolled for 230 odd with 5 overs to go, and will need to re-group for Paramatta next week. If this side plays to their potential, we are definite premiership contenders!
3rd Grade – Manly 8/246 (J.Rawlings 83, R.Farrell 36) beat Bankstown 172 (R.Davis 3/26, N.Toomey 3/52)
The main grade rocked up to the ever beautiful scenery of Sydney’s west with an overwhelming eagerness to roll the doggies.
The day kicked off with Jarrid “Ralphy” Rawlings and Max Burgess opening up, in which they set a solid platform before Max was dismissed by Bankstowns very own Ralph Wiggum. Jarrod, like all good bats followed his fallen counterpart halfway off the field, good from you Thicks.
Ryan Farrell and Ralphy slaved away against Bankstowns attack and after a few encouraging words from Craig “Jeanie” Little the boys lifted the run rate drastically. Ryan fell for a very well compiled 36 with batting becoming difficult through not being able to decipher which wiggum was which. In brought Arshdeep, who immediately kept the run rate going with 18 of the very best off one over. As Ash fell, in came Jeanie to keep the runs flowing and also to support Ralphy up the other end who was putting on a marvellous display of skill. Our batting came to a close at 8/249 (pack em scorers) with Ralphy top scoring with 83 of the best. Well done Thicks, the bloke can play the short ball.
With the soothing sound of an alarm ringing in the background, Bankstowns boys came out blazing in their dig going at 6 an
over for the first 10, until both openers were snared by some tight bowling. The wickets fell at regular intervals through some great bowling by Nick MT, Jeanie and Ronnie Davis and with their efforts the game was sealed.
4th Grade – Manly 5/289 (B. D’Arcy 80, S.Hole 65, M. Alexander 36no. D. Reynolds 30) beat Bankstown 8/154 (D. Reynolds 3/30, D. Marshall 2/30, J. Graham 2/14)
4th grade are starting to play some excellent cricket with a perfectly played game on Saturday. Grahams was grassy but we did not hesitate to bat. Ross (26) and Bill (80 run out) got us off to a solid start in conditions that could have been described as difficult if more balls were in the right areas. Plenty of wides were on offer and we got away to a good start before Ross played over their offie to make it 1/57 from 16. Sam (65) and Bill then go about creating a great partnership of 119 in 23 overs. The running between wickets improved and most bad balls were being dealt with. The partnership split was first 60 runs took 15 overs and the next 60 took 8 overs. This put us at 2/176 in the 39th after Bill ran himself out for a great 80. Once he got the not so subtle message from the captain to have a go, he batted excellently and really upped his strike rate. Well played. Matt Cole (6) is in a difficult position and unselfishly smacks a ball well but hard and flat to deep mid on. Sam follows soon after for a very positive 65 made in 26 overs. This is the sort of stuff that lays a great platform for our middle order and they did not disappoint with 104 runs coming in the last 10 overs, with Reynolds (30) again striking the ball cleanly, Alexander (36no) striking some cleanly and some not so and Evans (13no) making a 5 ball cameo.
We got off to a cracking start with the ball with Brad Wilson (1/23 from 10) and Reynolds (3/41 from 10) reducing them to 4/3, Danny having 3/2 at one stage. Bankstown never had a go and limped their way to 8/154 from the 50 ensuring we got the bonus point. All bowlers chipped in, particularly pleasing was the flight and guile of Dylan Marshall who bowled better than his 2/35 from 10 straight. A great come back. Also producing some pace and nasty bounce from a short run was Matt Alexander (0/20 from 5) who had his first bowl for the year. Great signs from both of these blokes. Jacob Graham again proved his worth with a bustling spell into the breeze to finish with 2/14 from 9 overs. He bowls a good length for one dayers and is leading the way. Evans bowled tidily to have 0/17 from 6.
All up a convincing win and with two more good sessions this week we should go well against Parramatta.
5th Grade – Manly 6/210 (T.Poole 60no, J.Mason 49, W.Outred 48) beat Bankstown 4/206 (W.Outred 2/31)
They finished the innings with 206 which we thought was a bit short considering the fast outfield and small boundary.
We started off our innings with quick runs from Joel Mason and Hamish Ferguson. Hamo soon fell for a few and then Maso fell a few overs later for 49. Tommy Kelly and Toby Poole put on a few runs then tommy was run out. John Warn then entered and fell quickly with us losing two quick wickets. Jake Carden then entered and put on a few with pooley then soon fell with us 5 for around 100. Will Outred and Pooley batted really well and steered the boys to 190 before Will got out for a well deserved 48. Zach T then came in and him and pooley put the boys over the line with 7 overs to spare. Pooley ended up with 60 odd.
Manly for manly! 6 points!