What a weekend. 8 from 9 for the mighty Manly Warringah Waratahs.
Weekends like that don’t come around often, but when they do you need to savour the moment, then move on to the next assignment. That’s exactly what our Men and Women will be doing.
We only fell short by 1 wicket on a clean sweep. Brewer Shield probably didn’t score enough runs but gave it a red hot crack against Parramatta and brought the game to the wire.
Otherwise, it was victories all round. OUtrights in M1s and M5s, W3s with an amazing last over, last wicket victory, and W1s and W2s turning trcky run chases into fantastic wins.
We also got 1st Innings points in M2s, M3s and M4s, with M2s coming perilously close to also obtaining outright.
All the match reports have come in and they are below for your enjoyment.
One of our favourite players wins this weeks 4 Pines Men’s PLayer of the Week…. Ryan Hadley.
We have heard rumblings of Ryan being enemy number 1 of our media team, which the team neither confirms or denies. But one thing there is little doubt of is Had’s quality with ball in hand.
He lead the attack superbly all day, thundering in to take his first 5 wicket haul of the season. In fact it catapulted Ryan to 149 wickets for the club, only 1 away from 150.
Hads is an extremely popular club member and we are all extremely excited to see him doing so well.
Shivani Mehta was at her devastating best on Sunday, hitting a match winning 75* to bring victory to her first grade side and win herself the Seadrift Distillery Women’s Player of the week.
Batting at #3, Shivani came in within the first 2 overs and batted out the rest of the innings. SHe had support from her team mates, but in reality played a lone hand that was as good as we have seen. It’s her highest score for the club, but it won’t be for very long if she keeps batting that way.
nother beautiful Saturday shone down on the mighty manly boys. Declaring overnight before the start of the days play, we were ahead by 35. Manly boys took the field, with the Waratahs media team number one enemy, Ryan Hadley, taking the new ball alongside Josh Seward.
Hadley got to work quickly, dismissing the top 3 Hawks caught behind by Lenton. Seward impressed in his comeback game playing the holding role from the Raglan street end. On the national holiday in his honour, Jake “Ping” Carden nipped one through the defences of the Hawks number 4, rattling his stumps. Elliot Herd also chipped in with a cheeky LBW to bring the Hawks to 5 down before lunch. A brilliant morning session.
After lunch Manly Oval was treated to a continued onslaught with Hadley taking another 3, finishing the game with an outstanding and well deserved 6-46 off 17. Hads has clicked his game into another gear this season, bowling with formidable pace and accuracy over long spells. Elliot Herd had the ball on a string, spinning the rest of the tail into a wicket falling heap, finishing with 3-33. The close of the Hawkesbury innings gave us 132 to chase in 40 overs.
Beadle and Foster weathered the new ball storm. AB was dismissed by a world class hanger at mid on for 15, while Fireball Foz kicked on with the fearless leader Lenton. Foster passed 50 with class and aplomb, while Lenton smashed and crashed to all parts of the ground, bringing the outright win home with a few flashes of the willow.
With Foster and Lenton finishing with 58* and 57* respectively, another fantastic day came to a close for the Waratahs. A comprehensive history bringing us 10 points, as well as confidence in spades for the top of the table Tahs.
Our biggest challenge is yet to come in next week’s clash, squaring off against the Belvidere winners last year, Mosman.
3 Points – Ryan Hadley
2 Points – Jack Edwards
1 Point – Jay Lenton
ith first innings points wrapped up, and a lead of 40 runs the boys arrived at Grahams looking to pick up the remaining 9 wickets to push for an outright. Hicksy and TK went straight into work picking up early Hawks wickets. Some gritty batting on a good deck saw some resistance from Hawks.
With no intent shown by the opposition Jamo went to spin on at both ends hoping to entice some aggression. A great spell from Izzy saw him pick up 4 quick wickets with the Hawks all out 222, leaving Manly with a chase of 160 of 17 overs.
With 1s boys coming to support the chase, a super partnership between Ben Bryant (76) and Ned Hole (53) hitting the ball to all parts of the ground provided us a great platform and left us with 61 off 6 overs. Few late wickets from the Hawks ended any chance of an outright and a little too much for the boys.
Overall another great 6 points for the 2s boys.
3 Points – Ben Bryant
2 Points – Andrew Jamieson
1 Point – Isaiah Vumbaca
Defending a whopping 330 and on a mission for 10 crucial wickets to secure the ‘W’ the main grade rocked up to Benson’s Lane… well almost everyone. A 20min detour for the Dunnachie taxi (passengers included our opening bowling attack) due to DJ Sunshine’s preference to Spotifying the 7th rendition of “B.O.T.A” instead of watching the sat nav.
In the meantime Grade debutant Will Gustaf… Willy G, put the troops through their paces in the warm up (very early lunges) as the fast bowler rabble finally rolled in. A few words from the skip, noting it would take patient cricket with the ball to see us take 10 wickets, and the boys were ready to rock n roll.
On a hard and fast wicket, Matthew Sunshine and Michael Counsel opened up for the Tahs, both bowling with good pace and carry. A few nervy bouncers and a 1/2 chance gone missing in the cordon off Counsel, kept the Hawks opening pair at the crease, the Tahs unlucky not to have 1… enter Andrew Boulton.
Fresh from a year 10 formal the night before, (dancing shoes still on as he got to the ground) Bolts looked more confident than ever at the top of his mark. What proceeded, was an exceptional spell of patient, mature, pin-point accurate bowling from the youngster. Bolts picked up the 1st wicket (LBW) for the Tahs, and soon followed with a jaffa into the top of middle to claim the 2nd… the boys were on at 2/30.
Joining the bowling attack was taxi driver Evan Dunnachie, looking to find his rythym and dot up and end as Counsell took over from Bolts. Ev bowling in terrific partnership with Mick, allowed for the Counsel to get creative and find the edge and for Josh Cooper to take a cracking catch in gully (it came quickly!), Hawks 3/40… drinks.
Lachie T was introduced after drinks too see if the pitch would provide some turn to little avail and Hawkesbury seemed to be very much on the defensive. Needing an injection of energy into the game, Ev was brought back into the attack. After what seemed like the 4th maiden on the bounce, he saw red. This got everyone’s attention, the tails were up, even Bolts said something for the 1st time ever in the field.
The boys were up and about, buzzing in the field, and Matthew Sunshine capitalised with the breakthrough, a low catch to skipper S.Hole. Hawks 4/80odd… Tea.
This brought the Hawkesburry captain to the crease, who immediately showed no signs of playing for a draw, with some hard hitting from ball 1. However, an ever persistent Sunshine toiled hard, and was rewarded accordingly, nicking off the other stick for his 1st, Hawks 5/94.
From here the Tahs rotated through the bowling attack as the Hawks clawed back some momentum, their Skipper leading the charge with some big maximums and taking himself to 50 in what was an impressive knock. However, hot head Dunnachie had other ideas. Eventually trapping the skipper infront (LBW) and grabbing an ever so vital breakthrough at 6/180odd.
From here it was shoulder’s back Bolts who took charge. Not missing his mark, he picked up 2 in quick succession, a feather through to the keeper followed by one of the plumbest Golden Ducks I’ve seen for a while… yes, there were blow ups heard afterwards. Hawks 8/190odd.
After this it took a bit of grafting, but the Lachie Trewartha show capped off a terrific day for the main grade as he picked up the last 2. Clean bowled and a catch by brother Zac to finish off the day.
Hawkesbury succumbing for 220, a victory of 110 runs in what’s been the toughest test for 3s so far this year. Special mention to Andrew Boulton picking up 4fa and bowling the house down… you are very good at cricket, keep up the dancing.
Also huge thanks to our no. 1 supporter Neil ‘Noah’ Armstrong, runs drinks all day for us in a moon boot, it doesn’t go unnoticed and we really appreciate it mate… keep working on those shuttle times though.
Another 6pts, top of the table and momentum keeps rolling on for the mighty main grade, how good!
3 Points – Andrew Boulton
2 Points – Lachlan Charles
1 Point – Matt Sunshine
Team Song: World Cup – IShowSpeed
aving already secured 1st Innings points in the last few overs of the previous week, the Waratahs 4th Grade side were eager to push for an outright victory against the Hawks.
We batted on looking for quick runs, but lost too many wickets in the pursuit, and were eventually bowled out for 148, leaving a lead of 45.
From here on the day was about attrition. We couldn’t quite get the consistent breakthroughs needed to really put pressure on Hawkesbury.
Lachie Kerr was again a standout with 3 wickets, bowling with his usual pace. He was well supported by Hayden Williams, George Cumming and Adam Parkinson, all with 2 wickets each.
We bowled them out for 168 after 55 overs, but we just didn’t have the time or overs left in the day for any kind of pursuit. Stumps called, ut another 1st innings win for the table topping 4th Grade.
th grade had a nice flat pitch to score a few more runs on before declaring. Things didn’t go exactly to plan with the early loss of Waddo, Luke and Will but Keelan, who resumed on 74, found a good partner in Beau and they motored along adding 73 in good time. Keelan worked the ball beautifully into the gaps and it was a matter of time until he went back to back. A great century that put us in a commanding position. Beau had the axe out and chopped a well hit 38no which included some well timed square drives and cuts. Keelan didn’t look like getting out and finished with 118no.
This allowed us to declare at 221 with a 160 run lead. We had 59 overs to get 10 wickets. Waddo (4/47 off 18) got us an early one but to the Hawks credit they showed some determination and the early wickets didn’t come easily. Raj (2/33 off 13) got a smart C&B early in his spell to make it 2/40 but then they settled again and formed a good partnership. A smart catch in the slips off Raj got us back in it at 3/75 and from there it was a steady flow of wickets. Will Matheson (3/12 off 9) and Waddo did the damage bowling good lines at a lively pace and it was a matter of time. Cheered on by the 3rd grade boys we wrapped them up 9 down as they were missing a player and we walk away with 10 points. Worth the road trip.
3 Points – TBC
2 Points – TBC
1 Points – TBC
ith the first One-day match of the season came a victory for Manly’s W1s against Bankstown which featured 5 debut players presented with their baggy caps: Sophie Morris, Emma Thatcher, Lauren Kua, Mia Phelps, and Katie Letcher.
W1s captain, Mik, won the toss and sent Bankstown in to bat on a dreadfully windy day. The bowlers were extremely economical keeping Bankstown to only 160 after 50 overs, with Emma and Annabel each taking 1 wicket, Sophie with 2 wickets, and Mik being the pick of the bowlers with 3 after an exceptional closing spell taking 2 wickets in 2 balls.
Then came the chase.
As the day went on the pitch got more and more unpredictable in bounce, leading to the semi-collapse of the top order with 4 wickets being lost in the first 11 overs. But in came Shiv at 3, the anchor to the innings. With her exceptional knock of 75* off 104 balls, showcasing her maturity with the bat, she was able to rebuild the innings and steer W1s to a win to start off our One-day campaign. Of course Shiv was assisted by Charley, Katie, and Laura, all of which played patient innings as supporting roles, protecting their wickets being their primary focus, as well as ticking over the strike.
In the end we came out victorious, winning by 4 wickets, and gaining 1 bonus point .We hope to carry this victory into the following weeks and build our momentum through the upcoming One-day matches. We now turn our heads to next week where we face Campbelltown Camden at Graham Reserve.
3 Points – Shivani Mehta
2 Points – Mikaela Turik
1 Point – Sophie Morris
he old Navman left me down once again (for those following at home I seem to struggle with directions, I once ended up going across the Harbour Bridge and into Chinatown when we were playing at Neutral Bay). Anyway, I was thinking arriving at 8:30am to an away game is rather early. I left at 7:30am thinking I had time to burn but 3 wrong turns and 1 set of tears later, myself, Renee and Emily arrived at 8:55am (apologies). Nonetheless, we had arrived at Grahame Thomas Oval in Bankstown. After some belly breathing and a good warm up from Dunc (more like a workout) we got sent in for a bowl – Mia seems to believe that tails fail in New South Wales … but it never does (call tails next time x).
We bowled very tightly, giving the Bankstown batters not a lot to work with. Brooke took the first wicket, cleaning up the opener. After a bit of luck with the batter slipping while she was running, we took our 2nd wicket, a run out thrown in by Ash. Mia then got her 1st of 3, getting an LBW and 2 catches, caught by Sallie. Sallie then got a caught and bowled getting rid of the other opener who had stayed in for a long time. Sophie then threw an absolute rocket from the boundary getting a direct hit! Brooke then got her 2nd of 3, sending the batter for a golden after a screamer from Steph who was fielding at close midwicket. Renee got a wicket and Brooke then cleaned up the last wicket.
Defending 123, we were confident we were in a good position. Mia and Steph opened the innings up for us. Brooke came in at 3 showing a real class with her batting, bringing in Renee at 4. From there, Mia and Renee really showed their experience and batting class to keep us in a really good position. Mia departed for 38, bringing in Emily Horstead. Renee and Emily closed off the innings really well, both looking so confident at the crease.
All in all, was a great day for 2nd Grade getting back in the winner’s circle. For those still reading, I would like you to know there were no wrong turns or tears shed on the way home. Successful day I would say.
1 Point – Mia Nel
1 Point – Brooke Frew
1 Point – Sallie Molyneaux
1 Point – Renee Hough
1 Point – Stephanie Hughes
1 Point – Emily Horstead
ot and windy conditions the girls were keen to take on Parramatta at home. Renee won the toss and sent Parramatta into bat.
J Lo fired up and made it exceptionally hard for the openers to score a run. Not long after and Sophia C got a wicket brilliantly caught by Steph H. Followed quickly by an lbw.
Parramatta’s no 3 dug in and held her spot. Sally M continued the pressure with a brilliantly timed lbw and then a clean bowled by Renee H. Exceptional in the field with two runouts to Chloe B a screamer to Helen H on the boundary and catches by Lo and Hatfield. The final wickets to Sophia C and Chloe B.
Plenty of hydration and ready to roll with a chase of 156 runs. Some words of wisdom from Matt for the girls to switch on and get ready to attack the runs.
Chloe B and Steph H started steady and strong. Some great batting performances from the consistent Steph H 58no and Renee H 49no. Great support with a solid 10 from J Wilson. A close and stressful finish with Steph hitting a 4 in the last over with only 4 balls to go. A good day out and a win for the team.
2 Points – Renee Hough
2 Points – Steph Hughes
2 Points – Sophia Chick
n a day where the stitches on the ball nearly got blown off. A very windy but sunny LM Graham Reserve was the venue for a 50 over a side match against Parramatta. Manly needed a win to jump Parramatta on the table to second spot. Our skipper Caitlan won the toss and chose to bat first to get the runs on the board on what was looking like a very tricky day.
Caitlan Du Preez and Bella Zovi opened the Manly batting. Caitlin, facing the first ball of the day, played a solid defensive shot and soon after hit a perfectly timed boundary. From then on overs past with many dot balls and the odd single here and there.
Parramatta’s bowling was very accurate, and their fielding was very tight, and with the wind playing havoc with the ball, runs were difficult to get. Caitlin, trying to get the innings moving, charged at the spinner, and was unfortunately stumped, allowing Parramatta to take their first wicket of the innings. Hannah Moss then rolled in ready to score some runs for Manly. In the next over, Bella was sadly dismissed caught. Charlotte Croll came in, zipped through the rest of the over, smashing a wonderful four on the second ball she faced. Both of these girls upped the run rate as they defended the accurate balls and hit the rare bad ones- scoring an additional 1 or 2 runs every over. Over 17 was a good over due to Hannah’s well timed boundary shots and the many singles. Defending and rotating the strike allowed Manly to add more runs to our score, creating pressure for Parramatta. Unfortunately, we lost Hannah to some good bowling. Jazzy James came in. Jazzy and Charlotte were able to create a very good partnership of 25 until Charlotte was unfortunately dismissed after a very good innings of 32 runs off 35 balls. Great job Charlotte! Shae came in next and smashed a boundary not long after. Manly trying to up the run rate led to another wicket by Parramatta and Darcey Whitely came in pumped. Parramatta’s very tight fielding led to a run out with Darcey being dismissed. Annabelle Croll and Jazzy tied up a good partnership and rotated the strike very well for the next 10 overs. Jazzy was finally caught, after scoring 21 runs. Pressure was building and a call for more runs was asked from coach Bill and captain from the lower end of the batting list. Lara Hughes came in, facing very tight bowling against Parras leg spinners. We got our runs from byes and the great shots from Annabelle, soon getting dismissed by a catch at point. Olivia Champion was next in the batting list – ready to score. Soon, Parramatta took another wicket with Lara Hughes caught at square leg. Manly only at a score of 121 in over 37. Jaime came in next, aiming to stay in to play out the 50 overs, but unfortunately got dismissed by an LBW. It was quite difficult conditions out in the middle and now pumped for defending our score of 121.
Darcey Whiteley, opened the bowling, keeping the run rate low and tight. Captain Caitlan Du Preez displayed smart placement with the fielders, restricting them with pressure. Soon after, in over 3, Manly took the first wicket of the innings, with a great wikki catch from Shae from a wonderful ball from Darcey. A great start that Manly needed defending a small total. After Darcey and Catlin’s superb bowling partnership, Jazzy and Olivia took over and bowled accurately and tight. Soon, in the next few overs, Jazzy bowled a marvellous in-swinger, hitting the bails right off the stumps. OUT! The other opening batter has to go. A good start in the first 10 overs. Continuing the great bowling partnerships, Manly was looking pretty good! CRASH! Another wicket claimed by the Brewers, by Olivia. Everyone was cheering and the crowd was wild! 3 wickets down already. As the overs progressed, Manly was desperate for another wicket. Hannah came on and knocked the stumps out of the ground with a brilliant pace ball. Lara then came on and was hoping to get some cheap, early wickets. And she did! A caught and bowled! With already half of the batters gone, it was looking great for Manly. Hannah came on again, bowling extremely tight, soon followed by Charlotte, who took a great LBW. Everyone was cheering and Bill was on the edge of his seat. Soon with Lara bowling her overs, another wicket fell with a great, high catch from Darcey at mid-on. There were only 3 wickets left for Manly to get, and not many runs for Parramatta to chase. Darcey came back on, with again, some very tight bowling. Laras offie’s had been difficult for Parra’s batters. A full ball slammed into the batter’s pad. The whole Brewers team appealing and screaming – the umpire’s finger slowly raised. OUT! A threefa for Lara, and now only 2 wickets to get to win the match. Darcey came back on again, with her extremely tight swing bowling. WIth Manly losing their voices from another great appeal. The umpire’s finger was again raised for another LBW. The crowd was on their toes and Bill was up and about.1 more wicket to get. Parra to get 2 runs. Everyone was encouraging each other and the pressure was building. Another bowling change to try and ice the game. Unfortunately, Parra got the 2 runs and we ended up losing by 1 wicket. A really close and good game in terrible conditions. We can all hold our heads up high, it could have gone either way. Anyway, next week is Illawarra and it’s on!
3 Points – Charlotte Croll
2 Points – Lara Hughes
1 Point – Jazzy James