4 Pines Player of the week – Adam Crosthwaite 108
1st Grade – Manly 4/249 ( A.Crosthwaite 108, A Beadle 79no, J Ritchie 34) lost to CC 4/253 (N.Buck 2/66, M. Visser 2/34)
First grade suffered their worst loss of the season against the ghosts on Saturday. After losing the toss and being sent in on a good wicket, we lost two early wickets. We recovered with the 3rd wicket falling at 105. It was then the Crossy and AB show, with both players hitting the ball beautifully to all parts of the ground. It was great to see Crossy back in form scoring a quality 108 from 177 deliveries. AB continued his excellent season with the bat to remain 79 not out after 85 deliveries.
We declared after 62 overs on 4-249. This was probably slightly short of our goal, however was still a lot of runs. Due to Campbelltowns fast over rate, there were still 60 overs left in the day as we started our job in the field.
Bucky struck twice in the early overs to leave Campbelltown reeling at 2-15. We lost our way somewhat here with Campbelltown scoring freely at about 6 an over without having to take any risks. The introduction of debutant Visser had the desired effect with the 3rd wicket falling on 73. Unfortunately this was about as good as things got for the Manly boys as the Coyte brothers took the score to 179 before Visser struck again. Campbelltown ended up passing our score 4 down after 44 overs. The wickets were obviously shared two each between Buck and Visser who was the pick of the bowlers on his debut, showing the value of bowling a consistent line and length and building pressure.
It was an early start at manly oval on Saturday resulting in a number of late fines but conditions were looking promising. After a brutal day the previous Saturday, the mighty second grade waratahs were looking to dig their heels in against a formidable Campbelltown-Camden attack. Resuming our second innings at 4/40 overnight, things were looking promising when Bilal and Pughy got off to a solid start. Unfortunately Mitch was undone by a good piece of bowling for deceptively valuable 6. To the crease came Sammy Webber who was the batting hero of the day. Bil and Sam put on about 50 until Bil was dismissed for 49. Sammy then made the tail wag with him to compile 87 of the best and to get the team to a very defendable 204.
The Manly boys knew they had a real shot at winning on second innings if they bowled well. We started slow with two early poles before the first drinks break with both opening bowlers taking one each. After drinks Mickey Edward lit up with the stage with an aggressive spell of fast bowling which was exactly what the waratahs needed. He skittled their captain with an outstanding Yorker then Luke Grant came on and snared a couple which had the ghosts reeling at 5/90. A small partnership developed until Mickey was brought back into the attack as he bumped out their set number 4. The Manly boys smelt blood in the water and Campbelltown consistently lost wickets to be 9/151 so the game looked sewed up. Their number 9 had had enough by this point and just teed off. He ended up batting Campbelltown to an outright victory going at over 5 runs an over for the last 10 overs. The Manly boys were shattered.
Although the outright result seems all doom and gloom, there were some encouraging signs to take away. Mickey Edward’s brutal fast bowling (3/59) and Sammy Webber’s captains knock of 87 were brilliant individual performances and the team rallied really well to get into a position to win the game. This loss will only make us a better side.
3rd Grade – Manly 9dec 213 (R.Farrell 46, C.Little 47, R.Trewartha 35) lost to CC 6/215 (N.Toomey 2/61, C.Little 2/56, R.Davis 2/26)
Lost the toss and being put in for a Bat on a Greenish deck which definately had something in it early on in the day. Maxy and Rosco started us off. Maxy(9) departing early being the first victim of the day. Ryan farrel coming in at no 3 showed his class playing his game. Rosco went for 35 looked really solid chipped one to mid on. Lance joined faz in the middle played a few good shots and then went for 20 with a good rock. Sammy G came out got an absolute jaffer swinging in and seaming out taking out off stump. Ash (13) got caught at mid on trying to go over. Genie joined Ryan in the middle and played an aggressive innings scoring quickly. Good to see you getting some runs skip. Ryan went for a patiently made 46 trying to guide one through 1st slips hands. Joshie (3), little (47),davis (12) got out playing agressive shots. Sammy A and Nickos getting us to 9/213 dec after 65 over.
Had 55overs to bowl cambeltown out to win the match. Toomey and Virdi opened up the bowling. Genie bowling the 4th over and pick up the first wicket for the tahs. partnerships were building up by the cambeltown batsman. Specially 3rd wicket partnership was a 100 runs. Just couldnt get wickets in a regular interval. They did bat well in the end. They passed us in the 55th over 6th down in the end it was good to see the manly boys putting in their best when the wicket went flatter and outfield went quicker.
An exceptional catch by the young Sammy G put us back in the game.
Toomey, little and Ronnie picking up 2 wickets each
4th Grade – Manly 9dec 229 (D.Reynolds 43, W.Evans 34no, A.Baker 33, S.Hole 33) lost to Campbelltown 9/231 (S.Hole 4/67, D reynolds 2/41)
Manly can never be accused of home ground advantage with the CC boys no doubt liking the look of the heavily rolled, straw coloured pitch and quick outfield. After battling hard the previous week to reach 6/150 on a seamers wicket with long outfield we batted on for 13 overs with Reynolds (43) and Evans (34no) keeping the score ticking over. A decalaration left the Ghosts with 230 from 65 to get.
Reynolds is hitting the ball as cleanly as anyone at the moment and he should play a big role in the upcoming one dayers.
Wilson (0/41) and Reynolds (2/41) opened and a leg side flick saw us get an early one. Unfortunately the pitch was so flat no one managed to move the ball around which made it hard to get wickets. Good pressure though saw the required run rate lift to over 4rpo and this led to a few wickets, with Aidan getting a snick and Sam Hole bowling beautifully, well flighted balls (not much spin though, beacause the deck was pretty flat). Wickets started to consistently fall. if it was a true one dayer we would have won easily but I felt we had to keep CC in it with attacking fields (slips all day, 2 around the bat, not many patrolling the deep). This led to some easy, at times risky, runs but I would prefer that then having to dig out 3 or 4 wickets on this wicket in the last 15 overs.
As it turned out we got it pretty right with 2 balls to go, no.11 on strike and 2 to win. The pitch was still flat if you were wondering. We had our chance to win the game at this point but we failed to execute a simple run out and somehow CC got the 6 points despite being clearly the inferior team.
Never mind, we have a team here that won’t lose too many more if we continue to train hard. Some shuffling of the bating order may be required in the one dayers as the top order has not been firing yet. Some good signs this week with plenty of starts but we need some top 6 bats to go on with it.
150 to 200 was a pass score given the conditions, so we were well short.
With the ball and in the field, we were excellent. Pete Lindsay bowled unchanged to pick up 4 for 40, Zac 2 for 34 and Ben 2 for 20.At 1 stage we had the Ghosts 7 for 62 and were buzzing. We had the chance to seal the deal, but fell just short.
Great catching and a Zac direct hit, showed the hours of fielding work put in are paying off. Aiden behind the stumps on debut was solid. I can see a big future for this young man.
They declared 9 down and we went back out for some batting practice. The wicket flattened out and we looked much better.Hamish completed a good game with a stylish 69 and Tom batted well to be 53no. All too late though, as the captains agreed to call a halt to the game with the Tahs 4 for 130