The Styleness Manly-Warringah District Cricket Club are excited by the challenge presented in Round 3 of the NSW Premier Cricket competition as they take on last year’s club championship winners, Sydney University. First grade produced a dominant batting display posting 6-461 declared with Sydney University 0-29 overnight. Hundreds to Ollie Davies (165) and Ryan Farrell (126) were the standout performances on the day. Second grade produced a strong team performance to bowl the students out for 222 on a very good batting strip. Manly finished at 1/47 due to some clean ball striking from Elliot Herd (42*). Third grade restricted the students to 145 at the end of the day with economical bowling. Griffin Lea backed up his hundred from Round 2 taking 5/35 off 26 overs. Fourth grade had a long day in the field with Sydney University posting 7/282 declared with Lachie Kerr being the standout performer with 3/43 . Manly lost two wickets before stumps to be 2/2 but have the potential to chase down the total considering the batting friendly surface. Fifth grade was able to take to the field after not playing any cricket for the past 3 weeks. The Tahs dismissed Sydney University for 219, Rochford with figures of 4/51, and are 0/8 in reply. Our second grade women’s team made history by being the first MWDCC side to play in the second grade women’s competition. They had a couple of losses on the day but have taken away valuable experience from the game. The third grade women’s side had a tough day at the office being bowled out for 57 chasing 211 set by Gordon. Finally, our PGs had a disappointing loss after setting North Sydney 240 for victory with Matt Brewster a standout with the bat (57) and Joel Foster and Josh Seward both taking 2 wickets each. Go Manly!
This week’s 4 Pines Player of the Week is Ollie Davies for his century in 1st grade’s dominant batting display against Sydney University. Ollie came to the crease at 2-81 and departed with the score at 364. His clean striking was on display from ball one getting off the mark with a boundary and continuing to reach the fence with fourteen 4s and seven 6s to his name before being dismissed for 165. He amassed a memorable 6th wicket partnership of 151 with Ryan Farrell who also went on to post a century.
Oli is an exciting prospect and has been earmarked for higher honours throughout the season. With performances like this, it’s not hard to see why he has bowling attacks worried all over NSW!
The day didn’t start off on the best foot with opener Logan Weston receiving a cracker first ball, but a good 81 run partnership between Jack (33) and Jay (54) had us back on track. Then came to the crease Ollie Davies to compile some of the best composure and ball striking most have seen. A few of the boys chipped in around Ollie (Beadle 22, Merchant 14) until Ollie and Faz came together to compile a 151 run partnership constantly putting the bowlers under pressure and putting us into a commanding position going into the last session. Davies then dismissed for 165 and Farrell still going. Some amazing ball striking from Ryan had us in a position where we could declare with the team on 461 (Farrell 126 not out) and have 9 overs at the opposition team to try and get a break through. Both Michaels opened up for us and on a flat wicket we had no luck in those 9 overs with the students finishing 0-29. Very successful day for the Tahs with some brilliant batting displays and easy viewing for the spectators at the ground. Big day ahead next week to try and get 10 wickets and with morale high in the group I’m sure we will be up for the occasion.
Manly lost the toss on a very flat wicket and were asked to bowl. Taylor started us off early with a wicket in his first over. Sydney Uni put on a partnership for the second wicket Tommy Kaye (1-15 off 7) came into the attack and was successful in breaking that partnership. Sully with good match awareness getting a run out soon after. Uni putting on another strong partnership Beatty (1-42 of 14), Jamison 0-24 off 10) , Wilson (1-25 of 11), Herd (2-38 off13), Hicks (2-34 off 13) all bowled well then Gainsford (1-37 off 13) with good accuracy and consistency managed to break the partnership, getting the batter out caught behind just before Tea. After tea is where the plans came together. Having Uni 4-174 on a wicket not offering much. Tahs stayed consistent and bowled to their plans getting wickets in quick intervals, taking catches and another brilliant run out by Sully at point with 1 wicket to aim at. Sydney Uni could only get to 222 in 80 overs.
With 13 overs left in the day Webber (2) and Herd (42*) opened the batting for the Tahs. Herdy scoring quickly showing his class and aggression early getting off the mark with a SIX! Hicksy (1*) came in as a nightwatchmen has big opportunity to bat all day next week. Tahs are 1/47 chasing 222
Third Grade Match Report – A Day in the Dirt.
A 10 part Odyssey of Round 3, Day 1 in the Sydney Cricket Associations 3rd Grade Mitchell Cup. MWDCC v SUCC at LM Graham Reserve.
Several debutant handshakes and applause coupled with the sight of a low, slow and overall sad looking deck at fortress Grahams proved enough of an excuse to avoid addressing the elephant on the field in the previous days activities. These boys have got a job to do. Warm ups, hot. Ground prep, tick. No signs of young gun Will Gustafson, we’ll allow it – Will spent all morning compiling his own unbeaten innings before spending his afternoon managing the grounds and supporting the team. He may well be the first to ask the last batsman out why they didn’t do something differently, but he’s also much better than us on the BOM whether required or not, so thanks again Will!
With not a single cloud across the country, 28⁰ come kick off and a thick gale from the North described by the lethargic slips cordon as ‘Nice’, finally – some cricket. McLachlan loses the toss as you can literally pinpoint the exact moment M. Counsell’s heart breaks. Inversely, a spring was reported in S.Hole’s step. The ecstasy and agony.
Go the Tah’s , up The Cowboys.
The 4th grade boys rocked up to St Pauls oval pretty optimistic of a good day’s cricket. St Pauls oval offering short boundaries, fast outfield and the M4 to bat on. Unfortunately, we lost the toss and bowled. The lads toiled hard in the first session with good tight bowling from Seward and Wigney, with Seward collecting the first wicket. Brewster and Kerr came on first change with no luck. Uni started to get on top of the 4’s boys and headed into tea looking the favourites at 1-160. After an abysmal feed from the hosts the 4’s boys came out firing with Lachie Kerr picking up 3 wickets, Jake Osborne burgling 2, as well as 2 for Seward. They declared on 271 and proceeded to send us in with 4 overs to face before the day came to a close. Jake Osborne and Nick Cohen opened up with an annoying task of facing the last 24 balls of the day. Unfortunately, Osborne shnicked off followed by Kerr, the night watchmen, meaning manly ended the day on a rough looking 2-1 off 4 overs, chasing 273 to win. Notable performances; L.Kerr 3/43, J.Osborne 2/61, J.Seward 2/21, Cohen 1*
The 5’s boys rocked up to the mighty Mike Pawley oval on Saturday. Another successful toss win by Rochie, and the decision was to send Sydney Uni in to bat. The first session was a very good one for the manly boys, it consisted of tight bowling from Ned Healy, Rochie and Toby Laughton who got us off to a good start as well as the breakthrough of the opening partnership which was taken by Dazza Buchanan. We had Sydney Uni 1-39 at the first drinks break. The plans were clear for after the first drinks break which was to restrict the runs and the wickets will follow. Dazza and Liam Dinan started us off after drinks, the pair followed on to continue the trend of the first session with tight lines with Dinan picking up a wicket. Melville showed what being consistent is all about with his 0-5 of 6 overs, which applied pressure onto the opposition which alternatively put the mighty 5’s boys in a very strong position coming into tea having Sydney Uni 2-79 after 39 overs. We knew that at the completion of the tea break that Sydney Uni would come out with the intent to score runs quickly as they had wickets in hand. Healy and Laughton commenced after the tea break, and just 4 overs into the the 3rd session Healy made the breakthrough, this wicket created a domino effect for the Sydney Uni batting line up. Rochford and Morley into the attack produced a 7-wicket bowling partnership, Morley (3-50 after 15) and Rochford (4-51 after 20). This bowling duo capitalised on the solid foundations that we had formed in the first 2 sessions leaving Sydney Uni scrambling for runs. The manly boys bowled Sydney Uni out for 219 after 73 overs. A very good effort from Manly. This left 5 overs until stumps, openers James Buchanan and Jack Melchiore looked calm and comfortable closing the day out, leaving Manly 0-8 at stumps. All in all a very successful day out for the 5’s boys which leaves us in a very good position for day 2 next week.
An eager and excited 2nd grade team arrived for early for breakfast to rid some of the pre-game jitters to start the day. It was a beautiful day at Graham’s Reserve with the second day pitch keeping the ball very low. Manly won the toss and sent St George in to bat. The nerves got to the girls which resulted in a fair amount of sundries and misfields. The spirits were pretty low at this stage with St George looking to be in a dominant position and likely to score a very high total. Then in comes Sienna James with consistent and phenomenal spin without much reward, but her vibrance lifted the team and set us up the next few wickets. Between her and Niamh Bullen’s redeeming in-swing, Manly’s spirits were lifted and we saw a few key wickets taken to lessen the momentum and run rate for St George-Sutherland. A screamer of a catch behind the wicket was the highlight of our fielding efforts. Well done Nat! We managed to keep St. George-Sutherland to 132 and our girls were sent in to bat.
Unfortunately our batting efforts did not lead us across the finish line. A notable innings from Niamh Bullen, Annabel Hutt and Kristie Crawford led them to receive the points for this round.
Well done girls.
3 – Niamh Bullen
2 – Annabel Hutt
1 – Kristie Crawford
Fielding: Nat Guyot (Wk)
We won the toss this game and went in to bat. Similarly to game 1, our batting efforts only led us to score a total of 78 runs. Another notable innings from Niamh Bullen who showed promise in her innings with strong and powerful strokes. Robyn Medley’s swing bowling was a highlight of game 2 which kept her figures strong and generated the early pressure we needed to place on Gordon. The tight bowling accompanied by our fielding intensity placed pressure on the batsman as more wickets were falling. After our opening bowlers moved from strength to strength with little reward, in came Niamh Bullen and Kristie Crawford with a crucial few wickets as the batsman started to get antsy with their consistency.
After a much better effort in the field, Manly managed to restrict Gordons’s total run score and we were only passed late in their innings. Jess Kaye received the fielding award for a run-out and catch behind the wicket off Kristie’s bowling. A fantastic first day of the season for the girls with much to learn from.
3- Niamh Bullen
2- Robyn Medley
Fielding: Jess Kaye (Wk)
It was a tough day down at Balgowlah Oval on Saturday as Manly Women’s 3rd Grade took on Gordon in their 2nd 40 over game of the season. Gordon won the toss and chose to bat, sending Manly out into the scorching 28 degree midday heat.
Despite some solid opening bowling from Lacey & Humphrey, including an almost Brett Lee-esque head height bouncer from Lacey, the top of the order Gordon batters held firm contributing the majority of their final run count in the first 12 overs. Sarah Gordon came through with the goods early in her spell, sending one of their opening batters firmly back to the sheds for 12. Next came a shaky start from the Gordon 4 and the pressure was all too much – a quick and straight ball from Lacey sent the middle stump flying and the Gordon player retreated sheepishly back to the boundary. A speedy swap of the keepers gloves saw superstar batter from last week Nat Guyot trade with debutant Brit Hazel Nichols, who went on to take 2 quick wickets.
An incredible direct hit at the stumps from Lacey caused a run out a few overs later – as well as a quality run out effort from Claire Waddington. The rest of the innings was subsequently littered with missed opportunities for Manly, a few dropped catches and (safe to say) a fair few sundries…. regardless, vibes were high all round with Kevin offering great chat / distractions in the field to club captain Renee Hough. Gordon finished their 40 overs at 211 -7.
At tea there was a change in the weather, perhaps an ominous sign of things to come. Some may call it the batting collapse part 2 after last week – others would refer to it as just “getting their eye in”. A good knock from club captain Renee Hough saw her with a handy 12 but sadly any “partnership” potentials were few and far between. Much the same as her love life.
Manly conveniently brought the game to a quick finish – allowing players and spectators alike to be in prime position for the early Rugby World Cup semi final between Australia & England. They were bowled out in 23.3 overs for just 57.
More to come yet from Manly – see you next week!
3 – Gemma Lacey
2 – Renee Hough
1 – Sarah Gordon
Fielding award – Hazel Nichols
The pg’s boys rocked up to manly oval in search for our first win of the season against the North Sydney bears. Openers Matt Brewster and Ned hole started off well hitting the bad balls to the boundary and the run rate only increases when newly appointed captain Ollie Davies came to the crease. Ollies explosive 6-hitting extravaganza ended and Brewster contributed to make a well compiled 50. Griffin Lea and Issi Vumbaca then came together throughout the middle overs knocking the ball around clinically and a slight tail wag lead the boys to a seemingly defendable 239.
Early with the ball Joel foster and Alex Bain hit good areas and looked to take the early wickets. Debutant Josh Seward Bowles extremely well getting two wickets bowled including a ripping Yorker , at 4/100 the manly boys believed that a squeeze in runs could of made it difficult in chasing the last 140 off 25 overs however the execution of our plans and smart batting from the opposition took the game out of our hands and north sydney managed to chase the runs with 9 balls left in the game.