Saturday saw our W3s showing their Premiership credentials, gaining their first-ever win over Gordon to go to the top of the table, while our Men stumbled slightly with only 1 win across the 5 grades. M1s were defeated fairly comfortably despite 74 from Jack Edwards. M2s drew a tight game they probably should have won, the top order all getting starts but not quite going on with it, Josh Seward the best with the ball with 3fa. 3s suffered a close 1-wicket loss after an attacking declaration while M4s made it 2 in a row, mainly thanks to a brilliant 69 from Lachie Kerr. M5s also suffered a close 2-wicket loss.
The Burdekin Women’s Player of the Week goes to keeper Steph Hughes for an impressive 4 catches over the weekend. Steph also scored 22 runs for W3s on Saturday and backed up to play for W2s way out in Campbelltown. Steph also receives the award for her huge training efforts and consistent performances in W3s over the season.
It was a great weekend for the girls and Steph was only one of many stellar performances, with Kristie Crawford 3/2, Sienna James 3/22, 64 runs for Charley Camburn and 60 runs for Mikaela Turik.
Well done everyone and go Manly!
A surprisingly moist Old Kings was to host the now 50 over fixture against Parramatta. Losing the toss and being sent in the boys were reasonably happy to set Parra a total. Even happier was the local cafe who got an absolute thumping on Uber Eats, not so much for the drivers who battled a boom gate all morning.
Jack and Ben got off to another solid start, something they’ve been making a habit of recently before Benny chipped one to mid wicket ending the opening stand of 62. Ollie as always looked positive and took the game on while Jack was steady at the other end. Ollie fell, soon after so did the in touch skipper Lenton and suddenly Parra were right back in the fixture. Farrell chipped in again with a steady score of 46, but unfortunately, the lads just struggled a little to really kick on at the back end.
Parra took this momentum into their batting, blasting some huge blows out of the park to have control of the game from the outset of the second innings. Kaye produced a good seed to remove the opening stick, Herd was good as he has been all year partnering SOK and Ollie took his opportunity with the ball.
Unfortunately, as it is in cricket sometimes, it just wasn’t enough with the bat and we didn’t do enough with the ball. Clinging on to third spot the boys will be ready and raring to go to try and secure a home final.
3 points – Jack Edwards
2 points – Steve O’Keefe
1 point – Ryan Farrell
The 2s boys turned up to a beautiful manly oval with 120 to play. New skipper Andrew Hicks won the toss and elected to bowl.
The Parramatta side were running 6th so they were definitely on the hunt for 6 points to lock in a finals spot. We started off awesomely with the ball having Parra 4-18 15 overs into the day. Which included one of the rarest catches you’ll ever see on a cricket field, Ned Hole taking one at bat-pad with is eyes closed and in between his elbows! Insane! Unfortunately, we didn’t capitalize as much as we wanted to with a few of there batsmen sticking around to eventually end all out for 219.
The equation, 55 overs to score 220. We started off awesomely with Brewster and Hole getting us to 2-118. We then managed to get ourselves to 4-184 requiring 36 off the last 10 overs of the day. From there we lost a few quick wickets with much of our middle to lower order being dismissed cheaply. With Ahillen Beadle at one end we still knew we were a chance. 11 required off the last over, 8 down, AB still in. The first four balls, 3,1,3,1. 3 needed off the last 2 balls. AB was dismissed leaving it to Andrew Hicks. Last ball of the day Hicks tickles one down the short fine leg. 1 run. After all that we finished 1 run short, and a draw.
We were a bit dissatisfied after that knowing that we definitely could have won. Anyway, on to next week as we travel to Sutherland.
Third grade had an early start in Merrylands against Parramatta on Saturday morning after having the weekend before washed out. We then lost the toss and Parramatta sent us in to bat.
With openers Max Webber and Sam Webber giving us a good opening partnership with Max Webber scoring a quality 47 and Sam Webber getting 34. Max and Sam were dismissed which brought Dom Wheeler and Lachlan Charles to the crease and Dom scoring a very good to watch 66. Once Dom was out, we lost a couple of quick wickets with Jake Osborne teeing off a bit at the back end of our innings to get us to a total score of 205 before we declared. This allowed us 65 overs at Parramatta.
We then went on to have a bowl with Parramatta making it tough for us to get the first breakthrough. Michael Counsell took the first wicket with the Manly boys toiling away at the Parramatta batsmen and getting some wickets here and there. With all the bowlers bowling tidy spells with some chances going down in the field and Michael Counsell and Ryan Bishop-Perret also taking few wickets. The Parramatta batsmen still got away with runs and taking it down to the last over with Parramatta needing 4 off the last over. Ryan took another wicket in the last over making it even for the teams, then the batsmen scoring the last 3 runs to win the game.
On a beautiful day at the mighty Graham’s Reserve the 4th grade boys rocked up hoping to secure some crucial club champs points. After losing the toss (again), we were sent in to bat on what appeared a typical Graham’s wicket. Low, slow and tough to start on.
Skipper Gumms and debutant Lachlan “Russell” Coyte got us off to a steady start with some watchful and patient batting at the top. We made our way fairly comfortably to 50 odd before losing a few wickets in clumps to find ourselves at 5-96. Enter the star of the day, Lachie Kerr, who batted out of his skin to make a match-winning 69 in quick time. His innings was a mixture of some smart singles and some simply magical bombs. He was very well supported by Lush at the other end. We made a sporting declaration at 7/209 after 65 overs and were ready to rip in with the ball.
Both openers tightened the screws early with Glyn and Hobbo both finishing their opening spells with 1 each. Waddo jr came on and found the demons in the Graham’s wicket, breaking a crucial partnership with what can only be described as a mully grubber that bowled their number 3. He proceeded to bowl an excellent spell, taking 2 more poles to finish with 3fa on the day. As the game drifted and Parramatta didn’t really have a go, we took wickets in regular intervals. Their number 8 came out and looked to go big quickly, and managed to get onto a few, before being removed by a piece of brilliance from Alec Duly to run him out. From there, they shut up shop and attempted to bat for the draw, only for Gumms to come on and snag a couple including the match-winner from a specky at short leg by the man of the day Kerry.
A great win for the boys in a show of what this 4th-grade unit is truly capable of.
5th grade were out Castle Hill for a reduced 120 over game against Parramatta. The boys were ready for a tough day of cricket but were up for the challenge. The wicket looked a tad wet and resulted in the umpires making the decision to start 30 mins later. Skipper Andrew Rochford unfortunately loss the toss and Manly were sent into bat.
An early wicket saw Manly 1 down early. Josh Cooper arrived at the crease and soon after was dismissed for 2. Another consecutive wicket saw Manly in a tough position at 3 down. Andrew Boulton and Daimon Smith looked to steady the ship and stop the flow of wickets. Andrew Boulton was then dismissed for 10 and brought in Roop Dhillon to the crease. Roop and Daimon put on a 40 run partnership and looked in complete control at the crease. After a good fight back from Roop and Daimon, Daimon was dismissed for a well made 33. Evan joined Roop at the crease and showed his intent early, hitting two boundaries early. Evan was then dismissed for 15. Roop was later dismissed for a well-fought 31. Manly’s tail then scrapped our way to 127 and left Parramatta with 56 overs to bat.
Evan Dunnachie and Andrew Boulton opened the bowling. Evan picking up a wicket first ball of the game. Evan and Andrew bowled well in a partnership and beat the outside edge multiple of times, unlucky to take another wicket. Skipper Andrew Rochford came on first change and looked threatening, bowling tight lines and troubling the batsmen. Liam Dinan then came on and bowled a consistent full and straight line. At drinks Parramatta were 1-24 after 17. After drinks Manly bowled really well and kept them under 2 an over. Raj Ganeshraj looked dangerous but luck wasn’t our way. Parramatta looked in control through the middle overs and were keeping the scoreboard ticking along. at 1-66 Parramatta were looking comfortable but 2 quick wickets to Andrew Boulton and Raj Ganejsraj put Manly back in the game. Consecutive wickets fell and saw Parramatta at 7-103. Game on. Manly had bowled well but a couple of good shots saw Parramatta closer to victory. Evan Dunnachie is brought into the attack and picks up a wicket. Parramatta were 8-115, requiring 12 to win. A big six from a tail-ender put Parramatta in a good position to win and ended up winning the game at 8-128.
Unfortunate result but well fought and no doubt the boys will bounce back next week.
This weekend the women’s 2s team made the long car ride out to Raby Oval to take on Campbelltown-Camden who were sitting at 3rd on the ladder. Mik won the toss once again and decided to bat. Another great second wicket stand between Charlie and Mik (116 run partnership) gave us an amazing start. Charlie top scored for the match with 64, with Mik scoring 60. Niamh and Kristie made some quick runs scoring 10 each, bringing us to a solid total of 180 off our 50 overs.
The bowling innings started strongly with opening bowlers Mia and Annabel taking the wickets of the opening batters. From then it was a great display with the ball, Nat taking 2, Sienna taking 3 and Kristie taking 3 to bowl them out for 72 in 35 overs! Overall, it was a strong performance from the whole team gaining both bonus points moving us back to the top of the ladder 🙂
Starting off the day with a cheeky team breakfast at the chaos cafe had the third-grade team bouncing with energy and ready to roll Gordon for the win at Forsyth Park.
Surely having the toss rigged or something Renee lost and sent in our batters for the first innings. Starting us off to a good start Mia and Sallie opened the batting getting 30 runs before Mia is run out with 21 runs off 16 balls. Jasmin in at number 3 is quickly dismissed after 10 balls by an absolute rubbish call from the umpire sending her back to the sheds with a rubber duck. Next in was Steph but not long after Sallie was caught out but Renee in at 5 stabilised our batting. Getting a solid partnership Steph was then bowled out for 22 runs off 41 balls coming in at number six was cam Pryor also being robbed a century was bowled out after 9 balls. Jess Kaye and Renee looking very comfortable until Renee was caught out with 39 runs off 62 balls sending Sarah in with jess. Gathering up some last remaining runs Sarah was caught out for 8 sending Charlotte in getting her pb of 7 runs while Jess also getting a cheeky 18 runs.
Having a long warm-up and an inspirational speech from the skipper Renee our bowling attack started with Charlotte and Jasmin. Gordon crumbling under Charlotte’s pace she ended up gathering 3 for 33 off 7 overs and Jasmin taking one of their biggest hitters with 1 for 21 off 7. It was looking pretty doubtful when Gordons best batter had her eye in with an extremely small boundary, it was lucky she retired on 50 for now. With Sallie and Sarah both gathering another 2 wickets each and Steph on fire with her keeping, Gordon was getting a tiny bit mad so they started yelling at our young fielders on the boundary. Not to worry Jess and Renee made sure they had the last word as they obviously don’t know the rules, the rule book is only $23.75 i’ll have to send it to them. Tension was high as the retired batter came back and was still smacking us around. They needed 9 runs to win and we needed 1 more wicket, Renee puts Mia back on and first ball of the over the strong batter was on strike, luckily she only gets a single and we end up having 5 balls for the weaker batter. She blocking every ball not raking any risks until the last ball of the over she hits it up, there’s 3 girls around it and you hear Steph scream and then there just silence, she gets the last wicket. Manly is hysterical Mia and Steph are jumping and screaming the team all joins them and celebrate, we get a 8 run victory over Gordon and Mia scrapes up 2 wickets for 27 runs off 7.5 overs.
What a game, very proud girlies x
This weeks match sent Brewer Shield girls to Birchgrove Oval for a tough game against the top of the table Sydney.
Our captain Nat Guyot loss the toss and we were sent into bat, with Ruby and Mia starting the day. With Ruby being dismissed early, Nat was sent in at number 3 but being cut short from a shocking call from the umpire sending Guyot back to the shed only hitting 7 runs off 26 balls. Shortly Mia and Chloe got a small partnership going but with another dodgy call Mia was dismissed with the top score of the day with 21 runs off 50 balls…
Ellie James in at number 5 being the second person to reach double digits with 14 runs off 50 balls before getting bowled just after the 15 over drinks, reaching to the lower end of the batting order there weren’t many runs scored before Manly is bowled out for 81 runs.
After lunch, our bowlers were ready for the attack with Chelsea and Jess opening the bowling, followed up by Gemma and Charlotte as the first change. Sydney getting our score after 16 overs with no wickets lost was very hard to swallow, it was a hard day at the office. This now leaves us on 4th on the ladder, Shoutout to Charlotte Amber on debut for Brewer shield and Emily Hatfield on debut for Manly Warringah.