A day of what could have been for the Manly Warringah gentlemen in Round 9. Three from five victories but so close to much more. 1s weren’t quite able to come away with the win. There was a good batting performance from Logan Weston (75), Ryan Farrell (66) and Sam Gainsford (54) but we weren’t good enough with the ball despite the best efforts late of Mickey Edwards. We had a chance to win in final over but unfortunately didn’t take it. 2s had a huge bonus point victory thanks to a ton from Jacob O’Sullivan. Taylor Beatty then ripped the heart out of the Warriors top order to win by 180 runs. Outside of being 0/49, 3rd grade were never in it with our middle order failing and our bowlers not quite getting it done. 4s had a great win led by Neal Prowse with both bat and ball and Josh Seward with the ball. While 5s had an amazing victory, coming back from 8/108 to chase 161, winning by 1 wicket. Go Manly!
This week’s 4 Pines Player of the Week is Jacob O’Sullivan for his match-winning knock of 112 in our 2nd grade side. Jacob is a local junior who has made his way up through the grades and is making a real impression in 2nd grade. Over the past few rounds his fielding has stood out with a number of direct hit runouts from point but this week his batting put the side in a commanding position.
It is his second hundred for the club and his first in second grade. The team was elated to see him performing to his potential. We are looking forward to watching Sully pile on more runs throughout the season and hopefully push for higher honours!
The Manly boys arrived at Blacktowns home ground ready for a tough game but ready for the challenge. The wicket looked a fraction green so we lost the toss and batted, a stiff decision early saw us 1 down early. Logan combined with Greeny to steady the ship. Unfortunately Greeny was bowled for 17, bringing Farrell to the crease where the pair of them batted very well for a partnership just under 100. Logan 75 and Farrell 66. Cam Merchant and Joel Foster provided 18 and 15 respectively as we looked to accelerate. Sam Gainsford then came out and belted the ball to all parts to notch 54 off 34, an innings that show cased what he is capable of. As a whole Blacktown bowled quite well and the score of 274 seemed competitive.
Mickey and Viss opened up and bowled well without luck. The Blacktown batsmen rode their luck and with some fielding a tad below what we are capable of they got off to a good start. Ryan Hadley then bagged two in an over to bust the game open and Brewster bagged a debut dismissal. The next three batsmen for Blacktown batted quite well picking up singles and putting away the bad ball to really put them in a good position to win. Needing a spark to get back into the game Mickey Edwards came on and bowled very well to claim 4 relatively quick wickets putting the pressure back on Blacktown. Unfortunately some missed chances turned out to be costly as Blacktown got home 9 down with two balls remaining.
A tough result to take but the boys will bounce back next week against North Sydney.
3 – Logan Weston
2 – Ryan Farrell
1 – Mickey Edwards
Fielding Award – Chris Green
The 2s boys welcomed in the new year with a green looking wicket and rainy skies at Manly oval. With Jamo due to finally win a toss the boys were keen to get stuck into the second half of the season with ball in hand.
Yep you guessed it…. we lost the toss and were set into bat. You couldn’t get a much stronger relationship at the top of the order when Tom Kaye and Max Webber walked out to the middle, this relationship was put to the ultimate test not long after with a mix up resulting in Maxy getting run out early on. Sully joined Tom at the crease and these two put on an absolute masterclass, getting through a tough first session, and then with rotation of strike and power hitting they put the Blacktown bowlers and fielders under enormous amounts of pressure. Sully batted beautifully and with a bit of luck on 90 he cashed in to hit a spectacular ton! The deep, Griffin ‘the best thing out of Toronto’ Lea and Andrew ‘I love to win tosses’ Jamieson finished of the innings with some entertaining hitting, with the score ending up at 5/283 from the 50 overs.
After a number of luckless bowling efforts the tide definitely turned inside the first 6 overs with Taylor picking up 4 and Jake picking up 3 in a devastating opening spell which left the away side in all sorts of trouble at 7/28, Blacktown put on a bit of a partnership for the 8th wicket but when an Isaiah Vumbaca run out got the breakthrough it wasn’t long until it was all over with Blacktown dismissed for just 104, Ash and Griffin picking up the final two wickets.
A big win for the side hopefully getting the season back on track, Bring on Norths next week!
3 – Jacob O’Sullivan
2 – Taylor Beatty
1 – Jake Carden
Fielding Award – Sam Webber
For round 9 the Manly boys were away playing against Blacktown. We won the toss and elected to bat first on a wicket that had a good covering of grass, but was hard under foot. We knew it was going to be tough early on and knew we had to get through the new ball.
Openers Zach Trewartha and Sam Hole got us off to a good start putting on a strong partnership. This was short lived when Zach skied one and Sam caught off guard with a good short ball. It wasn’t the best day for the rest of our top order with the next 5 batsmen unable to get over 20. Nick how ever came in and made a crucial 28 to keep us in the game. He batted with the lower order to get us to 144. We knew that we were still in the game, but just had to get a few early on.
From the start It was tough from us to get a wicket early on with all edges going through gaps, and catches dropping just past our fielders. Before Micky Counsell getting 2 wickets in his first over which gave us the breakthrough we needed to clean up the rest of them. Unfortunately their number 3 bought up one of the scratchiest fifties you’ll ever see to bring them the win. We will defiantly come out fighting next week and learn from the mistakes we made on the weekend.
We have a really strong side, it just wasn’t our day on Saturday. We can only look forward and give it our all for the rest of the season
3 – Josh Wigney
2 – Michael Counsell
1 – Zach Trewartha
Fielding Award – Zach Trewartha
Coming back after the Christmas break the mighty 4s had to take their opportunities if they want to contend for the top 6 come March this year and the second half of the season got off to the perfect start with a win over the 4th placed Blacktown. Arriving to a new green and flat wicket captain Gummer won the toss and bowled first. A decision hardly ever seen at Graham’s. It payed dividends however and quickly Blacktown were reduced to 5/50. With small partnerships Blacktown finally crawled to 163 all out. Wickets shared in a strong bowling display. The second innings got off to a strong start with Gummer and Cohen setting the tone before both fell in quick succession. Prousey came to the wicket with determination and began to build a partnership with Duly before he fell to a sharp catch at midwicket. From there a minor collapse saw Manly reduced to 7/120. From there both Prousey and Lachie Kerr batted with maturity to see the boys home for a strong win. A great effort from the boys and a step in the right direction for the remainder of the season. Great win.
3 Neil Prouse
2 Josh Seward
1 Billy Lindsay
Fielding award Billy Lindsay
Whalan reserve was the scene for 5th grades round 9 clash against Blacktown. The team was hoping to start the new year with a win, especially after the blunder our last game was. We welcomed 2 debutants into the team in Lachie Johnson and Tom Wood. The deck was extremely green and soft, so with this in mind captain Rochy won the toss and elected to bowl. Rochy and Toby opened up, leaking a few early wides, but soon found their groove. Toby got the first breakthrough with the score on 19. Both openers continued to beat the bat frustratingly without any wickets falling. Evan Dunnachie was consistently on the ball, constantly beating the bat and finding the edge, however luck was against him, as he somehow finished his spell wicket less. Josh Cooper was introduced and immediately had an effect taking a catch off his bowling to dismiss the other opener. Blacktown started to build a partnership again, but Coops was again the man for the job, as he took another catch off his own bowling. The wickets then started flowing from there, as Toby and Roch were reintroduced into the attack. Toby took a wicket almost immediately, while Rochy took 2 wickets to finish out the innings. Evan also took 2 at the end, to bowl them out for 161, a very good effort in the field from the boys.
Lachie Johnson and Josh Cooper opened up with the stick, however Johnno was dismissed early on, and despite hanging around, Coops was also dismissed soon after for not many. Jack Melchoire and Andrew Boulton went about rebuilding the innings, and looked very solid out in the middle. The pair took the score to 55 before Jack was dismissed for 15. Oscar Lucius fell soon after, and Ky Broome followed. The score was now 5-57 and things were looking grim for the tahs. Boults fell soon after for a resistant and well made 20. Rochy and Ollie Melville were at the crease and put on a 40 run partnership for the 7th wicket, which took the score past 100. After tearing apart the bowling attack, Rochy was out LBW for 27. Tom Wood came to the crease and began to score quickly before he was run out courtesy of a good piece of fielding. Evan arrived at the crease, and formed a 40 run partnership with Ollie. This took the score to 153, when Ollie had his castle rattled, dismissed for 37. With 1 wicket in hand and 9 runs to get, the result could go either way. Toby and Evan compiled the runs and outlasted the bowling attack, to chase the runs down with 3 balls to spare. Evan finished 21 not out, the perfect knock to get us out of trouble. It was a great win considering how slim our chances were of winning earlier on. 6 points to start the new year, what more could you want. Hopefully we can take the winning ways into next round against 1st placed North Sydney.
3 – Evan Dunnachie
2 – Andrew Rochford
1 – Ollie Melville