The first round of the 2012/13 SCA competition has been completed, with Manly getting up in 3 of the 5 grades over University of NSW in what proved to be a very tight contest between the 2 clubs. Comfortable wins to UNSW in 1st and 4th grade were countered by close wins for the Waratah’s in 2nd, 3rd and 5th grades. It would be fair to say that the spoils were shared between the 2 clubs.
4 Pines Brewery Player of the Week– Craig Little and Dave Farrell
Craig ‘Jeanie’ Little never seems to get tired of taking wickets or scoring hundreds. His all-round abilities are highlighted by the fact that before Round 1 he had scored 4,709 runs for the club and taken 255 wickets. He didn’t add to the runs tally this game but he added another 5 wicket haul, taking 5/38 in 3rd Grades close win. Dave Farrell shares the 4 Pines Brewery player of the week with a brilliant 5/23, equalling his wicket tally from last season, in 5th grades win against the Students. Filling in for the round, Bumper showed all his experience and guile to guide the youngsters to victory. Well done to both gentlemen, a great start to the season.
Andrew Lowe – 50 (1st Grade)
Matt Mee – 5/61 (2nd Grade)
Scott Patterson – 62 (2nd Grade)
Jordan Daly – 149* (3rd Grade)
Craig Little – 5/49 (3rd Grade
Dave Farrell – 5/23 (5th Grade)
1st Grade – Manly 234 (A Lowe 50, N Watkins 46, L Edgell 35, J Ritchie 31) lost to UNSW 4/235
After a long and enthusiastic preseason, with the addition of several new faces to the likes of Ahileen “snowman” Beadle, Andrew Lowe and the return of the big bad Benny Martin, we went into round 1 with high expectations of knocking off the reigning minor premiers UNSW. To replace skipper Timmy Cruikshank who was out with a broken thumb, Mitch “Beaver” Cleary was deservingly named the captain for round 1. Having been conveniently sent in to bat on what turned out to be a wicket as flat as Aidan Baker, the Manly opening pair Nick “Watto” Watkins and Jack “mango bear” Ritchie batted through to lunch Providing a solid foundation for batsman to capitalize on in the afternoon. This was followed by a magnificent debut innings from young gun Andrew Lowe who top scored with a well earned 50. After lunch however with the dismissal of some key batsman including AB and Beaver, the manly boys looked nervous but thanks to some experience in the lower order Aidan Baker and Lukey Edgell put on a significant partnership. In the end we ended up with 236 which was disappointing considering the platform our top order had set, however we believed it would be more than enough runs to work with to get them out. With the ball we soon realized that the deck was no different from what it had been like when we batted. We bowled consistent lines and maintained good energy throughout the day, however to UNSW credit batted very sensibly and passed our score 4 down. All quicks; Martin, Bossy,Mclachlan were outstanding but unlucky to not get the results they deserved. AB was also all class with the ball and was very consistent ‘with his lines’. Unfortunately it was one of those days. Best not to upset as the Swannies also lost their first match of the season and look what they accomplished!!
2nd Grade – Manly 8/273 (S Patterson 62, A Watkins 37, M Mee 32, M Pugh 29) Defeated UNSW 272 (M Mee 5-61, D Marshall 2-62, M Edwards 2-54
The boys turned up to Manly Oval with 272 runs looking like it could be a tough ask as we reached a consensus that the deck would offer some support for the students. However, Mitchell Pugh (29) and Watto (32) played a smart innings which included plenty of intent which was detrimental to the students and also helped build a comfortable platform for our middle order. Salt and Pepper Patterson (62) also played an intelligent, advertent innings which helped contribute to a rather large dent in the extensive run chase. Sitting at 3-120 odd we looked in the hot seat for a win, unfortunately a small collapse arose which had us staring down the barrel at 6-190 odd. Matty Mee (31) and Mattoes Alexander (22) then stepped up to the plate and played an authoritative, incumbent innings which helped to stabilize what was a worrying situation. Mattoes then proceeded to run himself out which put the weight onto Michael Visser’s shoulders. They both then continued to play a key innings which left us needing 4 runs to snap up a victory. Unfortunately Matty Mee was adjudged LBW after numerous appeals which left it up to Viss and Ramshall. The Manly boys stood proudly as they watched the jelly swag man play a flailing stroke, shoulders everywhere, getting a controversial 3 runs which left the scores dead even. Viss then smoked an absolute beauty to short cover who then dropped a sitter giving us the single for the win.
Up the Manly Boys!!!!!!!!
3rd Grade – Manly 246 (J Daly 149*) Defeated UNSW 220 (C Little 5-38, L Mannell 3/57)
The Main grade turned up to a very windy David Phillips on Saturday to find the pitch even more batter-friendly than last week, and an outfield just as lightning. After a rather one-sided game of touch dominated by the top 6 we got into our warm-ups. In the absence of BP and in case any one of Genie’s medical concerns needed further attention, Taylor Beatty stepped in to help out. He had a great day with sharp glovework in the warm ups as well as scoring 220 runs and a 10fa in the one day. Well done Tay.
We got off to the ideal defence of our total (246) with Genie trapping their No. 4 LBW in the first couple of overs, leaving them 3-17. From there it wasn’t so great. After watching their No. 5 hit a solid 20 runs through slips our bowlers began to get frustrated and the bowling became more and more wayward. The short boundary meant that anything short was going to go. And all too often it did. All of a sudden we were at 3-150 with two established bats on a road and things were not looking so great. But a few overs before tea, just as it looked like they were going to run away with it, Jacob Graham got the crucial wicket of their opener and team batting coach, bowled for 61. This was probably the turning point of their innings as next over Sammy Gainsford took a great catch to dismiss their No.6 and give Bradley Wilson his first 3rd grade wicket, never mind that it was off a waist high full toss. Heading to another quality UNSW tea it was evenly poised at 5-155 with their No. 5 on 60 odd.
After tea our bowling was hugely improved and the team was buzzing along really nicely thanks to some quality talk from Maxy Burgess. Despite this, they had formed another partnership which took them to 180 and the game appeared to be tipping back in their favour until the experienced combination of Genie and “Uncle” Mez came together to tighten things up and create the pressure required to unsettle their batsmen. With their No. 5 up the other end still swinging like a rusty gate we continued to take his partner’s wickets – Mez got one caught by Genie to have them 6-181 and Genie bowled the next bloke to leave the score at 7-189. Shortly after this, their No. 5 brought up his ton. Unfortunately for him only two of his teammates were actually at the pavilion to applaud the milestone, the rest of whom found the futsal field next door more interesting. It didn’t matter much anyway because a couple of hacks later he missed a Merrick Watts full toss, leaving the score at 205. At 8-219 things were getting a little tense again as the boundaries edged through slips and French cuts began to add up, but as they’d done earlier Genie and Mez hung in there, and with the assistance of Faz and the meaty mitts of Ralphy Wiggum (also known as Jarrod Rawlings) got one each to finish UNSW off for 220, 26 runs short.
It was great to start the season with a win, and the way we fought our way back into the game as a team was impressive and a testament to the team’s character and particularly that of the bowlers who bowled at times under great pressure. That said, there is massive room for improvement and hopefully this will be a good learning experience for all involved.
4th Grade – Manly 139 (L Tulley 49) lost to UNSW 4-285 dec. (J Sheedy 2-60)
4th Grades start to the season was not the best on Saturday, with the side unfortunately losing heavily to UNSW. The outfield was again lightning fast, but the wicket had a bit more in it than last week due to the overnight rain, although still a good cricket wicket, so we were confident of a good showing with the bat.
The UNSW skipper declared straight away, and the openers Mason and Sky got away to a solid start with 22 runs on the board until a typical Mason get out shot had us one down. James Boyer was batting at 3, and he was looking good until his ball defelcted from the inside of his thigh pad onto his stumps. When Sky had a half tracker hit the bottom half of his stumps, at 3 for not many we were looking a bit fragile.
This is usually the place were we like to say “Enter Mr X”, but unfortunately I can’t really say anything like this. The wicket continued falling and in no time we were 7/50 against some straight up and down bowling. Some of our batting was, to say the least, terrible.
Liam Tully did however bat very well for his 49, and Sam Alexander hung around for his top grade score of 15, but ultimately it was a very poor showing from our batsman and improvements will have to be made in the coming rounds.
5th Grade – Manly 222 (R Trewartha 47, J McClintock 36, J Trickey 25) vs UNSW 211 (D Farrell 5/23, J McClintock 2/19, J Shepherd 2-39)
After a solid batting performance on the first day’s play, and setting a target of 224 runs to victory for the Uni students, the young Tahs took to the field with high hopes after already having the Uni students 2 for 10 at stumps. After having a small delay to the start of play, day 2 was finally underway with opening bowlers Andrew Glassock and Jack Shepherd ready to do some damage.
Unfortunately the opening bowlers struggled to find a consistent line and length, with the visitors making the most of their opportunities and building a solid partnership, until young James McClintock struck with his first Manly Grade wicket, shortly after, claiming his second wicket to put the young side in a promising position. James Trickey bowled eight tight overs to bring the run rate to a standstill. The introduction of the Manly greats Ross Trewartha and Dave Farrell kept Uni second guessing with Dave snaring a well-deserved 5-23 off 16 overs including a spectacular caught and bowled. The game slowly slipping away from the young side with Uni only needing 40 runs with 4 wickets in hand, before Dave Farrell and Will Jonkers combined to take an important wicket and start the Uni crumble with the last 3 wickets falling leaving Uni 13 runs short and the young Manly side there first of many wins for season 2012-2013.
UP THE TAHS!