On Saturday the Manly Warringah Waratah’s came up against Bankstown, placed 4th in the Club Championship and always a tough opponent. At the end of the day, the Manly boys were probably ontop across most grades, a great effort against such a strong club. Hopefully some similarly string performances this coming Saturdya can bring the bacon home.
Of course we can’t ignore the amazing achievement from Tim Cruickshank on Saturday, surpassing Eddie Robinson’s tally of 9,343 runs. Unfortunately Tim got out next ball, but it is an amazing achievement non the less. Tim has the chance to score 15,000 runs if he choses to play long enough, and could even challenge Greg Mail for the most amount of first grade runs ever.
Tim has been a great clubman over the last 16 years, playing first grade for all but 15 of them. He has played in every grade except 5th grade, and rejected many offers to join other clubs and stayed loyal to Manly. Tim still has plenty of cricket left in him, both for NSW and Manly. Congratulations to Tim on the amazing achievement. To view all of the comments from every one, go to our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/manlycricket
4 Pines Brewery Player of theWeek – Ronnie Davis
Rockin’ Ronnie Davis is this weeks 4 Pines Brewery Player of the Round after his amazing display of old school fast bowling on Saturday, going through the top of the table Bankstown’s top order, taking 5 for 17. Ronnie came to the club a little late this season but has been tough to handle for all 4th and 3rd grade teams this year, mixing pace, guile, aggression and movement to be a great asset for the club.
Ronnie had 5 for 5 at one stage on Saturday, showing that at 42 years of age he is anything but past it. Ronnie is also a great team man and good to have around to help the younger players at the club, and brings a different perspective to cricket which is what it’s all about. We hope to have Ronnie for a few years more.
1st Grade – Manly 249 (S O’Keefe 55, L Edgell 45*, T Cruickshank 39, A Crosthwaite 35, A Beadle 27) vs Bankstown 4/36 ( N McLachlan 2/12)
First grade finished the day in a strong position against the 6th placed bulldogs outfit. After being sent in on another interesting looking wicket, we lost our first wicket on 23. Tim Cruickshank and Adam Crosthwaite then consolidated with some very positive batting, however a few more wickets left us on 4-140 at lunch.
The second session was another fast paced affair, with 100 runs being scored and 6 wickets taken. Steve O’Keefe (pictured on Saturday) was the mainstay of the middle order making a valuable 55, while Luke Edgell made an excellent 44* in batting well with the tail and ensuring we made it to 240. A lot of our bats made starts with no one quite being able to go on and post a century. Crossy (35), Shank (39), Ahillen Beadle(27) and Ben Martin(19) at the end all contributed along with SOK and Bomb.
In making 39, Shank broke the all time run scoring record for MWDCC. This is an outstanding achievement and is a just reward for the hard work, loyalty and unquestionable talent he has displayed in his time at the club. Making this achievement even more impressive is that the majority (around 8,000) of these have been hard earned runs in the first grade top order. Depending on how long Shank wants to play for, this record could easily become 15,000 runs over the next six or seven years.
Anyway, back to the game. We went out to field knowing we had 36 overs to make some inroads into the Bankstown line up. Our opening bowlers again didn’t disappoint, reducing the dogs to 3-7. Nick McLachlan picked up 2 and Marto picked up 1. A little partnership then developed, however in a big momentum changer, SOK showed his class in picking up Bankstown’s best bat Wells LBW to really put them on the back foot at 4-32. Play was eventually called off due to rain after we bowled 16 overs.
2nd Grade – Manly 0/51 (A Lowe 32*) vs Bankstown 278 (J Badyari 3/14, T Beatty 3/50)
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3rd Grade – Manly 2/34 vs Bankstown 112 (R Davis 5/17, M Visser 3/20)
The main grade rocked up to Atmosphere Park with the hope to knock off the top placed Bankstown XI. On a good looking cricket wicket the Manly Boys had a bowl. A quality and unlucky opening spell from both Craig Little (1 wicket) and Arshdeep Virdi (1 wicket) saw the visitors at a very scratchy 0-40 off 20 overs at drinks. From here Ronnie Davis (5 wickets) and Mickey Visser(3 wickets) continued to bowl consistent lines with Ronnie ripping through the Bankstown top order ending up with outstanding figures of 5-19 off 14 overs. Bankstown had collapsed with the score being 7-70 at the tea break. After the tea break the bowlers continued to bowl well, taking the last 3 wickets fairly quickly, bowling out Bankstown for a sub-par 113. Quality bowling effort from all the boys! An outstanding fielding effort also with Lance ‘Digits’ Stewart taking quality catches in the gully.
Jarrod Rawlings and Max Burgess opened up with Maxy unfortunately snicking off to a cracker of a ball early in the innings. Tom Kaye (14*) came in to join Rawlings and put on 30 odd before Jarrod (17) was out caught behind on what was the last ball of the day with the score ending at 2-40. An unfortunate end to what was a very dominant performance from the Tahs, although still with plenty of work to do next week,
With the skipper emphasising on consistent and patient bowling in the pre-game chat, it was satisfying that all the bowlers were more than up for the task. Highlights for the day would be Ronnie’s 5 wickets and little sledging battle, Sam Gainsford, Max and Arshdeep’s ground fielding and also the quality catching from Lance.
4th Grade – Manly 226 (S Hole 52, M Cole 50, W Evans 33) vs Bankstown 0/26
Fourth grade turned up to Jensen park looking to get the round off to a good start against the dogs. LG finally won the toss away and decided to have a bat on a wicket the looked very batsmen friendly.
Lukey and Matt Cole opened the batting and looked solid against some consistent Bankstown bowling. Both boys got themselves in and were looking the goods until LG snicked off for 16. Sam Hole came to the crease and supported Matty very well as Coley continued to drive with authority putting pressure on the bowlers. Matty eventually reached a well-made 50 but fell a few balls later. Tully came to the crease with a few overs to play before tea. At tea we were sitting on a modest total of 108 after 37 overs with plenty wickets and overs to spare.
After a short delay due to a slight drizzle Tully was dismissed lbw. This brought Jacob (22) into join Sammy and batted positively, both building a threatening partnership. Unfortunately Hole (52) fell to a caught behind but constructed his innings very well and deserved his hard fought runs. As the drizzle continued, the wicket began to soften and bounce became slightly unpredictable. We lost three quick wickets leaving Wazza and Sammy Alexander to keep the score board ticking. Wazza played his usual aggressive style picking off the right balls, while Sammo’s played with patience and confidence taking our score past 200. Wazza (30’s) was dismissed bringing in Wilson to be tempted by the slow offie and was spectacularly stumped. When our innings ended with the wicket of Poskitt we finished all out for 226.
With 5 overs to bowl before stumps Poskitt opened the bowling with quality and pace that was far to good for the dogs openers. This pressure was backed up by LG from the other end and the aggressive mentality of the batsmen gave us a few close chances but unfortunately resulted in a few edgy boundaries. At the end of play Bankstown were 23 without loss.
A solid start by the team but needs to be backed up with the ball next week to bring home the points.
5th Grade – Manly vs Bankstown 8/205
Losing the toss, we fielded on an overcast day, with a pitch that looked hard and true, with some grass.
We started well beating the bat on numerous occassions, and some airy shots from both openers just not quite going to hand.
Ben Falconer chimed in with a great caught and bowled just on drinks, and from there we took steady wickets, in response to Bankstowns steady batting !! Surprise packet Jack Garay ‘badged’ some young bloke with a shock, bouncer, picking up 2 wickets. Falcs also bowled beautifully for his 2, swinging the ball both ways. James McClintock continued his good form with the ball also claiming 2 wickets. Knighty and Jonkers with 1 each left Bankstown 8-205 when rain halted play 10 overs short.
With a similar pitch this weekend, the plan is 2 quick wickets, solid batting, run down the target and claim the points. Simple game !