A great weekend saw us win 4 from 5 against the top 3 placed Bankstown team. This was just a friendly reminder to all across the Sydney Grade cricket scene that Manly are coming home strongly and we will continue to cut a swathe through the CC table. 1sts were unlucky to not get an outright, 2nds were hammered, 3rds won easily, 4ths won a close one and 5s cruised home on the back of a great partnership of 148 unbroken between Poole and Trewartha.
4 Pines Brewery Player of theWeek – Ross Trewartha
The old fella was again in an educational frame of mind and gave a lesson on how to bat, spend time at the crease, dispatch bad balls, support your partner, build partnerships and run between wickets (not too sure about that one actually). Sometimes he may appear a bit laid back but when he gets into the right frame of mind he is very hard to get out at any level. Whilst 5s are still two games out of the six, if Ross can muster the team together and lead like he did this week, then they will be in the mix at the end of the year.
1st Grade – Manly 249 (S O’Keefe 55, L Edgell 45*, T Cruickshank 39, A Crosthwaite 35, A Beadle 27) beat Bankstown 83 ( N McLachlan 2/19, B Martin 3/22, M Edwards 2/14, A Beadle 2/16) and 8/197 ( M Edwards 3/36, B Martin 3/43)
Starting the day with Bankstown at 4-32 chasing our 240, we were after quick wickets to really stamp our authority on the match. Ben Martin took a wicket in the first over, and the Bulldogs ended up rolling over for just 83. This was a tremendous effort from all the bowlers, with the wickets being shared. Benny Martin took 3, while Nicko’s, Mickey and AB took 2 a piece.
With 25 minutes remaining until the lunch break, we enforced the follow on with a lead of 157. Again wickets came regularly, and with the score at 3-28 an outright victory was very much on the cards. A partnership then developed between Bankstown’s two best bats, however when Bennyhad Wells caught in the gully and AB had Burke caught on the long on boundary in quick succession, it was game on again. At 6-115 we were well and truly on top, however the Bankstown lower order rallied and ended up batting us out of the game. It went down to the wire however, with the score at one stage being 8-155, however in the end we couldn’t take another wicket and ran out of overs. The wickets were again shared with Martin and Edwards taking 3 each, while Nicko’s and AB took 1 each.
Mention must be made of all the bowlers efforts. We stuck to our plans all day and built up consistent pressure. This was the best group bowling performance of the season and bodes well for the rest of the season and beyond. Our fielding was also top notch, with a number of sharp catches being taken close to the wicket.
All in all a great win. Lets keep the momentum up for the rest of the season and who knows what could happen!
2nd Grade – Manly 146 (A Lowe 32*) and 1/91 (M Pugh 65no) lost to Bankstown 278 (J Badyari 3/14, T Beatty 3/50)
The Manly boys rocked up to Bankstown oval on Australia day, and after being none for 51 overnight chasing 274 we were confident of getting the job done. With Andrew Lowe going up to 1st grade for the second week, Tommy Kaye went straight in to join Mitch Pugh to try and get the chase off to a good start. This didn’t happen with the Tah’s losing 5 for 25, before Taylor Beatty (13) joined Logan Weston (14) to somewhat steady the ship. However with a combination of poor batting and good bowling we ended up being rolled for 146; thirty runs short of the follow on.
It was no surprise that we were asked to bat again, and this time we really concentrated on showing some fight and pride, which we did. The game was called with the Tah’s on 1 for 91, the highlight an unbroken partnership of 82 between Javed Badyari (15*) and Mitch Pugh (65*). It was a very disappointing loss for the Manly boys and a lot of work is needed if we are going to finish the season well.
3rd Grade – Manly 6/156 beat Bankstown 113 (R Davis 5/17, M Visser 3/20) and 4/96
We turned up to Graham’s full of confidence needing only 80 runs to pass Bankstown’s score of 113. We were 2 for 34 with Jacob and Jordan both new to the crease.
Jacob and Jordan had a good partnership to start the day with Jacob (22) and Jordan (60). Lance (16) also got some runs to put us 43 runs ahead of their total declaring at 6 for 156. Jeanie made his declaration at tea.
We went out to bowl and had a really good start with Jeanie getting quick wickets to put them 2 for 4. Ronnie also got 2 wickets and he ended up with 7 wickets for the game.
We ended the game with 6 points and sung a great song. This WIN has put us 6 points away from being in the top 6 in the ladder.
Many thanks to Wrighty for all the work he did and Juicy and Winger for their support.
4th Grade – Manly 226 (S Hole 52, M Cole 50, W Evans 33) beat Bankstown 215 (D Poskitt 5/48, B Wilson 2/52)
Looking to defend our total of 226, 4’s turned up needing early wickets on what was a good deck for batting at Jensen Oval. Bankstown resumed at 0-23. After an maiden over from the skipper to start the day (editors note 3 plays & misses in this over), Brad Wilson and the returning Dave ‘Nelly’ Poskitt opened the bowling. Great aggression and consistency brought us 3 early wickets in the space of three overs. First Nelly had one opener LBW, before having the other caught. Brad followed this up with a caught behind to have the home side 3-39.
Then a partnership formed that proved very frustrating. A mixture of plays and misses, wafts at wide deliveries and edges eecked 50 runs before LG got a rare breakthrough (caught Bossy at slip) in conjunction with Wazza who bowled 3 maidens in his first spell. Soon enough it was the honorary Aussie who steamed through the Dogs middle order. Nelly took another 2 wickets in the form of two catches; one at cover, the other off another rearing short ball that was caught at 2nd slip.
6-144 at tea after a small partnership formed prior to the break. At the commence of play Bankstown amounted another 20 runs before Brad Wilson had his second. 7 down for 169. But it wasn’t done yet. Nelly struck the number 7 in front of his stumps after he made 45 leaving them 8 out with 30 runs to get. That was the 5th wicket for Nelly who bowled superbly all day in his return to Manly. Well done mate.
Again the Bankstown lower order refused to give in whittling the runs required down to 18. The runs were coming freely enough. That is until Waz ( with his hat on to mix things up) and LG bowled 10 overs for just seven runs including 27 dot balls in a row. Finally with 16 left to win ‘Mr Experience’ Evans sent stumps flying everywhere. After the next over went for a boundary, they needed 12 to win with Waz steaming in. The number 11 hit a ball firmly to mid off and Brad swooped in with a one handed pick up and threw down the stumps. Manly win. Unlike his celebration where he brought out the ‘Hayne Plane’, it was an amazing piece of fielding. A great 11 run win, on the back Nelly’s five wicket hall (5-48). A special mention to Waz and his 1-18 off 16 overs especially at the end of the day.
Up the Tahs!
5th Grade – Manly 3/229 ( R Trewartha 114no, T Poole 62no) beat Bankstown 228 (BFalconer 3/24, J garay 2/21, J McClintock 2/26)
The mighty fives returned to a rock hard Mike Pawley Oval pitch looking to take 2 quick wickets on Australia day. Resuming at 8 for 205, the day didn’t start off well with the first ball heading to the boundary and a dropped catch later in the over, the boys realised that we couldn’t just go through the motions in order to keep the total down to a minimum. With that in mind Jonkers and Falcs found their lines and bowled good areas to contain the batsmen. Falcs trapped a batsman in front and the last wicket fell with a ‘planned’ run out and the tahs were chasing a target of 229.
With Benny Wickham departing for 2 early in the chase, Rosco joined Joe Graham at the crease and together they formed a good partnership, attacking the spinners and moving the score along nicely. Joe went after a spinner one too many times, spooning a lofted drive to mid-off for 21. With Jack Garay coming and going for 5, Toby Poole joined a solid looking Rosco and the boys on the sideline rocked back and watched the master class that would follow. The Bankstown attack never looked up to the challenge as Rosco and Toby blasted the ball to all areas of the park with the tahs comfortably passing the total 3 down. Toby finished on a well deserved 62no and Rosco bringing up yet another ton with an unbeaten 114. A fantastic unbroken stand of 148 between the two capped off a great victory for the boys.