Manly had a mixed day on Saturday in a rain-effected One Day round against UNSW. 2s and 4s had convincing wins, but 1s went down disappointingly to the competition leaders and 3rd Grade lost in controversial circumstances by one run.
4 Pines Brewery Player of the Week – Jacob Graham
Jacob Graham was the stand out on the weekend, picking up a crucial 5fa to ensure victory for 4th Grade. With the students picking up some momentum in their run chase, the skipper threw Jacob the ball and he showed the benefits of bowling full and straight when under the pump, snaring five wickets in only 4 overs.
Aidan Baker – 4-28 (2nd Grade)
Maxwell Burgess – 54 (4th Grade)
Jacob Graham (4th Grade)
1st Grade Round 11 vs UNSW
1st grade went down to the first placed UNSW at Manly Oval on Saturday. Sending the students in with the game reduced to 28 overs, Manly were always in trouble as UNSW got off to a flyer, ending with 5-204 off 28.
In reply, the Tahs never got going, losing wickets at regular intervals. Only players to show grit with the bat were Luke Edgell with a run-a-ball 44 and Coombsy with 27 off 12. Manly were rolled for 128 off 24, however still managed to sneak a finals birth in the one-day competition.
2nd Grade Round 11 vs UNSW
Turning up to a green but firm Village Green deck, the BumbleBees won the toss and batted in overcast conditions. The decision played into Aidan Baker’s hands nicely, as he found the outside edge on countless occassions with his delightful little dibbly-dobblers/outswingers. When rain stopped play, Manly were in a commanding position, having the opposition 3-30 off 10, despite two humorous dropped chances from Gummer.
After what seemed like 200mm of rain, we finally got back on at around 1:30, with the match being reduced to 37 overs a side. The Tahs continued where they left off, picking up wickets consistently and beating the bat several times per over. Taylor Beatty picked up a wicket on his 2nd grade debut, finishing with 1-12 off 7 and showing he is impervious to jet-lag. Mattoes bowled without luck, Flat finished with 4-28 (probably deserved 5), and McLachlan and Bonnor bowled superbly at the death to finish with 2 each. UNSW finished with 9-137 off their 37, in what was a superb bowling effort from the Tahs, with special mention to the Hoff’s 2 screamers at mid-wicket with his non-cricketing-hand (NCH).
Doochman and Gummer opened up, with the Tahs making their intentions clear early that the bonus point was within our sights. The pair enjoyed the pace and bounce of the wicket, until Gummer chopped on for 18. Flat continued with Dooch, with both batsmen finding the boundary with ease, until Doochman held out to long-off for a rapid 40, and Flat chipped one to mid-off for 21. Smitta (32*) and Salt & Patterson (17*) came in and continued the dismantling of the UNSW attack, eventually passing the total 3 down in the 18th over.
It was a dominant performance from the boys, picking up a well deserved bonus point win and making it 10 wins on the trot. Good to note that the boys responded to the mid-week chat and showed some accountability to stand up and be counted.
3rd Grade Round 11 vs UNSW
The manly boys rocked up to Atmosphere Park ready to right the wrongs from last week, against UNSW. After winning the toss and bowling first on a green pitch, the rain came and delayed the start of the match for 3 hours. When the rain finally stopped, the clean-up began (big thanks to Graham Hodge for all his help). The match was reduced to 27 overs a piece.
With the field ready to go, the boys got out there. It was a good start, with opener Lukey Grant sending the batsman’s leg stump flying in the second over of the match. From there the boys bowled well keeping things tight, with Micky Visser (2-20) picking up the figure after coming back from injury. Luke and Reece Hodge also bowled well, and UNSW were restricted to 154 off their 27 overs.
Chasing 154 the Manly boys needed to get off to a good start, that didn’t happen. Early wickets meant Manly were 3-23 and well behind the 8 ball. New opener Sam Webber was the only batsman in the top order to stand up getting a well-made 41 and keeping the Manly boys in the game. Wickets kept falling at regular intervals and Manly were 6-88. At this stage Ryan Farrell joined Reece Hodge at the crease and formed a good partnership, scoring quickly and bring us back into the game. Reece departed with the score at 101 for a well-made 22, this brought Luke Grant to the crease and he immediately formed another partnership with Ryan. With about 4 overs to go and Manly needing about 35 a straight drive was hit by Ryan which everyone on the boundary thought went for four. The fieldsman, who was a reserve fieldsman and was wearing my pants, said it didn’t go for four and therefore it was given as two runs. With 2 overs to go Manly needed 25 runs with Farrell (21) and Grant (13) at the crease. With great hitting and running between the wickets, it all came down to the last ball, Mickey Visser had just gone in and needed to hit a 4. The boys managed to get a 2 and we lost by 1 run.
This left the boys feeling cheated, considering there was a four hit and it was given as two runs, if the right call was made we would have won the game. In saying that we didn’t deserve to win the game, we were outplayed by UNSW and it was only because of great lower order batting from Reece, Ryan, Luke and Viss that we even came close. All the boys need to step up next week against ND’s and get back to our winning ways.
4th Grade Round 11 vs UNSW
Manly batted first in a 30 over rain-reduced match at David Phillps. The boys got off to a flyer, with the Burgess brothers again opening up a showing their talent. Maxy made 54, Eddy 43, Wazza batting at 3 also made 43, and Mickey Lindsay smoked a brutal 40. The boys ended with 8-213 off their 30.
UNSW got off to a good start, putting on 106 for their opening stand and giving the Manly boys some reason for concern. However, the introduction of Jacob Graham (5-30) saw wickets fall regularly, and the Tahs managed to creep home by 11 runs, with the opposition ending on 7-202 from 30 overs. Another good win for Maxy and the boys, pushing them to 4th on the ladder.
5th Grade Round 11 vs UNSW
No play due to rain.