Manly had an outstanding start to round 4 against Easts on Saturday, with all grades in dominant positions, and for the first time in club history, 5 centuries were scored in one day! Sunday’s T20 clashes vs Gordon kicked off with PGs having a thrilling win, followed up by First Grade falling short by 5 runs.
Tim Cruickshank – 144 (1st Grade)
Jack Ritchie – 110 (1st Grade)
Aidan Baker – (2nd Grade)
Craig Little – 108 (3rd Grade)
Maxwell Burgess – 117 (4th Grade)
Louis Anderson – 201 (5th Grade)
1st Grade vs Easts
After being sent in to bat at Waverley Oval, Manly got off to a solid start before losing Nick Watkins for 21 with the score on 54. Cruickshank joined Jack Ritchie at the crease, and the pair proceeded to dismantle the Easts attack, with Timmy hitting 12 fours and 6 sixes in his run-a-ball 144. Jack departed for a brilliantly made 110 with the score on 264, ending an amazing partnership of 210. Easts then clawed there way back into the match, taking the final 9 wickets for just over 100 runs, with Manly bowled out for 367 in the 92nd over. Easts are 0-3 in reply, with Warner and Neville due to play next week.
2nd Grade vs Easts
Manly tore through the Easts attack at Manly oval on Saturday, rolling them for 82 off 41 overs. Pick of the bowlers were Matt Alexander with 3-7 off 7, and Dylan Marshall with 3-16. Manly made short work of the target, scoring at a rapid rate for the rest of the day to finish 9-252 off only 53 overs. Aidan Baker got a quick fire 57, Badyari made 37, Stewart 34, and Matt Alexander smashed 34. 2s are in a great position to push for an outright victory next Saturday.
3rd Grade vs Easts
The boys turned up to a firm deck at Trumper Park on Saturday looking to maintain their undefeated start to the season. One boundary seemed to be about a 30 metre hit, and the other corner seemed close to 80 metres, so Shaggas let everyone know which one he would be targeting.
The warm up was quality, with the injection of McLaughlan into the bottom 6 proving to be nowhere near as detrimental to his sides performance as was first expected, however he was the recipient of Shaggas’ weekly big hit, which looked like it didn’t tickle. Genie won the toss and batted, with team red getting off to a solid start. Isaacs contained himself nicely after he was given out for 21, bringing Eddy to join Gummer at the crease. Easts then implemented the common strategy of bowling short and wide with four men in the point region, which payed dividends for the Manly batsmen. Eddy went for 8 after shnicking off, and Marksy then steadied the ship before Gummer was out LBW for a run-an-over 25. Deano came and went, and the boys went into the sheds at tea with the game in the balance at 4-93 off 35 overs.
After a questionable spread, Genie and Marksy went out and displayed great intent to shift the momentum back in the Main Grade’s favour, with Genie leading from the front by dispatching anything in his zone, especially juicy full-tosses from a certain leg-spinner. Marksy eventually went for a well-made 35, ending a crucial 110 run partnership. Genie continued his brilliant batting display, bringing his hundred up in what would have been about 80 balls. His innings finished on 108, which in itself smashed his aggregate from last season. A bit of late hitting from the lower order got us to 261 before we were all out in the 78th over. Special mention to Mglaglans’s two delightful sixes off the leggie. I think that bat must have special powers.
Looking forward to next week, where if we bowl and field to a plan we should take home the six points.
4th Grade vs Easts
Max Burgess led from the front at Grahams, making a fine 117, in what was his maiden century for the club. Taylor Beatty also contributed with a classy 41*. 4s ended up with 7/282 off 81 overs.
5th Grade vs Easts
Manly had an incredible day at Snape Park in 5s, with Louis Anderson stealing the show, making a record breaking 201. His non-chalant innings consisted of 9 sixes, and he was well supported by skipper Dave Farrell who made 50. Manly were bowled out for 352 in the 69th, and have Easts 4-34 in reply, with Will Jonkers (3-15) the pick of the bowlers.
1st Grade T20 vs Gordon
Gordon 5-150 off 20 overs
Manly 8-145 off 20 overs
PGs T20 vs Gordon
Manly 7-144 off 20 overs (Badyari 47, Pugh 26, Beatty 25)
Gordon all out for 135 off 19.3 overs (Beatty 4-15)