The 2022/23 season got underway on Saturday with our Men taking on Gordon, our neighbours across the Roseville bridge.
It was a funny lead in to to the first game with a huge amount of people away and unavailable. 21 in total unavailable after changes occurring even on the morning of the game.
However we have always been able to call up suitable replacements and that’s exactly what happened for Round 1.
The rain made it’s inevitable intervention into the days play, but we were still able to play some cricket. Overall, wins in 3rd and 4th Grade, a loss in 2nd Grade, but no play possible in 1st and 5th Grade.
Plenty of positives to come out of the Round, and sets us up for a big Round 2.
Matt Sunshine is our ROund 1 4 Pines Play of the Week.
Matt Stook his impressive off-season into Round 1 with a dominant display with the ball to set 3rd Grade on their merry way in the first game of the season. Matt bowled with pace and accuracy to take advantage of the favourable bowling conditions, taking the first 4 Gordon wickets to fall.
A product of the Central Coast, we are very happy to have him at the club this season. Bigger things ahead.
No play due to rain
he boys turned up to Chatswood Oval for the start of the season with great excitement. After having some rain around for the week leading up to the game there were some speculations about the conditions of Chatswood but it was in fine form.
After losing the toss and being sent into bat the Manly lads got away to a great start. Coyte and Z.Trewartha batted with great skill and patience waiting for the bad ball which ended in a boundary and put the good balls away for singles. This resulting in a elegant 90 for Coyte and a very solid 57 for Trewartha.
With a couple little well played cameos from Daly and Vumbaca the Manly boys got to a very competitive total of 256.
With some heavy rain around resulting in significant delays, the Gordon batting innings was shortened. Gordon’s top order got off to a good start in the wet conditions but after a great display of skill from J.Wigney, who was the pick of the Manly bowlers getting a very well deserved 3/15 bowling in some very tricky conditions, we got back into the game. Unfortunately we were still behind on D/L after another rain delay and the light not being on our side we fell short.
Disappointing First Round loss but some positive performances non-the-less.
3 Points – Lachlan Coyte
2 Points – Zach Trewartha
1 Point – Josh Wigney
t was the first game of the season and Manly 3rd grade were itching with excitement to finally get on the field.
The boys turned up at grahams at 8:15 ready to get things underway. Captain Sam Hole inspected the pitch and won the toss electing to bowl first.
The Manly and Gordon boys set the field and in honour of the passing of the Queen and a tribute to Juicey, the players and umpires had a minute of silence.
Matt Sunshine and Neal Prowse opened the bowling with Prowsey tying down the opposition from one end for debutant Matt Sunshine to rip through Gordon’s top order, taking 3 wickets in 3 overs, finishing his opening spell of 6 overs with 4 wickets. At drinks break, Gordon were 4-30 and the wickets did not stop falling after drinks.
After an incredible spell between the opening bowlers, Evan Dunnachie and Andrew Boulton continued to pile the pressure on the Gordon middle order, restricting them for runs resulting in Evan Dunnachie taking 1 wicket and Andrew Boulton taking 2.
After an amazing pace bowling attack the spinners came on and did the same thing with Lachlan Trewartha taking 2 wickets and Sam Gainsford taking a wicket in his last game before he moves away. Matt Sunshine and Andrew Boulton came back on to finish the tail off and were unsuccessful in doing so however Lachlan Trewartha took the final wicket to bring Gordon to a total of 112.
With a Low total ahead, a bonus point was on offer. Skipper Sam Hole and Logan Weston opened the batting and got Manly off to a flying start, playing positive cricket and putting every bad ball away. After 7 overs Manly were 0-54.
Logan Weston unfortunately was dismissed for a well-compiled 32. Lachlan Charles then arrived at the crease and shortly fell to a sharp catch in the slips.
Andrew Boulton then joined Skipper Sam Hole at 2-58 after 9 overs and both batted positively putting the spinners under pressure and racing Manly’s total to 2-95 off 14 overs before Andrew Boulton was dismissed for 27.
Neal Prowse and Sam Hole continued to tick off the runs and secured the win in the 18th over. Manly taking a bonus point win and putting us in great shape for the season and giving the team confidence for next week.
3 Points – Matt Sunshine
2 Points – Andrew Boulton
1 Point – Sam Hole
he mighty 4th grade, premiership winning team from last season were feeling confident, pumped and excited for their round 1 clash against Gordon. This was despite the fact that we were expected rain and were dealing with a soft deck at Beauchamp Oval.
Winning the toss we went in late after some rain to bowl first with a reduced set of overs to 46 for us to bowl, with Hayden Williams bowling with fire with a 5 over spell of 0-12 (finished 0-30 after 8 overs) coupled with Fraser Noakes on debut who bowled with precision and accuracy unlucky to take more than 2 during the day.
With a deck that was doing a lot we may have strayed a little far from the stumps early on, but not for long.
With Jake Hutchings and James Waddington come on to bowl straight and full, Hutchings collected 2-22 and Waddo pulled off 2-28 to set us up at a great position of 5-79 only 24 overs in.
Bring on George Cummings who bowled the house down 3-35 after 10 overs who combined with Chris Halloran also on debut finishing on 0-13 – a great start to his bowling career with us.
With a relatively good bowling performance we finished up bowling them out for 171.
With a more rain delayed turn over we had reduced overs to bat only 36 overs with more rain scheduled in the day. Dom and Reiley opened the account batting in tandem nicely on a deck that had turned unforgiving. With balls popping, shooting low and essentially unpredictable they set a solid platform to dismantle their opening bowlers, take balls on the body and punish the bad ball. Dom and Reiley put on 48 together with Dom caught for 24 and Reiley soon after for 13.
In comes Lachlan Barnsley and Jake Hutchings who took it to the Gordon bowling attack with Barnsley swashbuckling 19 and hutcho looking like he could’ve batted all day steering his way to 30* not out. Along with a star showing of Will Akhurst bashing 21 with Jake to steer us to a DWL win after 26 overs!
A confident showing from the 4th grade premiership defending team. As always room for improvement but the boys looked comfortable in their approach to securing this win, sign of the big season coming for the 4th grade team. Stay excited for more, this is a team to watch.
3 Points – Jake Hutchings
2 Points – George Cummings
1 Point – Dominic Wheeler
o Play due to Rain.