A steady day one for the TravelSIM Waratahs as we look in fairly solid positions across most of the grades. A rare feat occurred as all 5 grades batted against the current leaders of the Club Championship in Parramatta. First grade ended the day on 9/302 after their 96 overs at Manly Oval. AB top scored with 60 runs. Second grade ended up in a similar position as first grade as they ended up on 9/312 off 96 overs. Bariol top scored with 84, closely followed by Ritchie with 82 and Virdi with 79*. Third grade also batted all day to end on 7/203 with several players chipping in. Andrew Hicks top scored with 41* of the best. Fourth grade were bowled out in the 78th over for 232, Brewster top scored with 56 and Crombie made 52. Fifth grade had an interesting day at the office as they were bowled out for 78 but have Parramatta 6/65, with Glyn taking 4/8. A huge start to the week next week for the young lads.
In PGs, minor premiers Manly faced off against Fairfield-Liverpool on Sunday at Manly Oval. We worked very hard to bowl the visitors out for 99, with Jake Carden the star taking 5/16 from his 10 overs. We couldn’t manage to chase down the total and fell 13 runs short. The Brewer Shield girls recorded their first ever win as they made 6/164 and bowled out Campbelltown for 163, Robyn Medley the match winner taking 5/12.
The birthday boy Jake Carden is this weeks 4 Pines Player of the Week after his devastating bowling display at Manly Oval on Sunday in the PG’s QF. He took 5/16 in a clinical display of bowling that also included 3 maidens in his 10 overs. His work was unfortunately not enough to get Manly a semi-finals birth but it was an incredible spell of bowling and he thoroughly deserves the be the player of the week.
Jake has had another solid season to date for the Tahs and will be a huge asset in the last few rounds and the finals in whatever grade he plays. He also bowls one of the heaviest balls in the NSW Premier Cricket Competition.
Well done mate!
The Tahs returned to a humid Manly Oval, flying high after their big win over Bankstown the week prior. The boys were looking to continue the streak against another top 6 side in Parramatta. A win could see the lads soar as high as the top 3, while a loss could see the Tahs dropping back out of the 6.
Won the toss and elected to bat was a good decision by the Skip in a hot humid Parramatta day. Ritchie (82) and Weston (16) got us off to a good start on a pitch that was doing a bit early. Logan losing his wicket at 16 and not soon after Farrell (6) and then Kaye (4) departing in quick successions. Being 3-62, Bariol (84) comes in to steady the ship with Ritchie. Both put on 120 runs crucial partnership. Ritchie showing his class and great use of the crease as always. Putting the bad balls away. Both were running lots of two and threes. Ritchie departing with a well-made 82. Gainsford (0) chips one to cover soon after. Brings the inform Virdi (79*) in. Bariol and Virdi look to rebuild again and try to increase the run rate also. Bariol looking aggressive hit some good lofted shots over fielders for four, Looked in great knick. Trying to increase run rate he hits one to mid-on caught. Carden (24) came out to bat put on a quick run a ball 24 him and Virdi build good partnership. Last 10 over trying to score over 6 an over was the target they set and achieved. Carden out then the lower order collapsing trying to keep going. Graham (3) Jamieson(0) and White (1*). Losing 3 wickets in the last over White comes out with no helmet on to face the second last ball of the day otherwise would have been timed out. Now with 9-312 on the board give the bowlers a good total to defend. I’m sure our quality attack can defend the total and get 6 point to put us in top 6.
We actually had a toss this week and decided to have a bat. It was slow going from the outset with D’arcy falling cheaply after a mistimed pull shot followed by Pickering getting trapped in front. A nice steady partnership between Hole and Rawlings got the Tahs back in the game before Rawlings laced one to mid on. Hole and Webber looked comfortable at the crease before some miscommunication (Church mouse) saw Hole run out for 35. Webber and O’Sullivan fell shortly after. In desperate need of a partnership, Hicks and Vumbaca took pace of the ball and focused on hitting gaps which was complimented with some great running between the wickets. This partnership got us back in the game and gives our bowlers an opportunity to win us the game and our hopes to play finals cricket. Vumbaca fell just before stumps.With three wickets remaining in the sheds skipper Badyari may elect to bat on for a few overs to give us the momentum to start the day.
Merrylands Oval was the venue for Manly’s clash with Parramatta. The new skipper, Jarrod ‘Julio’ Walter won the toss and we had a bat. We didn’t start off very well as we were 2/10 with both Wheeler and Cohen in the sheds without troubling the scorers. Credit has to go to both Walter and Trewartha who batted really well together and made a great fight back as we arrived at tea break at 2/90.
As play resumed after tea, 3 balls went by and Walter and Trewartha were both in the sheds… Walter was caught for a well made 46 and Trewartha was unfortunately run out the next ball for 41. We then lost Akhurst and we were 5/100 when Crombie and Brewster joined at the crease. They looked to lead a revival to get us to a competitive total and put on 97 for the 6th wicket before Brewster departed for a classy 56. Crombie then raised the bat and departed soon after for 52. The lower order threw the willow around a bit at the end but we ended up losing all of our wickets in the 78th over for 232. A huge day next week but we know we can get the job done.
Fifth grade turned up on a beautiful Saturday morning to the great Mike Pawley Oval looking forward to another top 6 clash. We won the toss and skipper Shaggers opted to have a bat. After digging in against some solid new ball bowling our openers Brynn and Oscar looked to rotate the strike before Brynn was run out coming back for two. We lost Oscar the ball after and were reeling at 2-8. The consistent fall of wickets was a killer, with small partnerships forming and breaking again and again through our innings. Only two players made double figures (Joel 27* and Lachie 20) as we were bowled out for what seemed a rather slim total of 78.
On the back of a bit of chirp from the opposition the boys headed out fired up to give it a red hot crack and that we did. Archer and Ninness opened up and after they got off to a good start for the Parra openers Glyn took 3 wickets in the space of 4 balls to put them under pressure at 3-20. Another 3 wickets between Archer and Ninness saw them end the day at 6-65, still needing 13 to win. We remain in the hunt for 6 points next week. Game on. Archer took 4 wickets and Ninness with 2.
Rocking up to what looked like a good competitive Manly Oval wicket the Manly boys were set the task of bowling first. Birthday boy Carden got us off to a great start snicking off key batsmen in the Fairfield lineup on his way to outstanding figures of 5/16 including 3 maidens. We bowled extremely well at both ends with each player coming on to do the required job with pace proving relatively difficult to play and score. Somers and Jedwards took well deserved wickets with Gainsy coming on to clean up the tail following an immaculate direct hit runout from Izzy Vumbaca leaving 100 runs to win.
After much debate over the difficulty of this run chase it turned out quite difficult in the end with a lot of self inflicted disappointment the end result of a poor batting display. Fairfield bowled well but the situation got the better of a lot of us. Credit to Joel Foster who showed a great deal of mongrel taking it to the Fairfield attack and almost leading us to victory of it wasn’t for an unfortunate decision. Somers and Baino did unsurprisingly well to nearly get us over the line on the last wicket however we would fall just short. A big thank you to the coaching staff Timmy, Nappa and Loz for their much appreciated efforts throughout the year and also a special shout out to Zachy T and the inspirational leader Sam Gainsford for playing their last PG’s game.
Aiden ‘Aqua-man’ Bariol
The girls travelled out to Raby for a game against competition leaders Campbelltown in what was forecasted to be a hot and humid day. Campbelltown won the toss and sent Manly in.
Despite a heavy defeat against Gordon the week before, the girls were enthusiastic and positive before the game. The game did not start well for Manly, with captain Robyn out in the second over for a duck. Genevieve joined Natalie at the crease, and the pair put on a healthy 32 run partnership in the next 9 overs, with Genevieve hitting 5 fours and Nat playing patiently but accumulating runs at the other end. Genevieve was caught for 22. Nat fell for 15 with the score on 48, then Sienna went for 10 with the score on 51 in the 16th over. Jess and Chloe then combined for the partnership of the season so far. Great running combined with some lusty hitting meant the girls put on a 70 run partnership in 12 overs. When Chloe was bowled for 22, the score was 121. Mia added 12 valuable runs, and Hannah ended up 6 not out. Jess played an incredible inning ending up 48 n.o. out of 51 balls, with Manly finishing at 6 for 164 after 40 overs.
A strong wind had kept the temperature down. Amelia and Gemma opened the bowling, and Amelia bowled a Campbelltown opener in the 3rd over. A promising start for Manly, but Campbelltown kept the score ticking along. When Mia got the other opener out, the score was 2/76 in the 12 over, well above the required run rate. But the Manly players kept the pressure on, and wickets continued to fall. Robyn and Jess both bowled Campbelltown players, and Sieena, bowling some great off-spin, picked up the very important wicket of Campbelltown’s best batter, who had already scored 46 off more than a run a ball. At 5 for 130, Campbelltown needed 35 more runs, but their stronger batters were back in the pavilion. Chloe picked up a wicket to have Campbelltown 6 for 148, only 17 more runs needed. Then Robyn came back into the attack, and the captain stood up when the team needed her. 3 overs of fast, full, left arm bowling. Campbelltown struggled to get ball on bat. In her last 3 overs, Robyn got 4 wickets for 4 runs, assisted by Amelia who bowled full and straight at the other end. Manly ended up winning by 1 run, bowling Campbeltown out for 163. Robyn ended the match with figures of 5 for 12 off 6.1 overs.
An exciting day for Manly’s first win in womens Grade cricket. All the players played their part, with the batting, bowling and fielding all coming together on the same day. The girls were thrilled, and the coaches satisfied that all the hard work was starting to pay off.