The opening day of the season saw a solid start for the Travelsim Waratahs with a few individual highlights particularly pleasing against the highly competitive Sydney University. 1st grade came back from a tough start of 4/38 to post 250 courtesy of contributions from AB (90), Shank (59) and Lenton (43). With the score at 1/24 at stumps, the match is evenly poised for next week.
2s had the reigning premiers in all sorts at 3/30 and 5/60 thanks to outstanding opening spells from Mitch Pugh (3) and Michael Visser (4) before the wicket flattened out beautifully. Great application in the field all day saw the Students crawl to 9/260 at stumps. 3rd Grade was led by an inspiring knock of 169* by Jarrod Rawlings to declare at 4/301 firmly on top with Ryan Farrell also contributing 51. Sydney Uni are 0/2 in reply.
4th Grade had a mixed day at St Pauls, bowling Sydney Uni. out for 168 largely thanks to the return of the prodigal son Javed Badyari, who bowled a devastating combination of both pace and spin to snare 6/33 from his 17 overs. The lose of a few late wickets left the Tahs at 4/10 overnight, with the game very much in the balance for next week. Finally, 5th grade put in a strong batting performance to be 6/251 after being sent in at Mick Pawley Oval. The stars of the show were Joel Mason with a heartbreaking 99 and Jack Pickering who scored a stylish 50 on debut.
4 Pines Player of the Round – Jarrod Rawlings
“Rawlings brings up a brilliant century”
1st Grade – Manly 250 (A. Beadle 90, T. Cruickshank 59, J. Lenton 43) vs Sydney Uni. 1/24
After a rain disrupted pre-seasons, it was good to get out onto Manly Oval. Shank won the toss, and we batted first on a wicket that was a bit tacky, but with plenty of runs available.
After an uneasy start at 4/40, Ahillen Beadle came to the crease and was the anchor of two solid partnerships of about 90 runs each. The first, with Waratah’s debutant Jay Lenton (43), took the score to 130 before Jay looked to push the scoring rate along and was caught at point. Cruickshank then came to the crease and blasted a quick 59 to put us in a good position late in the third session. Meanwhile, AB was accumulating runs with ease, falling just short of a first match century when he was caught on the square leg boundary for 90.
After AB’s dismissal, things wrapped up quickly, although a bit of resistance was offered from another debutant Nic Bills, who hit a quick-fire 14 from 10 balls. We were all out for 250, leaving us three overs to bowl at the end of the day.
SOK got us off to a good start, taking the wicket of Henry in his second over, with Uni finishing the day at 1/24.
With Manly in a good position at the end of the first day, we’ll be looking to our bowlers to get the job done next week.
“O’keefe going on the atttack”
“AB showing his class”
“The umpire’s perspective after SOK’s late break through”
2nd Grade – Manly vs Sydney Uni. 9/260 (M. Visser 4/52, M. Pugh 3/25, D. Marshall 2/68)
2’s rocked up to a very flat looking wicket at Sydney Uni number 1 and found themselves having a bowl first up after losing the toss. New skipper Rowan gathered the lads round after a game of touch and a quick warm up, outlining the importance of everyones role in the field and what it would take to knock over last years premiers.
So it was Mitch “Pughy” Pugh and Michael “Viss” Visser that would open up the bowling for the Tah’s and boy did they produce. Pughy nicked off the first wicket to Sammy Webber in his first over and then toiled hard with Viss before sending their number 3’s off stump cartwheeling as he made a very poor decision to leave it. Pughy wasn’t done yet, a brief drinks break yielded the tah’s next victim as Mitch had their other opener LBW first ball after the break. It was an excellent opening spell of bowling by both Viss and Pughy, just showing how vital bowling in partnerships really is, leaving the Students 3/31 after 18 overs.
On came a bit of spin, Dylan “Dyl” Marshall and Luke “Dizzy” Diserens gave it a real crack before the lunch break, but the students did well to get to the break unscathed at 3/55. A bite to eat and the boys were back out in the field, both spinners still toiling and getting some huge turn at times. Sydney Uni started to look reasonably comfortable untill a mis-cued shot to Dizzy off Dyl’s bowling cost them. Just 4 overs later and Dyl picked up another, turning one into the off stump of their number 6 leaving the score at 5/82 and Students with a lot to do.
Unfortunately for the Tah’s, this is where Sydneys number 5 and 7 came into the own. Both batted very sensibly and dug the students out of a large hole that they had found themselves in. With the aid of a few bad balls an over in the middle period and a bit of luck going their way, Sydney Uni got to tea with the score 5/160 odd. A bit of a pep talk in the sheds before heading back out, knowing how crucial this last session would be for the Manly boys if they could come out on top. Both batsmen looked to be in control at the crease untill Viss was brought back into the attack and got the break through, cleaning up their number 7 for 49.
Viss then continued a great spell of bowling taking the next 3 wickets (bowled, LBW and bowled), including their key man at number 5 who tonned up for them. The score at 9/232, with a few overs left in the day the boys struggled to take the last wicket. Uni’s number 10 and 11 knocked the ball around the park for the last couple, taking their total to 9/260 for the day.
A fantastic performance by the Waratahs, especially considering the pitch we were on, it’s the first game of the season and that we were playing last years premiers. The energy that was shown in the field was oustanding and we just need to wrap things up next weekend with the ball and then make sure we get stuck in with the bat.
A special thanks to Mickey Edwards for all the camera work and running of the drinks, hopefully there is some viewable footage. Also seeing him put on his whites even though he’s suspended for 2 weeks was gold.
3rd Grade – Manly 4 dec 301 (J. Rawlings 169*, R. Farrell 51) vs Sydney Uni. 0/2
3rds won the toss and had a bat on a flat, undergrassed pitch that played a bit slowly during the day. Cole (9) and Rawlings (169no) opened up and Cole looked good seeing off the openers before he dashed at one immediately from the change bowler and got a tickle. Farrel (51) joined Rawlings and they batted with great determination. Ryan went about his early work slowly whilst Jarrod was picking up a few, both looking very comfortable. A highlight of the innings was the way the ball was kept on the ground. These blokes slowly picked up the ante and at tea we were well placed at 1/112 from 42 overs. Arguably a little slow but with 9 wickets in hand, no one was complaining. Any side that gets a 100 run partnership will go close to winning that game.
The tea itself was a beauty – maybe a little on the sweet side but no doubt all that cake, frankfurts, biscuits etc went a long way to weighing down the Uni boys for the long second session.
Under instruction to pick up the pace both fellas lifted the tempo. You felt Ryan was about to cut loose before a long leading edge saw him caught for a well made 51 at mid off to end a 121 un partnership. Lance Stewart (17) then made an immediate impact, looking to get busy between the wickets and playing some risk laden shots. He was caught out for just 17 (44 run partnership) but these runs signalled our intention to have a go in the last 25 overs and this further flagged Uni’s energy. Same Hole (23) did likewise before a run and swipe at the finger spinner saw him stumped for a well made 23 (73 runs p/ship). Sam Gainsford (25no) then came in and kept the momentum flowing with a quickfire 25no including 2 bombs. (52 p/ship) The really pleasing thing about this was the way we did not lose any quick wickets. All partnerships were healthy and that is what is needed to compile big scores.
Talking about big scores, Jarrod plundered a fantastic 169no from the 76 overs he was in for. Starting steadily he slowly built up momentum and was playing shots one would not normally associate with Ralphy. Bombs over cover, the lot. In total he struck 16 fours and 3 sixes. I honestly think the only 3 balls hit in the air were the sixes. He had a Brian Clemowesque game plan – keep the ball on the ground until he got a hundred and then look to rip in.
Jarrod ensured we tracked nicely during the whole innings. It took 38 overs to get our first hundred and then 38 overs to get the next two hundred. We reached 150 in the 54th over and 300 in the 76th over. What a great example of building an innings!
The runs flowed quickly at the end so we thought a little two over spell may be nasty for Uni. Unfortunately our radar was a little out with just 3 balls played at. Never mind, no damage done. It’s going to be tough next week to get 10 wickets but if we all have a good long bowl and field this week that will help.
Congratulations Jarrod, the day belonged to you.
“Rawlings dismantles the students attack on the way to 169*”
4th Grade – Manly 4/10 vs Sydney Uni. 168 (J. Badyari 6/33)
4th grade were greeted with an extremely flat pitch at Sydney University. Unfortunately captain Ross Trewartha lost the toss and Sydney uni elected to bat. The Tahs got an early breakthrough with Eddie Burgess and Aiden Bariol combining to run out one of the openers. Ben Falconer then picked up a wicket next ball with Jake Carden taking the catch at gully. This was followed by a massive collapse as Javed Badyari came on, taking four wickets in quick succession. He bowled a mixture of leg spin and raw heat and finished with a total of six wickets. Will Outred took a well deserved wicket after toiling away all day, leaving Sydney uni 9 wickets down with only 90 runs on the board. Unfortunately there number ten had a hack at the end and with some luck he was able to take there total up to 170 before Jake Carden took the final wicket.
This left Manly with 7 overs to see out at the end of the day. Billy D’Arcy went first ball playing a loose shot, caught behind. Then Javed was hit in the nuts and retired hurt. After this Eddie Burgess, Jake Carden and Ben Falconer were all dismissed. This leaves the score at 4/10 with skipper Rossco and Max Burgess at the crease. There is a lot of work to do next week but I am sure Rossco will ton up and everything will be sweet.
5th Grade – Manly 6/251 (J. Mason 99, J. Pickering 50) vs Sydney Uni.
Turning up to the oval on a warm and sunny cloudless day, the manly men were prepped and keen to play after a long break and fantastic pre-season training.
The only thing standing in our way was a wet spot on the square. It was great to see everyone rallying together to move the covers and drag out the super sopper, all in the effort of quickening the drying process.
An hour and 16 overs off lost time later we were able to commence play, Joel Mason and Hamish Ferguson opened the batting with a great opening stand surpassing the half century before Hamish fell for 14 with the score on 64.
Maso went on to continue scoring at a rapid rate taking the score to 122 when Tom Kelly mistimed a full toss, out for a well made 20.
Joel went on slashing his way through the 90’s before missing out on a sweep which left his stumps without bails.
A well made 99 crafted from hard work early. A great start to the season for Maso!
Pickers the debutante worked his way to a well played 50, including 3 huge sixes, steadying the ship after tea with Jacob at the other end (26).
Jacob went for 26 just after the final drinks break and the boys played out the rest of the day was seen out in style at 4.5 runs/over by a combination of Pickering/Trewartha (15), Trewartha/Waddington(11no) and Joe Graham(0no)/Waddington.
A well made total of 6-251 off our reduced 64 overs.
A big day ahead next week to be buzzing the field to put away the students.