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Solid weekend – Monday News – Rd 12 vs St George Day 2

Three wins for Manly against the strong St george club sees us on track to get 4 teams into the finals. With three rounds to go 1sts, 3rds, 4ths and 5ths are all well placed to play finals cricket but we know things can change quickly so let’s keep the strong training sessions going. It feels a bit incongruous that we are still placed just 9th on the CC table. On the weekend, 1st grade, on the back of Luke Diserens 5fa came storming home to get the points, 2nds let themselves down with the bat, 3rds had a comfortable win as did 4th grade, whilst 5th grade went down following a late order collapse.

4 Pines Player of the week – Luke Diserens4 Pines Logo 
Luke got 1st grade back into the game with a sensational 5 wickets, taking out the set top order batsmen as well as the middle order. This bloke rocked up from somewhere (unsure where, does anybody know?), bowled well in the far net in pre season and has now found himself winning crunch games for 1st grade. An attacking  leggie who loves a bit of niggle, this bloke is a massive asset for the club and any team he plays in. Always training hard, leading by example and now getting the rewards.


Luke Dizzy first wicket for Manly                                                 Luke snaring one of his many wickets this season.


1st Grade – Manly 9/343 (A.Crosthwaite 166, T.Beatty 58, J.Cox 37, L.Edgell 28) beat St George 265 (L.Diserens 5/93, N Buck 2/44, D Babula 2/52)

First grade notched up another win on weekend to wrap up a very successful two weekends against St George. After declaring overnight with 340 on the board, Dan Babula broke through early to have the Saints reeling at 1-3. A partnership ensued however Luke Edgell produced an excellent spell to eventually take the wicket of Patterson courtesy of a sharp catch to Beatty at short cover. We probably had our noses slightly ahead at lunch with the score being 2-80.

After lunch however was a different story with some wayward bowling and good batting resulting in St George scoring about 120 in good time. At 3-200 just before tea it was game on, however our leggie Luke Diserens produced his break through performance in first grade just when we needed it. Bowling unchanged from the southern end, Luke ended up taking 5-93 off 17 overs as St George folded for 264. Dan Babula also bowled brilliantly in that middle session to peg the momentum back our way.

Overall a good win, however we know we have a lot of improvement left in us !.

Jack Ritchie

2nd Grade – St.George  8/379 (R. Bonnor 2/45, M.Pugh 2/87, A.Virdi 2/99) beat Manly 163 (R Bonnor 40, M Pugh 39) and 0/75 ( M Pugh 33no, J Walter 36no)

Manlys two’s were hopeful of putting on a top chase at hurstville on Saturday. We were off to a steady start with Jarrod Walter and Mitch Pugh coming together to form a formidable partnership. After Walter departed after looking strong, followed by Aidan Baker to a dubious catch, it was up to pughy to become the backbone of our innings. Unfortunately he was gone just before lunch for a very well compiled 40 odd. 

Sammy webber was looking in good touch after lunch but unfortunately wickets kept falling at regular intervals and if it wasn’t for some excellent power hitting by captain Ryan Bonnor we would’ve been in all sorts. In the end our batting didn’t hold up to scratch and we were comfortable beaten. 

Shout out to Jarrod and Mitch for putting on 80 for no wicket in the second dig. 


3rd Grade – Manly 6dec 209( J Rawlings 63, S Gainsford 52, L Stewart 34) beat St George 139 (M Alexander 3/33, L Grant 2/30, R Davis 2/30) and 2/111

The lads rocked up to Graham’s on 2-60 with ralphy and digi looking to carry on with scoring the remaining 80 for victory. The boys did an excellent job with Ralph scoring 60, digits scoring 30 odd and getting to within 15 of victory before they departed quickly. Sammy came in and scored a quick fire 50 and we declared past 200, 60-70 runs in front and looking for a chance of outright.

This wasn’t the case as they were 2-100 at stumps but the application shown by the lads was great to see. Well done boys and lets roll onto the remaining games with the same attitude and we should be fine.

Go Manly


4th Grade – Manly 271 ( R Hamman 104, B.Wilson 39no, J Mason 37) beat St George 165 ( N Toomey 4/57, B Wilson 3/31, B Kittlety 2/26) 

4th grade put on a great display of touch footy which is always an indicator of a good day coming up. This, along with Dave Gardiner’s fielding warm up, ensured we were ready to go. Brad (3/31 from 18) and Nick Toomey (4/57 off 19) bowled great areas to ensure Saints did not get any easy runs. The pitch had had a heavy shave to favour the home team (note to Manly committee…even St George engage in such practices) so wickets weren’t forthcoming however the pressure was maintained. Eventually Wilson got the snick and we were underway. Saints threatened with a solid 5th wicket partnership with both blokes scoring 50s. They both had chances via dropsy’s in the cordon etc (for the day 3 dropped catches and an easy run out were missed). Jacob Graham (1/13 from 5) got a C&B via a mistimed drive to make it 5 for about 100. With 15 mins before tea we got the breakthroughs we deserved with Nick getting a mistimed pull to mid off, Wilson snicking off the run scorer and Nick also getting an edge that went to hand in one of two excellent catches to Rowan Hamman. At tea we had them 8/120. They batted solidly after tea but then Ben Kittlety (2/26 from 9) had a go downwind, bowled 2 yards quicker and got the last two wickets quickly to wrap up a 100+ run win.

It was especially pleasing as a captain to be able to throw the ball to our openers for various spells during the day with both blokes bowling with venom and looking strong despite a flat pitch and old ball.

Well done, we hold onto a top 6 spot….could still finish anywhere between 1 and 12th so lets train the house down for a few weeks. 

Warren Evans 

5th Grade – Manly 183 ( W Outred 64no, T Poole 42) lost to St George 219 (T Kelly 4/41, W.Outred 4/70)

5s bowled first at Mike Pawley with the pitch being a fair road. We started poorly and they plugged along at a pretty boring rate. Then Tom Kelly came on and took 3 for not many and getting us back in the game. After tea Dave got a wicket first ball bowling his floaters and we were looking good. One of their batsmen got away from us a bit but when Will Outred got him out we were on top again. Will bowled extremely well and ended with 4 wickets, as did TK. There number ten hit a few at the end and got them up to 219. We then had 8 overs to bat at the end of the day and lost 2 wickets which was not ideal. Still we were confident that we could crush them as the pitch was flat as.

The next week we returned and again lost two early wickets leaving us at 4 for not a heap of runs and in a bit of trouble. Jake Carden and Toby Poole had a small partnership with Toby looking good with his brand new spartan bat. However then Toby’s bat snapped (sick one nappa) and jake was out stumped down the leg side. Enter Will Outred. Will and Toby smoked it and had a great partnership and at tea we were looking sweet. Will was hitting them particularly well which was surprising as he was also using one of those dodgy spartan sticks. However Toby got out after tea for 40 odd. Will then hoisted the team on his shoulders and began carrying us home one boundary at a time. He was killing it.

Unfortunately it was not enough as the last 5 wickets fell in quick succession, leaving Will stranded on 65 not out. We ended up bowled out for 180ish in a game we should have won.Alex.



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