4 Pines Player of the week – Luke Diserens
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.
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 !.
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.Sammoes
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.
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.
5th Grade – Manly 183 ( W Outred 64no, T Poole 42) lost to St George 219 (T Kelly 4/41, W.Outred 4/70)
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.