With 4/5 teams bowling and flat decks again the story of the week, the standout bowling performance by a country mile was Will Outred’s 7/20 in 4th grade to steer them to a convincing win. With wickets hard to come by, 3fas to Ahillen Beadle in 1sts, Michael Visser in 2nds and Ryan Bishop-Perret in 5ths also deserve a mention. 3rd grade’s deck at Killara was no exception with virtually all batsmen getting starts on the bitumen-like surface. Jordan Daly 68*, Jarrod Rawling 46 (amongst the runs again), Matt Cole 35 and Sam Gainsford 28* saw the Manly boys over the line with little trouble.
4 Pines Player of the Week – Will Outred
This week’s 4 Pines Player of the Week was deservedly won by young leggie Will Outred who took a game-changing 7-20 off 10 overs in an unplayable spell of bowling for 4th grade. At 1-110 chasing 9/260 (dec) things were looking all too easy for Gordon on the flat Grahames deck before Will came on and single-handedly swung the game back towards Manly. Despite being disrupted by lightning and rain delays on numerous occasions throughout his spell, nothing could distract him from the devastating rhythm he was in.
Will has all the trademarks of a great leg-spin bowler not to mention an outstanding training ethic, so it’s no surprise to see the results coming his way. With such talent and hard work it’s only a matter of time before he’s up here again, keep it up mate!
1st Grade – Manly 4/387 (A. Beadle 157, J. Lenton 104*) drew Gordon 9/387 (A. Beadle 3/57, M Edwards 2/87)
A sweltering Saturday morning saw Manly first grade continue on at chatswood oval.
Declaring at 3-387, confidence was blossoming throughout the group as we headed out into the field.
An injury to James Munting saw a new opening partnership of Nick Bills and Nick Mclachlan. Gordon off to a good start 0-80, before a terrible run out was set up by good pressure from Taylor Beatty who took the opportunity. On a hattrick with the same player billsy finally got his man..
Aaaand that’s pretty much where the fun stopped for the next 2 hours…
At 4:30pm with the score at 3/300 a quick storm came over which threatened the game, but it soon passed and we resumed at 5:30. From this point it became a tight yet hilarious game of cricket with pitch black conditions, bouncers, and an unbelievable spell from Micky Edwards (who specialises in bouncing batsmen in the dark) which saw the score at 9/383 with one ball remaining at 7:16pm. With all fielders on the boundary, a great Yorker.. LBW shout… FOUR RUNS… Tie…
BUT… In a rare occurence, because Gordon were not all out when the scores were tied at the close of play the result is deemed a draw, despite the scores being level. Despite this there are many positives to be taken out of a performance with so many individual highlights.
Dizzy’s player of the day- Micky Edwards..
2nd Grade – Manly 5/329(dec) (A. Baker 146*, R. Hamman 80, J. Walter 48) def by Gordon 9/330 (M. Visser 3/64)
After the break, Viss got the breakthrough with the third ball of the session. However, Gordon continued to build their total on an absolute road, as we struggled to contain them. As the score reached 170, Mitch Pugh (1-49) grabbed a much need wicket courtesy of a sharp catch in the gully by Ryan (0-23). Cue the lighting and rain…
After the storm blew over, the bowling improved. Dylan Marshall (2-88) and debutant Nick Toomey (1-33) both claimed a wicket, each caught by Sam Webber behind the stumps. Gordon were 5-226 and we were back in the game. From there, another partnership grew and Gordon steadied the ship. However, tight spells from Luke (2-64) and Dylan resulting in 3 straight maidens caused some pressure. LG was able to grab important consecutive wickets, leaving 50 runs required with 3 wickets left to take.
The final hour was tight. Dyl got another much needed pole after a great catch in close from Aidan “Flat” Baker with Gordon still needing 35 to win. It was probably the first time we were in front all day. However, it wasn’t quite enough. Despite Viss taking his 3rd wicket and our 9th of the innings, we were unable to finish the job. The final pair hit the last 13 runs, snatching the victory. 9-331 and a tough loss for the Manly boys.
3rd Grade – Manly 4/216 (J. Daly 68*, J. Rawlings 46, M. Cole 35) def Gordon 213 (B. Falconer 4/33)
Sam Hole (8) also looked good before chipping to mid wicket to make it 3/116. Javed (24 from 22) found the middle of the bat immediately, belting the offie for consecutive fours off his first two balls. He looked in sensational touch with a range of well struck straight and on drives, and together he and Jordan saw us to at 3/150 with the task to ensure Gordon didn’t get a sniff after tea. Unfortunately, Javed played across one first ball back to make it 4/150. Sam Gainsford (28*) once again batted well, hitting the ball hard but also playing straight and each ball on its merits. Jordan and Sam ran very well between the wickets and the runs flowed which was a good thing as a huge storm was fast approaching. We put on 66 in 11 overs after tea to get us home just in the nick of time. Jordan grew with confidence and was showing signs of his attacking best while Sam will be pressing to go up the order in the one-dayers with his current form and attitude.
All up a convincing win that keeps us in the leading bunch. We have two teams also on 12 coming up so very big games for us before the string of one dayers.
3 Falconer on debut 4/33 (17)
2 Daly 68* (97)
1 Rawlings 46 (113)
4th Grade – Manly 9/260(dec) (T. Kaye 101) def Gordon 145 (W. Outred 7/20)
The Manly boys started off reasonably well with the opening batsmen Joe Graham and Billy Darcy putting on about 30 for the opening stand before Joe Graham was caught behind. Shortly after this Billy Darcy was caught by a sublime catch. Wickets fell at regular intervals, except for Tom Kaye who took the opportunity with the bat and batted fantastically. Most of the middle order of Jack Pickering, Ed Burgess, Jack Carden, and Will Outred all got starts but did not push on for big scores. The Manly boys were going alright with about 150 on the board for the loss of 6 wickets. At this stage Tom Kaye had passed 50 and Josh Peterson was at the crease. These two pushed Manly towards 200 when Tom Kaye brought up his fantastic 100. Tom batted very well and showed his true talent as a batsman. Shortly after that this Josh was dismissed for a well worked 25, and Tom soon followed for a solid 101. Jacob Graham and Zach Trewartha then arrived at the crease and helped the team towards 250 as Zach was dismissed for 24. Josh then chose to declare at 9/260, with Jacob Graham and Josh Wigney both not out with 28 and 5 respectively, which gave the Manly boys two overs in which to bowl at Gordon. During these two overs we had a few shouts for lbw but unfortunately did not take a wicket. The day ended with Gordon being 0/6 off two overs chasing 260.
Both teams then arrived back at Grahams Reserve the following week, Saturday 1st November, for Gordon’s chase. The pitched very much mirrored the previous weeks being flat and hard. The fast bowling unit, Josh Wigney, Zach Trewartha and Jake Carden all found it difficult the take early wickets as the Gordon opening pair put on 54. Jacob Graham then came on for a single over and managed to take a wicket to relieve some pressure off Manly. The next batsmen then came in for Gordon and this pair pushed the team to 100 when Will Outred struck and dismissed the batsmen with the score 2/100 with Gordon in the box seat chasing 260. The new batsmen then came in and was soon dismissed by Will Outred with the tide slowly turning in Manly’s favour with Gordon now 3/116. Will Outred managed to take two more wickets in that over to completely turn the tide in Manly’s favour forcing Gordon to go from 2/116 to 5/121 The rain then hit and we were forced off the field due to lightning and rain with Gordon being 5/121.
This win pushes Manly’s fourth grade team to 2nd position on the table with three wins from three games! A great start to the season.
5th Grade – Manly 136 (S. Waddington 49) def by Gordon 7/199 (R. Bishop-Perrett 3/29, B. Kittlety 2/41)
5th Grade arrived at Gordon in what was looking to be a hot day in the field. The boys were confident of defending a modest 136 due to our good start with the ball last week. Having Gordon 5/72, we wanted to continue as strong as we finished with a few early wickets.
Openers Ben Kittlety (2-41) and Ryan Bishop-Perrett (3-29) got us off to a good start, bowling good lines and lengths. Plenty of plays and misses almost producing the edge numerous times. Eventually RBP got a snick through to Aiden with the gloves to get the first wicket of the day.
Joel Wood (0-43) and Tom Kelly (1-28) then came into the attack to hopefully produce some much needed wickets. A few dropped chances in the field probably cost us at the end of the day with both batsmen dropped early went on to pass 50.
Alex Bain (1-35) was then introduced who managed to snag the wicket of the captain who skied one to Waddo at mid off. IssyVumbaca (0-14) bowled some good deliveries late in the innings. Gordon eventually passed our total 7 wickets down.
As a bowling group we struggled with our lengths and as a team we didn‘t put enough runs on the board. The boys are looking to bounce back strong next week.