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Tah Talk with Jay Lenton – Tahs Fighting to the Death

Welcome to Tah Talk as we get ready for the back-end of the season, presented by our great friends at Growup Financial –


There’s a real tough and resilient streak running through all five grades as we approach the men’s Premier Cricket finals.

I’m talking about the ability to get ourselves out of trouble when seemingly cornered by the opposition.

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen scores from the lower grades and ‘thought this will take some getting out of’ – only to see us bounce back and claim victory.

It’s been the same deal in first grade.

Just last weekend we looked in all sorts in firsts and seconds, only to turn our fortunes around.

In the previous round against Sydney, a magnificent 150 from Ben Bryant got us out of jail in seconds, putting on a 200-run partnership with Tommy Kaye in the process.

There is no position from which a Manly side cannot fight back from

With the finals just around the corner, we have a real opportunity to turn this season into one of unprecedented success.


In between all the Instagram posts, public appearances and duties as a devoted husband and father, Cameron Merchant continues to get the job done for the Tahs.

Our favourite MAFS has helped steered seconds out of precarious situations over the last two games and we are so grateful to have his services.

Napper brings passion, experience, infectious enthusiasm, and a sense of fun to any side he plays in, not to mention his sublime batting.

If your innings is in a hole, there is no greater man to call on.

Cam turns 40 in January and has a very full and busy life, but still finds time to pull on the blue cap and assist the younger players as they make their journey.

They’re the sort of invaluable players you want to keep in the grade ranks for as long as possible.

Great work, Dream.


I’m convinced Dom Wheeler doesn’t operate in the same 24/7 world as the rest of us.

The great man packs so much into his week that he must add on a few more hours to get it all done.

Apart from holding down a fulltime job, Dom is part of our fourth grade top order, has taken on the wicket-keeping role and is also a close confidante and tactical ally for skipper Andrew Rochford.

But his cricket commitments don’t end there.

Three times a week, Dom can be found at the coaching helm of our women’s first grade side.

The girls love him and, as the results show, he sures knows his cricket.

But wait, there’s more.

For many years Dom put together our annual report – an enormous task – and also logs onto PlayHQ to make sure all our scores and stats are up to date across the grades.

As for his own stats, they’re nothing to be sneezed at.

Dom’s just 15 runs short of 500 for the season and will easily bypass that milestone as fourth grade continue to go from strength to strength in their quest for back-to-back premierships.

Dom Wheeler, the entire club salutes you.