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Tah Talk with Jay Lenton – Women’s Thirds Chase History

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When they came together at the start of the season, we didn’t really know what to expect from our third grade women’s side.

Under first-year coach Matt White, the team was a mix of experience and youth with many tasting their first season in grade.

But they jelled almost from the get-go, thanks largely to White’s enthusiasm, cricket knowledge and dedication to the cause.

The girls won 11 of 16 games to finish second on the table and set-up a semi-final showdown with Gordon.

Here’s where the story gets even more remarkable.

Set 152 to win by the Stags from 40 overs, we were bowled out for 151 on the last ball of the innings.

Yes, that rarest of cricket results – a tie

As the higher ranked team, we went through to this Saturday’s grand final against St George-Sutherland at Olds Park.

Our opponents are undefeated this season and so we will go in as underdogs.

But the good news is we’re set to field our strongest side.

Renee Hough, Steph Hughes and Bella Zovi lead the way with the bat, while Sallie Molyneux, Sophie Chick, Amanda-Chloe Bailey and Hough have been getting the job done with the ball.

It’s been great to watch the rise of this side and I’m backing them to go all the way.

The club’s first third grade women’s premiership would be a fitting reward for all their hard work.


One thing you know when you toss the ball to Ryan Hadley is you’re never going to get anything less than 100 per cent.

The big fast bowler hits the gloves just as hard with his last ball of the day as he does the first.

Last week against UNSW, Hads got us out of a spot of bother with a gritty 38 not out at the bottom of the order.

His 10th wicket partnership with Jake Carden (29) helped lift us to 268.

Hads then did the job with the ball, taking 5-31 to spearhead a vital first innings victory.

He’s a great teammate, clubman and person and we are very fortunate he chose cricket over plumbing.

An interesting stat on social media revealed that since the start of 2020, Ryan has taken the most wickets of any bowler (141) in Premier League cricket around Australia.

He’s not knocking on the door to higher honours – he’s banging it down.



It’s the hottest ticket in town.

I am, of course, talking about the always glamourous Manly Cricket Club presentation night on April 15.

It’s the one night where all the girls and guys get frocked up to celebrate what has been another great season for the Tahs.

With a club championship already under our belt, all five men’s teams qualifying for the finals and the girls making the third grade decider, we hope to have some silverware to show off among all the bling.

The good news is it’s back at the new Manly Pacific ballroom and it will only cost $75 with drinks at bar prices.

It’s an evening when the entire Manly cricket family – players, coaches, officials, partners, parents and supporters – get to let the hair down and look back on another great summer.

We’re expecting around 250 people so get in quick to secure your ticket at: