Well how about that for a round of cricket! Our first clean sweep for the season and what a comprehensive one at that! The Tahs batters and bowlers had an absolute feast, with 2 centuries, 8 half centuries and 3 5-wicket hauls. It was our bowlers who dominated week 2, after the batters dominated week 1. First grade had a 104 run win thanks to some great bowling from Ryan Hadley, who took his debut five-wicket haul for the club. Second grade had an 160 run victory, and as usual all the bowlers chipped in and shared the love as there was 6 wicket takers. Both first and second grade attempted the outright but it wasn’t to be. This wasn’t the case for third grade as they romped home to a very dominant outright victory by 9 wickets. Andrew Somerville took his second 5-wicket haul for the season. Fourth grade had a huge 247 run win, Adam Gummer the star taking 5/14, and backing up his 114 from the previous week perfectly. Fifth grade had a terrific performance, winning by 66 runs with the wickets shared between 7 bowlers. Our women’s teams didn’t have the best weekend with no wins from three comps, they will no doubt bounce back better next weekend.
The standout performers of the weekend were Ryan Hadley (5/46), Andrew Somerville (5/45) and Adam Gummer (5/14) who were all pivotal in ensuring their grades were victorious.
This weeks 4 Pines Player of the Week goes to none other than 4th grade skipper Adam Gummer. Gums bowled 11 overs of his trusty left-arm orthodox and came away with the incredible figures of 5/14 to help fourth grade come away with a 247-run victory against Randy-Petes at Grahams Reserve.
He was unplayable on Saturday and backed up his century from the week before to play the perfect game, taking a 5fa and scoring a ton. Gums was a class above as the Randy-Petes batsmen had absolutely no answer to what was going on. Gums will be a key member in fourth grades premiership defence in the next 6 weeks.
Well done on the perfect game Mr Gummer.
Entering day two in a dominant position after a strong display last week, the boys were eager to capitalise on our great start to the match. With Randwick 4-39 overnight, we knew complacency was going to be one of our biggest threats heading into Saturday.
With the unfortunate loss of Joel Foster (injury) during the week, all of our bowlers were going to need to step up in his absence, and that they did. Our attack were outstanding on Saturday as Michael Visser and Ryan Hadley led the way yet again. The two bowled with great discipline and skill and got us off to an outstanding start as we took coveted early wickets. Our two quicks were supported well by Beard & Graham. Joey came into the attack and bowled beautifully, claiming both key wickets in Sangha and Sams. The boys were relentless all day long and enjoyed 104 run first innings victory.
The match saw a fitting send off to our beloved overseas player in Aaron Beard, he has been an outstanding addition both on and off the field and the club are saddened to see him leave. Despite this Beardy we wish you all the best for your upcoming season at home and we will hopefully see you back down in Manly in the coming years.
A well officiated game of touch by Sweet Chilli Willy started the day off and gave the self-proclaimed ‘Best Touch Player’ Hamish Starr another loss to add to his tally. The red-hot 2nd grade side knew that finals started this round, and were more than ready to defend their total of 302. After being 1/7 overnight, Randwick had a nightmarish start. Vernon Philander, formerly known as Andrew Jamieson, blew out the front pad of their opening stick claiming the first of many wickets for the day. Moments later, Hicksy bowled a Mitchell Starc-esque yorker to once again trap another Ranwick Petersham batsmen in front of middle. Starry and Hicksy formed a good bowling partnership and strangled Randwick to 6/41. The last 4 wickets were a struggle for the Tahs. A mix of some good lower order hitting and missed chances allowed the opposition to get to 141. With a 160 run lead and 45 overs left in the day, Gainsy sent Randwick back in to stick. Petersham went after Jamo from ball one and were 2/9 after the first over. The rest of the day was eventful but lacking wickets. After a great effort to get 10 points, Gainsy called the day with 10 overs left having Randwick 5/130. An awesome day for the Tahs, continuing our momentum leading into the last 2 rounds. A big thank you to Gordon, Willy and Henry who’s continued work throughout our days of cricket is irreplaceable!
Nick McLachlan’s 3rd Grade side made the rare trip outside the North Shore on Saturday against Randwick-Petersham. Data plans were shown no mercy, as GPS was heavily required to navigate the big city streets, but also to count just how many other clubs were nestled into the 10km stretch between the 1st and 3rd grade matches.
Hopes of transferring our red hot ODI form into the longer format of the game were high throughout our warmup, but with a naughty request from an unnamed ‘keeper for “someone (to) challenge us” – the pressure was on and the standards set.
Winning the toss and choosing to bat was seemingly the first of many friendly gestures from the nicest captain in all of Premier Cricket. Thankfully he was not on our side, as the pitch was hard and covered in grass, enough so for Nick to roll up the long sleeve and take the first over (strangely, to also declare it “flat” within said over).
With Somerville’s raw pace operating at one end and McLachlan’s mind games at the other, opportunities were taken to see Manly well on the front foot through consistent wickets and incredibly few runs on a small ground. By drinks, Bishop-Perrett had Sam Hole taking a screamer in the cordon, Bain knocked off stump half way to the boundary, Somerville had beaten the edge more times than not and was still only the second unluckiest player on the park, capped off by Nick’s friendly relationship with the umpire getting him over the line in an LBW shout on the 15th ball of the match, with no shot offered.
Maybe not so flat after all.
Amongst the carnage, Isaiah Vumbacca was rushed into the attack to fulfil his obligatory minimum of 2-not many, including a second hanger in consecutive weeks to Jake Carden at first slip. Jake has been a welcome addition to the Red Hot 3rd grade side the last few rounds and if he continues to put in the hard yards at training and perform on the field as he has, will be a significant contributor to our finals campaign, especially as Sam Hole continues to suffer from his self-diagnosed heat induced fever. Congrats Jake on the selection and to Isaiah for turning the performance player curse on its head and continuing his incredible form, very lucky!
With the intention of wrapping up the Randwick-Petersham innings for well under 100, Nick saved Counsell from the dreaded TFC and let him bowl at a No 8 literally half his size (rumours they played each other in the Metro Cup not so many years ago now circulating) before re-introducing himself and Somers to smother any potential for the tail to wag.
All out in the 70’s with 33 overs left in the day.
From here, it was no secret the wicket played a hand in the Randy-Pete’s innings, the plan was to play our natural game, be responsible and build a platform, Skipper Nick could not stress the importance of this enough. Brewster was unfortunately undone early by a new ball doing everything whilst playing a genuine defensive stroke, whilst Hole put together a lusty “go and fetch this you dog” run a ball 30-odd before he too fell, at the score of 37 for the team total.
Nick’s message to play their natural game lost on everyone.
The fact that Sam scored 50% of the opposition’s total off approximately 10% as many deliveries was lost on nobody, except for one unlucky allrounder(?).
After Alex “Styleness” Bain loosened the turf around the off stump in the first innings, a quick procession of Manly batsmen having that same pole obliterated had the growing crowd rekindle some faith in the home side at 5-55, especially after Jake decided the off peg had endured enough abuse and let his middle stump cartwheel instead.
This confidence only confirmed that the Waratah Wrap is not available at any local coffee shops in the area, as this only brought Isaiah back into the game.
“Izzy” took Nick’s advice and played his natural game, peppering the cover region for fun, but really just riding his luck, the opposition report will no doubt read once the loss is digested.
The fact that the Tah’s had crept just 7 runs shy of taking first innings points and Izzy actually took 7 off the delivery sums up just how outclassed the opposition bowlers were. Welcome to The Clinic, Dr Isaiah will see you now. Combining with his skipper for a 92 run 5th wicket stand, they took the Tah’s to 5-147 declared off a ridiculous 24 overs. This left Isaiah on 70* and anyone who has seen “The CK” in full flight knows that with 54 deliveries still left in the day, the only question would have been just how big could he have gone.
With 7 overs left in the day, a 70-run lead and The Toronto Prince like a raging bull at the top of his mark, wind at his back, you had to feel bad for the opposition openers, nobody wants to fail twice in a day and you’d have to be so unlucky to do so! As the multiple birthday parties have now cleared on the surrounds of the oval, the silence is deafening.
Bowled McLachlan, Caught Brewster.
Bowled Somerville, Caught Brewster.
A day for the good guys and still no challenger as per Brewster’s request.
2-19 with a deficit still in the 50’s. Man might not be Hot but 3’s certainly are!
Special thanks for Roy Vumbacca for his coaching assistance as always and a genuine thanks to Scott from Randy-Pete’s, a true gentleman of the game
The Mighty 3s, once again travelled out to beautiful Petersham Oval. This hot team once again had a disciplined warmup, starting with the Blue Collars (Somers Capt) and The White Collars (Sam “Corporate” Hole Capt) in the game of Touch Football, typically ending in a draw the boys made few mistakes in the fielding drills Martin Roy Vumbuca had set up for us.
With only 8 wickets to get for the Tahs, Bainy and Counsell opened up, in what was dissappointing news for Counsell that his mate had been dropped from the team, he didnt let up by bowling 1/1 off 6 overs, and letting the Bain Train up the other end bowl fast and unluckly, with chances flying in gaps and beating the bat on many occasions. Bain only claimed the 1 wicket, which should of been 2, but the early celebration of Brewy forgot that he had to catch the ball first, and Bainy’s explosion let him know all of his frustrations.
With RPs 4 down Nickos brought RBP and Sommers on, RBP bowled on a dime like he always does and built pressure for Andy, with the over rate increasing, Isaiah was welcomed into the bowling lineup with once again a master class of spin bowling the RPs were crumbling, the mighty 3s bowling attack had once again caused havac. Sommers claiming 5 Nick, Michael, Isaiah and Bainy all claimed one each, and what can be described as some amazing fielding by Zacy T to get a runout.
Randy Petes bowled out for 104 in 2nd innings.
Leaving Manly to get 34.
Enter Sam Hole, for those that are unaware Sam loves his stats, so being only a couple of runs infront of 2nd runscorer. Sam does the unthinkable and tries to hit the first ball to the moon (didn’t make it out of the Circle). The tahs achieve the 34 runs with only losing the 1 wicket of Matt whom and I quote, “It was going into the Tooheys factory” if it made it past catching midwicket. With Daly keeping his wicket up one end Sam finished on 26* which takes him ahead on Stats for another week.
The Mighty 3s have taken 3rd position. The boys face what will be there toughest game of the season next week against Easts, and will be a good challenge leading into Finals. The Easts boys will need to be ready as 3s havent lost a game at home yet. Will the Main grade make it 7 from 7? Will they knock off Easts? We will have to wait and see.
A fter piling on a mammoth 7/376 from 80 overs the week before, Skipper Gummer decided it was best to declare and give Randy-Petes a crack at batting. There were a few excited faces in the sheds before heading out to warm up as former fourth grade skipper and full-time legend Max Burgess was lacing the spikes up again to be one of our two super subs for the day. Young Willy Gus was our second super sub for the day. Wigney (2/37) and Seward (1/27) opened up and continually beat the bat but weren’t getting the rewards they deserved. Wigney finally opened his account and got our first breakthrough with the score on 50. Crombie (1/18) was introduced and managed to clean up the other opener. The star of last week, Adam Gummer then introduced himself and was immediately rewarded as he skittled their #3 with the ball of the century, and then got another wicket an over later. Randy-Petes crept to tea with the score at 4/74. The Tahs knew they needed a huge effort after tea to get the last 6 wickets, and ensure it was a 5/5 effort across the grades for the good guys.
After tea, Seward was reintroduced into the attack to join Graham and Seward immediately struck, causing Randy-Petes to be struggling at 5/78. Chasing down the runs was never on the table for Randwick, it was always going to be a salvage mission, with a draw the best case scenario for them. A few runs went by and with the score on 102, Jacob ‘Yak’ Graham decided he was going to attempt a bouncer that got to nipple height, and Gummer set the trap and Maxxy Burgess took the catch at deep backward square. Gummer then brought himself on and he got 3 quick wickets and ending up taking the incredible figures of 5/14 off 11 overs with his left-arm orthodox bowling to pretty much wrap up the game. Gummer then brought on Maxxy Burgess who was on the march for his 100thwicket for the Tahs, but it wasn’t to be as Wigney burgled the last wicket and Randy-Petes were all out for 129 from 59 overs.
A great win for the Tahs after a few devastatingly close losses over the past few weeks. A huge thanks to Maxxy B and Willy G for filling in and helping us out in the field.
5th grade rocked up to Kensington Oval looking to back up an almighty batting performance from the previous week. Bowlers were licking their lips knowing from the previous week that there were wickets to be had if they could get their line and length correct. The key to the day was who would take their chances. Clearly evident with the first wicket of the day. With The Dr. (Andrew Rochford) bowling a horrendous mid thigh full toss only for the batsmen to push it sluggishly to mid on. This seemed to give Manly the confidence they needed with the Dr bowling with great control and swing. Having it going both ways the Dr was able to exploit the next two batsmen ripping out there leg poles, leaving RP’s 4/29. Manly had a sniff however injury forced the Dr to take a backseat. Manly needed another individual to step up. Sam Jones answered the call exploiting the notion that full tosses get wickets Manly had their 5th. This brought two senior veterans to the crease for RP’s who looked to control the flow of runs and bat with patience. Manly however looked to one of their own veterans in Aidan Baker. Once again exploiting the swinging delivery AB was able to break through and Manly had there 6th. Manly headed to tea knowing full well they were in control however one partnership could change the dynamic of the game. This seemed to be the case with RP’s building a nice 7th wicket stand. With the veterans breaking down left right and centre, Manly turned to its youth and spin. Enter Lachlan Trewartha who bowled with great control and flight was able to exploit a bit more bounce and had there dangerous batsmen caught at short leg. This was well backed up by the other spin twin Barnett who was able to have their captain look foolish and guide one past him only for Reiley Dunlop to rip off the bails leaving RP’s 8/113. Some late hitting and horrendous fielding with a multitude of drop catches, As well as RP’s vocal leader forgetting that this was cricket and not a courtroom only extended the game for a brief period. However Manly once again turned to another youngster in Jordy Brewster to clean up the tail. RP’s all out for 133. This was a great fight back and overall performance by Manly 5th who at one point during week one looked dead and buried struggling to post a score of 100 at one stage. A character building performance that should set them up for the final two games.
For rounds nine and ten the Manly 3rd Grade Women’s team found themselves back at Forsyth park to play against an experienced Gordon’s team. Winning the toss we decided to field first, Gordon put on a strong start using the short boundary to their advantage when presented with a short delivery. The first wicket came in the sixth over with an edge and a catch from wicket keeper Natalie Guyot. The runs kept coming until the 10th over when Alicia Humphrey clean bowled the Gordon batter for the second wicket of the day. The final two wickets of the innings were sister double acts, the first being bowled by Renee Hough and caught by Olivia Hough who was keeping at the time. And the second bowled by Mia Waddington and caught by Claire Waddington. Gordon played well, finding the gaps and punishing the short ball to finish on 4/136.
Taking to the field, Manly knew of the task ahead of them and went out to bat with a fighting attitude. The quick wicket of Isabelle Keene in the first over wasn’t the start we wanted but Nat and Mia continued in a steady manner. Gordon had placed their field well and catches stuck, a lofted delivery from Mia saw her caught in the fifth over. Nat proved to be the backbone of the innings but as the overs ticked over the run rate required climbed. Gordon bowled straight and full and Manly couldn’t keep up with the run rate and finished all out in the 19th over for 90 runs.Round 10 saw Manly win the toss and decide to bat first. Changing the order slightly we saw Nat and Olivia go into bat first. A top order batting collapse saw the team fall to 4/25 in the fourth over, Mia came into bat and had an excellent innings – retiring at 33 runs off 24 balls which helped increase the run rate. Chelsea McLerie played very well scoring six from a beautiful drive and putting on a great partnership with Renee. We finished the innings 7/103.
We got our fielding innings off to a flying start with Sarah Gordon taking a wicket on her third ball, but a couple of short deliveries in the second over allowed Gordon to reach the boundary with ease. A second wicket came in the third over but with two of key Gordon batsmen retiring not out they won the innings on 2/104 in the 11th over. Manly continued valiantly as Gordon batted on for bonus points, wickets came to Mia and Isabelle but we couldn’t dampen the run rate – Gordon finished 4/174.
It was a proud moment not only for the Manly Warringah District Cricket Club as we took the field for the first ever Sydney Women’s u15 Premier Cricket Side but also the six debutants playing their first game for Manly. With warms ups completed it was time for the capping ceremony where Annabelle Fegan, Stephanie Hughes, Cassandra Keller, Sophie Lowry, Sallie Molyneux and Lauren Muriti were all presented with their playing caps from coach and Board Member Ross Denny.
Having been sent into bat and with the formalities done it was time the start this exciting new competition. Our openers didn’t take long to get into the game Caitlin du Preez and Emily Horstead (16) got the score to 9 of the first nine balls before manly struck trouble with the loss of two quick wickets to find ourselves at 2/10 after 3 overs. Needing to consolidate and form a partnership its exactly what Emily and Ruby Gruber (10) did. Both girls displayed patience in a 34 run partnership that took us to the 17th over before we lost our third wicket. This brought Stephanie Hughes to the crease, upping the tempo Steph was the best of our bats scoring a wonderful 19 off only 30 balls. An impressive start for Steph with Manly. At the competition of 35 overs we ended up at 7/89 and perhaps a few short.
Defending a low score was going to be tough, however we gave ourselves a chance after two early wickets, Northern Districts in a similar position to us at 2/9. We then secured our third to have ND’s at 3/20. It was their 4th wicket partnership of 64 runs that almost put us out of the game, ND’s were 3/74 needing only 16 runs to win with 7 wickets in hand. The fight and self-belief our Manly girls showed reminded all at the ground that you can win a game of cricket from any position, and although we didn’t quite get there we had ND’s at 8/88 and then 9/90. At this stage they had won the game, but only just. With additional bonus points for grabs ND’s applied themselves to end their innings at 136 runs with a wonderful display of batting producing a 46 run 10th wicket partnership. Emily was the best of our bowlers with 3 wickets for 9 runs.
All in all a competitive game, that the Manly girls can build on. We look forward to next week’s game, our first at home.
Manly’s U18 Brewer girls were playing at Manly Oval versus Sydney. After a strong win against Northern Districts Gold last week, the girls were keen to do well against the only side in the competition they have not defeated so far in the season. Manly lost the toss and fielded first on a nice day at Manly Oval.
The very strong Sydney openers started off very well. Laura and Jaz opened the bowling, but could not quite find the right length in the opening overs, and the Sydney batters scored quickly. Laura managed to find the outside edge only for it to perfectly dissect the keeper and our wide slip. They put on an opening stand of 42, before Chelsea got the breakthrough, with a neat caught behind by Nat low down leg side. Sydney put on another 32 run partnership before Sienna got the next wicket, a nice catch by Hannah at short cover. Sienna and Jess pulled back the run rate after this wicket with some tight bowling and the pressure resulted in wickets. Next a quick throw from Jess and safe hands from Nat gave us an easy run out. Jess the took the next wicket with a bowled and a controversial lbw call a few balls later. Mia then finished off the innings by bulldozing Sydney’s tail with 3 quick wickets of 2 lbws and a bowled. Sydney ended up 109 off 26.4 overs, which is an awesome effort from the team.
Manly started solidly with the bat, with Mia and Nat putting on 16 runs through smart running, taking a run a ball off the first 2 overs. Then disaster struck, with the Sydney off-spinner creating havoc with her spin. Mia fell first with a stumping from the keeper’s quick hands. That brought Robyn to the crease, but she and Hannah were both dismissed within 3 balls. Bowled by ripping off-breaks. Sienna came in and held up the collapse for an over but was then bowled by the same spinner with one keeping low. Chelsea came in and looked good coming forward until she then played back and was dismissed soon after. Next to fall was Nat who got lbw and she was soon followed by Jess who was caught at mid-wicket.
Winning looked so far away and we made it look further away than it should have been, especially because we started so well. At this point we were 7/26 and Jasmin and Renee were at the crease. Renee was on debut and with Jas they put on a 20 run partnership with some quick running and smart hitting, until Jas was bowled. Laura then came in and with Renee put together another 20 partnership. Matching the run rate required without taking unnecessary chances. The total was looking a lot closer but we had only 2 wickets in hand. Renee was then run out for 15, which was a great effort. Abbey joined Laura for a last wicket partnership and our last hope. Abbey got a quick 13 runs, with 3 fours and Laura with 8 runs and a four as well. They put on another 20 runs bringing our
total up to 86 before Abbey was caught. We were all out for 86 off 28.3 overs, not our best effort and a bit disappointing for the girls as we definitely could’ve chased this down and backed up our performance last week if we were able to bat out the overs.
It felt like the one that got away for the girls, which shows how far they have come since their inaugural season last year as we definitely had a chance this time around, but we know what we need to work on and will hopefully bounce back next week where we are up against the top of the table Northern District blue at Storey Park.