The Tahs put in another huge showing this weekend with another quality day of cricket, taking 5 from 6 victories including a Men’s clean sweep. After gaining 1st innings points last week in M1s, Saturday was about survival from Randwick-Petersham Cricket Club in 1s and they did that well. But 6 points is still 6 points. M2s had another big victory to stay on top of the ladder with all bowlers contributing to defend last weeks 346. Special shout-out to young 15 year old rep Watson Shield rep player Sentarou Murata-Davison who filled in admirably at short notice with Sam Gainsford suffering an achilles injury. M3s had a nail-biting win thanks to 55 from Max Webber, 46 from Neal Prowse, 3fa from Alex Bain and a clutch last over with the ball from Josh Wigney. M4s had a great win with Lachlan Charles and Oscar Lucius providing classy knocks, then the young guns Andrew Boulton and Roop Dhillon bringing it home with the ball. 5s has a heart stopping win thanks to clutch innings from Josh Cooper (36) and Ollie Melville (27*). Unfortunately our Women’s 3s winning run came to an end, not getting past Campbelltown despite a fantastic 4 wicket haul from Sallie Molyneux.
Sunday saw us walk away with 2 from 4 with both the Women and Men taking one each. W2s had a top of the table clash with Campbelltown and came away with a huge win, mainly thanks to a brilliant Captains knock of 39* from Mikaela Turik. Brewers also had a 1 vs 2 match vs Sydney but we just couldn’t get enough runs on the board to defend. PGs also played their top of the table counterparts in Gordon and came away with a huge win, mainly thanks to an amazing 96 off 37 balls from Ollie Davies. Finally, our M1s T20 campaign is on a knife-edge after a comprehensive loss to the Stags .
This weeks player of the week is none other than club talent and unbelievable ball striker, Ollie Davies. Ollie’s knock during Sunday’s PG’s T20, will go down as one of the all-time innings of destruction. Opening the batting and chasing a competitive 142 set by Gordon, Ollie blasted a dominant 96 off 37 balls, dispatching the ball to all parts inside and outside of Chatswood Oval. The innings had all those watching in awe of such a display, leading the PG’s boys to a strong top of the table victory. This was complimented by taking 3fa in both PG’s and the 1st Grade T20 on Sunday.
Congrats Ollie and go Manly !
This weeks Women’s Burdekin Player of the Week goes to Second Grade Captain Mikaela Turik. Mikaela played the captain’s knock the W2s needed, steering Manly home to a bonus point win on the last ball of the 16th over with a classic boundary down the ground and scoring 39* off 44 balls. This equals Mikaela’s top score for Manly in her second year at the club. Mik was also a standout in the field, making two key run outs and taking a late wicket to get Campbelltown all out in the 18th over to secure the team 1st position on the table.
Congratulations and well deserved Mikaela!
After gaining first innings points, the Manly boys arrived on day two looking for what would be a very hard fought outright victory. Edwards and Hadley took the new ball and had both the Randwick Petersham openers play and missing at several balls throughout each over. Both were extremely unlucky not to get wickets in the first session of play. The opposition looked like they were going to be heading to the lunch break no wickets down before an exceptional bit of fielding by Herd with a direct hit runout saw Manly take 1 wicket with them to the lunch break.
Hadley and Carden each picked up a wicket not long after lunch to see Randwick 3 down. It was hard work for the Manly bowlers moving forward with not much intent being shown by the batsmen, but Edwards got the breakthrough of what was looking to be a match saving partnership for the opposition. Not long after Edwards’ breakthrough, Herd picked up two wickets in the same over which saw Randwick 6 wickets down. O’Keefe also picked up an important wicket but it just wasn’t enough as we were unable to take the last 3 wickets. It was a long day in the field for the Manly boys but an impressive bowling effort which saw 7 wickets fall on what was a very nice batting wicket, still picking up 6 points from the week before.
3 points – Jack Edwards
2 points – Jake Carden
1 point – Steve O’Keefe
Week two saw Manly’s seconds aim to defend 346 runs on a beautiful day at Coogee oval.
After an exuberant breakfast: highlights included the eggs benedict at one of Coogee’s finest cafes, skipper Andrew Jamison and Tom Kaye opened proceedings with immediate success both behind the wicket. This opening pair was brilliant in consistency giving no opportunities for the Randwick top order to score.
Supporting these two, Andrew Hicks and Ryan-Bish bowled testing areas and by lunch we had Randwick 3-60. At lunch the lads proceeded to be coerced into buying an $18 chicken and cheese toastie. Was it worth the $18?Absolutely not.
After lunch O’Sullivan and Hicks bowled well in partnership as well as contributions from Isaiah Vumbaca and Joel Davies and the rest of the Randwick batting line up were slowly castled by the enigma and famously annoying Ryan Bishop-Perret.
Overall a great day for the second grade team which are clearly the current team to beat in the second-grade competition. Which we love.
3 Points – Isaiah Vumbaca
2 Points – Joel Davies
1 Point – Ryan Bishop-Perrett
Three’s were back and running again after a dominant win against Mosman, and looked to continue their momentum against Randwick-Petersham upon a return to fortress Graham’s. After a brilliantly provided breakfast by the Butchers Cafe, the boys were energetic and optimistic, looking to cement a spot in the top 6 after an inconsistent start to the season. Skipper Sam Hole had nothing to do with the toss due to Covid restrictions and it payed a track as the Randwick captain made an idiotic call of heads. Manly to bat first. Brilliant, love it.
The Webber boys Sam and Max opened the innings and it took 5 minutes for myself to explain to the scorer they weren’t related. They started the innings off in perfect style, with a quartet of consecutive boundaries providing rhythm to the innings and continually ticking over Manly’s innings. The fall of S. Webber brought in Jordan ‘Goober’ Daly and he was quickly into stride. Max brought up a crafty 50 in a welcomed return to form before he lost his wicket on 55. From here wickets trickled throughout the innings, halting Manly’s ability to retain the rhythm they began with. Ultimately ending up with a score of 231. A competitive total on a relatively good wicket.
In response Manly started on the back foot with yours truly going down with a side strain in his second over. Manly now a bowler down for the remainder of the innings. Manly fought back well though. Alex Bain the game changer with a crafty spell taking 3 big wickets. Randwick continued to hang in however and after smart spells from Trewartha and Wigney through the middle period the game remained evenly poised leading into the final 10 overs. From here the game ebbed and flowed with both sides gaining momentum through occasional wickets and some lusty blows from Randwick’s Number 9. In the end it was Wigney who closed out the game for the home side. Defending 10 off the final over for manly to win by 8 runs. A gritty performance, with strong moments from all members of the team.
A shoutout to Jack ‘Melkman’ Melchiore who fielded as a replacement for Seward the fallen soldier, and another shoutout to Will Gustafson who also sub fielded for a couple of overs and was lucky to leave the field with his life after a pull shot went straight over his head for six, a ball that would have hit him square in the head if he was correctly positioned on the boundary. Love your work. Big thanks to all the support crew and well done to the boys for a well rounded performance. The close wins are the ones that make or break a team and we’ve passed our first test. Back at the fortress next week. Get down to atmosphere park and watch the main grade go again. Go Manly!
3 points – Alex Bain
2 points – Max Webber
1 point – Josh Wigney
A warm day, a picturise ground and the buzz of morning exercise groups welcomed the Manly boys as they arrived at Petersham Oval looking to rack up their third straight win. With the footy still sitting in Bankstown, Roy took the boys through their warm-ups.
Manly lost the toss and were sent into bat.
Openers Adam Gummer and Nick Cohen settled in well against some lively opening bowling on deck that looked to have plenty early on. Unfortunately, Manly lost wickets at regular intervals at the top with Nick Cohen scoring a hard fought 26 and Dom Wheeler 16. With Lachlan Charles set for a big innings and looking aggressive Roop joined him in the middle looking to play the anchor role during the oppositions spin attack and steady the ship. They put on a 37-run partnership before Roop held out in the deep. Enter Oscar Lucius, looking positive and rotating the strike, allowed Charles to accelerate and find much needed boundaries before he was trapped on a well made 61. With the innings coming to a close, Oscar played a little cameo finishing strong on 39 no and helping Manly reach a defendable total of 195.
The Manly boys were keen for an early finish, as Glynn broke through early putting the opposition on the back foot. With Randwick-Petersham looking to drag the moment back through aggressive batting Gums called on one of his young guns Andrew, who straight away hit the length and frustrated the batter into a wicket. Just when the opposition were looking to rebuild, Gums called in his spin twins, Roop (3/36) and Jake (1/26), immediately having an impact, Roop and Jake went onto to remove their 1,4,5,6 and 7 which included some brilliant/agile fielding from Gums for a run out.
With the Manly boys looking at the finishing line, Gums called in his spearheads to clean up the tail and sing the team song and that was exactly what they did, Andrew and Glynn removed the rest of the batters and finishing with the respective figures of (Andrew 3/17) and (Glynn 2/15).
A great all-round performance with the bat and ball.
3 Points – Lachie Charles
2 Points – Oscar Lucius
1 Point – Andrew Boulton
After last weeks dramatic and embarrassing loss, 5’s were out to get their season back on track, with a win against Randy Petes. Roch won the toss and elected to bowl, with himself and Evan Dunnachie to open up. Evan bowled the perfect opening spell of outswing, with very little error, and was rewarded by taking 3 wickets in his 8 over opening spell. A run out had the visitors 4-37, with Liam Dinan dismantling the off peg soon after to have them 5-41. Randy Petes began working their way back into the game, but some class bowling by Josh Cooper (1-20), Rochie (2-29), and Ollie Melville (2-31) rounded out the innings to finish them off for 128. Again special mention to Evan, who was the pick of the bowlers with 3-19 off his 10.
A change in the order meant Billy O’Brien and Jack Melchiore would open the stick. They got the side off to a good start, but both fell within the first 10 overs. The tahs were damaged by the constant fall of wickets, however Josh Cooper was the rock behind the innings as he batted patiently through the fall of wickets. He was soon joined by Ollie Melville, and the pair got the team to within 10 runs of the total. Coops was dismissed soon after for a solid knock of 36, and the fall of another wicket almost immediately after had the team 8 down with still 6 runs to get. The injured Charlie Johnston outlasted the few balls he faced, and Manly got home 8-down, Ollie finishing with 27 and red ink. A solid performance particularly with the ball and in the field meant 5’s took home the 6 points.
3 Points – Evan Dunnachie
2 Points – Josh Cooper
1 Point – Ollie Melville
Conditions were humid and overcast at Manly Oval, but after losing the toss and Campbelltown sending us in to bowl (captain Mikaela’s preferred outcome given the looming threat of rain), we already felt the day falling in our favour.
The girls got off to a flying start and had Campbelltown 2-3 in the second over following great bowling from Annie, with a run out off Mikaela’s rocket arm, and from Sienna (1 for 7), who today took her 50th wicket for Manly, the first female player to do so in the club’s history. Congratulations Sienna!!! The wickets kept falling for Campbelltown with wickets to Chelsea (1 for 6), Charley (2 for 13) and Nat (2 for 15). Mik (1 for 16) then brought herself on to clean up the tail and get Campbelltown all out for 70 in the 18th over. All round it was a terrific fielding performance from all the girls, cutting off singles and applying the pressure needed to win the match. The covers came out briefly during the change of innings and we began to fear a repeat of our unfortunate series of early season washouts, but the rain cleared and Charley and Zara stepped out (in unison, of course) to open the batting. Manly had a slow and difficult start with some very unlucky dismissals, but luckily captain Mik (39*) came through, providing stability to our batting attack even with wickets falling around her.
She secured the winning runs in the 16th over with a straight drive for four with Renee (1*) to support her. A great match to secure W2s rightful position at the top of the table – well done girls!
3 points – Mikaela Turik
1 point – Chelsea McLerie, Sienna James and Charley Camburn
Fielding – Annie Hutt
Womens 3s started their early drive at 9:47am to head out to Raby 3 (taking a quick detour to drive thru starbucks at marsden park) to play the top of the table clash against Campbelltown Camden. Skipper Liv lost to toss and we were sent into field first.
Openers Charlotte and Sallie providing a strong start for our bowling campaign with Sallie taking a cheeky 4fa. Sallie’s final wicket was taken by a very dramatic slide by club captain Renee. Skipper Liv and Mia Nel came on keeping the run rate down and the pressure was then on the batters. Jaz came through with another wicket sending an in-form batsman off the field. Mia ended her last over with a run out by Abby thrown from deep cover to the bowling end. Campbelltown ended their innings on 6-105 and we knew we were in for a tough batting innings.
Sarah and Mia opened the batting but unfortunately Sarah was caught after setting us off for 9 runs. Jess came in at 3 but that was sadly short-lived as she was caught by the same fielder that Sarah was. Renee came in but somehow got out after the ball hit her bat, foot then somehow shoulder (??) before hitting her stumps and the bails falling off. Steph then came in and gave us some hope with 13 but was soon dismissed too. Liv came in while suffering a back injury but made sure she provided some entertainment. Jaz came in with sights of Raby 1 but ended up walking back to Raby 3 sheds. Charlotte and Liv were both not out to end our innings. Manly ended their innings after 20 overs at 6/69.
3 Points – Sallie Molyneux
2 Points – Jasmin Wilson
1 Point – Mia Nel
Fielding – Renee Hough
The 1’s boys arrived after seeing a dominant victory from the PG’s boys in the morning, recognising early she’s a road!
Some sore bodies warmed up to bowl after Gordon elected to bat, confident that if we could get a couple breakthroughs up top then it would go a long way to winning the fixture. Despite a quick start, Gordon’s key batsman in Crawford was dismissed in the second over trying to put on onto the train tracks. Herd took one of his own to have them 2 down in the powerplay. In case it’s never been mentioned, teams that lose 3 in the powerplay lose something like 80% of the games. We couldn’t grab the 3rd, and the game was in the balance. Gordon took the game to us a little bit with some nice striking and some sub par bowling until the ball was tossed to Ollie Davies. Fair to say it was Ollie’s first proper opportunity with the ball this year in 1’s and didn’t he deliver, taking 3 cheap wickets and bringing the game back into balance. Gordon managed 175, about par for a wicket that flat and boundary that small square. We were confident.
The boys up too quickly passed 20, but then wickets began to tumble in regular succession. Some bad luck combined withsome misexecution saw the score at 4-50 with the boys in trouble. Despite Merchant spending some time in the middle and Herd striking some cleanly, the boys were all out for 128. The T20’s haven’t quite clicked this year so far, not through lack of trying though. Everybody involved is looking forward to turning the tide and going 2/2 in our double header next weekend and showing the competition our true talent and potential.
The lads arrived at Chatswood oval eager for the top of the table clash against Gordon. As expected, Jack lost the toss on a road and we were bowling.
After the first 2 overs of seam bowling, it was well and truly known that the pitch was flat, outfield was quick, and that spin would play a large part in our bowling innings. Following the next 18 overs would be from the array of spinners available. There was no pick of the bowlers as every spinner came on and bowled perfect lines with varying pace, taking wickets for a small number of runs. An amazing job by our bowlers to restrict Gordon to 142, after they had been 3/70 after 6 overs.
Chasing 140 in a T20 had been a tricky chase for PGs in the last few years, however both Ollie and Joel went after it in a hurry. Ollie the pick of the batsmen hitting 96 off 37 balls. Gordon bowlers were bemused with where to bowl, with Ollie clearing the fence numerous times. An amazing innings that cemented the win. At the other end Joel minced 38* off 24 balls, hitting the ball clean and in the perfect spot to witness Ollie’s dominant display.
An overall convincing win for the PGs boys chasing 142 in 11 overs as we remain undefeated.
Sunday saw our Brewer girls head into a top of the table clash against Sydney at Manly Oval. Winning the toss we decided to bat, captain Nat Guyot and Eliza Henry were sent in. With difficulty to get the ball on bat, Nat and Eliza struggled to get us started. Nat Guyot (8) was unfortunately caught and Kate Salmon (1) didn’t get much time to settle in, unlucky bowled the next over. Losing 2 quick wickets, Chloe Osborne (1) and Eliza Henry (8) in one over, had the girls on edge. Gemma Lacey and Ellie James also couldn’t get the ball on bat sadly. With another 2 quick wickets lost, Gemma Lacey (3) and Ellie James (1) it didn’t seem to look good for the girls. Mia Nel (3) had a very short bat, Ruby Gruber (9) and Emily Horstead (6) pushed for runs in the last few overs giving us a total of 46 runs.
After a short break, the girls were hesitant but walking onto the field heads were up. Starting off with Kate Salmon and Jess Manning opening. Kate bowled 2 quick wickets easing the tension, Kate was on fire with a catch as well off Emily Horsteads bowling. Our next wicket came from Emily bowling a ripper of a ball hitting off the bails. Mia Nel with a cracker of catch off Emily’s bowling left the girls hopeful. Unfortunately, Manly lost in the 13th over but defending 46 runs up to the 13th over was an astounding effort from the girls.
3 Points – Emily Horstead
2 Points – Kate Salmon
1 Point – Ruby Gruber
Fielding – Mia Nel