The rain spoilt a few parties over the weekend resulting in one win from seven games across the grades for the Waratahs. 1s were on track for victory thanks to 4fa from Ryan Hadley and 3fa from Mickey Edwards but rain intervened our chase. 2s got the rough end of the stick as their unlucky season continued, having the worst of the conditions to go down to Parramatta who leap frogged them into the finals. 3s, 4s and 5s all played out draws which booked them all finals spots. Zach Trewartha made 77 in 3s to hold the innings together while skipper Adam Gummer made another fighting half century in 4s. 5s bowled well thanks to 3 wickets to Andrew Rochford and Rhoop Dhillon but weren’t able to complete the match. Regardless, they qualify for the finals.
W2s Minor Premiership quest faulted on Sunday with a big defeat to Parramatta. A loss to forget but it is cushioned by our W15s putting in an awesome display to get past Mosman in a fantastic match. Skipper Eliza Henry was the star thanks to 33* and 2 wickets, with the rest of the bowling line-up also doing the job, taking the last 5 wickets for only 20 runs.
Zachy T has been named 4pines player of the week for his gritty 77 off 97 balls in 3rd grade’s draw with Parramatta. He found the boundary 7 times including one maximum. He is yet to eclipse the century mark this season but hopefully he is saving a big knock for the finals.
He came to the club as a crafty outswing bowler but has since tried his hand in all facets of the game (with the exception of wicket-keeping). We at the Waratahs believe he has a long-future plundering runs on behalf of the Northern Beaches community. A very exciting batsman to watch and a very exciting prospect for Manly cricket.
A fun filled day of covers looked to be on the cards for the first grade boys today. The start was delayed, and a 43 over game was decided upon. The manly bowling attack once again tore through the opposition once the threatening partnership was broken. From there, regular wickets fell at both ends, with 4 to Hadley, 3 to M Edwards, 2 to J Edwards, and one to Visser. Parra were bowled out for 168 off just 24 overs.
On the topic of Viss, he has decided to hang up the boots, looking to spend more time with his fiancée. Cricket is often an excuse to do the opposite, but on behalf of the whole of the manly fraternity, I would like to congratulate Viss on a wonderful career. He took 364 wickets for the club, and as he went for 50 off his 5 on Saturday, we know he will back for the 20/21 season. See you then.
Continuing on, the batting innings didn’t start in an ideal fashion, with Logan middling a ball on to his stumps. From there, Jack and Jay made light work of the parra bowling attack, with Jack managing 21 off 11 with two six’s, and Jay supporting with 14 off 12 before the rain settled in and the game was abandoned.
A hit and miss season was had by the first grade men. We saw glimpses of the brilliance we are capable of in the back end of the season, with games that should have gone our way in the start of the season. To only be 10 points out of the top 6 with the year that we had is a credit to the fight and determination everyone showed throughout. An unbelievable amount of enjoyment was had by all, and we now have the foundations to do incredible things in 20/21.
Thanks to everyone for the support.
3 – Ryan Hadley
2 – Mickey Edwards
1 – Jack Edwards
Fielding – Bomber (Luke Edgell)
To what seems a familiar setting at the current times, once again 2nd grade rocked up to the ground with rain falling from the sky at Old Kings Oval. Play was delayed by 30 minutes and to keep everything consistent Jamo lost the toss and we were put into bat in what was a very English looking wicket – green and sticky.
We started of the inning in a flash with us loosing our first wicket at 34 of 3 overs. We continued to loose wickets and a quick rate and the weather continued to look like a hindrance. The only positive to our batting display was a young Joel Davies showing some gritt with 22 off 100 ball before the rain stopped the entire innings at 112 for 8.
The rain eventually cleared and duck worth louis came down for a chat and reduced Parramatta’s run chase to a very achievable 63 off 15 overs…. With everything to play for the boys geared up for a last crack at making the finals cricket, however with conditions not in our favour with the wicket favouring the batting team now Parramatta chased the total down in 10 overs in what was a disappointing end to the season.
However, to end on a positive – the season was a huge success for 2s with moral and team spirit always trumping. A big thank you to all that helped out make the season a joyful one for the team and stay safe out there! With everything that’s going on it puts it all in perspective.
3 – Joel Davies
2 – Andrew Jamieson
1 – Andrew Hicks
Fielding award – ash
The threes boys rocked up to the Graham’s fortress searching for some momentum coming into finals against a string parramatta side.
With rain threatening in the afternoon, new skipper Sam hole was unsure on weather to bat first on a nice wicket or bowl due to rain uncertainty. Luckily for senior hope we lost the toss and were sent into bat so his decision making skills as a captain were thankfully not needed.
Brewster and hole opened up the batting and the first 6 overs were absolute fireworks. Taking it to the bowlers Brewster hit an exciting 40 off 28 rocks including a monster six off a bouncer. Unfortunately for Matt he smelt blood and went for one too many. After a few quick wickets we were travelling nervously at 3-50. Jacob and zach put on a small partnership and next thing you know we were at 7-105. Zach trewartha put on a clinical innings showing patience and power making his way to 77 with great support from josh Seward. The 10th wicket partnership between wigney and counsell was fantastic bringing our score up to 216.
Rain then came and the game was called and we crawl into sixth place for finals
3 Zach Trewartha
2 Matt Brewster
1 Mickey Counsell
As we arrived at Merrylands oval still concerned about the weather, we were delayed till 11 they won the toss sent us in to have a bat opening up with Cohen and Gummer as we toiled away at there opening bowlers with Gumms and cohen making it look easy with an opening partnership that helped us to get off to a good confident start as we lost cohen for 36 and Wheeler the ball after for a golden duck, Gumms was still working hard to stick in there with new batsmen Duly up the other end with Duly running Gummer out not too long after with Gummer ending up with a cheeky 57.
Then not too long after losing Duly with two new batsmen at the crease Lindsay and Charles with Lindsay hitting a couple bombs as per usual then unfortunately being dismissed for a good 40, As new batsmen Charles and Melchiore the rain started to start and get harder and harder to the point of us putting the covers on and rushing off the field.
We hang around for a while and with a couple of games of indoor cricket with the hope of maybe getting back on the field with more sitting around, the umpires decide to call it a day due to the ground being way too wet for us to get back on.
3 Adam Gummer
2 Andrew Lindsay
1 Nick Cohen
Needing a win to guarantee a spot in the finals, the 5’s boys turned up to Mike Pawley prepared for what looked like being a shortened game. With Parramatta winning the toss and choosing to bat, a questionable decision considering conditions, the ball was in our court to try and minimise the chase and set up a game despite the conditions. Parra got off to a fast start, reaching 48 with no real trouble before the big skip Rochie got two big wickets, and a third not long after, to leave them 3-58.
Not long after, Rhoop Dillon and Morley were called upon in tough leg-spin bowling conditions. However they both bowled beautifully with great control and variation, going for only 35 runs between them off their 10 overs each. After the expedition, the Westerners were left reeling at 7-107 before the number 9 took off hitting an explosive 30 odd, including 20 runs off the final over to leave the visitors with a respectable 7-166 and a tough chase in dodgy conditions. Disappointingly however, the rain swept in and no more play was completed, meaning that we finished 6th and meet minor premiers North Sydney at NSO, a great achievement considering the youth of the group. Until next time, keep it real.
Fielding award- Darcy Fleming
The final regular season round for Women’s Second Grade saw our girls head west for a top of the table clash with Parramatta at the Old King’s Oval.
With the winner of the match claiming minor premiership honours, there was plenty to play for and Captain Jess Kaye got us off to the right start by winning the toss. With more rain forecast and grey skies looming overhead, Jess sent Parramatta into bat.
The leading run scorer in the Women’s Second Grade Premier competition, Kelsey Miller, and the No.4 ranked batter, Elsa Hunter, opened the batting for Parramatta and our bowlers knew they had their stiffest challenge of the season. Miller, who has scored 672 runs in nine innings at 96 this season, and Hunter were tied down by our open quicks Annabel Hutt and Mia Waddington.
But Miller stepped up the aggression and found the boundary three times and cleared it once in the first seven overs. We made a bowling change to try and conjure up a wicket. Mikaela Turik and Sienna James slowed the run rate a little and there were some sharp chances missed in between rain delays.
The first ball after a drinks break, Mikaela almost grabbed a full-blooded Miller pull shot off Sienna’s bowling, but the ball forced its way through her hands and hit her in the face, leaving a mark below her left eye. While she bowled and fielded through the rest of the innings, Mikaela was unable to bat and was later taken to the medical centre for treatment.
Spinner Zara Shipp and medium pacer Kristie Crawford had their shots at breaking the opening partnership, and it was Zara who proved successful when Miller miscued a drive and was caught by Jess at mid-off.
The wicket brought Miller’s sister, Rebecca, to the crease and Shipp had her measure two runs later when she was caught by Annabel at mid-wicket.
Kristie pitched in with the next wicket when Parramatta No.4, Zoya Thakur, edged a swinging ball through to keeper Nat Guyot.
Hunter and Parra keeper Kate Pelle moved the score along to 129 when Pelle lofted a drive to mid-on and was caught by Gemma Lacey. Gemma couldn’t be kept out of the game and effected a direct hit run out to claim Parramatta’s fifth wicket in the 42nd over.
Parramatta posted 195 for their 50 overs and with Mikaela injured and unable to bat, we knew it was going to be tough to reel in the total.
After rain delayed the start of our batting innings for nearly 30 minutes, Nat and Zara headed out to the middle. The score was on one heading into the second over when Nat snicked one through to the keeper.
Zara and Annabel put on 14 runs before Zara was run out for 7.
With Parra having the benefit of a dry ball, they grabbed all their chances in the field and the writing was on the wall when Kristie was dismissed for 10 runs and the score 5 for 32. The tail didn’t wag either as we lost 5 for 16 and were heading back to the beaches after 25 overs.
With a bit of water on the covers at LM Graham the Manly girls and parents put their expert Ground Staff skills into practice. Thank you particularly to Glenn on the blower and Jason and Guy for being on standby throughout the day.
The pitch looked a little sticky, but in winning the toss Eliza Henry had no hesitation to take the opportunity to bat first. After losing opener Maya Nicey early, Sophia Chick and Caitlin du Preez put on 30 for the second wicket. We then lost 3 for 12 leaving us precariously placed at 4/57. A stoic Emily Horstead then joined Eliza and together they progressed the score towards 100 before Eliza retired and Emily was dismissed with the score on 101. We lost the last 6 wickets for just 20 runs and ended on an under par 121, probably 40 short of a good total. This would be tough to defend.
Thank you to the Manly parents who donned gloves and took up tongs to ensure our Manly lunch was served as hygienically as possible.
Our defence of the total started strongly with Annabelle Fegan and Caitlin bowling straight and taking wickets. We had Mosman 3/14 and then 4/37 when Caitlin took a great catch off Sophie Lowry to dismiss Mosman’s state player. Our bowling from this point went a bit awry with many no-ball full tosses and wides being delivered. Our energy in the field was not quite at the usual levels and we leaked a few misfielded runs.
Jaime Loh got one on target to break the 40 run stand and after this Caitlin, Eliza and Maya (all with 2 wickets each) got the bowling a little straighter. With Mosman’s highest scorer retired Manly pounced, taking the last 6 wickets for 20 runs.
We got the win by 9 runs in the end, with the win looking like it will lift our W15’s back up to second place on the ladder with one game to go.