The final round of the 2018 calendar year has started well for the Waratah’s as we take on rivals Northern Districts. Despite a weather affected day’s play Saturday, the Tah’s put in strong performances on Day 1.
First Grade only managed to get a handful of overs in before the afternoon storms. Manly have ND’s 1/9 overnight with the ever reliable Michael Visser taking the one and only wicket. Second Grade won the toss on a good-looking wicket and despite some early wickets, youngster Neddy Hole (61) and the skipper Gainsford put on a very important partnership of 69. Manly are 5/168 overnight with Beard (10*) and Gainsford (55*) the men at the crease
The Main Grade had a strong start as well thanks to some great batting from the top order. Matty Brewster notched his first half century for the season, while Sammy Hole (39) and Jacob O’Sullivan (43*) also provided great contributions. Manly head into Day 2 in a commanding position and will be pushing for a victory that could see them edge closer to the top 6.
Fourth Grade were outstanding on Saturday knocking ND’s over for just 41 runs at Atmosphere park. All bowlers were exceptional with Wigney (3/7) and Sommerville (3/17) the standouts. Unfortunately the afternoon storms prevented our chances of first innings victory on day 1, however the boys remain only 15 runs behind heading into Day 2. A great opportunity for our strongest performing side of the season to grab 10 points next week and sneak up to 1st spot on the table heading into the break.
Fifth Grade toiled hard all day and have ND’s 4/163 overnight. Plenty of work to do next week.
Our Brewer Shield side enjoyed a solid win in their first 20/20 match down at Manly oval. The girls put 87 on the board after their 20 with Medley the top scorer with 20. They bowled Gordon out for 58 in the 19th.
Finally our Green Shield boys got off to a great start with a clinical 7 wicket bonus point victory. After dismissing Gordon for 150 in the 48th over, the boys got off to a shaky start with Buchanan and Thornton departing early. From there it was a very one sided match as Seward (48) and Davies (60*) putting on a classy partnership of 93. Unfortunately Josh fell just short of his 50 and was replaced by Sammy Barnett (14) who finished the game off well with Joel to sneak a bonus point victory with 2 balls to spare.
Overall a strong weekend for the Tah’s, hopefully some more strong performances next weekend will see us end the year on a high.
This week’s 4 Pines Player of the Week goes to the self proclaimed better brother, Ned Hole. Neddy was outstanding on Saturday helping 2nd Grade recover after yet another poor start from their top order. Ned shared a vital partnership with Sam Gainsford as the two helped swing the game back to even at the end of the day’s play. This is Ned’s first 2nd Grade half century and hopefully the first of many bigger scores to come for the rest of the season.
Well Done Noodles!
o report for 1st Grade due to only 5 overs of play. Northern Districts are 1/9 overnight with Michael Visser taking the wicket.
econd Grade had a strong start to their Round 8 fixture vs ND’s. After a great win against UNSW last week, the boys were hoping to continue our good form heading into the Christmas break. After Will’s signature 2nd Grade welcoming to the saladsman Brynn Mendel to the side, Gainsy won his first toss of the season and to the delight of many we chose to bat first on a good looking wicket.
Unfortunately we lost a few too many in the first session with ND’s bowling quite tightly throughout the first two hours of play. Ned Hole and Sam Gainsford shared a vital partnership which helped resurrect the Manly innings. Unfortunately Ned was dismissed shortly before the tea break with a 100 looking like it was on the cards. Nonetheless a very important innings up top from the self proclaimed “Better Hole”. Clouds began to swarm and the heavens opened which saw the remainder of the play called off, with 120 overs of play remaining next week.
Hopefully another strong weekend will see us head into the break with another W under our belts
hird Grade had a great day out on Saturday, posting 168 before the rain unfortunately stopped play early on day 1. Due to the amount of overs already bowled, there will not be any overs added next week. Matt Brewster and Sammy Hole started off proceedings with a strong opening stand of 91. Unfortunately Sammy fell short of what would’ve been a well made half century. Matty continued along before he fell just after raising the bat. Jacob O’Sullivan helped the Tah’s to continue piling runs with him remaining unbeaten at the close of play on 43* with Isaiah Vumbaca the other unbeaten man. A big effort next week should see us come out on top and hopefully finish the year on a high.
he day was humid and the deck looked mostly flat. Somerville opened the bowling and after a few tight overs knocked over one of the Northern Districts openers middle stump, seaming in beautifully. Then Somerville strikes again with a big knick and a caught behind to Dunlop. Somerville again striked knocking over the ND’s top order with another bowled and taking the top three wickets and first three of the game. Wigney opened up the bowling at the other end and bowled well with plenty of dots early building the pressure even more. The score for ND’s was below 20 with their top few batsmen already dismantled. Rochford replaced Wigney and bowled brilliant lines and lengths to dismiss another top order batsmen caught at gully by warn (captain). Next up was Graham to open his bank account for wickets at Somerville’s end after Ben falconer built the pressure up with some very classy tight lines and dots . Choking the batsmen of any scoring opportunities. Graham grabbed an inside edge for another catch to the gloves of Dunlop.
At this stage the score was under 30. Joel then threw down the stumps in an awesome run out, catching the batsmen about 2 meters from the crease. Rochford with a big appeal for LBW sent one of the ND’s mid order packing and the next over. Wigney was brought on and after bowling so well in the opening overs was rewarded with the wickets of some of the tough middle-low order who started to look like staying around. Wigney’s bowling spell left him with the epic figures of 3/7.
reen Shield kicked off their campaign on Sunday against the Stags at Chatswood Oval. A very impressive bowling performance saw them restrict the home side to just 150 as they were bowled out in the 48th over. Toronto opening bowler Matthew Sommerville led the attack well from the front taking 3 crucial wickets early. He was well supported in the middle overs by off-spinner Lachie Trewartha who also bowled beautifully, taking 3/23 off his 10 overs. A few runouts also prevented Gordon from gaining any momentum and it setup for a great run chase in the afternoon.
Due to sticky conditions out at Chatswood, opening batsmen Oscar Lucius moved down the order after suffering from heatstroke. This saw academy all-rounder Josh Seward presented with an opportunity to open with James Buchanan. The pair got off to a decent start before Buchanan was dismissed by a good delivery from Gordon’s tall quick. Unfortunately Toronto batsmen Finlay Thornton copped a rough decision as he was dismissed soon after for just 1. With the score at 2/18, both Seward and Davies showed their class with a match winning partnership of 93. Both boys batted superbly hitting gaps regularly with some spectacular drives. Unfortunately Josh was dismissed just shy of what would have been a very well deserved half century on 48. Joel and Sam Barnett saw us home within the 30 over bonus point cut off, with 2 balls to spare.
A very impressive start to the season against a strong Gordon outfit. Greenies will host their first game of the season tomorrow at Manly Oval with play beginning at 10am.