The first Round for the Men back from the Christmas break (Women have their first Round next week) produced a couple of historic moments in the history of Grade Cricket.
Firstly, it was undoubtedly the round where the most amount of players were unavailable. COVID has gone through Sydney like a hot knife through butter, with cases going through the roof and every second person seemingly down with the flu like symptoms.
While we can’t comment on other clubs, we were greatly impacted with 9 players across first and second grade unavailable just from COVID, and 20 across the 5 grades. To get teams on the park was amazing.
Secondly, we had 3 female players in Saskia Horley, Mikaela Turik and Shivani Mehta make their Men’s Premier Cricket debut’s. It was a first for our club, and the first time more than 1 female player has played the same Premier Cricket game.
With all the disruptions, we did amazingly well against St George. A first Grade win that was hard work, a second Grade win that was easy work, and a 4th Grade win that was cut from the teeth of a young 5th Grade bowling attack
With COVID cases set to rise in the coming weeks, who knows what next round will bring. But for now, let’s celebrate a great round that saw us elevated to 4th in the Club Championships.
This weeks Men’s 4 Pines Brewing Company Player of the Week is the wily and supple Andrew Jamieson. Jamo is a consistent performer with the ball for the club, and has done for many years, and this weekend was no different. Jamo dismantled the St George top order, snaring a destructive and economical 4/22 off his 10, steering the 2nd Grade side to a bonus point victory. According to the great man himself, there were two screamers throughout the bowling innings from Jamo, to add to his already stellar figures.
First grade rocked up to a picturesque Hurstville oval with a few changes due to Covid.
Captain Ryan Farrell won the toss on a soft feeling wicket and looked to take some early poles choosing to bowl first.
West and Hadley opened up bowling beautiful lengths on the tough wicket. Westy took the first by LBW followed by maybe the greatest live catch we have seen at backward point in his classic fashion by Elliot herd.
Jake Carden did what ping does best bowling 10 straight on an excellent length taking two piles and going for less than 2 an over. His spell was greatly supported by Seward, Herdie and Joel Davies who all bowled well on the tricky wicket keeping the dragons to 100 flat.
Bryant and herd opened the batting. Losing a few wickets early Farrell looked to steady the ship alongside Davies. After losing Joel Davies, Isaiah Vumbaca played a small impressive cameo however his loss of wicket alongside Webber meant the Tahs needed some stability. Ryan ‘Bradman’ Hadley with the half decent average of 115 this season was the man to support Farrell and the Tahs crossed the line seven down in the 30th over. Great win against a strong St George side to start the new year.
3 Points – Greg West
2 Points – Ryan Farrell
1 Point – Joel Davies
he Tahs showed up to Manly Oval with a fresh team, with Alex Bain and Ellis Raymond both making a well-deserved debut in 2s. Skipper Jamieson won the toss again and we sent St George into bat.
Counsell started the day off and struck in the first over, with Jamieson getting horizontal at 2nd slip and taking a one handed speccy. Following this Jamieson bowled from the other end with his tail up, taking figures of 4-22 off his 10 overs. He bowled full and straight on a deck designed for seam, making each new batter play and miss until he either bowled them or trapped them in front. Debutant Bain and Wigney bowled first change and kept the momentum for the Tas going, both bowling at the stumps and continuing to dot the batsmen up. Gainsford with 1-11 off 10 overs and Raymond with 1-13 off 5 overs capped off a great bowling and fielding display, having St George all out for 126.
Opening the batting was Ned Hole and Tim Doonan who got the Tahs off to a good start, we lost Hole at 1-50 which brought Daly to the crease. Both Doonan and Daly continued to put pressure on the bowlers, hitting the bad balls to the boundary. Doonan finished with a classy 61*, hitting 7 4s on his way to a dominant match winning innings. Daly was lost on 29 attempting to seal the bonus point, an important innings by Daly in what can often be a tricky chase if the opposition was to get two quick wickets. Ellis confirmed the Bonus Point for the lads with a cowboy-esque 5 off 3.
Overall a great team display and huge bonus point win for 2s, placing us just outside of the top 6!
3 Points – Andrew Jamieson
2 Points – Tim Doonan
1 Point – Gainsford
The 3s boys showed up to Harold Fraser to play st George for the first game back after The Christmas and New Years break with everyone keen to be there.
We were sent in to bat by the st George captain and with Lachie Coyte and Sam Hole opening gave us a good start and Coyte scoring a nice 33 and Sam scoring 48 the rest of the boys pitched in a few runs. Lachie Charles (31), Josh Cooper a nice 23 to finish off at he innings with us scoring 204.
With our opening bowlers Lachie Kerr and Jack Hobson bowling a good few couples of overs at the beginning of our innings we let the batters slip away with a couple of chances put down in the field and just let the St George batsmen getaway with the runs and with the manly boys only getting 3 wickets and letting the St George boys get the win.
3 Points – Sam Hole
2 Points – Lachlan Coyte
1 Point – Josh Cooper
4s rocked up to a sticky and humid Grahams, with the intent to regain top spot again. Skipper Rochford lost the toss and we were sent in on a bit of a green wicket. Openers Forster and Lucius saw off the new rock until both fell within a few overs of each other with the score around 90, everyone else contributed 20 odd, before some late hitting from Gummer and Mendel got us to a total of 204.
Their openers got off to decent start by getting a few ones & twos and putting the bad bowl away, but Laughton, Lawson and the pick of the bowlers Bush restricted them by bowling good lines and lengths which lead to a few quick wickets which ultimately lead to their downfall losing 5-58 which changed the game and with scoreboard pressure leading to a few late run outs they couldn’t rebuild and ending up all-out 146.
3 Points – Seb Bush
2 Points – Josh Lawson
1 Point – Oscar Lucius
Manly batted first on what had proven to be a difficult pitch on which 17 wickets were taken and only 200 runs scored the day before. It lived up to expectations with runs hard to come by. Manly lost 2 wickets for only 20 runs when Saskia Horley came to the crease to steady proceedings while improving the run rate. Unfortunately, wickets continued to fall around her. There was a small fight back from Seth Thompson and Aidan Bennett with Aidan hitting a couple of fine 4s and a big 6. It wasn’t enough though as Manly capitulated after only 39.5 overs having scored 108.
Manly opened the bowling account with a tidy start but the pressure soon released with too many wides conceded (22). St George ground out the runs losing only 2 wickets in the process. The wickets taken came off a good catch by Preston Lee diving forward in cover, and the second clean bowled by Beau Kelley with a ball seaming to take top of off.
It was a difficult day for Manly but a learning experience especially for those on debut – Angus McConnell, Jack Donnan, Preston Lee, Saskia Horley, Shivani Mehta, Mikaela Turik.
3 Points – Beau Kelly
2 Points – Saskia Horley
1 Point – Aiden Bennett