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Tahs Test Students as Girls Triumph – Weekend Wrap 29th Feb/1st March 2020

The weekend saw the Tahs tussle with UNSW in Round 14 of the men’s NSW Premier Cricket competition. A fantastic weekend of cricket saw the Tahs come away with five strong performances to finish Day 1 of the clash with ‘The Bees’ well on top. With First Grade unable to make the finals, the Tahs put that to the back of their minds and came out firing. Batting first, the Tahs declared late in the day at 8/305, with Cameron Merchant (80), Steven O’Keefe (73*) and Jay Lenton (55) all amongst the runs. The Tahs claiming two late scalps courtesy of Ryan Hadley to have The Bees struggling at 2/6 at stumps. Second Grade, still mathematically a chance for finals, had a fantastic day. Winning the toss and bowling, the Tahs were clinical bowling The Bees out for 130 with Andrew Hicks (5/37) the chief destroyer, aided by Michael Counsell (3/17). The Tahs chased down the runs and declared on 5/164 with Sam Gainsford (55) and Sam Webber (45) in the runs. Andrew Hicks with two late wickets and The Bees trailing by 2 runs at stumps.

Third Grade produced their best batting of the season, being 3/67 at tea to finishing at stumps 3/287. Jacob O’Sullivan (129*) and Jordan Daly (102*) putting on a masterclass to break Manly’s highest 4th wicket partnership in Third Grade and guide the Tahs into a dominant position heading into Day 2 on a tough Graham’s wicket. Fourth Grade also produced a domiannt performance, bowling The Bees out for 105, Jack Hobson the star claiming 6/26 to lead his side. In reply, the Tahs are 2/103 and within reach of first innings points, Dom Wheeler (43) top scoring with Alec Duly and Andrew Lindsay both 20*. Finally, Fifth Grade produced a batting masterclass as well, posting 279 at home. Josh Cooper and skipper Andrew Rochford scored 63* and 62 respectively, whilst Oscar Lucious (44) and Daryl Buchanan (39) also amongst the runs.

Saturday also saw our Women’s Third Grade T20 side take on Gordon away from home. The girl’s gave it everything but unfortuneately came up short. Bowling first, the girls restricted Gordon to 9/115 off their 20 overs, with Cam Pryor (2/20) and Sallie Molyneux (2/23) bowling well. In reply, the Tahs fell short and were restricted to 9/86 off their 20 overs, with Kristie Crawford top scoring with 27. A great season for the girls who fall just short of a finals spot in their T20 competition.

Sunday saw our Women’s Second Grade take on St-George-Sutherland and our Brewer Shield take on Universities. Second Grade had a comfortable win, posting 132 with contributions from Mikaela Turk and Zara Shipp before the bowlers combined brilliantly to bowl them out for 87, wickets shared. Our Brewers also had a strong win after posting 6/199. Ellie James (41) and Ruby Gruber (37) with handy scores whilst Laura Judson (2/12) and Gemma Lacey (2/17) contributing to restrict Universities to 8/151. 

Overall a very strong weekend for the Tahs as our men’s teams look to go five from five next weekend and our women’s teams look to continue their strong seasons.

Go Manly!


4 Pines Player of the Week

Andrew Hicks - 5/37 & 2/10

7 wickets in one day, what a man! Andrew Hicks is this weeks 4Pines Player of the Week after dismantling The Bees top order in Second Grade’s huge Day 1 success away from home. After taking 5/37 in the first innings, Hicksy continued his way in the second innings claiming two vital wickets to leave Second Grade in a dominant position. The ex-PNG international superstar bowled with accuracy and precision to leave the batters with no answers to his swing and nibble off the seam. This is Andrew’s first 5fa for Manly and is a true demonstrastion of the class he has and will continue to bowl with for the rest of his career. Hicksy will play a huge part next weekend as the Tahs look to push for second innings points and try and squeeze into the top 6 and play finals cricket.

Congratulations Hicksy!

Special mention to Jacob O’Sullivan (129*), Jordan Daly (102*) and Jack Hobson (6/26).


First Grade

Manly Warringah 8d/305 (Merchant 80, O'Keefe 73) vs UNSW 2/6 (Hadley 2/1)

Socky present Izzy with his first grade baggy to start the day, a great achievement for a great human being. Jay won the toss and we were batting on a pretty green and hard wicket knowing it would be pretty tough going early. We lost Logan early before Elliot and Jack made a good partnership, as did Elliot and Jay before Elliot was out for a well made 47. At lunch we were 3-106.

We lost Faz straight after lunch before Jay and Nappa put on another 50 before Jay fell on 55. Unfortunately AB was out the next over as well and we found ourselves in a tricky spot where the innings could go either way, 6-160. Izzy on debut then combined with Nappa to take us to 195 before he was dismissed. Once again the game was in the balance, but having SOK batting at 9 we new we were still a good chance of a good total. Luckily nap and Sok batted incredibly well all afternoon, rock solid in defence and going after the spinner when needed. Another 80 runs was added from this partnership before nap was out for 80. Socky blasted a few over the ropes in the next few overs to finish 73 not out and gave us 4 overs to bowl at UNSW. We finished 8d-305, a great total giving the pitch conditions all day.

Mickey and Hads bowled 2 each from each end, bowling with pace and venom. Hads picking up 2 wickets in 2 balls in the last over of the day. Overall great day from the lads, looking forward to getting stuck in next week and bring home some points.

Ryan Farrell

Second Grade

UNSW 10/130 (Hicks 5/37, Counsell 3/17) & 2/32 vs Manly-Warringah 5d/164 (Gainsford 52, S. Webber 45)

2s boys turned up to David Philips on what looked like an absolute highway. Skipper Jamieson FINALLY won a toss and promptly elected to bowl. At 0-40 , the opposition number 8 made sure to let us know of our mistake. Enter A. Hicks who began to just destroy the batting line up, ripping apart their top order. Former Manly opening batsmen W.S. Walter providing the only resistance. The what’s bowlers were again on song, mixing consistency with aggression. When A. Hicks made the initial break through, 5 more followed in a procession of  6  for 50. Andy bowled with incredible consistency across this 16 over spell to take 5 of the best for 37. Sixers and NSW rookie contracted all rounder Micky Counsell contributed with 3 while Sam Gainsford and Jake Carden each claimed wickets too. All out for 130, and a certain number 8 now questioning his decision to question our decision to bowl.

 “Ferocious bowling” – Gordon Curry.

BBQ’s Galore to start the Manly innings with Webber’s Max and Sam to tackle the new ball before Tea. The target was survival for an afternoon platform to launch. Mission accomplished and we have lift off. Webber (Sam) showing his class with controller intent, falling for 45 in an effort to move the game along, selfless batting with crisp drives and a pull shot that landed somewhere on the 14th fairway of the adjacent gold course. This theme followed With S.Gainsford finding another gear yet again for a run a ball 50 himself, falling in a similar fashion in an attempt to set the Tah’s up for a quick declaration. Sam went about his business at such a rate that he didn’t have time to use the gate and simply launched himself over the newly installed white picket fence to start his innings. A brave move given Tom Kaye’s earlier example of the fence’s frailty, flattening a large portion of it for no particular reason. This summed his innings up as Sam hit the ball so hard your scribe was squirming in his seat every time a fielder was picked out, UNSW lucky to escape with all 110 fingers intact.

With the loss of a few quick, selfless, wickets in the pursuit of a quick lead and declaration, the crowd were treated to the sight of NEAL Prowse swaggering to the crease. Arriving from the UK mid season, Neal has created somewhat of an enigma around his cricket. Is he a bowler that bats a bit? Is he a genuine stick that is handy with a dukes? How many assistants does he have at work? Many questions still unanswered. What we now can confirm is that Neal loves a road beer in the back seat, and the man can hit a cricket ball, Thee Big Show hitting 15* off 10 with complete lack of respect for the 2 day format. With a 50 run lead, skipper Jamieson calls the lads in and AGAIN decides to have a bowl. I agree UNSW number 8, What IS he thinking?!

Another 2 lady wickets to the Hicks Manincluding One Man Team Walter and still 20 something runs behind, the Tah’s are PRIMED for a big 10 point haul next week.

Special thanks to Gordon and Willy for their help throughout the day as well as SuperCoach Roy Vumbaca despite abandoning us and the first opportunity to chase leather for  the mighty 4’s.

Go Manly!

Michael Counsell

Third Grade

Manly-Warringah 3/287 (O'Sullivan 129*, Daly 102*) vs UNSW


Chapter 1: Welcome Back to Atmosphere Park

Chapter 2: We love winning the toss

Chapter 3: Foundations

Chapter 4: Blast off

Chapter 5: Dawn of a new Bromance

Chapter 6: Salmon

Chapter 7: Electric Charlie


Chapter 1: Welcome Back to Atmosphere Park

LM Graham Reserve we meet again. After two painful weeks at Fairfield in the blazing heat and driving rain, followed by a rough fortnight against an unnamed 1st grader at Birchgrove the mighty 3s returned to Graham Reserve with confidence. Under new captain Samuel Hole the boys were ready to put the dubs back on the board beginning with a strong Saturday against the bumble bees. The early highlight of the day was a great win for the floppy hats. Alex Bain charging through a hole off a rare Daly short ball on the first play of the game. Defensive strategies were then exemplified to finish with a tough 1-0 win. Great start to the day. We go from here. A patriotic warm up was led by treasure friend of third grade ‘Loz’. Special thanks to Joel Foster for his Manly for Manly work in helping our shorts and longs.


Chapter 2: We Love Winning the Toss

Boy do we love winning the toss. The joys of turning up to Graham Reserve and seeing freshly cut grass and a flat wicket on a beautiful 30 degree day are climaxed when you win a toss. Thank you Shole. Oh we are so on. After hundreds and hundreds of throw downs the top order were finally ready. Conversely. You feel for the bumble bees. Driving to Manly, seeing a flat wicket and then having to bowl. The vibe in their changing room would have been underwhelming. Ah well.


Chapter 3: Foundations

Defend, build, dig in. Those were the words of inspirational skip Sam Hole. Replacing Nick Mcfrothlan, Sam had the perfect start to his morning. Win the toss, win touch footy and give an inspirational team speech. Tick, tick and tick. Ned and Matt Brewster began the innings and started well against tall left armer Dean Jones. Punches down the ground for 2 were a highlight of the first hour before Brewster snicker off to the tall lefty just before drinks. In the words of Brewster post dismissal. “Why can’t I just play and miss like normal batsman”. That brought Griffin ‘Seeeman’ Lea to the crease. Already bouncing from his great efforts in preparing the ground Griffin and Hole 2 began to build a new partnership. Runs trickled at a measly rate, odd drop and runs as well as the occasional push off the hip was the highlight as the boys began to wear down the bowling lineup the bees presented. To their credit the bees bowled brilliantly and quickly had two more wickets as Hole chipped to short cover for an extremely gritty… 6. Lea then followed suit pushing at a length ball in Virat like fashion and edging to the keeper. 3/60 after 27. Foundations had been set but a partnership had to be built and boy oh boy was a partnership built.


Chapter 4: Blast Off

“Im really feeling a Jacob O’Sullican hundred today” Muttered Matthew

“Shut up, Matt, are you trying to jinx me” Replied Jacob, an undertone of anxiousness and anger as he dismissed Matt’s comments.


Jacob and Jordan or ‘Jocab/Jacan’ met at 3/60. 3/67 at tea. Btw. Tea, very solid, very happy. As a hard concentrating scorer who had been busy balancing the vast amount of run scoring whilst also focusing on Brooklyn Nine-Nine and the days thoroughbred racing I was very happy to see a large variety of sandwiches, fruit, cakes, cordial and of course the classing doritos and salsa cop out.

Anyway Jordan and Jacob batted very smartly straight after tea. Tackling UNSW spearhead A Crofts. Batting with ‘intent’ and maturity they began to build a launching pad for the latter end. The goal was simple, bat until 65 overs then accelerate and that they did. A record breaking stand of 227.

Sully: Batted with maturity all day, taking singles where he could. The keys to Sul’s success were he diminished the bad ball. Sweating on anything full where he could take on a full blooded drive. Constantly bashing the sight screen and apart from a blip early on. Sul didn’t present an opportunity all day. His mindset was simple and straightforward and he stuck to that plan through the entirety of his innings.

Jordan: The best way to sum up Jordan’s innings is that he came in at the 27th over. Scored his fifty in the 72nd over after knocking around the field and handing the strike to Sul. Scored his hundred in the 78th over.

Acceleration like we have never seen from Mr Daly or any player Graham Reserve to be fair. He constantly peppered the boundary, taking advantage of questionable field placings and tired bowlers. Jordan hit 9 boundaries and 1 six in the last 6 overs to reach a monumental hundred that sent atmosphere park into a frenzy. By a frenzy. The boys went mad and a couple of dog walkers peered over in bewilderment.


Chapter 5: Dawn of a New Bromance

Post game was a hoot. Everyone getting around the new bromance that had blossomed from the adversity of 3/60-3/287. The bromance was on fire. Joking with each other about their innings. Fines was swift and basically we all moved out to prepare for our main day of the week. The moment we’d all been waiting for. Preparing to send off McFrothlan and finalising the outfits and transportation details for the next days proceedings. Ok move on.


Chapter 6: Salmon


-Matt Brewster Quote: “These young kids these days nowadays don’t know how to drink go to hard, they’ve only got one gear”

Lots of salmon. As the aftermath of the Mardi Gras festival died down a new tribe was preparing to party. A colourful loud group of triumphant 3rd graders and some tag along 2s players. Oh and Isaiah Vumbaca (he plays 1’s. Ooooh). The Graduates are the foundation of our business industry. When all else fails the graduate is there. There to grab coffees, print documents and rush in on any forgotten about Powerpoints. So this year we celebrate the graduate. Since all young graduates are so fashionable they know that white and blue are boring so they go rogue and don a colour which isn’t quite a masculinity threatening feminist pink but an orange-pink mix known globally as SALMON. So at 11 o’clock in North Avalon at the famous shack a group of 18 salmon business shirt wearing men descended for breakfast.

After morning coffees, Acai bowl taste testers and bacon and egg rolls the boys began their descent south. Highlights early on were Bain’s lanyard, Wigney’s controversial lilac, Lea’s faded pink shirt that was mysteriously white and Vumbaca’s vans.

However the boys moved to the Newport for the ceremonial first drink and the establishment of question time. After drinking rules were established and a unanimous decision that all would be most disappointed if Brewster walked in as the new graduate the boys moved to Mona Vale. Young Will Gustafson trailing there every move on the 199 as he tried to catch up due to a late start. Will managed to pass the group twice including going all the way to Whale Beach whilst the rest of the group was at the Newport. He eventually showed in his Sam Hole replica shirt and jeans blahhhh.

The bus ride to Mona Vale was met with Espresso Martinis due to the bus being late and a surprise encounter with Ben Stokes and a poor elderly man who decided he would also wear salmon that day. He was applauded. He did ignore it.

Location number 2 was the Park House. Here we we met with new graduates Hicks in his blue shirt. Such an executive, and Ash Virdi who’s ability to wear salmon but still stand out in the group due to his undeniable fashion and suave style must be noted. Side note. Loz had once again joined the boys and after saying he would come to coffee at the Shack was still most definitely stuck to the group in his CEO like dress up. What a leader. After Will’s GF pizza, my mocktail, more drinks, questions, Wigney dropping beer on Kneel and blaming Jacob as well as Benavides being destroyed by Brazilian Figueiredo in the UFC we moved on.

Highlight of the day: Jordan got a girls LinkedIn. Win for the graduates. Hell yea.

Oh the B Line. What an initiative. Thank you transport NSW for finally doing something relevant because the B Line is where dreams are made. After I downloaded LinkedIn, the boys blared the Manly Team Song at the bus stop and we continued questions we boarded the bus. 16 salmon shirts, 2 lilac and 2 blue ascended up the stairs. 4 other members of the public also went upstairs. Major error from them. Whilst many young ‘Eshays’ blare crude rap music from the top level of the b line, the graduates had a different song. Lamb of God, a staple in the orchestra of Catholic school masses was screamed from the roof tops. What a hoot. More questions and more of Sul being weird. What a start.


Chapter 7: Electric Charlie

The Collaroy. In the words of the boys. Thank you Tommy Kaye.

More beer more chips and two renditions of Happy Birthday to Sharon and someone else who got one of the best hip hip hoorays he/she will ever get.

The Collaroy was bunker down station. Due to Tommy Kaye’s discounts and the picturesque setting as Kneel quoted we were in. Having a great time. Here we were met by Jamieson and Jamieson Jnr. We also bid goodbye to young Willy G.

Zac Brewartha also established the punters club where we had a winner at short odds to start off strong followed by a couple of losses and highlighted by Electric Charlie’s big finish in race 7 at Wangaratta where he swooped late to win by half a length. What a buzz. $171 bucks in the kitty. Gambling is just an investment if you don’t lose, and WE DON”T LOSE.

More antics, memories and drinks. A good ole boat race won by the poms and we moved next door to the dance floor at the Beach Club. It was at this dance floor that I bid goodbye to the lads. So it is here that you finish your journey on the antics of the weekend.

Insider knowledge indicates that wings were eaten. Baino loves mayo and the Jesus’ wine was poured like a shower instead of drunk like normal people. A lot of Chinese food, some great karaoke and presumably more alcohol.

So yea. The weekend was alright. We go again next week. Work hard at training and finish off the great platform that has been set. Woohoo

Go Manly,

Josh Seward – Sorry for any spelling or punctuation errors, I’m writing this in Religion.

Fourth Grade

UNSW 10/105 (Hobson 6/26, Lindsay 2/0) vs Manly-Warringah 2/103 (Wheeler 43, Duly 20*, Lindsay 20*)

The mighty 4th grade lads made the trip out to Daceyville for a do-or-die clash with the 4th placed UNSW side, knowing that our season was on the line & we would have to be on top of our game to earn ourselves a spot in the finals.

Under the watchful eye of stand-in skipper Billy Lindsay, the Tahs won the toss and chose to have a bowl given the generous amount of grass that had been left on the wicket. Hobson and Laughton opened up proceedings with a fantastic spell of fast bowling, hitting perfect lines & lengths and not giving away any freebies. Hobbo was rewarded with 3 nicks all being gobbled up by the cordon, and then Toby chimed in with another which was flicked straight into Pipes at short leg who somehow managed to hold onto it with his pipes.. At 4/16 we were threatening to run through them, but the next two batsmen dug in for a while, helped by the fact that we were a bowler down after Aidan Bennett succumbed to a knee injury in just his second over.

After a great spell from Lachie T who was unlucky not to pick up a wicket, Hobbo came back into the attack and got us the breakthrough just before tea thanks to a smart catch from Billy D’arcy at cover. Following an extremely mediocre tea, Hobbo picked up exactly where he left off in the first session, snaring another 2 nicks behind the wicket to give himself the impressive figures of 6/26 off 17 overs! Lachie Kerr also kept toiling away, and was eventually rewarded with a wicket of his own, before the skipper finally decided to bring himself on for a bit of tail mopping – nicking off the final 2 batsmen without conceding a run. UNSW finishing all out for 105 off 57 overs.

With 21 overs left in the day, we knew we had an outside chance of wrapping up the 6 points before stumps & got off to a bit of a flyer thanks to some good aggressive intent and some poor bowling. Cohen fell for a quick fire 19 before Wheeler & Duly kept the runs ticking at about 4 an over. With 27 required off the last 2 overs, Dom fell for 43 trying to up the ante, which brought the big hitting skipper to the crease. The equation came down to 19 off the final 4 balls with Billy on strike. A 6, 2, and another 6 brought the crowd to their feet, but unfortunately the final ball only yielded 2 runs, leaving us just 2 runs short of the first innings victory.

But all in all a fantastic day out for the 4th grade boys with a dominant all round display against a team ahead of us on the ladder. Fingers crossed the skies stay clear next week & we can wrap up the 6 points and hopefully push for more!

Dom Wheeler

Fifth Grade

Manly-Warringah 10/279 (Cooper 63*, Rochford 62, Lucius 44) vs UNSW

The 5’s boys rocked up to a picturesque MPO off the back of an impressive couple of rounds, with hopes of a strong first day in a must-win game. Boosted by the ever-dependent big fella, Darryl Buchanan, Rochie won the toss and elected to bat on a rock-hard Mike Pawley deck. Promoted to the top of the order after some fine performances, Rhoop Dillon was dismissed early, after a rising ball just grazed his outside edge. Before too long it was 2, with Hayden Calvert getting trapped in front and the Manly boys in a bit of trouble at 2-18 early on, Darryl and Lucius at the crease. However, with hard work and well-selected stroke-play, including some Mark Waugh-esque clips through mid-wicket from Darryl, the score moved along to 2-84. Unfortunately the Bees went bang-bang to leave the ‘Tahs in a bit of trouble, 4-97 at tea with Rochford and Lucius at the crease.

After a stern talk about digging in and battling hard for the last session, Rochie ran down the wicket and launched the first ball after tea for 6. This set the tone after the break, as it was all one way traffic from there. After losing Lucius for 41, Josh Cooper and the skip took command, batting aggressively with some beautiful deft touches and stern defence. Rochie particularly took a liking to the straight boundaries, hitting multiple maximums on his way to a crisp 62. There on in it was the Josh Cooper show, the young fella hit the ball hard to all parts of the field, working well with the lower order to compile a lovely 63 at a very good rate. When Coops fell with the score at 7-259, the day had well and truly belonged to Manly. Luke Morley and Darcy Fleming topped off the day with some comical tail-ending batting, including DJ Darc losing his 5th grade runs virginity, beautifully gliding one to third man for 4. A commanding day for Manly, ending the day all out for 281.

Oscar Lucius

Womens 2nd Grade

St George-Sutherland 10/87 (Waddington 1/2, Crawford 1/3) def by Manly-Warringah 10/132 (Turik 39, Shipp 24)

Women’s Second Grade had an away game this weekend, travelling out to Harold Frazer Reserve against St George-Sutherland. We were welcomed by a hard, second day wicket and a freshly trimmed fast out field that had the more experienced players and coaches hoping for a run-fest. Captain Jess Kayne unfortunately lost the toss, but St George surprised us by sending us in to bat.

Nat G and Zara opened the batting and got us off to a solid start before Nat was bowled for 7 and Annabel Hutt came in to build a steady partnership with Zara, who starting to take control of the bad ball. Unfortunately, Annie got one that kept low and was also bowled, hinting that the pitch may not have been as batter friendly as we thought. Mikaela then came in and was looking good, pushing off the front foot, and just as the partnership was starting to blossom, Zara got bowl for 24 to another one keeping low. Next up Kristie and Mikaela pulled through with a 43 run partnership before Kristie got another one that kept low and was out bowled. Paige then came in and was yet another victim of the straight ball shooting low, leaving us 5/122 and looking to accelerate at the last 10. However, after a miscommunication in the centre, Mikaela was run out for 39 leaving two new batters at the crease. From here it all went downhill with our lower order collapsing leaving us at 10/132 after 45 overs.

Going in to bowl we knew we had to keep a tight line with what we thought was a below par total on the board. Our opening bowler, Annabel, did just that, bowling a great maiden first over, however, a ditch in the pitch under the front foot caused Mia to spray a few. Unfortunately Sarah had similar problems and for the rest of the game we knew to bowl spin from that end. This strategy worked with Sienna and Zara bowling great areas and Mikaela replicating this from the other end. As the run rate slowed and the pressure built, we were able to constantly pick up wickets together with some sharp run outs. Kristie, Claire and Paige then came on and continued the tight bowling, all picking up wickets and mopping up the tail. Overall it was a good day out with a bonus point win, keeping us on the top of the table and with the final round shaping up to a top of the table clash in two weeks against Parramatta.

3- Mikaela

2- Zara

1- Claire

Fielding – Nat G

Mia Waddington

Womens 3rd Grade T20

Manly-Warringah 9/86 (Crawford 27, Waddington 18) def by Gordon 9/115 (Pryor 2/20, Molyneux 2/23)

T’was the leap year day. The ladies knew that no matter what could happen this day wouldn’t come around for another 4 years. We rocked up at Forsyth Parks picturesque 5 metre boundary, ready to take on a team we have never beat before. Warm-up footy was underway and after a few disputes from the self-reffed game, let’s just say was not 6 again, if you know. But Team Rossco came away with the win after a stunning try from Rabbitohs forward, Sallie ‘Female Lloyd Pope’ Molyneux. Then we were delighted to get a sneak peak into the moves Ross ‘Bust a Move’ Denny will be pulling off in the clubs post preso night. Skipper Olivia ‘My Sister Ran Me Out’ Ho pulled off a miracle Manly Warringah District Cricket Club has never seen, she won the toss and sent us into the field. Stunning opening bowling from Gemma ‘Walked into the Male Bathroom’ Lacey and ‘Female Lloyd Pope’ restricted the openers with a suprise catch from Izzy ‘Snap Maps’ Keene and Renee ‘Dorito’ Hough, getting on one knee. However, we were unlucky to get out the opening batsmen and she finished on 50 not out, after capitalising on the short cow corner boundary. Impeccable bowling from Cam ‘I Still Study Legal’ Pryor taking 2/20 off his 3 overs, 2 beautiful direct hits from Hazel (Patricia) ‘I Think is MS Dhoni’ Nicholls. And also a wicket each to ‘Snap Maps’ and ‘Dorito’ saw Gordon end their innings on 9/115.

Could Manly 3s do it. Could they beat the unbeatable.

Our openers were ready, Claire ‘Warney’ Waddington and Kristie ‘Is a Literal Gun’ Crawford we at the crease needing just under 6 an over for victory. Both ‘Warney’ and ‘Is a Literal Gun’ were playing stunning shots, by passers would have thought they rocked up at the SCG the way they were playing. But unfortunately the inconsistent and loopy Gordon bowling got the better of them, ‘Warney’ finishing on 18 and ‘Is a Literal Gun’ finishing on 27. This saw ‘I Think is MS Dhoni’ come to the crease, lucky for her the boundary was short and the walk back to the sheds wasn’t very far for her after getting caught for a duck, unfortunate as she was smashing them in the warm up, some likened her to Marcus ‘Big Papa’ Stoinis. Now it was up to the Hough duo to save the team and the run rate had picked up to just over 9 an over. ‘Dorito’ finally hit a 4 that wasn’t between mid-wicket and cow corner, but the partnership came to an end after an unfortunate run out that led to a domestic in the car on the way home (sorry liv x) Then ‘Dorito’ skied one hoping they wouldn’t be able to catch it, as their ability in the field could have been better but unfortunately was actually caught at mid-on. So Sarah ‘I’m Usian Bolt’ Gordon and ‘Female Lloyd Pope’ were in the middle. This was the point ‘I Think is MS Dhoni’ and myself went to the bathroom so actually missed both these ladies innings but congrats to both of them it was probably amazing. So after a stroll from Forsyth upper field we arrived back and saw ‘Walked into the Male Bathroom’ and Nat ‘However you say her Last Name’ at the crease playing some beautiful shots but we still needed 10 an over. After a great innings by both and a 1 not out from Abby ‘She Doesn’t Speed’ Taylor we unfortunately fell 29 runs short, but it was all smiles from the girls as it was our last name together for the season.

Shoutout to a great bunch of ladies, so happy got to play such an amazing season with you all, love you girls!!

Thank you to everyone for helping us out throughout the season we all truly appreciate it and couldn’t have done it without you guys.

3- The legendary Kristie ‘is a literal gun’ Crawford

2- Cam ‘I still study legal’ Pryor

1- Gemma ‘walked into the male bathroom’ Lacey

Fielding- Hazel ‘I think is MS Dhoni’ Nicholls

(4 points to Ross Denny’s dance moves)

Yours Truly,
Renee ‘Dorito’ Hough, over and out.

Brewer Shield

Manly-Warringah 6/199 (James 41, Gruber 37, Judson 31) def Universities 8/151 (Judson 2/12, Lacey 2/17)

Round 10 against Universities was played at Manly Oval. It was so hot – we were all channeling our inner schweaty betty whilst we were taking the covers off. Our captain (Hannah Woolf) won the toss and elected to field first. With Chelsea Mclerie out injured, Jess and Laura opened the bowling. There was plenty of swing in the air and they both proved to be unplayable with great pace and accuracy. Jess’s bowling has been unbelievable this season, finishing this match with six overs, 3 maidens and 0/13. Laura taking the early wicket and finishing with six overs, 1 maiden and 2/12. The pressure was kept on all day. With Gemma Lacey taking two wickets in her first over, and our super spinner Abbey Melville finishing 5 overs 1/11. Kate Chloe and Jazzy bowling the tight overs and giving Universities no chance to build any momentum. Special mention to Caitlin Du Preez playing her first brewers match, and getting her first brewer wicket! Three overs 1/13. One of our keepers Ruby took a great catch and Hannah’s lightning quick reflexes resulted in an amazing stumping. Jasmin Wilson chiming in, in the field with a great run out. Everyone was happy Jess Mulcahy arrived so we could sub o and grab a drink. After 40 overs Universities 8-151.

Everyone was extremely excited for lunch except Jess Mulcahy because she is the fussiest eater we have ever met. Thanks to all the parents for organising and cooking throughout the season. Our openers Ruby Gruber and Gemma Lacey got us o to the start we needed to build a great partnership. Keeping the run rate up. Looking over to our coach Scott who had been baking in the sun all day sweating bullets, we weren’t sure if it was nerves or just the severe heat. Gemma got a quick 13 runs on the board before unfortunately getting caught. Next in was Ellie who quickly found out that it was better to use her bat then her helmet. Ruby with her career best 37 was unfortunately run out. Entering next was Chloe Osborne. Not at her free flowing best she still managed 22 before being run out as well. With ten overs to go and only needing a handful of runs Laura Judson and Jess Mulcahy decided it was time to have some fun and smash it out of the park. Laura finishing with 31, Jess Mulcahy 23*. Batting out the overs captain Woolf 3 and Kate Salmon 7*. Manly finishing with 6/199 of our 40 overs. Thanks to our 3 lovely team members Chelsea, Sallie and Renee who came and supported us. With the season coming to an end it was great to finish with a win!

3 points – Ellie James

2 points – Ruby Gruber

1 point – Laura Judson

Ellie James