Saturday saw Manly finish on top in 5 of 6 games against Bankstown and Universities across our Men and Women respectively. M1s continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 48-run win, anchored by Cameron Merchant (73) and Ollie Davies (52), with our wickets shared across all bowlers. M2s had a dominant win thanks to an unbroken 94 run stand between Sam Gainsford (63*) and Isaiah Vumbaca (45*) to steer their side to victory. Earlier, Andrew Jamieson was best with the ball with 3/26. M3s had some chances despite being bowled out for a well under-par 124. At one stage Bankstown was 4/22 but we couldn’t take advantage of the momentum. M4s returned to the winner’s circle with a convincing 7 wicket win. 3 wickets from Glyn Archer started the day well, then all bats knuckled down with Lachlan Charles and Oscar Lucius getting us over the line. M5s had a great 14-run win thanks to some outstanding fast bowling from both James Waddington and Evan Dunnachie with 3 wickets each. Finally, Sallie Molyneux was the star with the ball in W3s, making sure that the runs from Renee Hough (31*) and Mia Nel (31*) didn’t go to waste. Sunday was a fantastic day for our Women while as our Men suffered their first loss of the season, going down to Sydney despite Ben Bryant’s 49*. Brewer Shield and W2s both made light work of NDs at Manly Oval today. In Brewers, Kate Salmon was phenomenal with both bat (18*) and ball (3/6) in Brewer’s, well supported by Skipper Nat Guyot with 41*. Captain Mikaela Turik also led from the front for W2s with 4 wickets before Niamh Bullen (22*) and Zara Shipp (20) got us home by 6 wickets.
Sam Gainsford is a well deserving winner of this weeks 4 Pines Player of the Week. Coming in at 3/32 in 2nd Grades pursuit of a tricky 165, Sam showed a wealth of guts and determination to stay at the crease until the final ball, ensuring victory for his team.
He put on 40 runs with Jacob O’Sullivan before sharing in an un-broken 94 run stand with Isaiah Vumbaca to guide his team home.
His 63* may not be one of his highest ever scores, but the innings was one of his toughest and more important.
The man known as “Gainsy” is a huge part of our club in many ways, and when he is scoring runs, it always seems to give the club a huge amount of momentum.
Perfect sunny conditions on a beautiful hard deck @ Manly Oval to start the One Day Fixture against arch-rivals Bankstown, which was also a top of the table clash!
Surprisingly, Bankstown elected to bowl first and the Manly boys couldn’t be happier to set the tone with Jack Edwards and Joel Foster opening the Batting.
Even though Foster fell cheaply to a cut shot that carried to third man, this pitch was a beauty to bat on during power-play and the runs flowed. The talent of Ollie Davies and Jack Edwards was simply majestic to watch. They laid a great platform until Davies was Caught Behind on 52 of only 40 balls, with the score on 2/98 after 16 overs.
However, Bankstown put the brakes on after back to back wickets as J. Edwards was bowled by Bankstown’s spinner for 37 runs of 43 balls. Skipper Jay Lenton and Cameron Merchant battled on with a good partnership of 56 as they fought hard during this tricky period. It was clear the wicket was turning in favour of the bowlers as the pitch was slowing down and to their credit, Bankstown bowled well.
Merchant continued his good form and was eventually dismissed for 73 runs of 95 balls but the middle and lower order batters weren’t able to help support the cause to post 260 plus runs which looked like par score. Manly was restricted to a competitive total of 9/242 of their 50 overs.
Bankstown started guns blazing as they were 0/26 of just the first over and then 0/55 after 5 overs. A game changing run out by Joel Foster dismissed their strike batsmen Nick Carruthers for 31.
This set the tone as the fielding unit was superb by Manly and they fought back viciously after a poor start led by Manly’s X Factor, Stephen O’Keefe who brought back the economy rate and wickets in quick succession.
Pressure was mounting on Bankstown’s middle order and Jake Carden dismissed their powerful striker and skipper Nathan McAndrew ‘caught & Bowled’ (39) at 4/122 as this game was evenly split after 30 overs.
All Manly bowlers during this period executed their skills and was rewarded with another superb run out (J. Cormack) by Joel Foster at 5/149 swung in the favour of Manly.
Momentum stuck with Manly and Bankstown was all out 194 off their 44.2 overs. A clinical display and a strong fightback which covers the strength of the squad this season.
A never say die attitude and the message of ‘stay connected’ resonated between the Manly players as previously, someone would’ve pressed the panic button.
– Ryan Hadley – After his first over of 26 runs, he could’ve thrown in the towel but managed to prove his ability and pulled his figures back to 0/45 off 7 seven overs. 6 overs for 19 runs after. Amazing for his development.
– Jake Carden and Elliot Herd bowled with maturity and are growing into their team role. Consistent performances and the pressure they applied during the middle overs was outstanding to watch.
– O’Keefe and J. Edwards proved how valuable and lucky Manly are especially with their tactical I.Q, anticipation, intimidation and reading of the game which was vital to Manly’s victory.
– Jay Lenton managed this game to perfection after the bad start. This is one of the best captaining displays from Jay Lenton we’ve seen.
Manly 1st XI are still undefeated and maintain their lead on 26 points after round 5.
5 points clear of second placed Sydney Uni.
Manly take on Randwick-Petersham in a Two Day fixture next Saturday morning at Manly Oval. Another cracking game!
Let’s keep the ball rollin’!
3 Points – Cameron Merchant
2 Points – Jake Carden
1 Point – Jack Edwards
The opening pair bowled with gusto akin to someone who had climbed in on a Friday night, earning some early poles for the boys and putting Bankstown on the back foot. From here the bulldogs never really got going as Jamo changed up the attack with the great effect not letting the batsmen get comfortable against any one bowler. The poles were shared around in a great display of control by our bowlers attacking the stumps and executing plans.
Bankstown were bowled out late in their allotted overs for 167. Leaving the boys with what looked to be a fairly comfortable chase. The wiley old dog Tony Clark had other ideas strangling a few early wickets. At 3-30 and Bankstown aggressively attacking our pegs we were on the back foot. Sull aka Ben Bryant jr combined with Gains for a vital partnership and looked on track to take the game away from the dogs. Unfortunately, sull chopped on for 29 bringing Isaiah Vumbaca to the crease. Despite a few tense moments and the occasional piece of questionable sportsmanship the game never looked in doubt. Issy and gains cruised to victory in the 47th, gains 50 not out and issy 48 not out.
This was a strong victory against a good second-grade outfit. With Sydney uni defeated earlier in the day it also meant we moved to the top of the table. There’s a great buzz in the second-grade dressing room this year and one can only hope we’re building to something fantastic
Following a convincing win on their last outing, S.Hole took his troops back to Fortress Graham’s to take on Bankstown.
Having done a reverse Jammo and won the toss, S. Hole chose to bat following a rare visit from the sun earlier in the morning and the wicket looking typically Grahamsy. This was particularly fortunate for the Manly wicket keeper, who forgot he was going to be the wicket keeper and left his gloves neatly stowed in the garage. Well done Jordan.
Unfortunately, the top order fell early to some accurate bowling with only the skipper providing resistance as he fought his way to 24 before the inevitable happened and his front pad was blown off. It was left to lower order to rescue the innings and Josh Seward played brilliantly to try and get us towards a competitive total with able support from Roop and the returning Osbourne. Unfortunately Seward was left stranded as we lost four wickets without adding to the total, leaving 124 to defend.
The total looked competitive as Seward and Prowse took some early poles with Bankstown left scrambling in the early overs at 4-23. However, some positive and at times rogue batting took the visitors towards their total with only two late wickets threatening to take us to a close finish. Bankstown finished 6 down to take the win.
The Fortress has been breached. 3rd grade was beaten for the first time in two seasons playing at home. Sorry Nicos.
3 Points – TBC
2 Points – TBC
1 Point – TBC
Round 2 , 4th Grade turned up to a picturesque Kelso park looking to bounce back from last weeks performance. Bankstown won the toss and decided to have a bat on a wicket described as nothing short of an absolute Highway. Flat Decks call for simple game plans. Glyn and Hobbo started proceedings bowling solid areas with Glyn reaping the rewards, snaring a pole in his 4th over. Kerr and Boulton backed up the platform set for them grabbing a wicket each to move the score onto 3-42.
With the game in the balance and somewhat of a partnership forming from the Bankstown middle-order batsmen , old and young combined for what was nothing short of one of the most clinical spins bowling displays from Josh Cooper and Adam Gummer. The next 20 overs went for only 34 runs thanks to these 2 lads. Coops and Gumms both grabbing a wicket each + a crucial run out of Bankstown’s number 4. Glyn and Boults came back in the death, Glyn ending up with 3 for the innings and Boults 2. A decent team performance in the field from the boys to restrict Bankstown to 9-143 off their 50 overs.
Last weeks horrible display of batting from the boys had certainly not been forgotten making that first 10 overs ever the more crucial this week. It’s no secret if 4s want to make it all the way through to the big dance this season our top order have to step up and score big runs. Gums and Cohen were all class. A 56 run opening stand really set the platform for the rest of our batters. Gums fell for 19 while Nick hit his way back into some form with a solid 32. Great to see him back in the runs tally. Dom fell for 14 shortly after with the lads sitting at 3-90. Charlsey the “Performance player to watch” this week certainly delivered alongside Oscar Lucius. The boys getting us over the line 3 down. Charles 35* and Oscar 21*. A great 54 run partnership and a well-needed one for our confidence as a unit.
As a whole, there is still plenty of work to do for fourth grade to be a real threat this year but the improvement from last week was absolutely outstanding. Onto Round 3.
3 points – Glynn Archer
2 points – Lachie Charles
1 point – Nick Cohen
We rocked up to the Mike Pawley fortress expecting a full day worth of play disappointed from the wash out the previous week. The boys ready and raring to go wanted to get into it and Andrew Rochford “the doc” inspired us through the motto of the day to win at everything even the warm-up. Losing the toss, the opposition captain made the first blunder of the day deciding to fall into the trap of bowling first on the green flat Mike Pawley pitch. Wishful thinking on his behalf.
Batting first the openers Jack and Ky set a solid start with an opening stand of 31 on the slow outfield a fair effort in what was thought to be a solid 40 run stand on a better outfield not bogged down by the midweek rain. Billy walked out for his first ball in grade cricket and what a ball he got. Welcome to grade cricket. He survived and after the double stroke of the openers, he along with young gun Charlie, built a solid 49 run stand. The partnership was littered with positive batting but some very park-like bowling with many full tosses be hit straight to fielders and some dropped catches in there too. A mini 3-10 collapse occurred before a solid 25 run stand between Charlie and Evan pushed the score close to 130. The doc initially slotted himself at 11, pushed himself up the order to combine with Riley to put together a 37 run stand at a run a ball. The doc slammed one of the quicks over his head into the creak only to be bowled dubiously a couple of balls later. But the pick of the innings had to be the wide down leg side that hit the keepers helmet. As they say free runs. Thank god for those 5 runs in the end.
We came out to bowl defending a reasonable 165. Probably worth 190 with the slow outfield considering our first boundary came in only the 25th over. The doc and Evan bowled consistent lengths, although lines were a little more questionable. The boys got stuck into both openers, the keeper who chatted the whole first innings and the bloke who put us to the sword last innings with a hundred, but different season different game. Evan ran riot after an initial struggle to take 3 early wickets. The run rate never was up where it needed to be and thus the pressure mounted. The new boy nicknamed the “golden arm” Charlie Johnston came on and picked up the arrogant opener, adding to his magnificent start to his grade career. Ever reliable James Waddington was honestly just to quick taking the stumps down twice quickly and ending up with 3fa. Then some partnerships occurred and their captain edged them back into the game effectively hogging the strike all to the displeasure of the doc.
To set the scene Bankstown needed 40 to win with 10 to go. 2 wickets in hand. Charlie Johnston took the wicket to put them 9 down and if you ever wanted a number 11 to look less convincing I don’t think you could. Unconvincing but relatively effective surviving and making 5 in the end. But with 4 overs to go many catches had been dropped, run out missed but it was still 14 to win or one wicket for the tahs. Rochford strolled in ever-reliable and fired it into the base of leg stump removing the captain and winning the game.
Many post-game remarks were made from the doc such as “I have never been so happy to hit a set of polls” and “good teams win the close one boys”. One thing that will improve on throughout the season is the team song as some of the new boys had the stutters halfway through but all in all, job done and the 6 points in the bag.
3 Points – Charlie Johnson
2 Points – Evan Dunnachie
1 Point – Andrew Rochford
The Women’s Third Grade team have successfully taken another victory home to Manly from Tonbridge Park in Ramsgate. Conditions were very difficult for both teams. Very strong gusty southerly winds with a really chilly bite to it. Losing the toss, Universities sent us in to bat for the first innings, which is what we wanted to do anyway as we wanted to get a score down in the awful conditions. Mia and Steph opened the batting, with a strong and steady start. Steph unfortunately got caught out in the second over to a very good, forward and sideways diving catch, sending her out early in the game. Jess came out and hit some strong shots but unfortunately fell to another very good catch. With Mia still out there and Renee coming in, there was a concern that we had to take a deep breath and steady the ship. Mia and Renee had other ideas. Both girls played with a bang, smashing 4s at every opportunity – producing an incredible partnership together. Mia, who cracked at it with the bat, deservingly retired not out with 31* off 21 balls. Jasmin came onto the field like a firecracker, shooting balls up into the air and past the boundaries. Renee and Jasmin also both batted well together, with their swift and sneaky singles. It was vital to the team after losing 2 quick wickets. Renee’s effort paid off massively, resulting in her retiring not out as well with 31* off 28 balls. Another fantastic and well deserved score for the team. Jasmin’s light unfortunately went out with her fiery batting after getting a “howwzzzzaaattt”, but still credibly earned a precious 15 runs for the team. With Sofia making her debut and Emma playing her second game, the pair were unstoppable in the last few overs. Practically every ball racked up a sneaky single, aided by Sofia’s clever calling, and Emma’s great backing up. Invaluable runs at the death, saw us finish at a very respectable and defendable 4/111.
The second innings got turned up after Sallie delivered the second ball of the first over and with some handy keeping from Steph jagged a wicket. Charlotte also opened the bowling, consistently putting the batters under pressure, and even bowled 2 maidens off 4 overs, which is a remarkable result. Like her batting, Jasmin put the ball where she wanted in her bowling and grabbed a wicket during her amazing 3 overs. Even though she didn’t get a wicket, Sophia only let go 4 runs in her 2 overs, a tremendous effort on her debut. When it comes to Mia, nothing can get in her way, and her bowling showed what an all-rounder she is. 3 overs, 1 lbw including a maiden over. Mia also made an incredible catch that gave Sallie her second wicket. CP also bowled with an accurate pace, swiftly bowling through an amazing 3 overs. With Sallie on her last over, a ball was hit straight in the air and Abby at high speed made around the umpire and successfully took a catch that not only gave her the fielding point, but also gave a Sallie a third wicket. Sallie’s bowling rewarded her with the top bowling score of the day with 3 for 17 off 4 overs, an amazing achievement for Sallie. CP bowled the last over and Unis had no other choice to but to tap and run. On the very last ball, Steph seized it in her hands, and with the batters running, she threw (with gloves still on) and made an incredible direct hit at the non-strikers end, finishing the innings. What a way to end the game.
In the end, Manly won by 47 runs, and we celebrated with all of us singing the team song as all of us played our role in getting the victory. Good on you girls! Well done!
3 Points – Mia Nel
2 Points – Sallie Molyneux
1 Point – Renee Hough
Fielding – Abbey
The boys turned out to Drummoyne to take on the National T20 champs in Sydney, off the back of a good win against Bankstown the day prior. Spirits were high, and the boys were sent in and strengthened at the top of the order with the addition of Jack opening the innings.
Got off to a good start with Jack showing his class with some glorious lofted shots in the first over. Things went down hill for the rest of the powerplay, losing some crucial wickets at crucial times. Foster and Bryant came together and batted beautifully taking calculated risks to combine for 64 for the 5th wicket. This got us to a total of 126 which we knew was under par, but it had to do. We had come off defending a couple of low scores in the last few weeks so knew it could be done.
Sydney, however, continued their dominance in the fixture getting away to a speedy start despite some great efforts from Ping and Jack went past our total with almost 4 overs to spare.
It was the first loss for the first grade group this year, but sprits are still high and everyone is looking forward to bouncing back and getting back in the winners circle.
Until next time.
2nd Grade played at Manly Oval this week against Northern District. We won the game comfortably. We lost the toss and were sent into field first, making the most of it, we had them 3/12 and they finished on 9/68. The wicket takers were Mikaela Turik who took 4/13 off 4 overs, Zara Shipp 2/5 off 3 overs, Charley Camburn 1/8 off 2 overs, and Sienna James 1/11 off 4 overs. The bowlers all bowled exceptionally well and a special mention to a few of the fielders, Charley Camburn took a classy direct hit run out, Hannah Woolfe took a cinematic stumping and Chelsea Mclerie took a stunning catch.
In the batting innings we chased their runs in 11 overs. Niamh Bullen got 22 runs and Zara Shipp got 20 runs, a few others batted helping the score to increase and overall for the team to win the game with a bonus point! Special mention to Mikaela with a strike rate of 100 and Natalia Jonkers with the mentality strike rate of 100! Go Manly!
3 Points – Zara Shipp
2 Points – Mikaela Turik
1 Point – Niamh Bullen
Fielding – Hannah Woolf
This week at Manly Oval the Brewer girls had a great win against Northern District, reaching their score in the ninth over. Losing the toss we fielded first and there was some outstanding performance from Kate Salmon with three wickets, two maidens and a catch. Eliza, Mia, Chloe and Abbey taking one wicket each, and Chloe and Nat taking a catch each. Ruby and Nat got one run out each and Eliza got two run outs. Overall the bowling and fielding did an excellent job of keeping their run rate down at 9 for 69 after twenty overs. For the batting, Nat got 41 not out and her 1000 runs for Manly Cricket and Kate added 18 runs not out to her amazing performance this week.
3 Points – Kate Salmon
2 Points – Nat Guyot
1 Point – Abbey Melville
Fielding – Eliza Henry