With all matches set up for a big weekends play against North Sydney, the Manly boys certainly did not dissapoint. All 5 grades bringing home the goods with 4th Grade bagging an outright just to make the day even sweeter. PG’s unfortunately went down to Randy Pete’s, but never the less the Tah’s still on top of the Club Championship by 20 points. What a dominant round for the Manly boys, lets keep up the good work for Sutherland next round.
4 Pines Player of the week – Nick McCallum-Toomey (5 for 23 & 5 for 56)
With wins across all grades there were a lot of stand out performances. Our bowlers were all in good nick across the grades with Luke “Dizzy” Diserens picking up 5 for the match in 2’s, along with Dan “Babs” Babula after a match winning performance in 1’s.
However, giving his side the chance to go on to win outright on the weekend by not only taking just one, but two 5’fers was Nick McCallum-Toomey. A truly trumendous performance by Nick in 4’s this week, taking 5 for 23 in the 1st innings to defend his teams 1st innings total of 182 and then to go on to take 5 for 56 to set up the chance to win outright against North Sydney.
Definitely a day to remember for Nick and a great win for the boys in fourth grade. Nick’s match winning performance with the ball earns him this weeks “4 Pines Player of the Week”.
First grade had another great bowling day on Saturday to make it two from two for the season. Mickey got the ball rolling trapping their opening bat LBW with the score on 20.
SOK followed up a few overs later with another LBW decision going our way with the score on 47. The Norths batsmen then rallied and went into the lunch break at 2-90 with the match delicately poised.
Throughout the first session we had bowled disciplined areas, so we were confident if we could keep this up the rewards would come our way. The middle session was the Dan Babula show, with the big quick bowling with amazing consistency to claim 3 wickets. SOK chipped in with a couple more and at tea we had them 8 down.
(Dan Babula steaming through the crease) (Stephen O’Keefe ripping one against North Sydney)
Babs finished things off well after tea taking the two final wickets and finishing with a brilliant 5-38 off 18.4 overs. SOK claimed 3-49 off 34 while Mickey chimed in with an incredible 1-18 off 17 overs. North Sydney’s final score was 164.
All in all it was a quality performance from all the bowlers. We were nice and patient, built pressure and were up in the field. Lets have a big week at training boys and keep the ball rolling this week against Sutherland.
2nd Grade – Manly 273 (B.Qureshi 85, J. Walter 70, S.Webber 39) DEFEATED North Sydney 171 (L. Diserens 5 for 51, M. Visser 2 for 47, N. Buck 2 for 45)
Turning up on another warm sunny day at North Sydney Oval number 2, the boys were eager to make it 2 wins from 2 after posting a respectable 273 the week before. Obviously proceedings couldn’t get underway without the inspiring game of touch footy before the warm up, bottom 5 needing to improve after a dissapointing loss. However, it didin’t help that Buck was still trying grasp the concept of passing a ball with his hands and not his feet.
After a good stretch and solid warm up the plans were set to make a big impact in the early overs of the game to set up a good day for the Manly boys. With North Sydney already 1 down after some thunderbolt bowling from the “Buck Hunter” last week, there was a lot of pressure riding on the opener and night watchman as they took to the crease once again. Mickey Visser and Nathan Buck opened up for the tahs, but couldn’t quite find their rhthym as Norths got off a good start early on reaching approximately 1/35 after 15 overs. With a change of bowling due to the Aussie sun taking it’s toll on the English quick, an unwell and drugged up Taylor Beatty took over to combine with Viss. With the possible diagnosis of having Glandular Fever, Taylor bowled exceptionally well, hitting the same line and length almost every ball and continued to create pressure with Mickey at the other end also finding his tempo.
Following 3 maidens in a row from some fantastic tight bowling, a tough chance went down in the coordon off Mickey and then moments later Taylor got the break through wicket, nicking off the other opening bat to the keeper. A quick refreshment was taken shortly after and then Mickey “Windows Vista” trapped the night watchman right infront leaving the umpire no choice but to raise his finger. How quickly a game can turn, 3/38 and Norths were looking in a bit of trouble. Visser still proceeding to hit some great channels outside off stump, sent the North’s skipper on his way with a delightful deliverey cutting back into his middle and off pole. The mighty Tah’s were right on top and a superb bowling partnership between Taylor and Mickey produced yet another chance, but a one handed effort from the skipper behind the stumps couldn’t quite hold onto it.
(Mickey Visser at the top of his run up) (Luke after taking 5 wickets for the match)
With Lunch insight, Diserens and Buck were brought on to see if a breakthrough wicket could be made, but the Norths batsmen survived and got to the break with a recovered 4/82 on the scoreboard. A good session from the boy’s considering the start that Norths got off to. Fuelled back up with a good feed, the lads set out to hit consistant areas and build pressure in the field with the high energy and intensity levels that we had in the first session.
Never in doubt, the Manly boys certainly did exactly that. Bucky picking up his 2nd wicket for the match as he clean bowled their number 6, Norths now 5/103. Step up Luke Diserens, taking a couple overs after lunch to find his rhythm and tweak his field, Dizzy produced a fantastic spell of spin bowling. Drifting the ball a good half a meter in the air and getting a bit of purchase off the deck, Dizzy picked up 2 quick wickets, one LBW and the other an easy catch for Walter under the lid.
7/120 and the boys were buzzing in the field as victory was in their sights. Credit where it’s due, Norths started to put together a good little partnership taking them to 160, but Dizzy “Quacki” Diserens was no match seeing off the last 3 wickets at his end. 2 well flighted deliveries clean bowling the batsmen and the final legs eleven hacking one straight down midd-ons throat. Norths all out for 171 just as Tea was taken.
With an inexperienced skipper at the helm, the choice was made to call the game then and there as the thought of obtaining an outright was unlikely and heading back to Manly for a cold one was on the mind of most of the boys. However not making the option available for a team decision was definitely a rookie error. Never the less a fantastic performance by all, superb spells from Dizzy, Buck, Viss and especially Taylor considering how unwell he was feeling. Another awesome win for two’s with still room for improvement with both bat and ball. Lets work hard during training and prepare for another big weekend against Sutherland next week.
3rd Grade – Manly 6 for 206 (R. Farrell 55, A. Gummer 36, A. Virdi 33*, S. Gainsford 32) DEFEATED North Sydney 205 (L. Grant 4 for 46)
We turned up to grahams with sammos bringing the coffees and everyone doing their role perfectly with the tea, it just seemed like it was going to be our day.
Ryan and gummer went out to continue where they left off last week and neither of them looked like getting out until gums was run out by the wicket keeper.
(Lance with some elegant stroke play) (Ryan Farrell with a solid technique)
Digits and ryan continued to work their way towards the opposition total by playing great cricket shots until digits was stumped down the legside by some tidy keeping which then brought Sammy G to the crease. Him and ryan saw us through to tea and we were in a very good position until Sammy G was lbw for 32 and then squid came in and got a good ball early and we all started to become nervous.
Not long after that ryan was out after bringing up a great 50, that left LG and Ash in the middle needing 50 to win and they looked like Mike Hussey and Michael bevan out there, just big game players knowing how to get us over the line.
All in all it was a great win and the ATTITUDE from everyone was great,
4th Grade – Manly 182 (D.Reynolds 68) & 4 for 86 (R. Trewartha 32, C. Boss 21) DEFEATED OUTRIGHT North Sydney 65 (N. McCallum-Toomey 5 for 23) & 201 (N. McCallum-Toomey 5 for 56)
What a great outright win! Up against it with stacks of players out and losing Pete Lindsay mid week meant a big effort to stay in the frame for outright and that is what we produced. Starting at 7/50 Norths did not show any fight and were dismissed for 65. McCallum Toomey picking up 5/23 and Danny Reynolds 2/18. Sent back in the Bears showed some fight and a gritty 100 from their opener threatened to spoil our chances. Danny (2/40) toiled hard and picked up 2 crucial wickets as did Jacob Graham (2/41). Once again the main man was Nick who pulled out a great 5/56 on a flat, hard wicket. All bowlers probed away and the fielding supported it. Josh Petersen collecting another 2 to make it 6 for the game in an outstanding display of keeping. But 10 wickets for Nick was a great result for him and a reward for his hard work in the nets.
This gave us 85 in 14 overs to get 10 points. Opening up with Trewartha(32) and Boss (21) we got a flyer with 40 runs in the first 3 overs, crisp hitting and excellent placement being the order of the day. Both of these blokes were dismissed having a go as was Bill D’Arcy (11) and Evans (2, run out by a direct hit) leaving Jacob and Danny to see us home, Jacob hammering a huge six over mid wicket to emphasise our domination.
Well done boys, a great win. Sutherland will be a tough game and it’ll be great to have us all their twice this week.
5th Grade – Manly 6 (dec) for 345 (A.Baker 172, J.Trickey 68, G.Boyer 41) DEFEATED North Sydney 326 (B. Falconer 2 for 37, B. Kittlety 2 for 41, H. Paterick 2 for 64)
After last week’s great batting effort, it was now over to the bowling and fielding disciplines to do the job. The Bears got off to a good start with both openers batting well and putting on a decent partnership. The bowlers were toiling hard on a good batting deck but the breaks weren’t coming as quickly as hoped. Finally snicked off one of the openers and a few wickets fell over the period to tea but at only 4 wickets down, plenty of work was still required to get the 6 points.
Although we missed a few chances after tea, the bowlers did not give up considering one of the Bear’s openers went on to make 138 good runs. Special mention to Justin Knight, Ben Falconer, Ben Kittlety and Hayden Patrick who all bowled consistent spells when needed to put the pressure on the Bears. It worked and the final wicket was taken with a run-out with only 19 runs to spare and 4 overs left in the days play.
The day ended with some refreshments out in the middle and Dead-leg Outred thanking Gainsy and Bakes for their efforts by pinging them $80 each in discretionary fines. Well done Will, that should motivate them to help out and play 5ths again!
Two hard fought wins in 2 rounds and 5ths have started the season very well.
PG’s – Manly 8 for 188 (J. Rawlings 87, M. Pugh 35, S. Webber 30) DEFEATED BY Randwick Petersham 6 for 189 (S. Alexander 3 for 51)
After a surprisingly quick trip out there we all spent some quality time searching for carparks, with Matty Cole in particular conducting a thorough investigation of all potential parking spots within a 5 km radius of the ground. Eventually everyone arrived to a Coogee Oval with a lightning fast outfield comprised of two types of grass coverage, correctly identified by Groundskeeper Samos as Cooch and Rye, unaware of what a momentous day it would be… Coach Ritchie’s first stirring words to the team inspired a quality warm-up resulting in a 5-0 demolition job by the top 5, including a Jarrod Rawlings runaway try believe it or not (the field was only 20 metres long).
Pughy won the toss and elected to bat on a track that looked very hard and rather flat. Openers Sam Webber and PGs debutant Jarrod Rawlings batted perfectly to see off the new rock and the impressive ego of one particular opening bowler with a dream opening stand of 77, taking us through the first drinks. After smoking a 6 straight down the ground a few overs earlier, Sam (30) was unlucky to be caught and bowled after middling a straight drive straight back to the pitcher. This brought the skipper to the crease and he immediately picked up where the openers had left off, knocking the bad balls effortlessly for 4 and giving the in-form Ralphy plenty of strike. Jarrod had been batting with quiet confidence all morning, simply waiting for the ball in his area and putting it away. The 50 was brought up with a powerful sweep shot played from down on one knee, although whether this was on purpose or as a result of tiredness is still uncertain.
The runs continued to come at a consistent, yet relatively slow rate for the Manly boys, however with wickets in hand fast runs towards the end was always the plan. With the overs ticking past, Pughy and Thickies began to pick up the run rate and it was then that the most extraordinary event of the day’s play happened. The Randy-Pete’s pitcher threw an offspin curveball straight into the Jarrod Rawling’s hitting zone and he dispatched it straight over the midwicket boundary. For 6. The disbelieving cry of “Thickies!!!” filled Coogee Oval as the captain strode down the wicket to congratulate the understandably emotional Rawlings. To his credit, Jarrod pulled himself together admirably and continued on as if nothing had happened, despite knowing he would relive this moment for his entire life. Unfortunately not long after this, Pughy couldn’t emulate the power hitting of the Thickman, hitting a full toss straight down the throat of the man on the boundary and bringing Jordan to the crease with the score on 156 and only 8 overs remaining. Knowing quick runs were required, the two attempted to up the ante, but were only able to bring the score to 182 before Jarrod at last departed for a rock-solid and surprisingly entertaining 87. Jarrod’s knock was well and truly the backbone of our innings – batting for a solid 45 overs, even if it was only to delay his confrontation with Wrighty, whose ankle was suffering after being the victim of a Wiggum cover drive during warm up.
From here, basically, the wheels started to fall off. Jordan simply gave catching practice to the midwicket fielder with an appalling stroke before Sam Gainsford, Ryan Farrell, Ash Virdi and Luke Grant all came and went for the collective value of 6 runs. In all honesty the worst part of this was the last 3 balls of our innings which gave a hattrick to the aforementioned opener, who found the hattrick too much for his modesty to take. All in all it was a disappointing end to what looked to be a promising innings started by the perfect platform from the top 3. In hindsight, a little more bat on ball rather than just lusty swinging in the later overs may have been the way to go.
After lunch we came out confident, knowing we had the bowling attack to win the game. Unfortunately, and to be quite blunt, we didn’t really show it until Luke Grant and Sam Alexander came on. These two really tightened things up and as we’d talked about earlier, this led to wickets – two of them in fact, one apiece. By then they had already very much gained the upper hand, having knocked off a third of our runs already. To their credit the other bowlers learnt from the discipline of these two and began to really tighten things up, bringing steady wickets and further slowing the flow of runs. We stayed in the game all the way through and were looking a real chance to steal the game at a couple of points, but the occasional wides (19 in the end), combined with our earlier poor bowling and lack of energy in the field really cost us and they passed us in the 47th over.
Despite starting the season with a loss there are many positives to take out of Sunday’s performance, but also a lot of areas for improvement with both bat and ball. Special thanks in particular to Wrighty for running/hobbling the water all day and not giving Jarrod the long-promised punch to the face – he’s already a let down from his sisters. Also thankyou to Angus Reid who answered the call for a twelthy late last week and was a great help to the injured Wrightman all day, as well as to all the parent supporters we got out there. Finally a big thankyou to Coach Cub – it’s not easy to give up your whole Sunday for cricket (after playing on Saturday), especially when you’re not even playing, so thanks for all the support and we’ll get you a win next week, don’t worry.