It was a fantastic Saturday for the Waratahs with 4 from 6 victories. M1s won and lost it a few times before coming up 10 run winners, Brewster and Bryant in the runs and Ryan Hadley icing it with the ball. A brilliant hundred from skipper Sam Hole led M3s to victory, while M4s and M5s were both comfortable winners to keep both grades unbeaten. W3s and M2s both lost close matches, especially W3s with a heartbreaking 1 wicket loss. Ashleigh Karcher the star with 53*
Unfortunately, Sunday was a different story as we went 1 from 4 to finish the weekend. Highlight was M1s continuing their great recent form with a victory over North Sydney. A brilliant captains knock of 61* from Ryan Farrell secured the victory. W1s, W2s and PGs all went down despite runs from Saskia Horley in W1s and a great 5fa from Claire Waddington in W2s.
This weeks Men’s 4 Pines Player of the Week is none other than club stalwart and fan favourite, Sam Hole. The Hole last name is synonymous with Manly Cricket, and despite some promising newfound leg spin from his brother on the weekend, Sam’s gritty and match winning hundred takes the cake. Sam’s 108 on the weekend (including 10 powerful boundaries) with rumours of a 6, steered third grade to a strong win against a solid Sydney line up.
Those present described the knock as nothing short of classy and dominant. A quintessential captains dig to secure the points, which showcased just how dominant Sam can be with the stick in hand. The entire third grade side, and club as a whole, was ecstatic to see one of the great human beings raise the willow for the third time under a Manly badge, continuing to etch his name in Waratah history both on and off the field.
Congratulations Sam ! #bleedblue
Claire Waddington is this weeks player of the week. Claire was the stand out bowler this weekend across all the womens games and took the first 5fa for the season, also being Claires first 5fa ever. Claire stepped up when needed, as Penrith were only 3 down for 112 runs with the game only just past halfway when Claire took the first wicket. Claire attacked the stumps and her variations led to all of her wickets, at one point even being on a hat trick after knocking the stumps over 2 balls in a row. The performance was long over due after many hours in the nets perfecting her spin bowling and working on her variations and accuracy and was a true reward for her effort and commitment. Claire also was solid with the bat with 17 not out, the second top score for the day, and made some handy partnerships to make a great last effort to get us towards the total. Claire ended up with figures of 5/15 off 5 with a double wicket maiden.
With still tough memory’s from last season the boys turned up to a gloomy day at Drummoyne Oval. Farrell was to lead the side today with Lenton absent and started of positively winning the toss and electing to bat first on a good flat batting wicket. Brewster first game of 1st in a while started of aggressively setting the tone for the day with a quick fire 61 of 67 balls. However, after loosing fast wickets in succession we were 6-113 and looking in trouble. Bryant continued his good recent form will a well made 50 and supported by Herd & Hadley to get the team to a reasonable 206 total.
Knowing that we had a below par total we had to put a good performance with the ball in hand a field. Lammonby struck the big wicket of Felsch early and the team was up and about. The bowling unit applied constant pressure and with the support of everyone in the field Sydney never got away and found themselves in a similar situation to us in the 1st innings at 6- 118. It was a tight finish to the game with it swaying favourite to either side from over to over. Special mention to Josh Seward in his first few games bowling 5 overs for 13 runs and looking comfortable in 1st grade cricket. However, with the game tight in the closing overs it was always going to be tough for Sydney to close with Hadley bowling in great rhythm and finishing the game off in the 2nd to last over and claiming 3 wickets for 15 runs of his 10 overs.
All round great weekend for the Manly boys and a real momentum push to the top of the table. Winning is indeed a habit!
1 – Ryan Hadley
2 – Matt Brewster
3 – Ben Bryant
A new look 2s team geared up for what is always a close encounter with Sydney. Captain Jamieson won the toss and the Tahs bowled first.
We started well with the ball, with a run out and wicket to Kaye having Sydney 2-32. Following this Sydney built a strong partnership, with a combination of injuries and good batting getting Sydney to 2-150 despite good spells from Bishop-Perret and L.Trewartha. First choice leg spinner Hole got the break through, while Jamieson and O’Sullivan followed with a couple wickets to have the last 10 overs evenly poised at 5-174. Sydney ended with 263 due to some good late hitting from the lower order.
Weston and Hole opened up, losing Hole early for 17. This brought two veterans to the crease together, a pleasure to watch from the sideline. Weston and Merchant both manipulated the field with ease, taking the game on without risk and accumulating a 108 run partnership. The Tahs sadly went from 1-134 to 5-149 with 15 overs left, Weston making 72 and Merchant 45. Daly came out and made a classy 20, while Z.Trewartha continued his clean hitting from the previous round with 48 from 41 balls. Bringing hope back to the Tahs, Z.Trewartha gave it a red hot crack and showed an abundance of Manly resilience. Sadly, we were bowled out for 241 with one over remaining.
Leaving the ground with 0 points however a lot of positives and learning to take from the game, a great effort from a team that refused to give up on a day where everything felt against them.
Onto next week! Go Manly!
3 Logan Weston
2 Zach Trewartha
1 Cameron Merchant
The 3rd grade men rocked up to Birchgrove Oval full of excitement and enthusiasm after a bonus point win last round against North Sydney. The main grade welcomed four hot inclusions, with none other than Andrew Hicks and Tim Doonan playing their first games of the year for the Tahs. Ellis Raymond and Lachie Charles were the other changes to the side moving up after strong performances over the past few weeks.
Skipper S.Hole won the toss and the main grade padded up and headed out to bat. The rest is history. Skipper Hole and Lachie Coyte started well, putting the bad ball away and rotating the strike. Coytey unfortunately fell, however Wheeler, Charles and Doonan were all helping one man accomplish his dream of a main grade century as captain.
Sam Hole. Remember the name. The man famous for kicking straight ones was hitting the ball like a dream, must be that new bat! He even managed to hit one into Sydney Harbour after a sweep shot went for four and under a construction fence. That wasn’t the end of the action though, with an off spinner providing the perfect opportunity for him to bring up his 3rd ever grade six. A lovely lofted off-drive over mid off, just bouncing over the 45m straight boundary. They all count! Sam entered the 80s through a lovely ramp shot, clearly been practicing some expansive shots in the off-season. He worked his way to 99 before an over of tense pressure occurred with Sam bringing up his 100 with a lovely single to mid wicket. What an innings by the Skipper. He eventually fell for 108 but had set up the game beautifully for the middle and lower order.
Ellis Raymond showed his class in a strong partnership with Sam, smashing the ball to all parts of the ground for a big-hitting 47, surpassing skipper Hole’s grade six’s tally in one innings. What a treat it was to watch. The lower order chipped in and got the main grade to a solid 262.
Hicksy and Wigney opened up, bowling tight lines without much luck on a pretty flat wicket. Rhoop and Bain entered the attack with Rhoop getting immediate reward. It’s not often that a 100 gets overshadowed by a catch of the season, however it just so happened that the main grade have the athleticism of Andrew Hicks in the side. Running 20m to his left at long-off, jumping and getting vertical, catching the ball millimetres off the ground with his left hand. What a catch! Momentum flowed and wickets fell. Bain picking up 2 along with Rhoop’s 2. Counsell snagged a wicket whilst Wigney cleaned up the tail to take 3fa and a couple run outs to go along with the day. Sydney all out 230. What a day of cricket.
3- Sam Hole
2- Ellis Raymond
1- Alex Bain
Turning up to a picturesque Grahams on a crisp Saturday morning. The 4s boys were buzzing after a couple of good early season wins. Sydney won the toss on what looked like a lovely deck.
The Manly boys got off to a flying start with Ev and Hobbo taking a couple of early poles. All of the bowlers had the ball on a string for most of the day after that it has to be said. Hobbo (1-18 off 8) and Ev (2-24 off 7) were well backed up by all the bowlers including Laughton (2-29 off 8) and (1-14 off 6) and Sydney were 5-40 after the first drinks.
Some tight bowling and disciplined fielding made things especially difficulty for Sydney and before long things were truly in dire straits. Add a fired up Rochie to the equation and it’s all but good night. The skip bowled with pace and control, winding back the clock to finish with 4fa in 7 overs. Sydney all out for 136, a great effort with the ball.
The 4s boys started off a bit shakily losing 2 early poles before Osborne & Mendel started to build a solid partnership. Mixing power with touch and class, these 2 self professed ‘lower grade bullies’ batted beautifully to get the boys all but to the line. Osborne making a magestic 40 odd (36) and Brynn batting beautifully in only his 2nd game back in grade cricket finishing 64*. Coops also made 17.
A great win to keep the momentum going. As always it was a grand occasion! Cheers!
3- B Mendel
Looking to continue their winning streak, 5s arrived at Ryde Park for round 5.
After losing the toss and being sent in to bowl, the first 5 overs put us in a worried state, where a bloke with a nice cover drive took advantage of a dew-soaked ball, flat deck and one very short boundary. However, one six is all it took for him to get greedy and hack a good length off Seb Bush. After this breakthrough, each bowler pitched in with some economical bowling to bring the run rate back down under 3 and a half an over, with help from some very passive middle order batting despite the batter friendly conditions. In the final overs, a few solid lower end bats took their total to 8-179, with Raj claiming 3-27 off his 8 overs to be the pick of the bowlers.
With 180 to win, both openers Hayden Calvert and Reiley Dunlop were dominant, capitalizing on short boundary to notch a 100 run partnership before the captain fell for 45. Hayden also snicked off, one ball after raising his bat to finish on 53. Jake Hutchings and Liam Dinan then continued the steady flow of runs, with Simon Waddington boosting his average at the end with 5 not out after the late dismissal of Jake for 26. Liam finished on 32 not out, guiding Manly to another win after just 38 overs to go 6 points clear at the top of the ladder.
3 Hayden Calvert
2 Liam Dinan
1 Raj Ganeshraj
F anly lost the toss and North Sydney were to bat on a nice looking deck at North Sydney.
The inclusion of Mickey and Morne into the side made bowling quite a treat to watch. The lads bowled superbly up top restricting them to not many in the power play and claiming a couple of key wickets. Some nice fielding to accompany the bowlers really put the screws on. Much of the same throughout the middle with constant wickets and restriction making it hard for North Sydney to really get going. Eventually ending 7/124.
With the task of chasing these runs Brewster and Lammonby went out to bat, with Brewster going cheaply, it was the Farrell and Lammonby show from there. Playing within themselves for majority of the innings and taking risks when necessary they were able to take us very close before losing Lammonby. With more laps and flicks and dabs than you could poke a stick at it was a solid dig from the import. Captain Farrell batted superbly to finish 61 not out and see the troops home. Handy contributions from AB and Herd as well.
All in all a crucial win and a good weekend for the lads and the club.
Up the tahs
PG’s had the privilege of playing at North Sydney Oval last sunday against UTS North Sydney. We won the toss and bowled first with some light rain around early in the day which was enough to reduce the game to 17 overs for each side.
North Sydney batted aggressively and took on the bowlers before some crucial wickets in the middle overs helped reduce the run rate. However, some big hits towards the end of the innings saw North Sydney to 160 off their 17 overs, with the pick of the bowlers being Evan Dunnachie, who finished with 2-27 from his four overs.
The Manly boys came out with a very strong start with some classy shots from Lachlan Coyte and Josh Seward who made 35 and 33 in quick time. Jake Osborne continued with the trend of aggressive batting with a well made 25, until Manly lost too many wickets towards the back end of the innings as the run rate continued to creep up, and fell 15 runs short of the target.
The PG’s boys will be looking to bounce back next week against Mosman, and finish off the last of the round games with a win.
This week womens 1st grade travelled on the team bus to Howell oval to take on Penrith, a much anticipated top of the table clash. Mik lost the toss on an overcast day and we were sent in to bat. Kate and Charlie opened the batting with Kate going on to build a solid partnership with Saskia. The batting innings was interrupted by multiple rain delays which made it difficult to get going. However, Saskia stood out with her 46, with others chipping in; Kate with 14, Zara with 24 and Nat J with 15. We ended the innings all out on 156 and knew we would need to bowl well to defend it.
Annabel and Laura opened the bowling for manly and after a few hard chances went down Penrith were off to a good start at 0-60 off their first 11 overs. Saskia came through grabbing the much needed first wicket. Further wickets came from Mik who took 2, however, Penriths captain and opener proved too good on the day making a match winning 71 before being dismissed by Chelsea for her first 1st grade wicket. A tough loss for the first grade girls but we are excited for nexts weeks clash with st George at manly oval.
was the 5th of December 2021. 2s first game of summer, hoping to arrive to a picturesque Manly Oval with the sun shining and not a cloud in the sky.
Unfortunately on arrival Ross Denny was spotted roller in hand. Shortly later the covers were removed and the sun was slightly shining meaning play was starting on time.
Skipper, Nat Guyot won the toss and elected to put us in the field. This was a hard fought bowling innings. The rain was off and on however not enough to send us off. Great opening partnership from E.Horstead and J.Manning had Penrith off to a slow start. A stunning catch from keeper S.Hughes (Matty Wade) had the opening batter walking back to the sheds.
Then came on the spin attach, J.Wilson from one end and E.Henry from the other. 20 overs of punishing spin bowling. Then J.Wilson takes a well deserved wicket after her 10th consecutive over leaving her with figures of 1/28 off 10 and despite not taking a wicket E.Henry ended with impeccable figures of 0/23 off her 10.
Safe to say we had our heads down at this point, the Penrith opening batsmen kept piling the runs on, she was currently on 63* however there was a glimmer of hope. Some could even say it was a christmas miracle or was it just a Waddo special. A change in strategy saw the Skipper put on leg spinning weapon, Claire Waddington, some would even say the best Waddington at MWDCC and after this spell it was closer to the truth. Claire into the attack, a beautiful delivery, players jumping up and down screaming howzat at the umpire. She’s down it. The finger goes up. The opening batsmen is out. The break through. Everyone’s eyes light up, this was the wicket that was needed. Backed up with great bowling from the other end by C.Osborne (finishing on 1/27 off 6 overs), Penrith were suddenly 9 down. Claire just couldn’t stop taking wickets she finished with incredible figures of 5/15 off 5 overs. Then with E.Horstead taking the final wicket, Penrith were all out for 154.
Now the batting innings. Well this part will be short, just like the innings. We thought it would be easy however that was not the case. We definitely underestimated the Penrith bowling attack, the Penrith opening bowler took 6/11 off her 8 overs with 3 maidens. Special mention to E.Henry for trying to save the innings with a well fought 18 runs.
However the girls ended all in good spirits and there was a lot to learn from this tough game of cricket. We will come back next week even stronger with a big game against St George Sutherland.
Another special mention to Claire Waddington for an amazing 5 wicket haul, she will be one to watch next week.
3- Claire Waddington
It was a cloudy day at Gannon Oval.
After a few laps across the ground we found the pitch on the opposite side of where we parked our cars.
Renee lost the toss and Steph and Ash were sent into bat. Starting of with some cracking boundaries they held strong for the first 20 overs. Steph was caught out for 23 and after an excellent performance Ash retired on 54. Emily came in for a great knock of 29 and Skipper Renee made some excellent runs with 20 off 14. At the end of the 40 overs we were 9 for 163.
Some quick wickets fell at the hands of Sally and the quick reflexes of Ash behind the stumps. Cam struck out with an lbw followed by a catch off of Caitlin’s bowling (which I’m still surprised I caught.) Some great bowling by Emma saw another wicket fall. An lbw from Steph had them loosing wickets quickly. Despite a cracking effort from the entire team in the field we lost with one wicket in hand in the final over. Overall it was a brilliantly played game and the girls should be incredibly proud of how they performed.