Despite the inclement weather this weekend almost all teams managed to get a result and all who did recorded a win. With only W2s and M1s fixtures affected it was an outstanding clean sweep across the club for the Waratahs. M1s consolidated last weeks 1st innings win over Penrith by moving to 270 ahead (8/185, Merchant 64*) before the rain ruined what could have been an interesting chase. 2s pulled off a miraculous win against the Panthers just before the rain set in for the final time thanks to a 5fa from Tom Kaye, ably supported by Josh Wigney and skipper Sam Gainsford. W3s topped the day off with a dominant win over North Sydney thanks to good contributions from Sarah Gordon, Mia Nel, Sallie Molyneux and Jasmin Wilson. On Sunday the Brewers girls also got up to win by 4 wickets, while W2s only got 14 overs of their batting innings in before the rain settled in.
A man who has year in year out toiled and always found ways to contribute to any team is this weeks player of the week, none other than Tom Kaye! A club favourite who this week, spearheaded the 2nd grade attack to victory. Tom picked up a crucial wicket last week, and picked up just where he left off, looking threatening all day and finishing with a superb 5/30 off 17. This included three stump castles, with some classy and veteran like swing bowling.
Tom has played a critical role in the 2nd grade attack over many years, and to watch him be the frontline bowler and standing up to such a task, is something 2’s is greatly benefiting from.
A huge season ahead for a talented team man. Congrats Tommy and Up the Tahs !
A gloomy day in Manly as the boys rocked up with 6 points already in their back pocket looking to make it 10. A good plan was put in place to bat until just after lunch then bowl the Panthers out before the rain hit.
Foz looked his best, playing some glorious shots off his pads and back down the ground and dealing with the left arm ortho’s doosra that he had somehow developed during the week. It took a special piece of fielding to dismiss him for 46. Wickets fell steadily, leaving the boys in a little bit of trouble before Nap again put on a clinic and demonstrated his patience and class with the stick. At 8 down and the boys coming off for rain, we declared leaving Penrith with a tough chase in tricky conditions.
Starting well and looking threatening, Hads, Jamo and SOK were looking like they could potentially replicate last weeks start. However, we had to run off to watch Russian Camelot get dusted at the valley and that was all she wrote for the game of cricket, hosing down for the rest of the night.
The boys were grateful we were ruthless last week and came away with the 6 points to leave us sitting at the top of the table.
3 points – Steve O’Keefe
2 points – Ryan Hadley
1 point – Elliot Herd
What a pleasant day out at the riff it was. Thanks to the locals we became aware that Penrith had made the final. Horns blaring, Panther’s buses, red white and black balloons everywhere. Despite the final the next day, Ivan Clearly decided he’d stop off at Krispy Kreme presumably because he knew the manly boys would be there.
Tom Kaye had us off to a great start arriving with Penrith 1-1. An overcast day saw some great conditions for our seamers. Once again the main man Tom Kaye took the first wicket of the day with an absolute peach. After some slow batting from Penrith, Mickey Counsell grabbed his first wicket of the season. A consistent flow of wickets had us with Penrith 4 down before the rain came down and kept us off for a couple of hours. Some seriously rogue riddle from Sully saw the break go a little slower along with Willy Gus completely clueless on how to play Uno. Eventually, we got back on and the riff boys looked to be having a crack at the target when Tommy Kaye took his third. They continued to keep going reasonably hard when Wigs took his second followed by TK taking his fourth the next over. The big man took his fifth his next over with three of them being bowled. Enter skipper Sam Gainsford bowling mid 130 orthos. Too quick for the tail saw gainsy pick up two in quick succession finishing off the game. A very comprehensive victory with Tom Kaye the pick of the bowlers but a great effort all round from the bowlers in difficult wet conditions.
3 points – Tom Kaye
2 points – Jacob O’Sullivan
1 point – Sam Gainsford
A rainy day out at Tunks saw the Manly Girls itching to get in a play to ensure a result. With many debutants, the girls were keen to get out in the field and give it their all. After a very relaxed warm-up, Skip Liv Hough won the toss and sent UTS North Sydney into bat. Opening with spin from Jas Wilson & strong consistent bowling from Charlotte Ambler, the girls were able to take a few early wickets which set the tone for the rest of the game. Wickets were shared among Jas, Charlotte, Sal, Mia, & Mason. A few missed opportunities in the field saw UTS continue to add runs to the board, but the girls were able to keep Bears to an achievable 87.
Jess and Sarah opened the batting, keen to chase the runs down with rain starting. A brief rain delay saw the girls whip out the phones and work together to find the imposter. The rain cleared enough for play to continue and Jess lost her wicket soon thereafter, flicking off the pads to be caught on the boundary. Sarah continued with her game plan to stay in and stabilise the batting order as Steph’s wicket fell quickly. Truly cementing herself in the batting order, we saw Mia Nel come in and dominate the bowling attack, scoring an impressive 29 off 18. Liv Hough then came to the crease and worked with Sarah to ensure that the Manly girls easily chased the runs in 12 overs with plenty of batting strength at disposal.
Up the Tahs!
3 points – Mia Nel
(2 points – 1 each ) – Jas Wilson & Sallie Molyneux
1 point – Sarah Gordon
Fielding – Charlotte
Manly women’s 2nd grade were excited and ready to begin their campaign against Universities. Rocking up to Manly Oval on a cold Sunday afternoon and seeing the covers on we knew this was going to be a long game. With play predicted to start on time, skipper Mikaela lost the toss and we were sent in to bat. After numerous amounts of throwdowns and Nat J almost being taken out by opener Charley nailing many straight drives in her direction, the umpires were ready to go and the innings was about to begin. Alongside Charley, Zara also opened the batting and the pair put on a whopping 53 run partnership. Charley getting caught on 30 after an incredible catch from the Uni fielder. This brought in the skipper, hitting lovely shots around the ground. Zara’s wicket fell after scoring a well made 23, and this brought Claire to the crease. Unfortunately, Claire was unable to make a start and fell for 1. Kate then came to the crease ready to take on the Uni bowling and get Manly to a defendable total. But then the rain had other ideas as grey skies covered Manly and the rain came down. The covers were rushed on the pitch and play had been delayed.
This meant that sheds cricket could begin.
Opening the batting was the Manly duo themselves, Nat and Renee or RAT. Batting beautifully playing every shot in the book, the partnership was an amazing 250 both getting centuries. The fall of Renee’s wicket then brings Sienna to the crease, another great partnership from the batting side brought up their total to 300 until Sienna got run out after a classic wait, yes, no mix-up. The batting and bowling continued and may runs were scored until the man, the myth, the legend was sent in to bat. I could feel the fear from the bowling side increase rapidly as they were already on 400 and now he’s coming in to bat. The crowd roared as be begun his journey to the crease, there he was in the flesh, Ross Denny. And let me tell you he impressed us all, it was an absolute masterclass of batting, no one could manage to get him out. He played every bowler with absolute class and respect, but then the hit and run rule may have saved the bowling team. A questionable run out decision saw Ross Denny leave the crease and straight home to his sons birthday. What an alpha move by Ross Denny, not even staying to see if his team would win, he just went straight home after getting a double century, that’s why he’s the best. Another big name in manly sheds cricket, Duncan Kerr was at the crease, he played some impeccable shot. The ‘Fitness Bloke’ was really showing everyone that he could play cricket too, until he threw away his wicket.
Play was stopped when Skipper came into the room just having spoke to the umpires about the slightly less important game that was being held that day. The game had been abandoned she said, so after a good start to the game. Mikaela finished on a well made 14* and Kate on 0* after not facing a ball yet. Congratulations to the rain for a great match and taking the win, it never really looked like we could beat them. And thank you to Universities for standing in the rain for 14 overs just for the game to be abandoned.
Let’s hope the rain stays away and we can play next week against Gordon.
The Brewer girls arrived at Manly Oval on a over cast and sprinkling morning. After a disappointing and heart breaking loss last week, we were determined to prove our selves and beat close rivals Gordon. After a thorough warmup of taking the covers off without getting any water on the pitch, we won the toss and chose to bowl.
Duncan’s quick warm up got us pumped up and ready to go. Gordon looked like a young team but we were mostly as well. Chels and Kate started us strong, limiting the runs and keeping their run rate low. The energy was high and everyone was talking lots, which probably annoyed the batters but it kept us focused and in the game. Emily Horstead started strong with a nice maiden. Abby came onto bowl from the other end. Our first wicket came in Abby’s first over from a wonderful piece of fielding from Eliza. Eliza walked in strong and threw it straight into ruby as they tried and failed to take a quick single. Abby then got a beautiful bowled, going right around her bat and hits the middle of off stump. Gordon were now 2/30 off 10. This is when it all started going our way. The pressure was on Gordon and we were able to keep our momentum going and keep the energy up. Gordon then began to tumble. A lovely little misfield from Em with a quick recovery resulted in a easy run out. Em then got the next wicket with a side on direct hit and a amazing piece of fielding. After some very tight over from Abby and Eliza, Ellie came onto bowl. Chloe took a stunning catch that was low down off Ellie’s bowling. Ellie then got another plum LBW 2 balls later. Gordon were then 6/55 and we set a target to keep them under 60. 2 bowled wicket from Chels and Kate left Gordon at 8/56 off 20 overs. The fielding and energy in the field improved tremendously from last week which is a real achievement to the whole team.
With only 2 runs needed per over, we had a relaxed and confident warm up before batting. Our first over looked like it was going well with 6 off it until I was caught at square leg off a slow and low ball. Chloe came in and was out not long after. After a boundary on her first ball, Laura got bowled. We really needed a long and steady partnership to get us back in it. That’s when Ellie and Eliza had a nice 20 run partnership to get us back on track. While scoring strong and steady, with a few singles and some stunning boundaries in the gap from Ellie. Eliza was then caught and the stress on the sidelines began to rise again. We only needed 26 more runs in a lot of over but because of our close loss last week it was still stressful. Ellie and Kate kept us back in the game, getting us to 53 before Ellie got out LBW. Kate then got caught and the tension kept rising. Em and Hannah kept us in the game and got us over the line.
The girls had a great game and had a fun time getting Guzman and Gomez and supporting the second grade. Next, we are away at Penrith for our first away game of the season and are wanting to keep our momentum going into the season.
3 Points – Ellie James
2 Points – Abby Melville
1 Point – Ruby Gruber
Fielding – Emily Horstead