Once again the clubs first grade leader stood up with the captains armband on and lead from the front when his troops were close to collapse. Sent in on a difficult wicket late in the day, his partners fell like flies around him and at 5-33, the Tahs really needed him.
Alongside Gainsford, Jay Lenton began playing freely and dispatching the opposition bowlers around the ground with class be power. Jay displayed an excellent example for positive, counterattacking cricket, where he flipped the game on its head and ended with a magnificent 110 off 123 not out to end the days play. With plenty more to do next week, Lenton will be looking to advance further and further into the tune tally. Jay is etching himself into the record books with his third consecutive hundred, for the second time in his career. Exciting things to come for our fearless leader, and hopefully he will continue to steer first grade towards silverware.
Congrats Jay and Go Manly !
W3s Captain Olivia Judith Hough takes out this week’s Women’s Burdekin Player of the Week with an impressive 38 not out with the bat. Liv has been the backbone of the W3s this year, providing stability and direction to a relatively new and inexperienced team. It has been great to see the W3s grow into such an intimidating opposition under her solid captaincy.
Congratulations Olivia and go Manly!
1 st grade turned up to Pratten to play West’s after a strong victory against Blacktown . Following a week of rain the weather continued in the morning which saw play delayed until 3:10pm. With what seemed to be an important toss up for grabs Manly were sent in on what was going to be a difficult starting wicket. Manly lost 5 early wickets being 5/33 . It then took the skipper Jay Lenton who was coming off 2 back to back centuries to continue his form. Jay was joined by Sam Gainsford in his first bat in first grade this season. This partnership proved to be an extremely valuable one clawing the team back to an impressive 206/5 at the conclusion of the day with Sam and Jay combining for a 173* partnership . Jay finished the day 101* making it 3 back to back centuries being the first player to achieve this fete since 2015 when he did it last . Sam finished 77* (his highest 1st grade score) and in pursuit of a maiden 1st grade hundred.
2 nd grade turned up to a moist Manly Oval hoping to continue our great form from Christmas. With the weather being what it was for the days prior, play was delayed until 11:10. Skipper Jamieson won the toss and we were bowling.
We started off well with the pitch playing a few tricks and the boys bowling well. Jamieson took an early wicket with a superb caught and bowled. The next hour and a bit prooved frustrating for the boys. Hicks, Seward and Prowse all beating the bat on numerous occasions. At the lunch break West’s were 1-50.
After lunch we new we if we could take a few wickets we were on our way, and that we did. Joel Davies taking one and then Seward the very next ball. From there wickets were pretty consistent and we ended up rolling them for 114 just after tea. 4 wickets to Seward, 3 to O’Sullivan and one each to Jamieson, Hicks and Davies.
With 32 overs left in the days play we new we could have 6 points wrapped up by stumps. After watching the west’s blokes play and miss all morning there was still plenty in the pitch, which Matt Brewster found out on the first over, being caught at gully. From then it was pretty much the Joel Davies show!! Jeez the kid can play! Taking on the West’s blowers early on, Joel managed to clear the rope 4 times including one into the clubhouse. He was well partnered by both Ned Hole, and Ahillen Beadle.
With about half an hour left in the days play Jamieson thought we’d declare once we passed them to try and jag a wicket or two before stumps. Davies (80*) and Beadle (20*) both finishing unbeaten. We bowled 4 overs but didn’t manage to take a wicket.
All in all awesome day for the Tahs with 6 points wrapped up and hoping to get 10 points come next Saturday.
N o play day 1
Episode 12 Part 1: Return of the alumni
29.1.21 (Friday): Matchday eve
It was 9pm. I peered out the window. The clouds were churlish and kraken-cruel. They coughed out great gouts of water and thunking balloons of sopping moisture. It teemed down in a biblical deluge, flooding the streets, drowning the fields and overflowing the drains. It was a Noah’s-Ark cataclysm of rain, an unending cataract of water sluicing from the sky. The rain was incessant. It snapped and crackled like bracken pods in a bush fire. The flood-gates in the sky had opened and no-one was there to close them back up, it seemed.
30.1.21 (Saturday- 11am): Before Play
The morning sky was opaque. The clouds were robust. They were carried on a light, ruffling breeze. The soil of Mother Earths headquarters (LM Grahams Reserve) was titanium hard and in perfect condition. A misty rain fell down. It was as frail as a Scottish smirr and its misty dew felt like warm butter melting on one’s face. Flowers slowly unfurled on the outskirts of the reserve and rippled like coral arms at low tide. The umpires exhaled with a murmurous purr of satisfaction as their weekend wage was assured.
30.1.21 (Saturday- 11.45am): The Toss
Match umpires: Shreedhar Sampath and Andy Storey sauntered out to the wicket in preparation for the coin toss. Manly’s stand in captain, Andrew Lindsay greeted Wests captain, Toby Hynes in the peculiar Covid-19 fashion before the coin’s ejection. Lindsay won the coin toss and elected to bowl first, directing western suburbs in to bat with cumulonimbus clouds swirling above.
30.1.21 (Saturday): The First session
With an abundance of Manly alumni, infused with youth taking the field. Opening bowlers Lachie Kerr and James Waddington set the tone with perfect ‘line and length’ bowling. Waddington took the opening wicket of the day, dismissing Wests opener for zero. Following the opening bowlers, Andrew Lindsay and Ollie Melville proceeded to ‘pinch the scalps’ of the top and middle order, leaving Western suburbs in disarray at 5-80 at tea.
30.1.21 (Saturday): The Second session
Following the Tea break spinners Jake Osborne and Adam Parkinson were introduced to the attack. Both bowlers were successfully able to prevent fast scoring keeping the run rate tight under two an over. Parkinson was able to dismiss a momentary fight back from Wests batsmen for 54, before Osborne claimed the wicket Wests captain and the remaining middle order batsmen. With copious amounts of pressure building on the opposing sides batting line up, superb tight bowling from James Waddington (1/26) from 18 overs and Ollie Melville (3/20) off 12 overs restricted Western Suburbs to 9/160 runs from their 80 overs.
o play day 1
M ore overcast conditions greeted the PGs boys as they prepared for a rematch against 3rd placed St George. The previous days play had produced both runs and wickets and with the surface looking vastly similar both teams were prepared for a tough game. Manly were lucky to have the inclusion of Joel Foster who reclaimed his captaincy as well as the induction of Liam ‘Jack Leach’ Dinan to the XI.
o play in Women’s 2nd Grade.
The day started off not looking like we were going to fit a game in, the weather was not on our side. But we all still had to drive to Tonbridge park to play Universities. When we got there the pitch was not looking good, so we were delayed by the rain. Whilst waiting for the pitch to dry Renée tried to practice her short leg position which didn’t go too well. We also played a few games of heads up to keep us entertained.
When it was dry enough we went into bat. Sally and Jasmine had a great partnership, where Sally got 20 (which means she gets two new bats), and Jasmine got 34, her highest score. Then the skipper came in and got 38 not out, totalling the overall score to 5/153.
After a humid 40 overs we were back in the field. There was an outstanding effort by Jasmine who got 2/19 and two catches. A cameo by Renée who got 1/4, and great keeping from Steph with two catches and a run out. Mason finished the innings by bowling the last batsman leaving Universities all out for 115.
This week’s match was Round 13, which saw us at Grahams Reserve and playing against Penrith. We were keen to bounce back after a disappointing loss the week before.
Skipper Nat Guyot loss the toss and we were sent in to bat. With overcast skies above we knew we had to bat well. Unfortunately, Chloe Osborne was out LBW early on. Penrith’s opening bowlers were bowling fast and accurately, making it difficult for us to get runs on the board. After losing Nat who was caught trying to push for some runs, we found ourselves 2/15 with a bit of work to do. Kate soon joined me at the crease, fighting hard we managed to put on a solid partnership. After I was dismissed Annie and Kate put on another strong partnership pushing us past 100. Once we lost Annie for 13 and then Kate, with a beautiful innings of 43 runs, we knew we still needed more runs on the board. Mia Nel, Gemma Lacey and Ruby Gruber all looked promising out in the middle but unfortunately things didn’t go their way.
We were all out for 120. At the change of innings the rain came and delayed our restart by fifty minutes. When we finally got back on the field Chelsea and Kate opened the bowling but with the rain settling in our ball started to soften. Nat tried many different combinations in an attempt to make that all important breakthrough, with everyone bowling well under testing conditions. Special mention to Annie for bowling 8 overs and taking our only wicket with a great catch from Nat. Even our three spinners Mia, Abbey and Sallie were outstanding, bowling with the wet ball. The effort from the girls was great throughout the match and spilled over to the French cricket played during the rain delays.
Looking forward to getting out there again next weekend and hope to get a win.