The Styleness Manly Warringah Waratahs had a fairly mixed weekend, with wins and losses across the board against Sydney University, Universities, Northern Districts and Randwick-Petersham.
First grade were unable to follow through from last week’s batting effort and unfortunately were defeated with only one more wicket needed to claim victory. Sydney Uni finished 9/462 despite a valiant effort with the ball from the Manly boys (M. Visser 3/95, J. Edwards 3/86).
Second grade was able to chase down the 222 set by Sydney Uni last week despite a lower order batting collapse. The dominant batting displays from Herd (69), Farrell (42) and Ash Virdi (36*) meant that they were able to clinch the game. Third grade was also victorious this weekend, reaching the required total only four wickets down. Tom Kaye was the standout of the batsmen, finishing with 79*.
Fourth grade was unfortunately defeated this week despite strong batting performances from Charles (68) and Wheeler (29), only amassing 227 in their chase for 272. The fifth grade side were able to follow on from a strong bowling performance last week to an equally as strong batting performance. Andrew Rochford was, once again, able to lead by example, contributing an unbeaten 55* after his 4 wickets last week. Oscar Lucius was also a strong contributor with the bat, reaching a total of 54.
The 3rd grade women’s side were able to get their first victory for the season against Universities with a great, allround team effort. Both Nat Guyot and Kristie Crawford retired 50* and Renee Hough and Kristie were also both superb with the ball (2/6 and 2/12 respectively).
The results from Sunday were unfortunately a little less positive with both the women’s 2nd grade side and the men’s T20 side going down. The girls played Northern Districts and, despite a spectacular bowling effort from Sienna James 3/22, were unable to chase down the required total, finishing 44 runs short. The men’s T20 side were defeated by Randwick Petersham after setting 159. Morkel gave the boys a chance of victory with a fantastic 4/24 from his 4 overs but they were unable to capitalise. Overall a weekend of ups and downs for the Tahs but plenty of good signs for the upcoming games with many strong performances across the grades.
This week’s 4 Pines Player of the Week is Tom Kaye for his 79* batting masterclass in 3rd grade. Coming in to bat with the score at 2/28, Tom played an integral role in ensuring Manly were able to chase down Sydney University’s total. His 79* was amassed over 168 minutes and included 13 fours! This dominant performance comes off the back of a 79 against Mosman in round 2 and shows that Tom will certainly be one to watch this season!
After setting what was the highest 1st grade total in 12 years the boys were confident that if we played our best cricket all day, the result be in our favour.
That we did, for the most part at least. Jack Edwards and Micheal Visser led the way with the ball with Jack bowling a brilliant first spell to break the stubborn opening partnership and go on to get another, cracking the game open from the top finishing with 3/86 of his 17 overs. (Some say the absence of Ryan Farrell means his front ankle can still be found on Manly Oval).
Visser broke through in the middle as each batsman proved persistent and all getting starts for the students. Combine this with a top drawer run out from SOK and the boys could almost smell a victory at 5-197.
A few dropped chances and a wagging of the tail saw the students well and truly in the game. SOK struck in the second last over of the day to have them 9 down needing 6 to win but unfortunately the boys just couldn’t get it done, going down to a serious performance and being a part of one of the greatest games of 1st grade cricket you’ll see.
3 Points – Ollie Davies
2 Points – Ryan Farrell
1 Point – Jack Edwards
Fielding Award – TBC
We turned up Saturday knowing what was ahead of us needing 176 runs.
With Ellio Herd and Andrew Hicks (31) at the crease we had a good start with Herdy continuing the play freely and Hicksy playing his natural game.
We lost Herdy (69) which was a big wicket for Sydney Uni. That wicket bought in Ryan Farrell who was coming off a hundred the week before in 1st grade and he timed them well for ball one. Sydney Uni has a ring field and the boys were struggling to beat the in field but they fought hard and were very patient.
Losing Faz (42) bought on a collapse losing 5 for 40. There was a bit a nail biting in the sheds but of course the great man Ash Virdi (36*) was there to consolidate and get the boys home with some useful stroke play from Jamo (13*) at the end.
The toughest part of the day was at the end after Kangaroo Court realising we had been locked in the sheds and we all had to jump through the window with our kits to get out of there.
Thanks Skid who warmed us up both days and Will Harding for being around the boys and creating a great environment like he always does.
3 Points – Elliot Herd
2 Points – Andrew Hicks
1 Point – Ash Virdi
Fielding Award – Jacob O’Sullivan
With Sydney Uni 9/140 overnight, the Tahs hoped an early wicket with the new ball would set up a relaxed chase on a hot, windy Saturday.
Tom Kaye & Griffin Lea opened up steadily on a flat deck, giving little away against a resilient lower Uni order. A chance seemed inevitable, but when it came it unfortunately it went straight to the tiniest hands in the grade cricket competition and went down. Some more time taking catches in the week and less time watching the BOM may be in order for the young graduate who offended in this case.
A few runs started to come, and with things getting a bit tense, the Skipper turned to Counsel, who proceeded to have 3 more chances go down within two overs in the cordon. Counsel finally decided to take matters into his own hands and pinned the number 10 in front, to bowl the students out for 191 in 96 overs. Great work to Griffin again for his 5 wicket haul.
On a flat deck on their home turf with a strong line up, Manly were confident of mowing the total down in the allotted 61 overs.
The new opening combination of Sam Hole and Zach Trewartha opened up. Sam Hole was particularly pumped up to get his season off to a great start. The young man, fresh from being sent home early on a Friday for the second week in a row, clipped his first ball beautifully for 4 off the pads. He followed up with a strong forward defense, then another. Ball number 4 was crisply sent through the covers for four & many thought it would be his day. These dreams were ruined as a regulation yorker escape both bat, and for once also his pad and ended up castling him, his innings resembling an Alex Bain opening over (4..4W).
Manly were in a spot of bother as Griffin Lea came and went with a marginal call & Zach Trewartha after starting incredibly positively, was bogged down and dismissed with a shot he would rather forget for 18. This left the unlucky Jacob O’Sullivan & Tom Kaye at the crease at tea, with the score 3/50.
After tea, the pair took the game away from the students with some great ball striking. Sul in particular took 9 boundaries in his run a ball 44, before he was dismissed playing one shot too many. Kaye was patient and mature throughout, keeping out some good bowling and capitalising on the poor deliveries to make his second consecutive score of 79, this time unbeaten and seeing the team through.
He was well supported by Daly, who after taking two right handed gloves out, recovered to be 33* as the Tahs chased it down comfortably 4 wickets down with plenty of overs to spare.
Another great win for the Cowboys, who haven’t been beaten at home since January 2018 and go 3/3 for the 19/20 season. A Semi Final rematch against Eastern Suburbs awaits next week.
3 Points – Griffin Lea
2 Points – Tom Kaye
1 Point – Jacob O’Sullivan
“The Shack” Fielding Award – Joel Davies
The Manly boys turned up to a picturesque St Paul Oval with the challenge of chasing Sydney University’s 270. Being 2/2 over night the day didn’t start in the best way with an abandoned car left on oval putting the game behind 30 minuets. Cohen (Slothy) and Dom started the day well before Slothy fell to a dubious LBW decision. This lead to the score being 4/20 with Sydney Uni being right on top.
Charles and Dom worked hard to gain momentum back and continued to score runs frequently with Dom taking the game on. However some good bowling saw an edge from Dom who made a well-made 29 and a short ball undoing Joel (14) just before tea continued to build pressure and didn’t allow the manly boys to build any partnership. After tea Charles and Duly continued to push on with runs with Duly making a quick 21 and assisting with a partnership with Charles that increased the run rate, giving the Manly boys a platform to chase the remaining 160 runs left.
Sydney Uni’s spinner found Dulys edge however this brought josh Seward to the crease. Charles passed 50 and Seward continued to find the gaps, edging closer to the runs needed. After a big six and blistering 4’s, the game was back in Manly’s favor with only 100 runs to get with 30 over left in the day. However this saw two quick wickets fall in the session with Charles (68) and Seward (27) both falling before drinks.
Enter Josh Wigney and Jordy Brewster. The number 10 and 11 put on a 45 run partnership for the final wicket that gave the manly team a chance to save the game. However a catch that sent screams of “it bounced” from the sideline saw the end of the innings with Josh Wigney scoring his highest score of 20 and Jordy Brewster 22 giving it their all. Back to back wickets and some dropped catches gave the game away for the Manly team however the team is eager to bounce back and get their season back on track.
3 Points – Lachlan Charles
2 Points – Josh Seward
1 Point – Lachlan Kerr
Feilding Award – Nick Cohen
Saturday Morning. Mike Pawley Oval. Nothing beats it. With the addition of funnyman Billy D’arcy to the team, 5’s we’re confident and ready to knuckle down and chase Sydney Uni’s total of 219. After being not out over night, openers Jimmy Buchanan and Jack Melchoire returned to the crease with the score 0-8.
A solid start getting through the opening bowlers without loss had put the team in good stead. The first wicket fell with the score around 25, Jimmy given to a dubious caught behind appeal. Soon after, Billy fell cheaply with score around 40. Jack Melchiore’s well crafted innings came to an end not long after, the debutant making 31, a very solid debut innings. With Sam Barnett falling several overs later, the tahs looked in trouble with the score sitting at 4-65. Enter Ned Healey and Oscar Lucius. The 2 took us into tea with a fantastic unbeaten partnership, which helped put us back in the drivers seat.
The spread put on at tea was like no other. In previous years, a typical spread was something like 12 six packs of cinnamon donuts from Coles that were on sale, but this spread had everything from homemade dumplings and pizza to mini pies and sausage rolls. As celebrations for the great Doug Mcgrath’s birthday continued, the mind had to be put back on the job, scoring the next 140 runs.
After the break we started comfortably, moving the score to 115, before Ned smoked a short ball straight to backward square leg, ending his well played innings of 34. Ollie Melville fell soon after with the score now around 6-135. Skipper Rochy was brought to the crease and runs started flowing immediately. Oscar soon passed 50, while Roch was smacking the bowlers to all parts. The pair got the score to around 200, before Oscar was dismissed for 54, what can only be described as one of the great comeback knocks. Liam Dinan fell not long after. Rochy and Luke Morley got the last 20 runs in quick succession, with 3 overs remaining in the day, which highlighted a neat tail order cameo from the man they call Moz, who ended with 13 not out. Rochy finished with red ink on 55, one of the great captains knocks under pressure. It was even better to get it alongside his 4fa last week.
A great run chase and bowling performance all round from 5’s, capping off our first win of the year, the only disappointing thing coming from it is that we won’t stop hearing about Luke Morley’s consecutive fours through the covers batting at 10.
3 Points – Andrew Rochford
2 Points – Oscar Lucius
1 Point – Luke Morley
Fielding award – Ned Healey
We arrived ready for the game against Northern Districts at Mark Taylor Oval. A quick pitch inspection after the morning T20 indicated that the ball was going to remain low, thus presenting an uphill battle for our bowlers on a second day and second game pitch. This ultimately resulted in a few sundries getting through and accompanied with a couple fielding mishaps, our first innings was off to a tough start. We had some great moments in the field with two catches taken by Claire Waddington and sharp fielding from Annabel Hutt and Nat Jonkers. And unfortunately, despite the incredible effort from Sienna James (3/22 off 4) and Mia Waddington carrying our bowling through their tight spells and consistency, we allowed their total to keep climbing to 144.
With an already tough target and a slow start to the batting, we struggled to get moving in the first 10 overs. A notable high score of 25 from Nat Guyot and a great effort from Renee Hough towards the tail end of the innings allowed us to reach 100. Plenty to learn from as we continue to develop and refine our skills. Back to the drawing board we go, onwards and upwards!
3 Points – Sienna James
2 Points – Mia Waddington
1 Point – Nat Guyot
Fielding – Claire Waddington
An optimistic women’s 3rd grade side rocked up to Balgowlah oval in search of our first win for the season. Universities won the toss and sent us in for a bowl. With a few early opportunities missed, Kristie Crawford broke through the opener sending her back to the sheds, awesome catch by Claire Waddington. However, we knew she wasn’t finished there, cleaning up the other opener finishing her spell on 2/12. Gemma Lacey then came into th
e attack doing what she does best, bowling consistently on the stumps she was rewarded with 2 wickets – absolute pearlers of balls. Jess Kaye came on for 2 cheeky overs, with an awesome catch from Kristie saw the dismissal of skater helmet (if you know you know). Renee Hough came on and much to her suprise bowled superbly, with a beautiful catch by Sarah Gordon saw her first wicket, then an absolute cracker of a ball saw her pick up her second
finishing her overs on 2/6 – for someone who doesn’t rate her bowling that’s a bloody awesome effort. Our last 2 wickets saw Abby Taylor and Nat Guyot take a wicket each assisted by awesome catches from both Sarah Gordon and Sallie Molyneux.
A lot of positives to come out of our bowling and fielding however, still a lot to work on, as we still had a few too many sundries. Universities finishing up the 40 on 170 we knew we had work to do with the bat.
Our openers Kristie Crawford and Nat Guyot put on an amazing partnership, showing their class and patience when they needed it. Kristie, the first to retire on 50*, saw Sallie Molyneux come in … enough said there! Abby Taylor came in dismissed early as well. Safe to say Sallie and Abby were padded up longer than they batted! Gemma Lacey came in next, showing her talent, hitting some great shots unfortunately her time was cut short too. CP was next, w
ith some great patience and backing up to assist Nat on keeping the runs ticking over. Hazel (Patricia) Nichols was next to come in. Not long after that we saw the 50* come up for Nat guyot, her debut 50, a special moment for the whole team as we all know how hard Nat works day in day out to improve her batting congrats Nat! Jess Kaye the last to come in, her and hazel working together to do what was needed, hazel hitting a superb 4 to finish of the job! The girls were absolutely stoked to get the first win for the season, and so well deserved! We even attempted the team song!
3 Points – Nat Guyot
2 Points – Kristie Crawford
1 Point – Gemma Lacey
Fielding Award – Sarah Gordon