A few on Saturday went down to the wire but ultimately a successful Quest Events Play in the Day. M1s got back on the winners list with a great come from behind win thanks to a masterful 70 from Joel Davies. A Matt Brewster ton speared M2s to victory with 11 balls to spare, while M4s won off the back of Mendel and Charles runs and Hobson wickets. M5s made hard work of a small total but a Waddington father/son partnership got us home. Finally M3s and W3s were well beaten. Unfortunately Sunday was too wet for any balls to be bowled by Waratahs around Sydney.
This weeks 4 Pines Player of the Week is the hard hitting opener, Matt Brewster. Second grade had a large total to chase on the weekend, and Matty from ball one came out firing with elegant and perfectly timed stroke play, contributing exceptionally to the task at hand. Those present watched with awe and happiness, as Brewy sent yet another delivery to the fence to raise his bat high for the first time in 2nd grade. The ground roared with cheers (and a few cheers from club great Phil Marks up north). Matt has had a big off season and seeing the rewards fly in with such fashion, are promising signs for the club. Matt saw the team a long way to 6 points, and put a real statement forward towards the competition.
It was a special innings for a great human being, and the beginning of many more to follow. Matt’s sensational 120 off just 98 balls was a ton for the club to remember. Congratulations Matt and Go Manly ! #bleedblue
In a weekend full of of wash outs for our women’s teams there was one stand out performance from Third Grade Captain Renee Hough, who is our Seadrift Distillery Player of the Week for Round 2. Hitting at an incredible strike rate of 225, Renee scored an instrumental 27 runs not out to set a competitive total for her team. Level-headed and determined, Renee set a great example for our developing W3s side of how to perform in a high-pressure T20 situation and we look forward to watching her continue this scoring streak in the coming weeks. Congratulations Renee!
T he 1’s boys were met on Saturday with overcast conditions and a soft green wicket, so bowling first seemed the logical option. Skipper Jay won the toss and sent Wests in looking to grab a few early and put their middle order under pressure. Unfortunately the start with ball wasn’t the greatest, Wests cruising to 0-90 early in the innings. The introduction of import Tom Lammonby into the attack with Jake Carden did the trick, grabbing a few quick wickets, but bowling plenty of dots along the way. All of a sudden, their middle order was under enormous pressure at 5-150 with the game in the balance. It was about then that Frase ran on the field to deliver a message that a helicopter was going to land on the ground in the coming minutes, so off we went and lunch was taken. Upon resumption, we were by far the better team and the last 5 wickets fell for 20 runs.
170 a sticky little chase, the boys didn’t get off to the best start, losing Ben Bryant, AB and the skipper all early, a couple to some dubious decisions. In comes youngster Joel Davies to join Ryan Farrell and the two steadied the ship beautifully. Farrell fell and Lammonby looked settled, but the one consistent thing in this period was Joel Davies being the rock of the innings. Things started to get tight, only needing 4 runs an over but Lammonby and Herd were both dismissed bringing Ryan Hadley to the crease. With Joel still there everyone was pretty confident, but with 20 needed Joel feathered one to the keeper to bring in Jake Carden, a well made 70 for the youngster. Carden and Hadley, in the last over, managed to get the boys across the line for their first win of many for the year.
M anly’s twos rocked up to a picturesque Pratten park looking to turn around the loss from the round before. Winning the toss skipper Jamo sent the west boys into bat looking to take control of the game with rain forecast. Kaye and Jamo opened up proceedings with excellent precision not allowing the west openers a chance to get settled. We soon realised that any ball that pierced the infield would accelerate for four. After Tk knicked off the opener, the west’s batters created another partnership before wigney took a wicket off his first ball, nice. Ryan bish and issi Vumbaca bowled exceptionally well through the middle, supported by O’Sullivan without the luck that the tahs needed to break through.
A day in the field where wickets were hard to come by west’s posted 240 but we were confident to chase with the fast outfield and hard deck Brewster and Weston opened the batting and set the tone immediately. At one end Brewster was striking the ball to all ends of the field whilst Logan meticulously rotated the strike and played an anchor innings. With the introduction of merchant in the team, Brewy was able to continually to play his natural attacking game whilst the experience down the other end ticked over the strike. The falling of merchant brought in O’Sullivan and brewster quickly followed. It must be said that this innings was one of the best displays of ball striking ever seen. The roar or celebration when brewy brought up his first second grade ton gave you goosebumps and we were all happy to share the relief and happiness that I’m sure brewster was feeling. Sully and Gainsy joined the crease and continued the score however a mysterious perk in the balls condition caused some late ball movement removing sully and Vumbaca. The tahs chased the score down with two overs to spare, a great chase by the lads finished off well by Gainsford.
3 s turned up to Graham’s on a cold ugly morning looking to come back strong from the loss to Randwick Petersham. The pitch was green but felt rock hard. Skipper Sam hole won the toss and we were batting. From there it went down hill very fast, with the ball swinging and nipping around. Not really much to talk about with the bat. At one stage we were 5-26. Roop and debutant Ellis looked to fight back but wickets kept falling and the Manly boys were all out for 61.
West’s then passed us 3 down after 12 overs. Wickets to Counsell, Bain, and a maiden 3rd grade wicket to Evan Dunnachie! All in all a very disappointing day.
Not the best start from the mighty 3s but onwards and upwards.
T he boys turned up to Blick oval looking to continue their winning form from the week before. With Rochy back as skipper, the boys were graced with wisdom and experience in both cricket and everyday life from the doctor. Rochy didn’t even need to see the pitch to know he was going to bowl first. Good thing the manly boys lost the toss and were sent into bat. Keelan Mendel (62) and Lucious opened, however with a quick wicket in the first few over Osbourne found himself at the crease. Mendel and Osbourne saw off the new ball that was doing a lot off the deck and continued to score runs. Jake was looking at his best before an LBW decision went against him the boys were 2/44. Charles (42) joined Mendel at the crease and was looking to continue the scoring. With a bit of aggression shown toward the young 16 yr old, Mendel decided to take things into his own hands and delivered some big blows to the bowling attack. The two went onto to make a 100-run partnership on, with Keelan making 50 and looking to kick on. The boys continued past the 40 over mark before Rochy gave them the green light to swing. Charles decided it was a good time to be run out from a direct hit from the boundary with the score now 3/150. Some late order hitting from older brother Bryn Mendel (20) and Oli Melville (20) saw the boys get to 200 from 50 overs.
The pitch looked to have flatten out for their innings with the Manly boys only taking 1 wicket in the first 10. Laughton (3) and Hobson (4) tied the wests batters down well before Melville (1) and Coops (1) continued the good work. A fantastic bit of keeping from Lucious saw the momentum change slightly in Manly boy’s favour. However, there was a game to be played with the run rate controlled by the wests batters. However, Coops and vintage Falconer (1) came in and absolutely changed the game into Manlys favour before Laughton came back onto the cement our position. Hobson then showed he had ice in his veins and knocked over the remaining batsmen in the 46th over.
All in all, a fantastic win for the Manly boys and puts them in a fantastic position for the coming weeks.
T he Manly boys arrived at Mike Pawley oval with an intent to get another W under the belt. Skip Riley won the toss and elected to bowl first on a good pitch. The first few overs were positive with the fielding to match as Jake Hutchings getting a run out early to dismiss the openers. With a second wicket to follow by a caught behind off Seb Bush’s bowling after a few tight overs finishing with a great spell of (1-21 off 6). During the middle period, Waddo senior and junior worked together to squeeze the Magpies batsman forcing them to hit out to get out. This was evenly backed by a perfect fielding performance by all with Riley snaring 5 in the bowling innings. After a great long spell from both with James finishing with (0-14 off 5) and Simon with (3-19 off . Bowling partnerships following on with Ganeshraj and Dinan restricting the visitors to being all out for 139.
After the sprinkling lunch break, Riley and Bailey set out to bat all day to get the boys home. Unfortunately Riley was caught by an excellent catch early dismissed at 1-5. After a consolidation the boys looked strong till a few quick wickets fell in the just after the boys passed 40 runs. After that, Dinan and Simon Waddington dug in to set their team up for victory. Dinan dismissed for 17 in an innings that set up the game. For the rest, Waddingtons back to it to seal the victory with some impressive hitting with James (22*) and Simon (23*). Pushing the Tahs across the line for a convincing win. Singing loud and proud for pride.
Bring on the next week!!
Hayden Calvert 3
S Waddington 2
J Waddington 1
W e won the toss and chose to bat on an overcast day at Forsyth Park. We started strong with Claire retiring on 33* off 31 balls, partnered with Ash who hit a solid 13 off 21. After the opening pair weathered the rain and some good bowling, Gordon’s bowlers slowed down our run rate with some tidy overs paired with strong fielding. Our middle order put in a good effort and brought our total to 107.
We started strong in the field with some tidy bowling from Mason and Sally which kept Gordon at bay. However, once they were settled we started to feel the pressure of their experienced batters taking advantage of the short boundaries. The team exhibited some sharp fielding, which included a direct hit from Annabelle on debut! Despite our efforts, Gordon chased down our total after 14 overs.
3 – Renee
2 – Claire
1 – Annabelle
F – Emma