4 Pines Brewery Player of the Round – Ross Trewartha
4th Grade – Manly 8 dec for 331 (R Trewartha 143, J Petersen 44, W Evans 35, R Hamman 32) drew with Easts 2 for 75
5th grade – Manly 51 and 0 for 28 defeated by Penrith 217 (B Falconer 6 for 36)
Manly Oval played host to the 5th Grade GF, a just reward for a massive season from the boys.
A small but enthusiastic crowd of family, friends & supporters settled in to watch the Manly top order put on a show after Bumper won the toss.
The result of the game was then decided in the first hour of the match. Early wickets were followed by middle order wickets. In the blink of an eye we found ourselves 6 for 19, with Maso making 10 of those. Unbelievable! The Penrith bowlers were on fire. Give them credit, this was definitely the best attack we had faced all year. Will & Zac fought hard, both scoring 13, but after 28 overs, the Tah’s were bowled out for just 51.
Games had been won from this position before, so the boys hit MO ready to go. A 4 innings game, with a late Sunday afternoon victory was the goal set by Winga.
3 quick wickets to the Falcon gave everyone belief. A fantastic leg side stumping from Sam Kelly continued the momentum. The Penrith 5, 6 & 7 then batted well. They put on 130 to seize back the match. A few missed chances really hurt the cause. We should have been chasing around 120, batting late on day 1, but instead the Cats finished with 8 for 190 odd. Falcs was the standout and continued the next morning to claim his maiden 5 for (in any form of cricket). Penrith all out after about an hour on day 2 for 217, with Falcs claiming 6 for 36, Ping Carden (congrats on the NSW U17 selection Ping) 1, TK 1, Hamish 1, Bumper 1, Sam with 2 catches & 1 stumping.
A 20/20 batting mindset was called for to get the boys back in the contest.
Rain then ruined the rest of the day. Overs remaining kept being reduced, early lunch, early tea, but no cricket. Finally in a last ditch effort we took the field, with Billy & Maso opening the shoulders for 4 overs, scoring 28 before the rain came again, ending the game and giving Penrith a well deserved Premiership. They were the better team and can feel proud of their achievement. After game beers in the home sheds with Penrith and the umps was a really good way to finish off the season and ease the pain of disappointment.
I am a very proud captain of a very talented, hard working team. Bad luck boys, but feel very satisfied that we were playing a GF, when most of Sydney’s cricketers were not.
Many thanks to Winga, Dollars, Wrighty, Scotty, Ryan for 12th man duties and all the supporters over the weekend.
Go Manly. Go cricket.
Dave Farrell – 5th Grade Captain 2013/14