Round five saw the TravelSim Waratahs up against Gordon in a two-dayer, as well as rounds 5 and 6 for PGs against Western Suburbs. All the grades look to be in good positions to pick up some points next Saturday. First grade finished their 96 overs with 6/286 on the board. Second grade require 4 wickets to pick up 6 points as they were bowled out for 321 and have Gordon 6/33. Third grade were bowled out for 206 and have Gordon 0/15. Fourth grade have shared first innings points after both sides were bowled out for 88. The boys will look to gain a second innings win. Fifth grade fielded all day and restricted Gordon to 8/230. PG’s also played Western Suburbs at Pratten Park and lost the first game after being bowled out for 81 but bounced back to a resounding win in the second game where we set 4/152 and bowled Wests out for 77.
Highlights of the weekend included a patient and majestic 112 from Adam Crosthwaite in 1s, a huge 167 from Ollie Davies in 2s, back to back hundreds from Jordan Daly with 105 in 3s, 5/59 for Glyn Archer in 5s and 5/15 by Alex Bain in PGs. These performances look to put us in a good position to take some points off Gordon next week.
What a man! Ollie continues to show everyone just how much of a weapon he is as he scored 167 off 174 balls on Saturday at Manly Oval. His innings included 13 boundaries and 8 huge bombs in a knock that mixed power, timing and placement. Many people knew that a big hundred was just around the corner for Ollie, and he definitely proved everyone right.
This is Ollie’s first hundred in second grade, and his first one for the Tahs in season 2017/18, and he looks destined for another huge year for Manly. He showed maturity beyond his years as he looked to steer second grade to a very defendable today, and did so at almost a run a ball with his attacking nature.
Well done mate!
Being sent in to bat by Gordon, we lost AB early caught behind. The two Crosthwaite’s then came together and made it to lunch. Not too long after, James was judged LBW for a well made 41. This brought Jay and A Crossy together, these two put together a 50 during a testing session where Gordon bowled extremely well on a pitch that was dry, slow and hard to score freely on. Jay was unlucky to block one and have it spin back and bowl him.
Greeny immediately looked comfortable when he joined Adam and increased the scoring rate right when we needed it. Unfortunately for Greeny he smoked one to short cover for a well made 71 in a crucial partnership of 130 with Adam. On a day that was tough for scoring against quality bowling, Adam was a class above. He clearly had a plan all day and stuck to it professionally. His 100 was extremely well earned, he finished on 112 off 237 balls. This was also Crossy’s 15th century for the club which is the equal most by any Manly player in our long history. Congrats Adam, we all know that record will be your own in no time. Some good late hitting from Jack helped us to 6/286 at the end of the day.
A special thanks to Gordon Cricket club for putting on a moving Anzac Day ceremony where they educated us on the Manly and Gordon cricketers that lost their lives for our country.
he Manly Boys rocked up to a hard Manly Oval deck with captain Jack Ritchie winning the toss and electing to bat. Rawlings got a good ball in the first over to go without scoring. Weston (23) looked in good touch until he went for one too many. Ritchie (14) and Davies set about building our innings getting through the new rock until Ritchie was unlucky to be bowled off a deflection from his pads. Bariol (52) joined Ollie to put on 140 more with Ollie smoking the ball to all parts of the ground in one of the best innings many present at the ground would have witnessed, a real pleasure to watch at the other end of the wicket as he hit 8 big ones and 13 boundaries on his way to 167 off 174 holding the innings together.
After Bariol departed Gainsy (23) and Carden (27) looked promising as we ended up all out of 321 from 81 overs. A big opportunity for the morts to make big inroads into the Gordon line-up with 12 overs left and boy we took it. McLachlan (3fa) found his mojo and Foster (2fa) continued his good form with the ball with Nickos bowling the perfect seed first rock of the innings to snick off the opener. Carden chimed in trapping the captain adjacent leaving Gordon 6/33. A brilliant day for the Tahs looking to maintain our dominance next week.
Round 5 for 3rd Grade was going to be played at Killara Oval against Gordon. Javed backed himself to win the toss for the 5th time this season, which did turn out to be the right decision in the end. The pitch was a tad green and was expected to flatten out later in the afternoon. We just needed to show some patience during the first session to get through the tough period so we could cash in with wickets in hand at the end of the day. Both the opposition bowlers had the ball moving both ways on a good area which showed as it was hard for the top order to put them away. All of the top four were hard done by four top class bowls, leaving us for 4/25 off 13 overs.
Daly’s form last game defiantly showed as his golden run continues. He made it look effortless as he was able to put away the opposition all around the park. Daly and Akhurst (33) combined to get us to a reasonable position at 4/127, before Akhurst was dismissed shortly after the tea break. As the wicket had flattened out a lot over the break, Andrew Jamieson and Daly took advantage of this, with Jordy making his second century in a row with a huge bomb over square leg. Jamo fell for a well-made 40 which got us out of bit of trouble. Not long after we were bowled out for 206. We did end up having 7 overs at the end, but were unlucky not to grab any wickets leading into next week. Which leaves Gordon on 0/15 chasing 207. If we stay patient and bowl stump to stump it should give us a good chance of bowling them out next week.
After morning coffees and a moving remembrance ceremony the Manly boys arrived at Grahams to take on Gordon in what was to be a rare day of cricket. Losing the toss and having a bowl wasn’t bad at all considering last week’s shenanigans on the same pitch.
Whitey and Wilson started perfectly with an early grind snagging us a couple of early wickets, as Wilson continued his fine form. Alex Bain and Jacob ‘The Yak’ Graham bowled well in tandem to build pressure and bag a couple of wickets. The spin duo of Isaiah and Samoz came on. Isaiah bowled nicely for his cheeky 3fa and Samoz also bowled well when he decided to actually land them. After a very solid bowling fielding display we had them all out before tea.
With the target being 89 to win, Gummer and Brewster set about the chase, looking to be expansive Gumms nicked one early whilst Jacob shortly followed after one nipped back and took all three, Brewster and Walts somewhat consolidated before Brewster also nicked one. Isaiah then also nicked one as partnerships were becoming a struggle. Ash and Walts combined well for a solid partnership which saw Manly about 5/60. Two more quick wickets saw us in a spot of bother needing 28 with three wickets in hand. Yak and Bain tried their best to hang about but ultimately their spinner got the better of them. Wilson tried to get attacking and managed a couple of blows which saw the score get to 10 to win. Samoz and Whitey nudged the ball around to get the scores level which was a good effort under some serious pressure. With one needed Samoz took a quick single to mid off in which their fielder was absolutely clutch, as he picked it up clean on the run and threw down the stumps to see Samoz short by a couple of inches. In a crazy end to the game the scores were tied.
Not ideal but the Boys will be back to pick up the remaining 4 points next week!
The mighty 5s arrived at Beauchamp park, starting the day with some heart-warming words from none other than Doug McGrath, followed by a moments silence to conclude the Remembrance Day ceremonies.
After losing the toss on an incredibly flat wicket, the home team elected to bat. Both openers bowling well, Glynn Archer took two early wickets including an incredible first slip catch from Nick Cohen, Council chipped in with one. Ben Falconer also bowling well, starving the Gordon middle order for runs also chipping in with one. An injury to Dylan Marshall saw the 5th grade manager/ 12 man Doug McGrath make his second appearance for the day, just missing a chance at mid-on, off Zac Trewartha.
Glynn Archer then settled in from one end bowling a total of 25 overs, 5/ 59. Well Done mate! Gordon then stuck in, taking advantage of a very flat wicket finishing the day 8/230.
With one of the Gordon middle order near a milestone and 230 being under par, it look as though Gordon will bat on next week, meaning two early wickets needed from the bowling group and a big performance from the wealth of talent in the Tahs top order.
Another thanks to Loz, Dollars and Dougie for their help throughout the day.
The PG’s lads arrived at Pratten Park prepared for a T20 double header against Wests. However, after winning the toss and batting first it didn’t go according to plan after being 3-6 within the first couple of overs. For the remainder of the innings things didn’t get too much better, with three run outs and shots that were best left at home as we crawled our way to 81 after the 20 overs with Jake Carden top scoring with 23. The first game of the day wasn’t meant to be for the Manly Boys as it was always going to be hard to defend 81, as the Wests batsmen cruised their way to total for the loss of two wickets within 15 overs. This was a real wake-up call for the team and we were all hungry for payback in the second game.
Winning the toss and batting first for the second time in the day meant that we had the perfect opportunity to make amends for our earlier efforts. The wicket had gotten lower and slower and was going to be a tough wicket to score on. After losing Bariol early for 4 and Gainsford shortly after for 11, Ollie Davies joined Jack Edwards at the crease where they combined for a partnership of 85 with a combination of noodling and running hard and the occasional big hit. Jake Carden came in at the end and along with Joe Graham completed the innings in perfect fashion resulting in an extremely defendable total of 152. It was always going to be tough for the Wests batsmen to chase the score down on a dying pitch and the bowlers used this in their favour superbly. Bowling full and straight was the plan and it certainly worked.. Alex Bain’s spell epitomising this taking 5-14 including the top five batsmen. A far greater team fielding effort as they were bowled out for 77 and a good win for the Manly boys and a good day of cricket. A great turnaround as we keep the ball rolling.