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3rd Grade vs Manly - Round 8 - 2015/16 - Version 2

The 3rd Grade Stags arrived at Mike Pawley Oval with nothing less than a win on their Christmas lists (and maybe a new stick Dad, if you’re reading this). 

The pitch looked like it was good for runs and on that note Higgins sent us in to bat. Good intent was shown early on in the innings, however Corbin Edgar decided to middle one to the keeper, a definite edge that everyone around the ground heard, not sure why he was upset with the decision? 

Dom Thomson's innings gets two write-ups this week. This one focuses on his cream/white clash. 

This brought the skipper to the crease, who had already done his only job in winning the toss, so any further contribution would be a bonus. A small partnership began to brew between Chamberlain and Higgins which evidently put the pressure on the ‘Tahs’ as reflected by their choice of words towards the skipper. 

With Higgins departure, soon followed Chamberlain who wanted to emulate his cricketing idol in Shane Watson and kick one off the spinner, if you ask me it was plumb, hitting middle and off halfway up, not sure why he was upset either? 

These wickets brought Dom Thomson and Jonathan New to the crease, at first Dom was mistaken for one of the lower grade Warringah shires players stumbling on to the wrong field pairing an odd combination of creams and whites, however he let everyone know he had turned up for the right game by crunching boundaries and building a strong partnership with Jono who had decided the spinner was going deep over cow-corner. 

Jono New works alongside Dom to push Gordon's case forwards 

An aggressive 36 run partnership between the two looked to boost the Gordon total, however with some quick wickets, Charlie Booth and Michael Roberts were left to have a bit of a swing notching up a good 46 run partnership at the bottom end of the innings which helped in boosting the total to a modest 9/195 by the end of the 50, certainly defendable with the slow out field especially when the ball became old.

A quick lunch and some suspicious looking ‘energy shots’…..Corbin. Followed by some inspiring words from the captain “let’s just work hard and get these ‘blokes’ out” was all that was needed for the Stags to get on top of Manly as Lachlan Borg struck in his first over, instantly applying pressure.

Strong efforts and tight lines were allowing the bowlers (particularly the two spinners Booth and Scotty O’Brien who bowled superbly) to limit the runs from the batsmen early on as Manly started to push for runs before the ball got old. 

Michael Roberts, author of this article plays one well out in front of his body 

However with missed opportunities, and a gradual flow of runs Manly looked to be in a commanding seat at 4/150 with 10 overs to be played and the level of intensity had died, except Corbin who was more awake than ever, looking like he needed some chewing gum badly; must have been those ‘energy shots’ at lunch.

The return of New and Effeney for their second spell, with the old ball in hand bowled very well. The batsmen were clearly struggling to score runs, taking risky singles and playing dangerous shots leading to the cleaning up of the majority of the tail by the two bowlers with vital contributions from Borg both with the ball and in the field. 

With 30 to win, 9 down and only an over to go Borg decided he would throw drown the stumps from the boundary and finish the game, selfishly robbing Scotty the chance of taking the last wicket to reward his hard work of applying pressure for others only to claim his scalps.

Effeney limbers up before taking the game away from Manly's grasp with a wicket towards the end 

A pleasing result, leaving us slightly above Manly on the table having had a disadvantaged season due to rain was capped off by a song in the all so spacious change rooms, a great way to end 2015 and a good platform to build on for 2016.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Michael Roberts

To read Jon New's version of events, click here 


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