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The Rock-itt : May 2010
MANLY WARRINGAH CRICKET CLUB So another seasons ends; all those hopes for trophies now a mere memory as players and coaches pack up their gear and head to the winter codes. Now is the time for hindsight analysis, Club Presentation dinners and Sydney Cricket Association's Annual Dinner. Premierships teams gather for one final celebration in front of their peers Season 2009-2010 started with so much hope, for so many people on the Northern Beaches. For some it was a chance to wipe the slate clean, begin again and aim as high as their imagination would take them. For others it would be a new set of friends, playing for a new Club in a new district or even a new town. Each season there are a whole load of unknowns ahead and it is this thrill that keeps players coming back, season after season. For the players at Manly Warringah District Cricket Club there were many changes. A new First Grade Captain from Victoria, Adam Crosthwaite, who soon settled into the job at the Raglan Street Ground and with his young wife, settled into the life of a Sydney Grade cricketer on the Northern beaches. He was warmly welcomed and brought with him a fresh approach to the job. Optimism was high from the start and after a month it was clear to everyone that this guy meant business. The signing of Stephen O'Keefe was also a very strong plus event though the Club didn't see him too much what with his duties for the Speedblitz Blues. One of the key changes that Crossy brought was the positive approach to Limited overs Cricket (both in the 50 overs version and the new Twenty20 which for the first time was going to be included in the Points tally and had its own competition). Manly won its first game against Wests and already things had changed; Manly had won a Limited Overs game! Soon, the different mindset was reaping rewards. New younger players were being bloodied in 1st Grade, and players like Jack Ritchie and Geoff Isaacs were given the stage to show their skills. Isaacs scored a wonderful 40 in the first Twenty20 match at Manly Oval, watched by a fair crowd and this segment of the season was well under way. In fact Manly, accompanied by a large crowd of enthusiastic Manly club members who shouted their eager encouragement from the Raglan Street End (the Hill), beat Fairfield Liverpool in the Quarter Final stage and progressed to the Semi Final, to be played on the same day as the Final. Meanwhile the Green Shield team, captained by Javed Badyari, had also progressed to the Final of this Under 16 competition and were also due to play at the same venue on the same day, at the newly built Blacktown Oval. Suddenly the Club had two chances of a trophy on the same day. Unfortunately the young Manly lads succumbed to the pressure of the moment and ended up as Runners Up but we there to watch their senior players clutch the Inaugural Twenty20 Trophy in front of a decent crowd under lights. A fantastic effort by both teams but the joy expressed by the Club at this