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The Rock-itt : May 2010
C C first trophy with two more Trophies to paly for was unbounded. Concentrating on the Limited Overs trophy and a spot in the last 6 of the 2 Day competition was now easier but weather accounted for the Limited Overs attempt and a less than average betting display in the Qualifying Semi final saw 1st Grade bow out on the first weekend of Finals. To have had three teams in the mix come Finals time was superb. For 1st Grade it was the first time for 5 years; both 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade had done the same last season, although this time 3rd Grade were the Minor Premiers. 2nd Grade also stumbled on the first weekend and although 3rd Grade lost as well, they had a second shot in the Semi Final, which sadly they lost, once again due to a batting collapse. For Craig Little, who had managed his troops well all season, this would have been a hard lesson, but one he has experienced before. To finish the normal season as Minor Premiers is a superb achievement in itself. The season also sees the end of Club Coach David Gainsford who has performed this role superbly for three years. Rowley Alexander also steps down from the Captaincy of 4th Grade after two seasons back at the Club and Simon Lyon steps down as 5th Grade Captain after 4 seasons in the job. All will miss their roles and be missed but as ever life goes on and new opportunities exist for those taking their places So the season is over; for those who had taken part it was a season of hope, rebuilding and some achievements. Whilst disappointment was the final outcome, it should be remembered by all that winning the final game is not the be all and end all and there will be another chance next year. The experience gained will enable many players to learn some vital lessons about playing in Final's Series at the end of a hard season. WARRINGAH CRICKET CLUB Warringah CC had different expectations at the start of this season. With several players retiring or moving away or attempting to gain a spot in Grade cricket, there was genuine concern at the start of the season, that the Club could field 4 competitive teams. As it turned out, this fear was completely unfounded. Warringah managed to get 3 of its 4 teams into Finals cricket, though sadly like Manly, no team was able to stay in the competition for the Final weekend. Many new stars of the future have been found, many players have played against men for the first time on turf and will next year find out if they have the skills to develop their game to the next level, whether it be at Warringah or at Grade cricket. Many young players came to the Club from the Manly Club, as competition for places this season was fierce. Some too came from the Manly Cricket Academy, run by Mike Pawley and assisted by Doug McGrath. The future holds some uncertainties surrounding this pathway but I can assure you that there are some very senior cricketers who are endeavouring to streamline this process for the benefit of young players throughout the district.