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The Rock-itt : January 2011
YOUNG FUTURE STARS SELECTED IN GREEN SHIELD SQUAD Former Australian Test Cricketer and NSW Shield player Mike Pawley, this week announced the 2010-2011 Green Shield squad, a bunch of young cricketers from the Northern Beaches all under the age of 16 to represent the Manly Warringah District Cricket Club. Manly's 4th Grade leg spinner, Ryan Farrell, has been named as Captain with Tom Kaye as Vice Captain, who has played a couple of 5th Grade games this year. It is a squad bulging with spinners, hardly surprising when you consider both coaches excelled in the art of spin. One other 5th Grade player has been picked as the wicketkeeper, young James Boyer. This is the ultimate form of the junior representative version of the game, where games are played during the school Christmas holidays in a 60 over a side format of the one day game. This version of the game has over time proved to be the bedrock of future 1st Grade sides with some even going on to represent their State and ultimately their country. Many of these young players have come through the extensive Junior Representative system, currently being run so well by Ross Trewartha, and also through the Junior Academy. Many of these younger players are now finding their feet by playing cricket on turf with Warringah Cricket Club, an initiative that has seen the development of a distinct "pathway" for young players to achieve their dreams. This refreshing strategy has seen young players like Sam Gainsford and Sam Hole move upwards through the grades at Warringah due to their personal successes and this alone must be a reward to all those who have been responsible in this process. (There is no need to name them; they know who they are and will feel an inner glow purely in the knowledge that they have sown the seeds of something unique in Sydney Cricket). AFTER DISAPPOINTMENT IN GAME 1 GREEN SHIELD BOUNCE BACK WITH TERRIFIC WIN AT MANLY OVAL Despite losing the first match against Fairfield Liverpool on the last Sunday before Christmas, the District's Green Shield side showed immense character to fight back against Western Suburbs this Tuesday at Manly Oval. Team Coach Peter Philpott made three changes and armed his side with three spinners. It was not all beer and skittles though; with many of the top order failing to bat to their promise, it was a distressing scoreboard with the home side 7-61 before a magnificent innings of 94 by Sam Hole, in what some people consider to be one of the best innings by a Green Shield batsman in recent years, ably assisted by Sam Gainsford with a solid 18 in a 70 run partnership steered the ship into safer waters and off 60 overs the final score was 175. Western Suburbs were never on target for overhauling the total, with three run outs and 2 fine stumpings by wicketkeeper James Boyer and finally succumbed for 90 runs. The spinners had been the key on a slow Manly Oval wicket and the delight at their fine win could be seen on their young faces, as well as being heard in the dressing rooms! Warringah Cricket Club are in the middle of a purple patch just prior to Christmas and find themselves at 2nd position on the Shires Club Championship table. Against Pennant Hills the Club played its first T20 series of matches and won 3 of the scheduled 5 games with only 1st Grade and 5th Grade falling short. Some great bowling performances by the younger group of players. Notably Jacob Graham in 1st Grade with 4- 18 off his 4 overs, Sam Gainsford with 3-29 in 2nd Grade and Dan McKenna with 3-26 in the Frank Gray Shield thrashing of Southern Districts and remain at the head of the table. Craig Rupert starred with both bat a ball and scored a fine 31 and managed to keep the pressure on the Pennant Hills batsmen. Even Masters managed a win, after many rained off matches this summer, and thrashed Lindfield at Tyron Road's Lindfield Oval on Sunday, scoring 147 off their 40 overs, and knocked over the home side for 94 before the storm came with former Warringah Junior cricketer and current Manly Club Secretary Ross Wiblin starring with 40 not out and Mark Chambers 3-19 off an impressive 8 over opening spell. So at the half way mark our Northern Beaches cricketers are doing pretty well and we hope that Christmas doesn't interrupt all the good work too much. Wishing all cricketers and their families on the Northern Beaches a festive and safe Christmas and New Year and see you all in 2011.