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The Rock-itt : February 2011
GREEN SHIELD The Manly Warringah District Green Shield cricket team had a mixed season before and after Christmas, only managing one win in the entire programme which was far more disappointing than had been hoped. Played 7, won 1 lost 6. There were however some real highlights with all rounder Sam Hole once again showing his class with a magnificent innings of 94, and Sam Gainsford showing his skills with both bat and ball. James Boyer took over the Captaincy from Ryan Farrell, who became Vice Captain and showed the selectors that the decision didn't faze him by scoring a very timely half century. But players and coaches alike would have been slightly disappointed with the results, and we can only help that those young men, still young enough to be playing next summer in the same competition, will take some of these results and build on them for future experience and knowledge. MANLY WARRINGAH DISTRICT CRICKET CLUB A mid season review Post Christmas Blues have been the bane of Manly's seasons over the years, and this is usually due to lack of availability of younger players who tend to be away on family holidays in January. Add to that the weeks of inactivity due to Christmas and New Year, the fitness levels tend to drop off at a time when the weather starts to become very hot. But this year the Waratahs performed very well against Gordon in the first post holiday Round, with only 5's going pointless in a close fought match at Beauchamp Park. 1st Grade struggled on day 1 on a wet wicket but showed skills with bat and ball that enabled them to pile on a lead of 150 and knock over their Stags on their home ground of Chatswood Oval and take outright points. Sadly 1st Grade lost in the defence of their T20 title at Manly Oval against Parramatta last weekend in front of a vocal and at times amusing crowd on the Hill. Parramatta got off to a flying start and despite a spirited comeback with both bat and ball, Manly could not pass the visitors total of 168 in the 20 overs available. It was a beautiful day though and the crowd was treated to some fine