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The Rock-itt : March 2011
So as March beckons, the cricket season finals approach in what is known as the business end of the season. At Manly, after a mixed few Rounds of the post Christmas period, almost all the five teams are in contention for a spot in the finals program. 3rd and 5 th Grade are currently leading their tables and despite a disappointing loss to Bankstown in Round 13, 1 st Grade can still qualify ascan4 th Grade. With the last two Rounds against Penrith and Western Suburbs, all teams have the opportunity to find the right balance of their sides and fine tune their form to ensure that they are ready for Finals cricket, which is played over two days of a weekend and 100 overs per day. With 1st Grade missing out in their defence of the T20 Trophy which they had won in the inaugural season of the tournament last summer, they had a chance to reach the final of the One Day Competition. At Rosedale Oval, on a hot Sunday, in the semi final against Fairfield Liverpool, Manly batted first and posted 9-231 off the 50 overs with Adam Crosthwaite continuing his recent form with a crucial innings of 61 and well supported by Nat Hill with 42. With NSW player Lambert the key man for Fairfield, it was vital that his wicket could be picked up early. James Munting duly obliged in the 17th over with the score at 3-56. Fairfield continued to battle to the end but they fell short in amassing 185 only in their run chase. So the boys in Blue have another chance to add to our silverware in the Grand Final of the One Day Cup which will be played at Manly Oval on Sunday 27th February against Sydney University who only just managed to beat Randwick Petersham in the other semi played at Coogee Oval despite a fighting 75 by Simon Katich. Expect next week to see plenty of hype in the local press as cricketers on the Northern Beaches and come out and support your local District Club next Sunday at Manly Oval. WARRINGAH, the Beaches MEN IN GREEN cricketers Warringah Cricket Club, not to be outdone, have their Frank Gray Shield side also in a Grand Final. On Sunday 20th February, the Club’s youngsters (the Under 24 age group) well led by Timmy Bourke, played North W est Sydney at Frank Gray Oval. Batting first, the hom e side posted a nervous 186 off only 47 overs with Craig Pecar top scoring with an excellent 57 with contributions by Smith and Collett. North W est never found touch on a day two worn wicket and were bowled out in 32 overs for only 120 thanks mainly to a captain’s spell of 4-32 by Timmy Bourke. So Warringah have a team in a Grand Final too next weekend, so Northern Beaches cricket is at it’s height right now. Not only this team but all Report by Simon Lyon, Photography by Ian Bird Adam Crosthwaite