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The Rock-itt : January 2012
Christmas finds the Grade Club in a very strong position at the head of the Club Championship, a place we could not have dreamt of at the start of this summer with all the absentees and our two state players heavily involved in representing their state of NSW. With an altered programme of cricket in terms of types of games, this season ahs been disjointed, and the introduction of more Twenty20 cricket provides coaches and captains with other challenges, not to mention the weather that has disrupted many training sessions and weekends. At the Representative level the Manly Club has two teams in tournaments; Poidevin Gray, captained by the ever red Adam Gumm er, who go into the festive break with only one defeat and very well positioned for a finals berth. Their exciting last gasp victory at Sydney University last Sunday has shown how m uch “ticker” som e of these lads have. Congratulations thus far Adam and your team on the job done thus far. On the other Sydney University Oval on Sunday, MANLY’s A W Green Shield (for Under 16’s) campaign opened with a disappointing loss. Electing to bat on what looked like a belter, James Boyer’s side could only manage to score 133 runs in 46 overs with the captain top scoring with 49. As often happens low totals to chase can at times derail the opposition and 4 quick wickets to the opening attack of Josh Wigney and Matt Levene ensured that this was going to be a battle. Three more wickets fell before the home side passed our total but a 50 run partnership in the middle order which should have been broken but for two crucial dropped catches, sunk any chances of the Manly side coming out on top. On W ednesday the Green Shield lads had a chance to redeem themselves at Coogee Oval, home of Randwick Petersham. Overcast and damp conditions ensured that whoever won the toss would elect to bowl first and unfortunately the coin came down on the wrong side. No dramas happened for a while on a green deck which was firm, but scoring runs was not easy and wickets started to fall. Luckily James (Jimmy) Crombie (47) and Ben Falconer (32) played exc ellently and posted a big partnership to enable the visiting side to post a score of 168 in the allotted 60 overs, but we all knew that this was at least 20 to 30 runs short of a competitive total and the bowlers had to deliver the same sting as they had at Sydney Uni. The wicket had by this time flattened out and even with the new ball, wickets were hard to come by and it was not until the introduction of spin and Sam Hole that Randwick started to falter losing both openers in the space of two overs. Intervals in cricket can often lead to batting collapses; in this instance the timing could not have been worse for tea and the home side dug in with a big partnership and benefitted from a couple of dropped chances and saw Randwick pass our total 5 wickets down despite a Report by Simon Lyon Green Shield Squad