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The Rock-itt : April 2012
FINALS SEASON HAS ARRIVED! MANLY CRICKET CLUB As predicted, Manly has managed to get 4 out of the 5 Grades into Finals contention, and with that a wonderful prize, that being the most coveted trophy of them all, the Club Championship. The last time Manly won this trophy, Sean Bradstreet was the Captain of the Club and playing still for NSW on 2005/06 with Craig Glassock the Club Coach. This time, under the watchful gaze of Dean “Gilly” Gilchrist, this Club of 55 players and assistant coaches, plus the A W Green Shield Squad and the Poidevin Gray side, with an average age of just over 22 years of age, has pulled off a remarkable achievement that has the powers that be at CricketNSW just agog. A tremendous achievement by all who supported this effort and as with anything that was fought for, for so long and so hard, the ultimate result rested on one game, one over and one ball. Young Sam Gainsford was bowling the last ball of the day in 4 th Grade with Mosman needing to score only 7 runs, and they fell 1 run short. Despite a monumental effort by Sydney University (the only other real contenders for the Club Championship) to get their number one oval fit for play having been totally flooded on the Thursday night, Manly won the Philpott Trophy, for the second time in two years by beating Mosman in all Grades. The excitement at Manly’s Village Green that Saturday night was there for all to see and the happy faces of so many players and officials will remain with those who shared that moment for a very long time. But, with all things like this there is still the business end of the season ahead, with 3 more weekends of tough hard cricket. 2nds and 3rds are best placed at this stage but the Club is very hopeful of more silverware to join this famous Trophy in the Display Cabinet at Manly Oval. WARRINGAH CRICKET CLUB Just down the road the Men In Green at Warringah Cricket Club are also having a fine season and the first silverware has arrived for the second year in a row in the shape of the Frank Gray Shield (under 24’s). Once again led by the old stalwart Timmy Bourke (or Bourkey to his mates) who played such a vital hand in the final with crucial runs and partnerships, great captaincy and a vital and stunning run out that changed the game. Sadly Bourkey has to step down as he will be ineligible age-wise next summer and someone with a massive heart will need to fill his shoes. I cannot think of anyone in this district who has had such an exclusively positive influence on his team-mates in the last 17 years. A tremendous achievement Tim and your lads who have followed you to the abyss at times and always shone through. Warringah and the entire District is proud of your phenomenal achievements. These lads deserve their moment in the sun; they have been unbeaten for two seasons and the hopes are high that this leads to more success in future seasons. 2nd Grade played in a thriller against old rivals Burwood and were delighted to make it through the weekend to the Semi Finals. SCHOOLS T20 CRICKET FINALS Played at Manly Oval on Monday 19th March in fair conditions, the first game was between Balgowlah Boys Junior team vs. St Paul’s Manly. St Paul’s had the team on paper with players from both the Shires and the Grade Club on show and it was no surprise that the 120 run score line was too much for the Bally Boys to chase down. Captained by Ben Wickham, he and his twin brother Matt were the key players to bring the Trophy home but they fell short and were quick to acknowledge that the stronger team had won. St Paul’s Senior side was to play again with two players from the first game, Sam Gainsford and Jimmy Crombie in a match that would have been billed an AW Green Shield trial had it been in October last year. St Augustine’s star studded side was full of Grade players and captained by Billy Darcy whilst St Paul’s Captain was Ryan Farrell. Billy Darcy it was who won the toss and chose to bat on a wearing wicket and proceeded to slam 16 runs off the first over from Dan McKenna (a Shires first Grade bowler); with the wicket more suited to spin, Gainsford and Farrell slowed the run rate down to restrict St Augustine’s to 115 off their 20 overs. St Paul’s probably had a more efficient line up but Tommy Kaye, Ryan Farrell, and most of the top order soon came and went in the early overs leaving it to Sam Gainsford an Jimmy Crombie to score at nearly 10 an over. Unfortunately two games in a row, on top of a long weekend of finals cricket meant that these two batsm en ran out of puff and the Schoolboys from Brookvale A special note of thanks to the Curator, Gene Ngamu for preparing a wicket at this time of year, and to Russell Rodgers who tirelessly organises these fixtures every year. Lastly, a note of thanks to the Manly Club for sponsoring the day and to David Gainsford who, as ever, works all hours of the day to get cricket for you. report by Simon Lyon AWGreen Shield st ars with trophy