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The Rock-itt : May 2012
What a season the Northern Beaches cricket sides had. The season has now come to a close and there are 3 pieces of silverware which have found their way to this wonderful part of the cricketing world. Manly Cricket Club, despite having 4 sides in Finals only did not manage to build on its Club Championship Trophy whereas W arringah Cricket Club with only two teams in Finals added the 2 nd Grade Trophy to its prizes this summ er. Manly Warringah District Cricket Club The Club had its Annual Presentation evening at the Harbord Diggers on Saturday 21st April, which was a well- attended celebration of a fantastic season. The average age of the Club this year was only 22 and to have lost players like Adam Crosthwaite to South Australia, Jackson Bird to Tasm ania and Shane Cleary to Perth was always going to make it a tough summer. W e were fortunate enough to have the company of the Sheffield Shield Player of the year, Jackson Bird together with his photographer brother Ian as well as Adam Crosthwaite in the company of many other distinguished guests and sponsors. Jackson Bird and Adam Crosthwaite soak up the Club’s success Manly Mayor Jean Hay and her husband David, W arringah Mayor Mike Regan and Liberal MP Mike Baird were also in the audience to celebrate what was a remarkable season. In addition Club stalwart David Gardiner was awarded the Clubman of the Year Trophy, a highly sought after award in acknowledgment of his tremendous support of 1st Grade and the coaching staff. Congratulations also go to Sam Gainsford who picked up the Players Player award and we believe he is the youngest ever to do so. Sam received a $750 Gift Voucher for Spartan gear courtesy of Sportspro. Whilst it was a pity that neither 2 nd Grade nor 4 th Grade could win their Grand Final matches it was the Captaincy of Ryan Bonnor who attracted the Club’s award of Captain of the Year. Ryan had led his team throughout the summer with skill and enthusiasm and whilst Max Burgess, who led 4th Grade to its first Grand Final for many years, did a marvellous job it was Ryan Bonnor who excelled. The experience both these captains learned will enable them to move on to greater things next summer and it will be fascinating to watch their developm ent. Highlights of the Finals series were most definitely Scott Patterson and Javed Badyari’s centuries in the Semi Final as well as Aidan Baker’s consistency with bat and ball throughout the Finals series. In 4 th Grade Eddie Burgess finally passed 3 figures and showed everyone his real talent. Warringah Cricket Club The Shires Club capped off a fabulous summer by adding to the Frank Gray Shield Trophy by winning the 2 nd Grade Trophy in a desperate fight with Competition front-runners Strathfield. With Simon Lyon Jackson and brother Ian Bird David Gardiner is delighted at his Clubman of the Year award