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The Rock-itt : November 2009
UNIVERSITIES VISIT SYDNEY'S NORTHERN BEACHES AND LEAVE EMPTY HANDED At what is fast becoming one of the Northern Beaches premier venues for cricket watching, Manly's young 5th Grade side defeated one of Sydney's fine University sides on Saturday 24th October. This is thanks to some fine bowling at Mike Pawley Oval the previous weekend and a thrilling batting display by Javed Badyari, unbeaten on 45 not out, coming in at Number 5 against a far more senior bowling attack than Manly's own. On top of his 3 wickets the week before where he bowled tightly in his first game back from an overseas holiday, and was asked to open the bowling with a new ball, Javed's all round performance earned him the Man of the Match title. In addition, he had dislocated a finger on his right hand whilst fielding a ball thrown in from the deep and was fortunate enough to find a nurse (Meghan Rawlings) doing the scoring who could set his joint back in the correct way. The previous week Manly's most junior Grade side had bowled and fielded exceptionally well for 90 overs and managed to restrict Sydney University's 5th grade side, led by veteran James Rogers, to 9- 201. On a day when every other Manly Grade side had faltered except for 3rd Grade, the 5th grade were well aware of their duty to uphold the honour of the Club. Whilst University were patient, the Manly bowlers stuck to their plan and bowled good lines and with good discipline all day. At times it was boring work but the fact that the visitors could not score quickly was certainly not due to a bad pitch; far from it, the wicket at Mike Pawley, considering its age is remarkably good and tribute to the work put in by Groundsman, Paul Shaw and his team. On nearby Frank Gray Oval the other University side was playing our neighbouring Shires 1st Grade side and had battered the local bowling attack around the park for 288, with one batsmen making over 150. More on that story later in the article. T20 AT MANLY OVAL MANLY VERSUS MOSMAN FOR 'THE PETER PHILPOTTT CUP Former Warringah Shires all rounder, Geoff Isaacs, smashed 40 runs on debut at Manly Oval in their T20 clash with local rivals Mosman on Sunday 25th October. Geoff was the highest scorer on both sides and slapped several sixes out of the Sydney Road ground much to the delight of an enthusiastic but small crowd. Sadly Geoff was run out with 12 runs remaining for a thrilling win to the home side gloomy skies. Manly only needing to beat 123 from the 18 reduced overs that were available in the afternoon. After the rains had done their worst. JAVED BADYARI