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The Rock-itt : December 2009
Twenty20 has arrived on the Northern Beaches this season and suddenly Manly has found itself in the semi finals of the new competition after destroying last Sunday's opponents, University of NSW, thanks to a blistering innings of 89 off 45 balls by Tim Cruikshank. The team scored 7-224 in 20 overs of savage batting and those privileged to watch this batting display will remember the day for some time to come. Tim also scored 187 the day before at beautiful Bankstown Oval and although the 1st Grade side finally lost the game the signs are really encouraging that the team has hit a patch of form in the run up to the holiday period. New skipper Adam Crosthwaite also notched up his highest score for his new club on Saturday with a fine 66 and repeated the score on Sunday. 2nd Grade captain Ben King scored his team's first ton of the season and will have been encouraged despite losing the game against a very strong Bankstown reserve X1. 3rd Grade sits atop of the table by some margin and are early favourites to take the minor premiership under the tough captaincy of Craig "Jeanie" Little. Joint Club Captain Joel Mason steered his 4th Grade side to a superb victory chasing down 290 in a thrilling contest. 5th Grade couldn't quite manage to replicate the effort but went very close with 15 minutes to go till the close of play and 15 runs to record a remarkable win, just fell short of the victory target of 256. Stars for 5th Grade were Phil Hartig Franc with a hard hitting 79, but surely the accolades should go to rising star Ryan Farrell, with a nearly match wining 48 on top of his 2 wickets in 22 overs of controlled leg spin. Ryan is only 14 and yet his composure in all situations defies his age. Although he was last out his partnership of 100 runs with keeper Sam Webber almost ensured that the young 5th Grade side recorded its second win of the season. But it was not to be. However Ryan once again impressed on Saturday 28th November in 5th Grade's game at Mike Pawley Oval. Ryan, batting at No 9, went in with the score on 7-105 and his team in dire straits. Joining Mick Riley who was finally out for 73, Ryan once again was patient enough to build a solid innings and once again sharing in three very important partnerships and bringing his team to a respectable total of 209 off 74 overs against a strong St George side. On Sunday Manly's Watson Shield side (under 16's guided by local cricket hero Mick Pawley) travelled to Penrith' Dukes Oval to play a side that had been unbeaten over 16 games in the competition over the past three seasons. Captained by Javed Badyari, who has played a season of 5th Grade and some games in 4th Grade this year, in this semi final contest, they fell short by two runs. With players like Dylan Marshall at his disposal, Javed had a team of quality spinners and in the 60 overs version of the game the home side only managed 177 runs thanks to some splendid spin bowling and a star performance by Captain Badyari (5-30). Manly, agonisingly close, needed a 4 to win off the last ball and one wicket in hand, could only run two much to the relief of the Penrith coach and supporters. But a valiant effort by the 5th Grade keeper, Sam Webber, who batted beautifully for a fine 57 ably supported by Jordan Daly with 39. Women's Cricket is back on the Northern Beaches Tuesday December 1st saw the finale of the Cricket Australia Women's Cricket (state) carnival with NSW Breakers defeating the Victorian ladies at Manly Oval. NSW dominated throughout the day and in spite of several breaks for rain posted a decent score of 177. Victoria in reply lost 7 wickets for 12 runs and could only manage 130, despite being in with a chance. NSW therefore collected the Shield for the tournament and a series of speeches, by outgoing CricketNSW Women's