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The Rock-itt : December 2009
Coordinator Paul Taylor, departing to work with SLSC at The Bondi Icebergs Headquarters, plus a congratulatory speech by Dave Gilbert, CEO CricketNSW, saw all teams from across Australia gather in the Manly Pavilion. With catering supplied by the International College of Tourism, the girls and their families were well fed on a cool evening. For the Manly Cricket Club it was a showcase event, following on from the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup games it hosted in March this year. How many girls from our Northern Beaches aspire to play for the NSW Breakers or even the Southern Stars, the Australian Women's cricket team? Shires Cricket on the Northern Beaches Warringah Cricket Club scored four wins out of four in their last Round matches against Lane Cove. The "Covers" were overpowered by the Mighty Men In Green (MIG) and as is the custom, Warringah's new Club President, Rory Wightley, was obliged to "shout" the entire club as part of the President's Shout obligation, if ALL grades win. Well done lads. Veteran's cricket on the Northern Beaches Warringah's old lags, the Over 40's Masters X1, captained for the first time by sponsor Russell "Rusty" Wyatt of S-ense Landscapes this season, travelled for their first game of the season to Kenthurst on the hottest day on record in November. Conscious that the side had already had three games rained off, the Captain was reluctant to call off the game because of the opposite weather condition and ignored the Advisory by the Competition's organisers, the Sydney Masters. Having driven for 90 minutes and arriving in the cauldron that was Kenthurst Park, it was clear that the temperature was going to prove a real challenge to middle aged men. Luckily Warringah Old Men In Green (OMIG) won the toss and batted on a lush looking wicket. Soon Rob Easterbrook, Russell Wyatt, Chris Rowbotham and Rex Wightley had all retired having reach the 40 compulsory retirement mark, the scoring was brutal and off the 40 overs available Warringah had notched up a massive 271. Kenthurst tried to keep up with the required run rate but soon lost their Captain, Bruce Fraser, caught at the wicket and the rate started to climb. Bowling more than 5 over spells was tough even though the temperature had dropped below 40 degrees, and the sun was obscured by fires from the Blue Mountains, which reduced the visibility somewhat, mostly in favour of he batsmen as the fielders, by this time spread all over the oval, found it hard to spot the ball against the backdrop of the numerous gum trees. The home sides star, Robertson from New Zealand's Central Districts, who had bowled well, soon retired after a hard hitting 40, but wickets steadily fell at the other end and Kenthurst were suddenly 7-170 with 8 overs to go. The umpires then offered the light and pulled the stumps, before the Kenthurst skipper insisted that play continue and the last three wickets fell lamely to some dubious "spin" bowling (that didn't land!) by the author, under instructions to bowl slow. As the lights glowed in the hazy gloom, cold refreshing beers were a welcome relief and as usual at cricket venues around the world, tall tales were told of the day's play. COACHES CORNER Few batsmen brought up on Sydney's beautiful Northern Beaches could fail to recognise Bobby Rollins, a man who gives of his time so freely and without hesitation to so many up and coming players keen to hone their batting skills. It is high time that Bobby is thanked in a public forum for his undying love of the game and his desire to help young cricketers in their quest to seek batting perfection. Hours and hours of throwing cricket balls in his own left handed style, enables batsmen with some potential problems that need ironing out, with the benefit of a quiet word of advice, to have the confidence to play newly learned skills with conviction each weekend throughout the summer. And apparently he even carries on his work with passion throughout the winter months! Dedication to the improvement of batting skills seems to be Bobby's motto. Who could argue? The trip back to Collaroy was a lot more pleasurable