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The Rock-itt : December 2010
MANLY’S BUSINESSMAN’S LUNCHEON IN COCKLE BAY BRINGS IN THE STARS Former Australian and Manly cricketer, Michael Bevan, was amongst England’s Allan Lamb and Victorian and Test player Damien Fleming at Manly’s Inaugural Businessman’s lunch fundraiser at the Dockside Function centre in Darling Harbour this week. A large crowd was well entertained by MC Gus “Aussie goes Bolly” Worland in the last week before the Ashes contest gets under way in Brisbane. With the Australian Press still heaping pressure on the national team and some poor performances around the States at the end of this week, it was hardly surprising to hear the visiting Pom announce that the Aussies would succumb to he better prepared England team. What was more surprising to almost everyone in the room was the statement made by Bevo that he predicted that the English would win the Ashes. This flowed over into the after party where he was subjected to some vigorous questioning. But there was no doubt that the day was a huge success and everyone enjoyed themselves. THREE MANLY BOYS REPRESENT NSW IN SECOND ELEVEN GAME AGAINST WA AT THE WACA GROUND IN PERTH The Grade Club was full of excitement last week as Adam Crosthwaite, Jackson Bird and Tim Cruickshank were all called up to represent their state. Cruickshank and Crosthwaite share in a 110 run partnership before the NSW team collapsed to 198 all out in what was to be a tough game for the Eastern Seaboarders. Let’s hope they get another chance to shine later in the summer. As Ashes fever strikes the nation, Steve O’Keefe was selected once again for Australia A to play England in Hobart in a pre Ashes warm up match. O’Keefe was being touted as a replacement for Nathan Hauritz during a week of tense build up to Ashes Selection, and even snared two of the star England players, Alistair Cook and Kevin Pietersen. The wicket of Pietersen has caused much speculation to his ability to play left arm orthodox spin. MANLY WARRINGAH JUNIOR CRICKET ASSOCIATION REPRESENTATIVE SEASON As the DCA normal schedule of 5 Rounds came to a close this weekend the Under 15’s made a fabulous comeback after their defeat by Illawarra last week and notched up a solid score of 234 off their 60 overs against Northern Districts. Hamish Ferguson (48) and Huw Griffiths (50) got the local boys off to a 97 run partnership which was added to by fine stroke play by Sam Hole (58) and James Boyer (34). The boys were pleased with their performance and held the visitors to 134 thanks to tight bowling and good catching most notably by Huw Griffiths who was awarded the Man of the Match tag. Andrew Fry took another two wickets to bring his total to 7 in the 3 games he played and he was matched by James Pearce with 7 wickets also. Andrew Fry topped the bowling averages with 7 wickets at 11.1 apiece and Sam Hole was the star batsman with 129 runs at an average of 43, a very good performance. Captain James Boyer had 7 dismissals behind the stumps. Our Shires Club has had a wonderful weekend. Warringah played Georges River over the last two weekends and are on top in all 4 of the Grade matches being played. 1st Grade dismissed the visitors for 212, 2 nd Grade had their opponents out for 133 and are well placed to win. 3 rd Grade are well on the way to victory at 0-36 chasing Georges River total of 137 and 4th Grade have already won on day one dismissing them for 98 off 50 overs and are 9-142 off 29 overs so a chance of an outright exists. 5th Grade are now placed 2nd in the Tim Creer Cup having beaten Macquarie University last weekend, with local rugby leaguer, Jordan Meredith smashing 60 not out. And Warringah Masters, the over 40’s version of the game, beat Epping in their second game of the season having amassed 190 off the 40 overs and restricting the home club to 113 off the same number of overs. Bevan, Lamb and Fleming Crosthwaite, Lamb and Manly's President Andrew Fraser