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The Rock-itt : May 2011
on 1st innings so East's came out in their second innings with aggressive intent and East's G McCanna made 142 out of 7-300 to enable the East's Captain to declare with Manly needing to bat the day out to avoid an outright defeat and to raise the trophy. Young orthodox left armer Cameron Ashe bowled with patience and resolution to take 5-73 in his 1st Grand Final and should be very proud. Very soon though, Manly was in trouble with wickets falling at regular intervals on a very good track, to the new ball bowlers. Needing to survive 27 overs, the Manly boys showed some guts as the pressure was mounting with every delivery but a mature knock by Louis Anderson of 35 and another undefeated effort by James Ritchie saw the team through to the close of the day's play at 7-108 and the joy began. After the speeches were made in the gathering dusk, with Dave Farrell accepting the trophy from Craig Hambleton of the SCA, the Manly players, parents and supporters made their way back to the scenes of immense pleasure at Manly Oval where both teams and their support groups made merry well into the night. Both captains and both coaches rightly immersed themselves in their own reflected glory and should feel very proud of their fine achievements this season. WARRINGAH, the Beaches MEN IN GREEN cricketers For the Boys in Green there was to be no such fairytale ending even though at once stage on the Saturday night it seemed that it was possible. Having 4 teams from the Northern Beaches in Grand Finals in the same season is one hell of an achievement and credit must go to all those who have worked so hard over the last few years to make this happen. The list is so long that it would be wrong to table it here, but these men know who they are and what they have achieved. Third Grade Grand Final Burwood Briars batted first at Alan Davidson Oval and scored only 145 thanks to the tight bowling of Billy Lloyd-Green with 2-16, Captain Danny Reynolds with 2-22, Josh Young with 2-36 and Will Jonkers 2- 38 but Warringah struggled to bat in the pressure cooker atmosphere with only Paul Dolby making a special 51 out of a disappointing reply of 138. On the Sunday morning, with 8 wickets down and only needing 20 to pass Burwood's score, the team would have fancied their chances of edging in front but it was not to be so Burwood batted again and although there were some moments of hope, finished the day on 6-201, winning the Cup on the first innings. As Minor Premiers who had played so well all season, Danny's side had every right to be very disappointed especially as it came within a whisker of winning, but the consolation will be that this is a very young side who will only benefit from the experience and I expect them to be back there next year fighting for the same honours. Fourth Grade Grand Final This Final was held at George Parry Oval where Macquarie University scored 164 thanks to some fine bowling (C Berry 3-29) but Warringah could only manage 130 in reply despite Ben Falconer's innings of the season with a fluent and gutsy 43. Ben's progress this summer has been remarkable and I am especially pleased that his all round game has come through a difficult patch and that his batting now is of real value to the teams he plays for. With spots up for grabs in next summers Green Shield side, Ben will take the experience he has gained playing in Shires on turf to another level. All the young Manly Juniors who have been able to play a season on turf this year due to the vision and effort of a few people in the District, have all benefitted greatly. Not only have both Clubs found that this talented influx has refreshed depleted stocks, but also the prospect for the future young cricketers on the Beaches looks very promising. Scott Patterson Dave Farrell and Craig Little winning captains Third Grade celebrating We haven’t disappeared, just moved around the back into Market Lane, almost opposite the entrance to Manly Library We are offering the same great deals on all types of custom picture framing 3 Market Lane, Manly NSW 2095 Phone: 99778262 Mob: 0423 619 144