Welcome back and thanks for tuning into the second round of the 2023-2024 season. This week is a big week for the MIGs both on the field, and with two off-field events. In the cricket, in the main grades we played Auburn, with two matches to talk about in both 5th Grade and Metro, and a match in each of the Masters and Classics. Off the field, the WellGreens have organised for a mind coach from Prime Mind Coaching to come down and talk about the mental side of the game - that's on Tuesday night. Just as important, is our first preso and sponsor night on the Thursday.
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J Park-Johnson 100, T Gupta 60*, H Ferguson 52
A Bennett 2-48, B Wigney 1-37, S Cook 1-39
Warringah lost by 5 wickets.
Round 2 saw Warrinagh take on Auburn in our first 2 day game of the season. Another toss won by Hamish, and with sun in the air, quick outfield and a flat looking deck, he didn't hesitate to say 'We'll bat first".
Not the ideal start for the Men in Green, with Jarrod and Greenie departing in the first hour with the score at around 2/20. Our overseas player James joined Hamish in the middle and worked together to build the platform. James showed his talent, blasting the Auburn attack to all parts of the field, following up from his 70odd last week to raising the bat with his maiden 100 for the club. Hamish played a support role for James which ended just after tea on 56. A little collapse once Hamish departed when the score was 3/160 saw the MIG stumble to 8/220. Tejas and our kiwi friend Matt Munro dug deep and started to turn over the strike over. The 1s turned to 2s and before we knew it, the field was spread and the lads started too capitalise. Matt was dismissed for a very sensible 40 and Tejas finished the day on 60* at a run a ball with the score at 9/323.
Week 2 came around quickly with bowling and our catching the priority during the weeks trainings. Hamish declared overnight with the score at 9/323. We knew that the traditional Auburn outfit certainly like to go after the ball from the get go... And that they did! All the boys bowled pretty well, sometimes bowling a tad too straight, but that didn't stop the Auburn batters from taking us down even when we packed the offside and bowled 6th stump. They hit us to all parts of the ground in chance-less fashion. The ball didn't swing, deviate, roll or pop all day. There were no snicks, Lbw shouts or dropped catches. To be honest, it was just classy batting from the Auburn Opener who ended up on 130 off about 80 rocks, accompanied by another fella who ended the day on 100*.cSome massive 6s off decent deliveries and just hitting the gaps on a lightening quick Weldon outfield was the story of the day.
We certainly cant fault the effort from the boys, and give credit when credit is due. Auburn were too good for us on that second Saturday, but we learnt valuable lessons from the loss which will assist us in being a better side going forward.
J Chick 62, K Broome 15, P Day 13
165 & 2-75
R Outred 4-36, L Molyneux 2-22, F Holdsworth 2-30
Warringah lost by 39 runs.
Round 2 saw Warringah’s secondgrade side hit the motorways and head out to Auburn looking to bounce backafter a tight loss to Lindfield in Round 1. Captain Lachy Molyneux lost thetoss and Warringah were sent out to bowl on what looked to be, and later provedto be, a good pitch that played true. The Auburn openers saw off good openingspells from Roy Outred and Yorkshire lad Redford Holdsworth (2-30). It waslooking like it could be a long day in the field for the MIGs. However, acombination of outstanding spells from captain Molyneux (2-22) and young gun Pat Day (2-50), as well as a rate of strike rotation that would’ve hadWarringah head coach Steve Conners spitting chips, meant that the pressurebuilt on the Auburn batsmen resulting in them being reduced to 4-89. The gamethen entered a holding pattern which featured high quality bowling from all theWarringah bowlers and A LOT of blocking and leaving from Auburn before patiencewas rewarded and wickets came, reducing Auburn to 7-118. The tail wagged a bit,but Roy Outred (4-36) soon put an end to that with a little help from WillDavidson who produced a stunning one handed, diving gully catch late in theday. Auburn all out 165. This left 11 overs for Warringah openers Jack Chickand debutant Jimmy Downs to negotiate. The Auburn openers bowled extremely welland unfortunately Jimmy Downs and then Will Davidson were castled before stumpsleaving Warringah 2-28 with Jack Chick looking good on 14 and nightwatchmanPatty Day on 4.
On day 2 Warringah turned upconfident that they had the batting to get the 140 runs required. Jack Chickand Patty Day started well, but when the latter was dismissed Warringah’sproblems began. Warringah went from 2-50 odd and cruising to 5-50 odd andstruggling after losing Noah Kasmar and Prince George Evans in consecutive balls.Kye Broome batted with Jack Chick who was playing a fluid and impressiveinnings and when he got to 50 Warringah looked like they were somewhat back ontrack. However, when Chick (62) was caught Warringah’s problems started again.From 6-90 odd Warringah lost Kye Broome and Ben Cook in quick succession,leaving Lachie Molyneux (11*), Redford Holdsworth and marathon finisher RoyOutred with over 50 runs still to get. Despite some good shots from unbeatenskipper Molyneux, Warringah were all out 40 odd short of Auburn’s first inningstotal. There were still 46 overs left in the day and captain Molyneux held ademocratic conversation in the changerooms and it was decided that the MIGswould have another crack at Auburn to put some pride back in the badge as muchas anything else. To the boys, and Lachy’s credit, Warringah took to the fieldwith an extremely positive attitude and managed to jag a couple of wicketsthanks to fiery and precise spells from Pat Day and Redford Holdsworth. Redfordwas particularly impressive. Auburn then put the brakes on and by mid-afternoonit was clear that there would be no second innings result. Anotherdisappointing result for second grade, a bounce back against Lane Cove in Round3 will be important.
L Richardson 79, C Conners 43, L Overhoff 41
C McKay 5-55, M Kuchel 2-51, R Donato 1-7
Warringah won by 79 runs.
Day 1 of Round 2, the first 2 dayer. A nice fresh Saturday morning at Frank Gray, a standard green top (but hard underneath) saw Auburn to bowl first after winning the toss. Alfie Gatehouse and Matt Kuchel keen to get the boys off to a good start with some decisive and aware leaving early. Kuch departed early (0) coping a “nasty inswinger”, said the umpire whilst watching Matt replay his defense at the lunch break. In came Luke Richardson who straight away applied pressure back on the fielders, piercing gaps with ease. Alfie and Richo put on 78 runs for the 2nd wicket stand before Aflie (35) too fell to an inswinger after some glorious drives and flicks through midwicket. This didn’t stop the MIGs as skipper Ruben Donato blitzed a quick-fire 13 before given out LBW, then followed by Lukas Overhoff, who partnered with Richo put on 82 for the 4th wicket. Lukas (41) playing a classy knock with the ball going all around the ground, and plenty of 4’s to boast. Richo, the rock of the top order, departed not much longer for a well made 79, easy on the eye as always with impressive running between the wickets and just his ability to keep ticking the strike over, good knock Richo. 2 quick wickets is generally the sign of a collapse, yet grit from the middle order and an aggressive mindset from Robbie Tipton (18) and Caleb Connors (43), both with more impressive strokeplay, Robbie favoring the legside boundary, and Caleb complementing with some drives and back cuts. Callum McKay joined Caleb and just like everyone before, kept the scoreboard ticking with some hard running between the wickets and big hitting. Mitch Norton joined Cal after Caleb departed and too kept the runs coming, with a 50 run partnership for the 8th wicket. Cal (29) and Mitch (31) fell within quick succession, with Qasim Hussain (8) and Hassan Nawaz (0*) getting the boys to a score of 311.
Day 2 of Round 2, a little warmer than the previous Saturday, saw the MIGs fired up to get things underway with the ball. An early runout from (name) saw the boys on top early. Some dropped catches came not long after, with both Cal and Qasim bowling tight and aggressive lines and getting that new ball to talk. Hasan, Mitch and Lukas followed suit with good control, yet those dropped catches came to bite back as the loose balls started to be put away. Kuchy came to the crease to praise a breakthrough and that he did on his 2nd over, with a brilliant diving catch by Steve Connors at short cover got us back into the game. Not long after Cal was brought back in to get a wicket and that he did in plenty, getting Auburn's set number 3 out LBW, then his next over, caught at slip and bowled ball after ball and Auburn went from being 2/109 to 5/130, sadly no hatrick. Next over, LBW, and the over after that, caught at slip, and there was 5 for Callum before lunch, top spell. After a good feed with the 1s boys at Weldon and wishing them the best of luck, we returned to Frank Gray, which late in the afternoon had become dead flat, which allowed Auburn to claw back. More overs for all of the bowlers and then some, all to no avail, until Ruben brought himself on to bowl and he struck with a crucial wicket that lead to the last 2 coming quick, a caught and bowled for Qasim and a caught behind from Kuchy to seal the deal with a 79 run victory. Congrats 3rd grade!
Z O'Sullivan 48, L Coy 47, A Rochford 32
119 & 5-87
B Martin 5-23, H Burke 3-12, B Rowse 2-8 &
T Sewardd 2-15, L Coy 1-8, Z Buchanan 1-19
Warringah won by 125 runs.
We arrived at Dave Tribolet Oval and was greeted to a very green and creepily soft wicket and a very dark, chocolate scented change room. The outfield was slow however looked to be a good batting wicket if surviving the first hour of play. We won the toss and elected to bat. Some elegant shots from Darren and Toby set a good opening stand however once they fell, we lost a few quick ones on what was a very tough wicket to get in on. Lucky for us Rochy (32) followed by Lachie Coy’s (47) stuck in their batting well. Once Rochy fell, Zach O (48) continued with Lachie got us into a strong position. The back end of the innings saw a couple of 20s from Burkey and Zach B and ephemeral innings from Vic and Rowsey saw us bowled out at for very strong 244. A late dig before stumps saw Auburn 0-6 overnight.
Come the next Saturday and a very different looking Dave Tribolet Oval. The outfield was quick, and the pitch had hardened up. We knew the pitch still had a bit in it so when we saw Auburn 0-60, we weren’t too worried. A couple great wickets from Burkey, a massive inducker, and Rowsey turning them square got the collapse started. Definitely worth a mention was Lachie Coy, on 4th grade debut having already scored 47 with the bat, taking an absolute hanger of a catch at point, helping the start the Auburn rot. However it was Bill Martin whole stole the show with his dazzling 5-23. He showed great skill with an array of great slower bowls picking up wickets which saw Auburn rolled for 119. Great effort from our bowling attack. Rowsey sent Auburn back in for a chance of outright with Lachie Coy picking up his first wicket in 4th Grade and a strong 7 over spell from Seward picking up a couple. Nevertheless, Auburn finished 5-87 at stumps however Warringah took a great win coming out of Auburn with the points.
M Melville 44, O Higgins 41, M Kapoor 22
H Sharma 1-24
Warringah lost by 9 wickets.
The WCC metro’s team was coming off a solid first round win and were ready to continue the hot start to the season and take their talents down to the shire for round 2. Young Skipper Matty Melville winning the toss and electing to bat first put a spring in the step of the Migs. As the openers walked out to perfect cricketing conditions and temperature, they started off strongly with an outstanding first session from both the skipper and Oli Higgins saw WCC with an 81-run opening partnership. That was before a last ball wicket before drinks saw Matt getting out for 44. This would unfortunately give Sutherland some momentum heading into the next hour of play. Oliver Higgins was the second to go with a great knock of 41. Myles Kapoor (22) and Zachy Dowthwaite (10) had a decent partnership trying to put Warringah in a good spot but when both of them exited, the wickets started to crumble. With a mixture of Good Bowling and bad shot selection, wickets were falling left right and centre. these were the last real decent scores from the boys as the wickets piled on and 4 quickly became 5 which very quickly became 8 down. Sutherland were running with the momentum and Warringah fighting for every run in an attempt to put up a competitive total. But the runs never came, and the wickets continued to tumble, leading to the metro side getting bowled out for 141 with none of the last 7 batsmen scoring above 6 runs. There was hope that the wicket would fall apart for our bowlers and would become difficult batting conditions for Sutherland to chase down the total in. and the game was still up for grabs for the Migs with an early LBW wicket From Hersch. That would prove to be the only celebrating Warringah did that afternoon though as their batters got their eye in and started to accelerate the runs. the Sutherland batters continued to tick it over while batting smart and hitting the loose ball to the fence. A debatable stumping call given “not out” may have sealed the deal for the Sutherland team as they ran away with it with overs to spare, eventually winning by 9 wickets. A tough day for the Migs but one that will hopefully strengthen the team for the remainder of the long season ahead.
F Pandit 87, D Labador 44, N Barnett 23
B Martin 3-27, H McCracken 3-40, N Roberts 2-20
Warringah won by 84 runs.
Hopes were high for the metro cup boys this week with a few new faces to the team, looking to make a comeback from last week’s defeat. Turning up to Olds Park, with boundaries “the size of the MCG” in the words of the grounds man, and a pretty big hill to walk back up if you didn’t get many, the game started off well with captain Neil Barnett winning the toss and electing for Warringah to have a bat first.
The first 5 balls of the innings looked good before loosing Ollie Higgins for 2 by a questionable LBW decision hitting on the thigh pad down leg on the final ball of the first over. This brought Dustin Labador to the crease who scored quickly to keep the runs ticking but was eventually dismissed on 44. In the very next over, a second questionable LBW decision of the innings, looking high and down leg again, sent Zach Dowthwaite packing for just 1, bringing skipper Neil out to the middle. Neil and opener Fraser Pandit combined and put on 59 when Neil was dismissed for 23. A couple of quick wickets shortly after of Alfie Gatehouse for 1 and Bill Martin for 7, who played an outrageous switch hit for 4, which in his own words he said “Steve Conners would not be proud of that shot”. With a couple of quick cameos from Ashwen Durairaj (15 off 8), Nate Roberts (17* off 17), Charlie Wilson (8 off 7), and Fraser Pandit finally being dismissed for a well paced and well controlled 87 runs, Warringah set St George 227 runs to win.
The bowling innings started off brilliantly with Charlie Wilson (1-15) picking up an early wicket with a good catch down the leg side from Dustin, and Nate Roberts (2-20) picking up 2, including St George’s number 3, shouldering arms straight into his off stump. This left St George 3-12 early on. Warringah continued to pick up wickets at regular intervals with only a couple of 30s from the St George batters, and good bowling performances from Harry McCracken(3-40), Bill Martin (3-27) and Ashwen (1-15). In the end St George did well to beat Fraser Pandit by 55 runs but couldn’t reach the total set by Warringah, with the boys claiming an 84 run win, and some good momentum going into some 2 day fixtures coming up in the next couple of games.
L Macfarlane 58, G Davies 45, H Kirkham 11
C Dickson 3-1, B Johnston 2-4, G Davies 2-10
Warringah lost by 9 wickets.
Second round for the men in green met the likes of Lindfield once again, accompanying with it, the infamous and boldly lippy senior citizen. The toss was won yet again by Kel who decided it was time for a bat. With some new faces we were ready for a great game.
Some heated bowling from the opening bowler had Warringah down heading in the 11th over with Jack, Harley and Kel back in the sheds. Luke and Guy had to work hard at the crease and consolidated with a 80 run partnership getting the total to 110 with Guy(45) and Luke (58). With some lower order handy runs from Harry (11) and Sam (6) we were left with a very defendable total of 133.
Warringah came out with a great confidence to defend their score, as the pitch would either leave the ball rolling or spiking up. Right from the get go Lindfield we’re suppressed by the opening bowlers who used the pitch to their advantage and managed to snag a couple of wickets, Harry (1) and Guy (2). The impending scoreboard pressure edged Warringah closer to victory as Cooper picked up his first leaving Lindfield 4 down early on. The fifth wicket was a special one for the lads as the grumpy grandpa who hadn’t been shy to dish it out was caught behind by a brilliant piece of keeping from Brad Lewis, who was in a battle of bickering with the old man since the previous week, with Brad getting the final say. The 6th and 7th wicket were quick to fall thanks to great work from B.J. Consistently sharp bowling from Cooper left him with 3 wickets and Clifty finished off with the final 2 back to back. Great game for the 5’s and hopes to go big are high.
C Dickson 12, J Day 9, L Jurcevic
P Clift 1-23
Warringah lost by 9 wickets.
Kel said he refused to subject anyone to writing this report. The positives were that Kel won the toss, the crew didn't have to travel far to get home and everyone made it home safely. Onto better things in Round 4 for the MiG5s.
Warringah vs Linfield, Weldon Oval, Sunday 10 November, 2023 at 10am.
A Kelly 45*, P Dolby 42*, G Davies 40*
D Brady 4-32, B Johnston 3-33, D Harris 1-4
Warringah won by 100 runs.
The Masters in Green had a date with Frank Gray for their first home game of the season - a round two joust with Ingleburn. With Mullo’s overseeing the formalities, the Greenies won an unprecedented second coin toss on the trot and had no hesitation in having a bat.
Chappo, on his Masters debut, opened up with Dave “DB” Brady. Ingleburn bowled with good pace and control on what was a tricky ‘up and down’ wicket early, Chappo falling early to one that popped. When the ever-reliable DB fell in the 14th over, the Green Men were 3-45 and needed to consolidate – something that Alun Kelly and Paul Dolby know absolutely nothing about. In the next 6 overs to drinks, Al (45* retired) and Dolbs (42* retired) added 51 to the score, then kicked on after the break smashing twelve 4’s and four 6’s between them before being banked. Pleasingly, all MIG batters kept up the momentum, with our next five adding at least 21 runs each, including classy highlights packages from Guy Davies (40* retired) and Grant Hooker (30), and impressive debuts from Gareth Murray (24) and Tom Gleed (25*). After 40 overs, the Greenies had posted a formidable 6-283.
Speaking of formidable, the Ingleburn batsmen did not muck around in the chase - their Comanchero’s representative showed a love of Davies’ bowling to rival the sentiment towards mum tattooed on his shoulder. And it didn’t stop there, with their number four striking with incredible power for five 6’s and a 4 in a quickfire 34. Ingleburn 3-88 after 10 overs. Morgan Youell (1-26) bowled beautifully but 3 dropped catches off his bowling didn’t help Warringah's cause. The Greenies injected spin early to take the pace off. A rank fully first ball from BJ (3-33), and a half-tracker first up from DB (4-32) delivered instant success for each of the “twins”. Despite an impressive 50 from the Ingleburn skipper, the Green Men prevailed to dismiss the visitors all out 183 just inside 30 overs.
Some solid debuts and another solid win for the Men in Green to start the season 2 from 2. Big top of the table clash with Roseville in 2 weeks time.
R Howard 37*, D Jeffs 31*, 5 others 30* (Trewartha, Barnett, Stolk, Barrow, O'Brien)
G Park 2-30, R Melchiore 2-34
Warringah won by 66 runs.
The first day of the Classics cricket season finally arrived. Weldon looked in fantastic shape and everyone was eager to get going. The covers were removed with the beady eye of Simon Lyon watching over us to make sure that no one messed up this delicate task.
Captain Barnett won the toss and immediately elected to bat on a track that had produced over 300 runs the previous day. We had two debutants , Ross Trewartha, who opened the batting and was a last minute deadline day signing and fresh off his last net in 2022. The other signing was David Jeffs, an all rounder who is part of the very successful Classics Pathway. After a magnificent pre season consisting of one net where he obviously impressed the watching selectors his signature was also secured.
Trewartha and Howard opened up and got to work punishing anything a fraction short. The outfield was like lightening with the ball regularly finding its way to the boundary. Considering that Ross hasn’t hit a ball for over a year he batted superbly, middling the majority of deliveries. Rick retired on 30, after about 5 overs. It was probably one of the quickest opening partnerships that we have had over the last few seasons. Ross wasn’t far behind Rick when he retired with 30 to his name. The next three batsmen Barnett, Jeffs and Stolk kept the runs flowing, all eventually retiring as well. Roseville had to wait until after the 20th over before claiming the first wicket of the game.
Some very good middle order hitting kept the momentum up that saw Barrow and O’Brien both retiring and Lyon chipped in with 22, striking a few lusty blows. We ended up with a very respectable 259 ( with seven batsmen retiring) Next the return of the cricket tea. Special mention has to go to Stolky who produced a hand made fruit salad supplemented with ice cream. He has definitely gone big first game up and a lesser man could possibly struggle to produce such quality in the remaining home games but knowing Stolky his culinary delights will only improve as the season progresses (just like his batting).
After tea we opened up with a new combination of Barrow and Allsop. Both bowled well but the first wicket was a run out , the first of two effected run outs by captain Barnett who was on fire in the field. After 10 overs Roseville were one down and going along at about 6 an over. The game was still in the balance. Park and Melchiore came on first change and managed to take a wicket each and subsequently the run rate started to climb as the runs dried up. Both eventually ending up with a couple of wickets. O’Brien and Jeffs continued the good work, bowling extremely well leaving Roseville with 193 off 40 overs and eventually over 60 runs adrift.
Great start to the season with nearly everyone managing to play a part in a very enjoyable game against a top bunch of lads.
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