Manly-Warringah secured their first Men's NSW Premier Cricket Second Grade title in 31 years on Monday with an outright victory over St George at Manly Oval.
In the end, Manly prevailed by just 14 runs and the younger brother of NSW Blues and Sydney Thunder young gun Ollie Davies, Joel, was awarded the Jack Moran Medal for Player of the Final.
Joel Davies, 17, claimed six wickets for the match with his left-arm finger spinners and made solid contributions with the bat scoring 30 and 33 at No. 3. His second innings 33 lasting more than three hours.
Not since season 1989/90 had the club lifted the Albert Cup and it was just the third time Manly had won Second Grade. However, the Saints made the minor premiers work for it during a pulsating three days.
After being sent in by St George on their home ground, Manly made 218 with Edmund Hole’s 88 providing the platform at the top of the order.
Regular First Grade seamer Tom Ortiz claimed 4-49 for the Saints from 20 overs. Fellow opening bowler Craig Dobson and Thomas McKenzie each claimed three scalps.
In reply, St George posted 194 giving Manly a narrow first innings lead worth 24. Josh Wigney joining Joel Davies with three wickets.
Manly were in deep trouble in their second innings at 6-72 until Josh Seward came to the rescue with 52 at No. 9 to save his team and help post a competitive 179. Dobson and McKenzie again taking three wickets apiece.
That set St George 203 for the title but the Saints were denied courtesy of another disciplined bowling effort, all out for 189. Nick Shurmer top-scored for St George with 61 from 65 balls.