Round One: Four wins, milestones, lots of debuts and a wicket with a first ball!

October 12, 2011 4 Comments

What a first round for the 2011/12 season for the Elwood Cricket Club! Four wins out of five matches with our top four grades all recording wins.

The success of the first round was setup by Chris “Boundi” Williams superb spaghetti bolognese on Thursday evening for selection night.

There was a bevy of standout individual performances but one the highlights was the amount of club, Longmuir and senior debuts from our playing group.

But without further adieu let’s have a look at how the five matches panned out:

Ist XI (2/113) defeated  Kingston Heath (6/111) at Southern Rd Reserve:

Our First XI were buoyed by the club and Longmuir debut of Sammy Tee and the Longmuir debut of young gun Kristian Dompietro. Kingston Heath won the toss and batted first, with inspirational skipper and reining CMCA player of the year Marshall Bunting taking the first wicket of the match. Chris De Lutiis opened the bowling with Marshall and bowled well without luck. The Golfers dug in, until Elwood’s leg spinner extraordinaire Rob De Haan came into the attack, taking 5/27. Robbie made the CMCA team of the year last season and is a brilliant bowler. He’s set himself up to have another cracking year. Apparently though he was hit for, what Marshall described, “one of the biggest sixes ever.” Kristian, in his first Longmuir match, fielded well, taking two catches.

With a smallish total to chase, the job was up to a strengthened batting line-up with Sammy Sammy (41) and Nathan Harris (17)  opening the batting. Sammy batted beautifully, building an innings and wiping off the majority of the Golfers total. Marshall (23 n.o) and Steve “Jonah” Jones (25 n.o) got the job done as Elwood recorded the first win of the season. Kudos too to Tom “Yimpy” Earls for scoring!

Man of the match: Rob De Haan

2nd XI (6/103) defeated Kingston Heath 2 (100) at Elwood:

Skipper Anesti Cosmas won the toss and sent the Golfers in to bat. Dylan Foote (3/22) and Sam Speer (1/20) opened the bowling, taking a few overs to find their rhythm but then hit their straps. Dylan, particularly, bowled beautifully. A bit of fire, a bit of guile and an unrelenting line saw the Sasquatch pull in a three wicket haul. In a move that puzzled the 2nd XI’s off spinner, Cosi brought in reformed bowler Adam “Moose” Green as first change into the wind. Moose bowled exceptionally (1/17), swinging the ball and bowling tightly. Chris “Boundi” Williams (2/13) finally got his chance and bowled very well taking two key wickets. Cosi held back Oscar “Big Bird” Persson until the death, and Oscar bowled amazingly (3/26). He took the key wicket of the Golfer’s captain and best bat and his big in swingers were a class above the batsmen.

In reply, Elwood got off to a solid start with Adam Green (40) in his 100th game laying the foundations for the win. Things got a bit tight in the end, especially as the skipper incorrectly fired Ryan Harris out for caught behind when he missed it by a mile. Patty Reilly didn’t get going in his 250th game but Jay Donovan (4 n.o) and Oscar (8 n.o, two fours off two balls!) secured the win for Elwood.

Man of the match: Adam Green.

3rd XI (1/133) defeated Brighton District (112) at Elwood:

Brighton Districts won the toss and batted first. Sam Mirenda (2/31) got the ball rolling early, with Nathan Turner coming on first change and making an impact (3/22). Wickets kept falling, especially when skipper Kevin Wetdewich brought on his trusted lieutenant, the ageless Ray “Duke” Earls (5/27). Duke’s spell put the sword to Brighton Districts who came down from D Grade last year. New player Peter Finding took a catch behind the stumps and former Elwood player Brendan Gregory would have enjoyed his run around the park.

In reply, Wetdewich went with last year’s 4th X1 grand final opening pair of Steve “Frank the Tank” Murphy and reining best clubman Ryan Bagust. Being the selfless bloke he is, Ryan (29 n.o) let Murph destroy the bowling , as he murdered all-comers, making 90. A 133 run partnership and a percentage boosting win for the Thirds.

Man of the Match: Ray Earls

4th XI (4/150) defeated Bentleigh ANA 4 (135) at Bentleigh Secondary College:

El Presidente Dave May won the toss and decided to bat first as his top four batsman had about a million matches for Elwood between them. They might be seasoned veterans, but John Schibli (35), Ian “Reg” Grundy (35) and Mic “the Treasurer” Collis (22) didn’t let him down. The highlight of the innings though was Lachy Harris, on his senior debut, making a well crafted 21 not out. He was well supported my Mick Roberts (24 n.o) as Elwood went on to make 150.

In reply, Elwood got off to a solid start with wily opener Luke Stanley (1/57) and firebrand Greg Thwaites (1/26) claiming scalps. The tone of the innings changed though when Howie Persson, also on his senior debut, took a wicket with his first ball, going on to take 3/25! The President then went on to mop up the tail, taking 5/30, in what he would later describe as one of the best wins he had ever captained.

Man of the match: Howie Persson

5th XI 101 defeated by Bentleigh Uniting 5 (4/205)  at Duncan McKinnon-South:

New 5th XI skipper Rick “the Doc” Yeatman lost the toss as powerhouse Bentleigh Uniting batted first. New player Mike Hill (2/18) and senior debutant  Alex Jones (1/43) opened the bowling. The Doc gave everyone a bowl, with John “JP” Phillips (1/33) the only other player to claim a wicket. Senior debutant Julian Yeatman kept and didn’t concede a bye.

In reply, JP (15) and Alan “Parko” Parkinson (19) opened the batting. New players Rob O’Keefe (2), Dane “Dooges” Wilsonson (10) and senior debutant Hamish Mitchell (17) all tried to get the score ticking over. Tom Yeatman made 14. A good effort by the boys against a strong club and they will be better for the run!

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4 Comments to “Round One: Four wins, milestones, lots of debuts and a wicket with a first ball!”
  1. Bhoondi says:

    You refer me as an “off spinner” nice 🙂

  2. leigh says:

    I was refer to the only off spinner in the 2nd XI, Leigh Josey.

    I don;t know what you do, but it ain’t spinning 🙂

  3. Moz says:

    I still remember the day he took out Sammy Dhagar’s leg stump. I don’t think it turned which is why he deceived him. Nice one that.

  4. Sammy Dagher says:

    I rememember that ball and it drifted away, and then spun in. That ball would have got Ponting out!