Round 2: a win, a draw & three losses (& a 100 games for Nathan Harris)

October 25, 2011 No Comments

Hello all,

Saturday’s inclement weather proved to dampen our recent winning ways as the club walked away from Round 2 with one win, one draw and three losses.

The good news is that the 1st and 4th XIs remain undefeated and the club was able to field five competitive teams despite having almost twenty players unavailable.

Congratulations again to Nathan Harris for playing his 100th senior game for the club, and despite making a duck and having one of the Under 14s give him a black eye on Friday night, Nathan continues to epitomise the Elwood Cricket Club’s values and standards on and off the field.

And Jack Belkin played his 50th game for Elwood, and, despite going unrewarded with the ball, he made a valuable 26 not out in the typical fighting style that we have come to expect from Jacky.

Looking to the round ahead, someone — it may have been a current 4th XI captain, maybe even a current President — emailed me nominating this week’s top of the table clash in F Grade between Elwood and West Bentleigh as the match of the round.

This, despite our 1st XI playing reigning Longmuir champions Bentleigh Uniting at home and the 2nd XI playing arch-rivals and ladder leaders Melbourne Wanderers at the opposition graveyard that is Faulkner Park.

Jeff Kennett eat your heart out.

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To the games…

Ist XI (182) drew Bentleigh ANA (7/140) at Elwood:

Skipper Marshall Bunting won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first. 100 gamer Nathan Harris opened the batting with young gun Kristian Dompietro, but the pair both fell early. Coach Steve Jones made a composed 30 while Marshall fell to the bowling of Essendon champion Matty Lloyd who, in his Longmuir debut, picked up two wickets (the other was Kristian). Sammy Tee strode to the wicket and compiled his second fine knock in as many rounds. The big fella ended with 45 and when he departed the Firsts were at a perilous 7/114. But Elwood’s tail refused to fold. Chris De Lutiis made 31 (including a six) and then the weather hit, forcing the end of the day’s play and  Elwood’s numbers 10 and 11 to resume batting the next week. Rob De Haan (22) and Dylan Foote (21 not out) made a last wicket 42 run stand which Elwood historians (meaning John Feehan) believe to be the highest Longmuir 10th wicket partnership in our history. The score finished at a respectable 182.

In reply, ANA made 7/140 before rain and deteriorating conditions forced umpires to call the match a draw. Marshall (1/47) and Dylan Foote (1/14) opened the bowling, claiming early wickets. Chris De Lutiis chipped in for 1/24. Despite the conditions being adverse for wrist spin bowling, champion leggie Rob De Haan took 4/45 off his 16 overs to put the sword to ANA. Had weather not played its unwelcome part, the game would have been interesting in its conclusion.

The 1st XI will now take on the juggernaut that is Bentleigh Uniting next week at home.

2nd XI (9/166) lost to Washington Park 2 (4/171) at Packer Reserve:

Skipper Anesti Cosmas won the toss and batted. Ray “Duke” Earls was run out early thanks to a brilliant piece of Sharks fielding. Adam “Moose Green” looked like he was going to pick up where he left of last round before being dismissed for 16. Cosi (17), Luke “Bull” Baillie (18) and Pat Reilly (18), all made valuable starts but were unable to go on with it. In his first game for the 2nd XI and coming in with the score at 5/64, Ryan Bagust made a composed 28 that ended up being the top score for the innings. Jack Belkin, in his 50th game, made a clever 26 not out as he led a late innings resistance that included a cameo 5 not out by Chris “Boundi” Williams.

Losing 2nd XI spearhead Marcus Bayer before a ball was bowled due to a rib injury meant that the boys were up against it. All the bowlers tried their guys out but, to their credit, the Washington park batsman were resilient in their run chase, offering little in the way of chances and took full control of the match. Oscar Persson (0/22 off 11) and Jack Belkin (0/32 off 9) bowled well without luck. Boundi 2/43 off 16) and Adam (1/ 46 off 16)  both produced brilliant spells of bowling that looked as if we could turn the match with a bit of luck. Unfortunately the luck wasn’t with us, with no better example than the injury to substitute fielder and former president Brett Holmes who broke his should joint in a typical display of throwing himself around.

3rd XI (153) lost to Shamrock 1 (5/157) at Keysborough Community Reserve:

Captain Kevin Wetdewich and his men packed up their passports and travelled down to Keysborough to take on Shamrock. Shamrock sent Elwood into bat, with Elwood losing the early wickets of Peter Finding and Stuart Parkyn. Prodigal son Brenden Pearce came to the crease and made a brilliant 39 to get the 3rds back on track. He was well supported by the hard hitting Nathan Turner (32) and the skipper himself (25). Elwood made 153 with some late hitting by Luke Stanley (14, including a six) and Mick Roberts (13).

Defending a small total was going to be hard so Kev turned to Scott Leach 3/25 off 25 overs) and Luke Stanley (2/47 off 17 overs) to pile on the pressure. James Roberts — in his return to senior cricket — bowled well with 0/14 off 4 overs. Unfortunately, the total was a few runs short to be difficult against ladder leaders Shamrock.

4th XI (5/123) defeated Carnegie South 4 (115) at Elwood:

Unflappable skipper Dave May lost the toss and wasted no time in getting stuck into Carnegie South’s batsman. Young tyro Luther Lyon (3/26) and older tyro Greg Thwaites (2/27) ripped into the Spiders, leaving them reeling at 7/84. The skipper (3/27), with the help of Howie Persson (1/24) and Alex Jones (1/6), finished off the tail, bowling Carnegie South out for 115.

In a presidential power move reminiscent of the late Muammar Gaddafi, well known number 11 Dave May opened the batting with Carey Lyon who went on to make a fine 64. Dave ended up on 14 and with cameos by  Mic Collis (10), Lachy Harris (12) and Howie (12), the boys made the Spiders’ score for the loss of only four wickets.

5th XI (18/63) lost to Mackie 4 (9/242) at Peanut Farm, St Kilda:

Stand-in skipper John “JP” Phillips lost the toss at the Peanut Farm and bowled to a powerful Mackie batting line-up. Mike Hill  (1/33) got an early wicket, but then the bowling proved hard toil as JP (2/25), Darcy Yuille (1/28) and Tom Balme (1/33) picked up wickets in the middle order. The game spiced up when JP threw the ball to Rob “Rock” O’Keefe who took 4/21, including a wicket with his first ball for Elwood, joining illustrious company such as Luke Stanley.

Chasing a big total, Elwood’s opening batsmen of Alan Parkinson (12) and JP (16) got off to a reasonable start before a top order collapse began. Tom Yeatman (12) was the only other batsman to reach double figures.

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