Round three: two wins out of five, Marshall’s 100th & an unbeaten 88 by Leon Harris

November 7, 2011 No Comments

Ist XI (138)  lost to Bentleigh Uniting (187) at Elwood (scorecard here).

It was skipper Marshall Bunting’s 100th game and it started well by losing the toss and having to take to the field against the strongest batting team in the competition. Marshall (1/20 off 11) and Dylan Foote (0/20 off nine) opened the bowling, with Marshall getting the key wicket off Uniting’s Tim Brisbane, while Dylan was very unlucky to get a caught behind given not out. Marshall brought on Jackson Bunting (2/49 off 17) and Chris De Lutiis (2/26 off 11) on to tackle Uniting’s strong middle order and both bowled brilliantly. Chris got the key wicket of Uniting’s skipper Glenn Lalor with a cracking delivery that clean bowled the Longmuir Shield’s premier batsman for 36. Likewise, Jackson clean bowled Ash Russell for 30 with a magnificent ball. Marshall turned to Rob De Haan, in insatiable form with 9 wickets from the first two games, and he didn’t disappoint. Rob finished with 4/70 off 20 overs, including a handful of dropped catches. Nevertheless, the Firsts achieved something that no team had since Round 9, 2009/10, and bowled Bentleigh Uniting out for 187.

The Ones rocked up to Elwood on Saturday morning and the conditions at our beautiful beach-side ground could not have been any better for batting. 30 degrees Celsius and a gentle north-easter blowing across the ground. Elwood were off to a rocky start at 1/1 before Nathan Harris (11) and Sam Speer (12) somewhat steadied the ship. Before we knew it, we were 3/40 after Nathan was disastrously run out. Marshall(23)  and Sammy Tee (34) provided some classy resistance but eventually both fell and our middle and lower order was unable to chase down the runs. The Ones play Le Page next week away.

2nd XI (161) lost to Melbourne Wanderers 1 (276) at Faulkner Park (scorecard here).

Skipper Anesti Cosmas won the toss and sent top of the ladder Melbourne Wanderers into bat. The Wanderers batted well in partnerships, finding themselves at 5/256. But Elwood fought back, taking the last five wickets for 20 runs. Marcus Bayer, reliable as ever and sporting a few injured ribs from a training mishap, picked up his usual wicket collection (2/65 off 17), while young gun Oscar Persson also picked up a couple of wickets (2/75 off 13). The Elwood man who did the most damage with the ball was Adam Green (4/44 off 10.4) — as he continued his renaissance as a bowling weapon in the Second XI. Kudos too to Luke “The Bull” Baillie, who, due to a critical keeper shortage, donned the gloves and picked up two catches behind the stumps.

The run chase didn’t go to plan early as Elwood found themselves at 4/49 before Cosi (42), Luke (33) and Jay Donovan (23) showed some resolve in the middle order. When Jay departed, Elwood were 7/135 and the tail, with the exception of Marcus (17), failed to trouble the scorers. Chris “Boundi” Williams kept his red ink form going with 4 not out. Another loss in Quiney Shiield to our bogey team, Melbourne Wanderers. We’ll have to wait until finals to get our revenge.

3rd XI (9/225) defeated Hampton Central (163) at Sandringham College-East (scorecard here).

Skipper Kevin Wetdewich won the toss and batted. The top order didn’t let Kev down as Ryan Bagust (10), Ian “Reg Grundy” (34), Carey Lyon (32) and Mic Collis (32) all made valuable contributions. Then the skipper came in himself and made, for those who have watched Kev bat in the past, a “sedate” 60 — which anchored the Thirds total of a very defendable 225.

Defending the total was made easier by the fact that all seven of the bowlers used by Kev claimed a wicket. Sam Mirenda (1/32 off eight) and Luke Stanley (2/43 off 13) opened the bowling, with Luke continuing his good early season form. Young gun James Roberts was thrown the ball at first change and didn’t let his skipper down taking 1/39 off 13. His dad, Mick, finished with the healthy figures of 1/2 off one over! Carey, already enjoying a good game, managed to perform some magic taking 2/8 off four while the captain picked up a wicket himself. The bowling performance of the day went to future champion Howie Persson who picked up 2/13 off four. Stuart Parkyn chipped in for two catches in a match where all eleven players contributed something to the result.

4th XI (6/213) defeated West Bentleigh 3 (88 & 4/102) at Elwood (scorecard here).

Under the watchful eye of captain and President Dave May the Fourth XI has forgotten how to lose. With a team which has more changes in it each week than an Elton John concert it’s remarkable how May’s men find a way to win. But win they do. This was a game of two halves. Let’s call the first half the Greg Thwaites half. Now Greg had an unbelievable first innings with the ball. Not only did he take 6/20 off 10 overs, but he also had five cleaned bowls. His run up was intimidating, and at one point the West Bentleigh captain asked Dave to tell Greg he was bowling too fast. Too fast! Anyway Greg destroyed West Bentleigh’s batting lineup and was assisted by Dave May and John Phillips (2/10 each).

Chasing a low score, Alan Parkison, sporting bright green hair, got off to a good start by making 26. But this is when the second half starts. The Harris half. At stumps on Saturday, Elwood was 3/51, with the youngest, and therefore the best Harris, Lachy Harris, and the oldest, therefore the best Harris, Leon Harris, at the crease. Lachy went on to make 22, but the day belonged to old man Harris. Leon made 88 not out — the same as the entire West Bentleigh team. There were glimpses of every Harris — from Matty, to Nathan, to Josh, to Ryan, to Lachy — in his batting, as the former Elwood president put on a Harris masterclass. Scott Leach made an enterprising 42 off not many balls as he and Leon put the sword to West Bentleigh. Leon was cruelly denied a chance for a hundred as Dave declared the innings closed as he pursued an outright victory. However, he was also probably denied a chance of serious injury by his innings being cut somewhat short.

The Fourths took 4 wickets as they chased the outright win but were unable to secure the 10 wickets needed for the 10 points. However Dave will be happy with the six points and remaining undefeated atop of the F Grade ladder.

5th XI (161) lost to Washington Park 5 (5/203) at Princes Park No. 3 (scorecard here).

The skipper Rick Yeatman won the toss and batted first, but Elwood quickly found itself in trouble as they plunged to 3/6. The only Elwood batsmen to reach double figures was young gun Tom Balme as the Fifths crept to 61.

Defending a low total was always going to be hard for the boys, but they stuck to their task and gave it their all.  Tony King, as always, bowled beautifully, taking 1/18 off 16 overs.

The versatile Tom Yeatman, gloveman one week, opening bowler the next, took 1/44. The best bowling performance of the day went to future star Hamish Mitchell who took 2/25 off 25 overs. Steve Murphy, used to plying his trade as an opening batsman up the grades, chipped in with 1/13. A tough game for the Fifths but we know they will bounce back!

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