Round two: Four washouts, two centurions and the Fifth XI’s maiden win!

November 21, 2011 No Comments

Hello all,

Well it was bound to happen at some stage and the rain wreaked havoc with Round 5. But it wasn’t all doom and gloom.

While our top four grades were washed out, resulting in draws, our Fifth XI, winless thus far in the 2010/11 season, managed to defy mother nature and win their first game!

Duly, Captain Rick Yeatman’s match report back at Elwood was exceptional as he proudly boasted of his side’s heroics.

And not to be forgotten, two club legends in Pat Reilly and Peter “Bush” Tsiampas made 101 and 118 respectively, adding to their already impressive runs tally for this great club.

And Rob De Haan picked up another lazy 6 wickets as he increased his tally to 19 wickets in four games in the top flight.

Summer of De Haan anyone?…

Ist XI (2/62) drew with Le Page Park (222) at Le Page Park Oval No.1. Scorecard here.

Le Page won the toss and batted first and skipper Marshall Bunting (1/31) continued his latest trick which is getting a wicket in the first few balls to have Le Page reeling at 1/0. His fellow opening bowler Dylan Foote (1/30) also got in the act with an early wicket as Le Page found themselves at 2/0! Le Page steadied before Jackson Bunting (1/46) got the key wicket of Steve McConchie with a spectacular caught and bowled. Enter Rob De Haan. Rob took 6/69 as he continued his amazing season which brings his Longmuir wicket tally to 19 for the season.  He had them stumped, he had them bowled, he them LBW as he continues to weave his magic against the competition. Le Page for finally out for 222.

This week, Nathan Harris and Sammy Dagher opened the batting. They got off to a nice 45 run partnership before Nathan was eventually out for 17. Sammy ended up not out on 27 as the match was called off. The Firsts have a tough match against East Sandringham this round.

2nd XI (224) drew with  Le Page Park 2 (4/71) at Elwood. Scorecard here.

Captain Anesti Cosmas won the toss and batted, and in his pre-match speech Cosi channelled William Wallace and implored his troops to bat with freedom — and that they did. Adam “Moose” Green (24) and Luke “Bull” Baillie (21) got the Twos off to a flyer with a 58 run stand before Cosi (35) and Matt Harris (27) consolidated the innings with a 62 run stand. Some quality middle to lower order batting by Brenden Pearce (23) and Oscar Persson (20 no) made sure Elwood posted a good total. Marcus Bayer (11 no) hit a massive six off the last ball.

Unfortunately the rain skittled any chance the Twos had of posting a good win as they had Le Page on the ropes at 4/71. Wickets to Oscar (2/41) and Adam Green (1/7) set the scene, a scene the rain clouds chose to disrupt.

3rd XI (294) drew with Washington Park 3 (2/118) at Elwood. Scorecard here.

Skipper Kev Wetdewich won the toss and batted. An enterprising opening stand of 67 by Ray Earls (24) and Pat Reilly got the Threes off to a great start. Patrick batted superbly,. making 101 and not surrendering his wicket until the score was 235. He was ably supported by Carey Lyon (49) and Kev (41) as the Threes posted an impressive 294.

Kev was at the ground early on Saturday, monitoring the pitch, sweeping and squeegeeing, giving the Thirds every chance of wonning should the weather allow it. The Threes only picked up the two wickets, with Luke Stanley (1/30) continuing his good form and Ray “the Duke” Earls (1/12) back with the Threes and being as reliable as ever.

4th XI (1238) drew with West Bentleigh 4 (5/78) at Duncan McKinnon – North. Scorecard here.

Washington Park won the toss and sent Elwood in, a move I’m sure they regretted when Elwood was 2/137. The bulk of those runs coming from the bats of Peter “Bush” Tsiampas — who made a classic Bush-esque innings of 118 and adding another century to his already impressive collection — and Nathan Turner (43).  Leon Harris continued his golden run contributing 24 down the order as the Fourths posted an impressive total.

This week, Scott Leach (1/32) got the early wicket as the Fours heaped the pressure on. Sam Mirenda bowled well, clean bowling two batsman to pick up 2/24 off his seven overs. Young gun Mitch Clarke picked up another wicket as the Fours were looking to force a victory before the rain intervened.

5th XI (6/212) defeated Le Page Park 4 (85) at Peanut Farm. Scorecard here.

It’s been a tough season thus far for captain Rick Yeatman but he has never lost his belief or competitive spirit and that was paid back in spades this week. Le Page won the toss and sent Elwood in. The openers, Alan Parkinson (52) and David Robertson (28), made a 56 run stand that set the innings up beautifully for the boys. Zac Leiser-Moore made 73 not out, and, for those who witnessed his grand final heroics last year, it was only a matter of time before he fired. Zac punished Le Page’s bowlers and as joined Rick (32) for a 86 run partnership that put Le Page to the sword.

This week, Le Page didn’t want to play but Rick, smelling a victory, most certainly did. Ageless opening bowler Tony King sliced through Le Page’s batting line-up, taking 5/41 off 15 overs. He was well supported by all the bowlers as Chris Forster (1/21), John Phillips (1/5) and Tom Balme (1/1) all got in the action. Zac, never one to be far from the action, took 2/10, cementing his man of the match performance and the Fifth XI’s maiden win.

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