Round Five: Fours win (again), Turner tonnes up & Kevin Wetdewich’s 100th game!

December 5, 2011 2 Comments

Hello all,

Round Five saw the Fours continue to their unbeaten start to the year as the remaining four sides all lost matches that were more than winnable, notably the Firsts and the Fifths who both lost on the last ball of the match.

Round Five also saw the 100th match of Elwood’s favourite Rhodesian Kevin Wetdewich — who, at season’s end, will become our latest Life Member. Unfortunately the boys couldn’t get a win for the great man.

And Nathan Turner made 101 not out in the fours! Our third centurion for the season!

And here’s a couple of unfortunate statistics that came out of round 5:

  • The Fifths lost on the last ball of the match, on a no ball!
  • In the twos, three West Australians (it doesn’t matter who they were) batted and made zero runs between them.
  • Adam Green and Chris Williams both made diamond ducks. They are housemates. So their household was dismissed twice without facing a ball.
  • The Firsts had five run outs. Five.

It shouldn’t be funny but it kinda is.

Here are the match reports…

Ist XI (8/143) def by East Sandringham Boys Club (9/144) at Elwood. (scorecard here)
Umpires: Steve Bott & Matt Jamieson

East Sandy won the toss and batted, and it wasn’t long before skipper Marshall Bunting (4/22 off 8) had the visors in all sorts at 2/0. Marcus Bayer (1/23 off 7) was promoted from the Twos and was reliable as always to get his job done. East Sandy’s middle order fought back from 3/20 to 6/116 with Chris De Lutiis bowling very well without much luck (0/16 off 8). Sammy Tee got his maiden wicket for the club and finished with 1/23 off his five overs. Andrew Leslie was also thrown the ball (0/11 off 2) as was the promoted Adam Green who continued his very good bowling form in the Twos finishing with o/4 off two efficient overs. Star leg spinner Rob De Haan continued his great season with 2/42 off his eight overs as East Sandy finished on 9/144 — a very gettable target in a one dayer.

The run chase could not have started any better. Elwood lost its first wicket at 108 as the partnership between Nathan Harris (40) and Sammy Tee (63) proved fruitful. With the foundation laid, the ensuing overs were, unfortunately, calamitous as the Firsts suffered five run outs with Marshall Bunting (24 not out) the only batsman providing any resistance. Elwood needed two runs off the last ball to win, one run to tie, but unfortunately, as happens in tight games, the result didn’t go our way. The Firsts turn their attention now to Hampton Central next week in what is a must win game.

2nd XI (144) def by Bentleigh Uniting 3 (9/160) at Bailey Reserve. (scorecard here)

Skipper Anesti Cosmas lost the toss and Bentleigh Uniting decided to bat. The seconds had one of its most inexperienced bowling line-ups in recent memory, but those concerns proved meaningless as the Twos restricted Uniting on a lightening quick Bailey Reserve for 9/160. Aaron Dann opened the bowling and  bowled well (1/43 off nine) as did Oscar Persson (2/24 off nine). Matty Harris chipped in for a wicket (1/12 off 2) and Cris “Boundi” Williams bowled well without luck (0/48 off 9). The standout performance with the ball went to Luke Stanley who started in the Fourths this year, was promoted to the Threes and then — for this game — the Twos. Luke finished with 4/31 off his nine overs, his best figures for the club (and two caught and bowleds!)

The run chase started well as Luke Baillie batted beautifully making 66. Unfortunately, there was not much support for Luke besides Matt Harris who made a very good 35 and almost got the win off his own bat if it wasn’t for a very lucky catch on the boundary that had him dismissed. The Twos batting looked strong and its bowling undermanned, yet the opposite proved true as the Second XI suffered a bad loss. It’s important to regroup now ahead of a critical game against Hampton Central at home this week.

3rd XI (93) def by Aspendale Gardens 2 (9/125) at Glen Street Reserve. (scorecard here):

It was Captain Kevin Wetdewich’s 100th game — and he’s been a fantastic member of this cricket club for a very long time. Aspendale batted first and made just 138. Father and son combination Michael Roberts (3/4 off 6) and James Roberts (1/25 off 7) got the ball rolling early — particularly Mic who bowled brilliantly. The Roberts were succeeded by yet another father and son bowling partnership, as the Earls, Ray (1/26 off 9) and Tom (0/29 off 6), got stuck into the middle order.  Carey Lyon (3/36 off nine)  also got amongst the action and the skipper himself (1/4 off 1) picked up a wicket.

So the boys were fairly confident of chasing down 125 but it didn’t quite go to plan. Only three batsmen scored more than 10 as Elwood struggled to build a partnership, with only Ryan Bagust (19) Pat Reilly (19) and Kev (29) really troubling the scorers. Disappointing that the boys couldn’t get up for Kev’s 100th but I’m sure they will turn it around against Le Page this week as they look to regain their spot in the Top Four.

4th XI (4/205) def Omega 5 (139) at Elwood. (scorecard here):

It was the rematch of last year’s F Grade Grand Final and skipper Dave May wanted redemption. Armed with just three players from that game, May turned to two of them in Steve Murphy (42) and Nathan Turner to opening the batting. Murph and Boof put on 62 for the first wicket as Elwood looked to put a big score on the board.  Mitch Clarke (10) came in and made a 40 run partnership with Nathan as the runs continued to flow. Alan Parkinson (26) was next to bat with Nathan, and Parko is nothing if not unorthodox as he began his innings with a series of switch hits and reverse sweeps that had coach Steve Jones scratching his head post-game. But Parko was effective and he and Nathan put on a 66 run stand. Nathan was now close to his hundred and running out of overs. Mic Collis and Lachie Harris both sacrificed their wickets to help get Nathan to three figures, which he did, on the last ball of the innings to reach 101 not out. Great knock mate!

In reply, Elwood began to run through Omega with regularity. opening bowlers Chris Forster (1/28 off nine) and Howie Persson (1/18 off 5) both got the job done early. Sam Mirenda bowled particularly well taking 2/25 off his nine overs and the skipper chimed in for a few as well (2/20 off 4). Turner also had a day out with the ball taking 2/43 off his nine overs, that, along with his unbeaten hundred, made sure the Fours got another win and he got the man of the match to go with it!

5th XI (9/104) def by Dingley 1 (8/107) at Peanut Farm. (scorecard here):

Captain Rick Yeatman won the toss and batted first. In order to give everyone a shot, Rick restructured the batting order. Unfortunately for Rick his egalitarianism didn’t pay off as the bulk of the Fifths runs were scored by John Phillips who made a fantastic 49 when there were wickets falling all around him.

But Rick was confident of depending the low total — especially at the Peanut Farm — and his boys didn’t let him down. Darcy Yuille (1/21 off 6) and Alex Mitchell (1/26) off nine bowled well early and were well supported by Tony King (0/12 off  nine) as the Fifths piled on the pressure. JP continued his good game by having a day out with the ball taking 4/29 off nine and getting the fifths within a nose hair of victory. Alas, the last ball of the match was a no ball and Dingley claimed the win.

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2 Comments to “Round Five: Fours win (again), Turner tonnes up & Kevin Wetdewich’s 100th game!”
  1. Ryan says:

    Had to check the official scorebook to see that L.Stanley did indeed take 2 catches off his own bowling. Bowl him all day!

  2. Luke says:

    second that