Round Six: 3 wins & a tie — and a Matt Harris 100

December 31, 2011 No Comments

Hello all,

A mixed bag to finish the year. The highlight being an unbeaten 100 by Matt Harris as the Second XI secured a much needed win that keeps them in the hunt for finals. Well done Matty!

The Thirds and Fourths also secured wins that see them both entrenched in the top four. Unfortunately the First XI had a disappointing result by losing to Hampton Central while the 5th XI continued their string of roller-coaster results by playing in a tie!

Match results below.

Ist XI (111) def by Hampton Central 1 (1/132) at Simpson Reserve. (Scorecard here)
Umpires: Geoff Patterson & Matt Jamieson

In what was a must win game for the Firsts, skipper Marshall Bunting won the toss and decided to bat first. That was about all that went right for the Ones as they proceeded to be skittled for just 111, with Sammy Tee (41) again proving to be the mainstay of the Elwood batting line-up. Rob De Haan was the next best with 12, but the rest of the batting performances were unfortunately not much to write home about. Hampton Central reached the score with just 1 wicket down.

2nd XI (5/277) def Hampton Central 2 (124) at Elwood. (Scorecard here)
Umpire: Glenn Brownlie

The Twos needed to win this game and the boys didn’t let skipper Anesti Cosmas down. Winning the toss and batting first, openers Luke Baillie (30) and Aaron Norling (14) got the job done early. Cosi and Jay Donovan came to the crease and went, which brought Matty Harris (100 not out) and Brenden Pearce (35) together as they put on a match winning 114 run partnership. Matty’s innings was superb, as he ran brilliantly between wickets as he and Brenden went about dismantling the Hampton Central attack. The promoted Nathan Turner (17 not out) provided some valuable quick fire runs at the end to help Elwood to a big score and Matty his hundred.

In reply, the bowling was superb with all 6 bowlers used getting a wicket. Oscar Persson (1/28 off 18) and Nathan Turner (2/19) opened the bowling and got wickets early. Luke Stanly continued his great form by taking 2/22 off 14 overs. Jay Donovan and Matt Harris both got wickets and the Benjamin Button of the Second XI, Chris Williams, picked up 3/34 including a sharp stumping by young gun keeper James Small.

3rd XI (9/202) def Le Page Park 3 (9/107) at Elwood. (Scorecard here)

Captain Kevin Wetdewich won the toss and batted and the Thirds  found themselves at a brilliant position of 1/129 after tea as Steve Murphy (54) and Ray Earls (54) slayed the Le Page attack around the park. Both batsmen departed and Pat Reilly (24) and Kevin (17) steadied the ship somewhat until a collapse occurred that had Elwood at 9/177, including a diamond duck to Leigh Josey. Yong gun Mitch Clarke (10 not out) and Greg Thwaites (21 not out) provided valuable last wicket defence and got the boys over the 200 run mark.

In reply, Le Page probably gave up the game after Greg Thwaites’ menacing first ball. His second ball sent the off stump cart wheeling. It was an impressive display of fast bowling, which at one stage had Kevin stacking the slips and gullys. Greg went on to take 3/13 off 11 terrifying overs. He was well supported by the Earls combination as Ray (3/14) and Tom (2/23) put the sword to the middle order. Scott Leach (0/30 off 9) bowled well without luck and Mitch Clarke claimed his first E Grade (1/8 off five) wicket!

4th XI (3/162) def Moorabbin West 3 (8/88) at Destructor Site. (Scorecard here)

Skipper Dave May lost the toss but his men them went on to roll Moorabbin West for just 88. Future champion Howie Persson took 2/14 opening the bowling and was by Sam Mirenda who took 3/12 off 10 fantastic overs of fast bowling. Sam set the scene and Dave May (1/9) and Lachie Harris (1/20)  — his first senior wicket — completed the rout.

In reply, John Phillips (41) and Peter Tsiampas (62) batted beautifully to get the majority of the job done. Zac Leiser-Moore also got amongst the runs with 27. The Fours remian undefeated for the season and sit atop the F Grade ladder.

5th XI (9/186) tied with East Bentleigh Central 2 (8/186) at King George VI Reserve, Oval No.2. (Scorecard here)
Umpire: Graham Sanderson

There’s never a dull moment with the Fifths and it proved again true as skipper Rick Yeatman lost the toss and bowled at East Bentligh Central. Openers Mike Hill (3/46) and Chris Forster (1/45) got the job done early and were well supported by both Luther Lyon (2/45) and Tony King (2/36) as the Fifths restricted EBC to 8/186.

The run chase was never going to be easy but openers Stu Parkyn (25)  and Darcy Yuille (19)  set the platform with a 51 run stand. Elwood legend John Schibli made 41 batting first drop that further helped Elwood’s chances. Luther Lyon made 29 which got Elwood even closer but then the Woods lost a few quick wickets and were reeling at 9/170. Enter Mike Hill. Mike went onto hit 31 not out and almost got Elwood a memorable win but the boys, in the end, had to be happy with sharing the spoils.

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