Round 7: 3rds & 4ths win again as the youngsters star for the 1sts

January 11, 2012 No Comments

Hello all,

The first game of 2012 has come and gone.

The Thirds and Fourths both won crucial games that have increased their respective chances to play finals greatly.

Unfortunately our other sides didn’t bring home the bacon, but there were encouraging signs, particularly in the Firsts, where young guns James Small, Oscar Persson and Kristian Dompietro all had great games.

1st XI (8118) def by Mackie (9/159) @ Elwood:

Skipper Marshall Bunting won the toss and decided to send Mackie in against his new look team, bolstered by the energetic youth of Oscar Persson and James Small.Mackie got off to a solid start and were finally broken when Adam Green (1/36) took his maiden Longmuir wicket. Marshall (1/21) and Chris De Lutiis (1/22) then got among the wickets as Elwood began to make inroads into Mackie’s batting line-up. At one stage the coach, Steve Jones, was thrown the ball and he himself claimed his unlikely Longmuir maiden wicket too, finishing with the impressive figures of 1/3 off two mesmerizing overs. But the bulk of Elwood’s wickets were once again taken by leg spinner extraordinaire Rob De Haan whose 4/42 took his season tally to 25. Although Robbie bowled beautifully, he had the misfortune to be the first Elwood bowler to be hit for six on top of our new clubrooms — a feat many thought was impossible!

Unfortunately things got off to a bad start with only Marshall (27) and Kristian Dompietro (13) troubling the scorers as Elwood found itself in trouble on a very green, slow Wattie Watson Oval with the score on 7/67. A big crowd had gathered at Elwood and Oscar Persson (32) and James Small (21) combined for a 51 run partnership that brought some respectability to the score and entertained the Elwood faithful. Despite the loss, with the injection of some youth, the future is going to very bright at Elwood!

2nd XI (103) def by (4/105) @ Mackie Road Reserve:

Captain Anesti Cosmas won the toss and decided to bat first. Things didn’t go quite to plan as Elwood quickly found itself 2/2. Brendan Pearce (14) Jay Donovan (11) and Sammy Dagher (28) provided the only resistance as the top order failed to get runs on the board. An explosive innings by Marcus Bayer (22) at the end saw Elwood’s score push past 100 and for something for them to bowl at.

Second XI debutant Mike Hill (1/15) got a wicket early on his debut in Quiney and the boys could smell an upset win brewing. Luke Stanl;ey (1/25) and Aaron Dann (1/9) — in his last game for the club before heading home to the UK — chipped in for some wickets. Chris Williams (1/30 off 9) bowled well too. Unfortunately the Mackie batting settled and past the total with only four wickets down.

3rd XI (8/143) def Melbourne Hellenic 1 (9/118) @ The Peanut Farm:

Skipper Kevin Wetdewich won the toss and decided to bat, a move he must have questioned when Elwood were 2/5. However, Peter Tsiampas (19) and Steve Murphy (63) combined in a 54 run partnership that proved to be the difference in the game. Murphy was particularly brutal in his stroke play, hitting a few sixes and a few cars. Kev made a crucial 22 and was dropped 4 times, and runs to James Roberts (11) and Greg Thwaites (9 no) helped achieve a defendable target.

The Peanut pitch had spin and bounce — a lot of it — and it was the tweakers who made the inroads into the Melbourne Hellenic batting lineup. In a spell that defies his age, Mitch Clarke’s nine overs of left arm orthodox was something to witness as he spun magic on his way to taking 3/18. He was well supported by Kevin who took 3/23 off nine overs which included the key wicket of Hellenic;s captain which was taking at slip by no other than Mitch! Greg Thwaites (2/19) claimed the last two wickets as Elwood got a rewarding and tough win.

4th XI (5/180) def East Sandringham Boys Club 4 (172) @ Elwood:

Dave May lost the toss and ESBC decided to bat. They lost wickets steadily without either collapsing nor forming any decent partnership. The medium fast trio of Nathan Turner (3/35), Scott Leach (3/36) and Sam Mirenda (2/39) all troubled the ESBC line up at times as they all bowled well and got key wickets. The skipper himself chimed in for a couple (2/33) as Elwood restricted ESBC to 172.

Openers Parko & Parko, aka Alan Parkinson (14) and Stuart Parkyn (21), laid a solid foundation for Elwood’s succeeding batsmen to profit from. John Phillips, always fired up for a game against East Sandy, batted beautifully, making 95 not out, which secured the win for the Fourths and most importantly probably a finals berth for the third season in a row.

5th XI (126) def by Melbourne Wanderers 3 (8/129) @ Fawkner Park Oval No.3:

Skipper Rick Yeatman won the toss and unfortunately lost early wickets as Elwood tried to create a big score of which they could defend. However, Darcy Yuille (24) and John Schibli (27) combined to steady the ship and late ruins by Dale Brewster (22) meant Elwood had something to defend.

Dale (2/25) got wickets early as Elwood heaped on the pressure, with Tony King (1/25) and the captain himself (1/14) claiming scalps as well. Youngsters Tom Balme (1/18), Lewis Yeatman (1/9) and Angus Matthews (1/0) all got among the wickets too, but in the end they didn’t have enough runs and a few more may have seen them get the win.

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