Round 8: 4ths the only winners in a tough round

January 27, 2012 No Comments

Round 8 proved to be a tough round for the cricket club. The Fourth XI solely waved the banner for the club as they were the only side to come away with a win. But as always, despite the dearth of victories, there were some memorable individual performances to be had!

1st XI (9/245) def by Brighton Union (8/278) @ Peterson Street Reserve Oval (scorecard here)
Umpires: Bernard Healey & Harry Sherrard

Skipper Marshall Bunting won the toss and sent arch rivals Brighton Union into bat on the lightning fast Peterson Oval. Marshall (1/70 off 15) continued his knack of getting early wickets. Dylan Foote, fresh from his Thailand sabbatical, bowled well, taking 0/22 off his nine overs. Matty Harris continued his excellent form, this time with the ball, taking 2/20 off seven and his fellow leg spinner, Rob De Haan, continued his outstanding season taking 2/87 off a marathon 26 overs. CHris De Lutiis was the pick of the bowlers with his 3 for 54 off 11 overs. Despite wickets being taken by most bowlers, Union — thanks to solid contributions by their better bats — ended up on 8/278.

Marshall opened the batting with Kristian Dompietro (9) and got amongst the runs, making 52. He was joined at the crease when Elwood were on 22 by Sammy Tee, who also made a fine 52 in a partnership with Marshall that was worth 97 runs. Nathan Harris dropped down the order and made 21, but it was brother mMatt who proved the thorn in the side for Union’s bowlers with an entertaining 43 not out. Rob De Haan (14) and Chris De Lutiis (14) both made contributions as Elwood tried valiantly to chase down the large total, but just fell short.

2nd XI (8/165) def by Omega 2 (8/190) @ Elwood (scorecard here)
Umpire: Glen Brownlie

It couldn’t have started better for captain Anesti Cosmas and his Second XI as they lost the toss and took to the field against Omega — who they quickly had at 4/24. Early wickets to Marcus Bayer (3/38), Mike “Speed Gun” Hill (2/24) and Luke Stanley (2/29) had the Twos up and about. Unfortunately they couldn’t capitalise on the early breakthroughs and Omega went on to make 8/190 off their 65 overs. According to Jay Donovan, Jay Donovan took a brilliant catch.

For the run chase, Elwood wasn’t able to either capitalise on a good start by any batsmen nor get a big partnership up and running. Adam Green, opening the batting, batted well, making 31. Cosi also batted well, making 27. Sammy Dagher was the pick of the batsmen with a composed 39 not out, but ran out of partners to get the big total reeled in.

3rd XI (137) def by Highett West 2 (8/149) @ Elwood (scorecard here)
Umpire: Neil Summers

Captain Kevin Wetdewich lost the toss and Highett West sent Elwood in. Buoyed with a strengthened bowling attack, Highett West made serious in-roads into Elwood’s batting line-up that had them reeling at 5/71. Perter Tsiampas stood up and was counted, like he has on many occasions for Elwood over the years, and made an innings saving 60. Young gun Mitch Clarke batted well for his 11 not out. The rest of the scorecard was largely unmemorable.

Defending 137 was always going to be tough but the opening bowlers set the scene well. James Roberts (0/8 off nine miserly overs) and Greg Thwaites (4/35 off 16) bowled beautifully for James it was the best he has bowled at senior level. The spin twins of Mitch Clarke (2/13 of 6) and Tom Earls 2/52 off 14) — who could have had a bag of wickets — bowled very well. The achille’s heal was the fielding with about 10 catches going down, which is devastating when defending a low total. The Third XI are still in finals contention and will bounce back!

4th XI (6/156) def Kingston Heath 4 (106) @ Kingston Heath Reserve (scorecard here)

The Invincibles, aka Dave May’s Fourth XI, lost the toss but then went about bowling Kingston Heath out for 106. The wickets were shared around with Nathan Turner (3/12 off 13) and Sam Mirenda (2/11 off nine) doing the damage at the top, with the stingy Scott Leach (12 overs, 8 maidens, 0/7) providing the foil for the aggressors. Teh President, Dave May, took 2/27 off 12 and Lachy Harris took 1/38.

The run chase proves to be a feast of sorts for the Fourth XI batsmen. Renowned night watchman Leon Harris (26) and Nathan Turner (19) got the job done at the top. Lachie Harris (12), John Phillips (19), Zac Leiser-Moore (33) and Mic Collis (18 not out) also got amongst the runs. The Fourths continue their winning ways and are set for a finals appearance again.

5th XI (71) playing East Sandringham Boys Club 5 (8/94) @ Peanut Farm (scorecard here)

East sandy won the toss and sent Elwood in with proved to be an inspired move. Elwood quickly found them,selves at 4/16 before being bowled out for 71. The only batsmen to make double figures were Darcy Yuille (11), Stuart Parkyn (16) and Dave Tacon (11 not out).

But Elwood were always going to make it hard for East Sandy to get the runs and, in the end, a few more runs to Elwood’s total may have made all the difference. Tony King, brilliant as always, set the tempo with an almost match winning spell of 5/10 off 15 overs. He had the East Sandy batsmen in all sorts and was well supported by Darcy Yuille (2/13) and bowling triple threat Alan Parkinson (1/9). In the end, they tried their guts out but had too few runs to defend.

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