Round 9: 1sts, 2nds & 3rds all winners on Boundi’s birthday!

February 7, 2012 No Comments

Hello all,

In Round Nine, Elwood found some of its misplaced mojo with convincing wins by the top three grades. The Fourths, nigh unbeatable in the preceding rounds, suffered a rare loss, whilst the Fifths — as usual — put up a good fight but couldn’t come home with the chocolates.

1st XI (233) def West Bentleigh (170) @ Victory Park Oval

Skipper Marshall Bunting won the toss and decided to have a bat. Marshall himself got a start (25), as did Sammy Tee (26), but both batsmen were unable to capitalise. The coach, Steve Jones, finally  got amongst the runs, helping himself to 64 fine runs. It was Jonah’s innings, and the 91 run partnership he put on with Oscar Persson, that was the back-bone of the innings. Oscar’s 51 not out was particularly enjoyable as one of our brightest talents made his maiden Longmuir 50 when his club needed it the most. An enterprising 29 by Rob De Haan — Oscar was also involved in this 53 run partnership — made sure Elwood got a very good score and something which they could defend.

In reply, Marshall (2/21) and Rob (4/78) did the bulk of the damage with the ball — as West Bentleigh struggled to create a decent, game-defining partnership. Chris De Lutiis kept up his reliant form with 1/30 while Elwood Vice-President Jack Bunting — fresh from his African sojourn — cleaned up the tail, taking 3/30. It was a good win, one the boys needed, as they now turn their attention to the big game against Carnegie South at home next round.

2nd XI (156) def Cheltenham Park 1 (68) @ Elwood

Captain Anesti Cosmas won the toss and had a bat. At 5/61 he was probably ruing that decision — but Luke Baillie — in his 50th game for Elwood — stood up and was counted when it mattered the most. In a total of 156, Luke made a very impressive 74 as he and Aaron Norling (35) got Elwood to a score in which they could defend. Boundi chipped in with 16 runs.

Cosi was fired up but I don’t think even he expected the boys to come out and roll Cheltenham Park for just 68 the next Saturday. Dylan Foote (2/12 off 14), Marcus Bayer 1/29 off 14) and Adam Green (1/11 off 11) provided the standard but it was wily off spinner Chris “Boundi” Williams who, on his birthday, took career best figures of 5/11 — and his first five wicket haul for Elwood. Somewhat controversially, Cosi awarded Boundi the man-of-the-match. Boundi was seen throughout the bars of Elwood, in the wee small hours of the morning, drinking from his man of the match mug.

3rd XI (241) def Southside East Caulfield 2 (198) @ Elwood

Skiper Kevin Wetdewich won the toss and batted. Opener Steve Murphy decided he’d do one better and play a Twenty20 innings, smashing Southside East Caulfield’s bowlers to every part — and often over — the ground to make an unbelievable 87 before lunch. Peter Tsiampas (15) and Pat Reilly (23) got starts but it was Calvin Lyon (62) who provided the class after Murph’s hurricane with a composed  innings of 62. Lower order runs to Kevin (14), Tom Earls (10 no) and James Roberts (12) made sure the score got up to 241.

Greg Thwaites and James Roberts opened the bowling but the wickets began to fall when Calvin Lyon started to cut through Southside’s batsmen, finishing with 4/33 off 16 overs. Southside put up a fight, but 241 proved too many runs as Ray Earls (2/22) and Tom Earls (3/61) teamed up in a sort of Earls Voltron to help Calvin bowl Elwood to victory.

4th XI (186) def by Cheltenham Park 2 (208) @ Cheltenham Park Oval No.1

Captain Dave May lost the toss and was sent in to field by Chelt Park who got off to a good start. Dave May was the pick of the bowlers with 3/23 — but despite Chelt Park’s resistance, all Elwood bowlers picked up wickets as Nathan Turner (1/52), Scott Leach (2/64), Sam Mirenda (1/19) and Mick Roberts (2/42) all contributed.

The run chase was always going to be hard but Elwood quickly found themselves at 4/22 and in a lot of trouble. Scott Leach (70) and Zac Leiser-Moore (39) joined up to make a 69 run partnership and then Lachy Harris (20) and Scott made a 60 run partnership, but the tail was unable to get Elwood home as they fell 22 runs short.

5th XI (147) def by Aspendale Gardens 3 (4/299)@ Memorial Oval (Edithvale Common) Scorecard here

Rick Yeatman won the toss and sent Aspendale in, who then went on to make an impressive 4/299. Tony King was the pick of the bowlers with 2/40 while Darcy Yuille (1/56) and Rick himself (1/44) also chipped in.

That run chase was always going to be tough and of the top six batsmen only Alan Parkinson (17). David Robertson (23) and Howie Persson (20) made double figures. Darcy (16), Rick (14) and Rob O’Keefe (10) added some lower order runs but chasing 300 proved to be too much in the end.

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