Round 10: Fifths the only winner in penultimate round as De Haan equals Hughes’ record

February 20, 2012 No Comments

We had high hopes for Round 10, but unfortunately things didn’t work out quite as planned.

The good news for the club was the fantastic win by the Fifth XI under the superb tutelage of Rick Yeatman. The Fifths, with smiles on their faces and being bought drinks by a proud captain, were a welcome sight at the club rooms on Saturday.

In other excellent news, our beloved First XI leg spinner Rob De Haan’s 6/48 haul brought his season Longmuir wicket tally to 37 — equaling Elwood legend Humphrey Hughes’ haul in 1986/87, and now sits equal second of all time for Elwood in Longmuir wickets in a season, behind Craig Hitchcock’s 40, also in 1986/87.

Well done Rob! Something we should all be very proud of!

1st XI (93) def by Carnegie South (132) @ Elwood (scorecard here)
Umpires: Bernie Healy & Allan Logan

It was always going to be a tough game against this season’s bolter in the Longmuir Shield, Carnegie South. Credit though to the Spiders, who have been a very tough team to beat this year. Marshall won the toss and batted and our boys bowled and fielded very well, dismissing Carnegie South for just 132. Marsh kept up his knack of getting early wickets , finishing with 1/14 off seven overs. Jack Bunting also got amongst the early wickets taking 2/20 off 13 overs. Sammy Tee chipped in with 1/11 off his three overs. The star with the ball, as he has been all season, was Rob De Haan, who took 6/48 off 24.4 mesmerizing overs, taking his tally to 37 wickets to sit second in the list of most wickets taken in a Longmuir season for Elwood. Matt Harris took three catches, including a few blinders, and the job to get the win was ahead of the boys.

The run chase didn’t start well when Sammy Dagher lost his wicket in the few overs Elwood had to face in the first Saturday. In the next week, Elwood found themselves 5/40 and then 8/69. Only two of Elwood’s batsman troubled the scorers — Steve “Jonah” Jones who made 25 and Luke “Bull” Baillie, promoted from the Twos, who made a team high 31 — as the team was bowled out for 93. A big match beckons in Round 11 against Chelsea Heights.

2nd XI (132) def by Carnegie South 2 (8/136) @ Lord Reserve Oval No.2 (scorecard here)

Skipper Anesti Cosmas won the toss and batted. Elwood lost a couple of early wickets before Cosi (339) helped steady the ship. Wickets continued to fall — too often — and only Jay Donovan (20) and Mike Hill (14)  took to the Spiders’ bowling.

Defending 132, on a fast ground, was always going to be hard but Cosi backed his bowlers and almost got the job done. Leg spinner Tom Earls — in his first game for the Twos — bowled beautifully, and opened the bowling! Yimpy took 4/57 and almost bowled the Twos to a wonderful victory. But he wasn’t alone. Andrew Leslie (0/16 off 7) bowled fast — and imposing — but was  unlucky not to get a wicket. Adam Green, fresh from a quiet night at home, took 4/20 off 10 overs of sober, calculating swing bowling. Mike Hill got the ball to swing around in his 4 overs for 0/12. Unfortunately, the Twos didn’t make enough runs. They are looking for redemption in Round 11.

3rd XI (128) lost to Omega 4 (19/130) @ Keeley Park West (scorecard here)

Captain Kevin Wetdewich won the toss and got his boys to bat, and it didn’t go quite to plan as Elwood quickly found themselves at 5/27.  They eventually got to 128 thanks to a composed innings by Carey Lyon , who made 37, and the tail putting up a fight.

It was always going to be hard defending 128. Kevin turned to his two best performed bowlers of the year and they almost bowled a their way to victory. Greg Thwaites (1/37 off 21) and Ray Earls (5/38 off 29) gave Kev’s team every chance of winning. The skipper himself (2/17) picked up a few wickets, and Steve Murphy (2 catches and 1 stumping) did a great job behind the stumps. The Threes need to win next week and results go their way to play finals.

4th XI (152) playing Hampton United 2 (6/180) @ Elwood (scorecard here)
Umpire: Brian De-Vos

Captain Dave May won the toss and batted, but Elwood found themselves at 5/79. Nathan Turner (25) and John Phillips (39) were the only batsmen to get a decent start as Elwood was bowled out for 152.

Despite taking early wickets, the Fours didn’t’t hold onto their chances and one Hampton Untied batsman went on to make a 100 — and all but ending Elwood’s chances of the win. The Fours have a bye this week but should still make finals.

5th XI (8/131) def Highett 1 (122) @ Peanut Farm (scorecard here)

The happiest man at the club rooms on Saturday night was Fifths captain Rick Yeatman. He was so proud of his boys and it was awesome to see. Highett won the toss and sent Elwood in. Elwood made 8/131 but — importantly — batted the 55 overs out. Rick (24), Chris Forster (24), John Schibli (20), Darcy Yuille (12), Tony King (11) and an impressive 11 not out by Julian Yeatman made sure that Elwood posted a defendable score.

The defence was always going to be touch and go, that is if you don’t have in your team Elwood’s own Gandalf, Tony King, who produced a spell of sheer magic and sorcery, taking 4/11 off 14.2 overs. TK was backed up by Chris FOrster (3/32) , Darcy Yuille (1/21) and young gun Hamish Mitchell (1/12).

A fantastic win by the Fifths, which included some fine fielding by the boys — with some great catching by Alan Parkinson, Dan Wilsonson and Julian Yeatman.

News, Newsletter, Seniors

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.