Round 4 week 1: Firsts v premiers, tonnes & fightbacks

November 7, 2012 No Comments

Many will be glad that the weekly match report is back, hitting the inboxes of Elwood’s many players, supporters  and sponsors.  Others — like the First XI player who was overheard to be concerned about weight gain following an injury on Saturday — will not.

But that’s how we roll.

So it’s with great pride we restart these weekly missives as Elwood’s top four grades sit atop of their respective ladders — a feat that Elwood’s legendary stalwarts the Feehan brothers can’t remember ever happening before in our 40 year history.

So without further adieu here’s the wrap of week one of Round 4 as we try valiantly to follow up last round’s clean sweep across all grades…

Longmuir Shield (3-10 Nov 2012) East Sandringham Boys Club 1 (2/33) v Elwood 1 (91) at Chisholm Reserve.

Undefeated Elwood is taking on the competition’s reigning premiers and CMCA juggernaut East Sandringham Boys Club at the fortress that is their home ground, Chisholm Reserve. East Sandy was without three of their star players for the first week and the toss proved crucial as our skipper Bobby Chawla incorrectly called heads and was put into bat. The umpires allowed East Sandy to field — somewhat controversially — three substitutes to replace the three absent stars in Martyn, Deveraux and Korp.

So the toss proved crucial. Asked why he chose heads, Bobby was heard to say in the club rooms post-play; “tails never fails except in Wales.” Wise words from our international coach.

Anyhow, East Sandy got off to a a great start as Elwood’s batsmen struggled with the discipline of the East Sandy attack and the speed of its opening bowler Saleem. Nathan Harris (20), Luke Baillie (17) and Rob De Haan (21) were the few Elwood boys who made a start. Elwood was all out for 91.

With quite a few overs to bowl it was Elwood’s twin spin attack of De Haan and Chawla that made the breakthroughs taking a wicket apiece as East Sandy finished the day on 2/33.

The job on Saturday is a big one for the boys, but it’s their biggest test yet this season and one they will surely welcome.

Quiney Shield (3-10 Nov 2012) Elwood 2 (7/239) (A Cosmas 74*, S Kingi 69) v Moorabbin West 2 at Elwood Park Oval No.1.

The Seconds are sitting atop of the Quiney Shield ladder. And, like the Shield’s namesake — honoured after the father of Australia’s newest Test Batsman, Rob Quiney, the Twos are made of grittier stuff than in previous years, as they proved on Saturday.

New Elwood player Steve Kingi continued his brilliant early season form and meteoric rise through the grades by smashing the Moorabbin West bowling around Elwood, finally making an impressive 69. He was ably assisted by the consistent Julian Greening, whose 18 was a vital part in the 63 run partnership with Kingi. But then it all went pear shaped as Elwood lost 5/1 and were teetering at 7/130. Enter the wise oldish head of skipper Anesti Cosmas and the roofless potential of 14-year-old Mitch Clarke.

Cosi and Mitch put on a 109 run partnership, with Cosi finishing on 74 not out and Mitch on 18 not out. The highlight — besides the brave fight back that has put Elwood in a very strong position — was Mitch’s lofted boundary over mid-off off the last ball of the day. Brilliant stuff.

E Grade (3-10 Nov 2012) Elwood 3 8/186 (K Wetdewich 77, L Josey 38*) v Melbourne Hellenic 1 at Elwood Park Oval No.2 .

The CMCA gifted the Thirds a Longmuir umpire for this clash as previous matches against Melbourne Hellenic have been, well, colourful to say the least.

Skipper Kevin Wetdewich lost the toss and was sent in to bat. At 4/27 the signs weren’t looking good but, like the Twos, the Thirds showed some real steel to fight back from this perilous position. Gene Kingi was rugged in soaking up the pressure. His 14 runs were paramount in stopping the wickets falling. But it was the captain Wetdewich and Scott Leach who led the fightback. Leach’s 21 runs were exceptional for, unlike Leachy, it did not consist of a single boundary. His 70 odd run partnership with Kev wrestled the momentum back to Elwood.

Returning keeper Leigh Josey then put on a cameo with Kev as they enjoyed another 70 odd run partnership, getting Elwood to a total they can defend next week. Josey finished on 38 not out, the skipper (in one of his finest innings) was run out on the last ball of the day for 77.

F Grade (3-10 Nov 2012) Melbourne Hellenic 2 v Elwood 4 (9/345) (Z Leiser-Moore 109, P Tsiampas 107, D Brewster 58) at Elsternwick Park Oval No.4.

The Fours move to the beat of their own drum. Sitting on top of the ladder, Fourths skipper and former president Dave May was seen casually strolling the fields of Elwood as his chargers played across the road at Elsternwick. When questioned about his absence from attending to his high-flying team, May responded; “they pretty much look after themselves.” And it appears they do.

Hellenic’s Twos won the toss and put Elwood in to bat, a move they will now surely be regretting as the Fourths piled on 345 runs,which included two centurions. Young gun Zac Leiser-Moore registered his first hundred for the club — an impressive 109 — as he continued his wonderful start to the season. On the other side of the experience ledger, Elwood legend and man of few words Peter “Bush” Tsiampas registered his 11th hundred fo rthe club as he made a classic Bush tonne, finishing on 107.

Dale Brewster also enjoyed his return to the club, smashing a quick-fire 58.

H Grade (10 Nov 2012) Elwood 5 v Highett 1 at Peanut Farm Reserve.

The Fifths did not play on Saturday but instead play a one-dayer this week at the Peanut Farm. Buoyed by the victory last week, skipper Rick Yeatman was seen at Elwood on Saturday with a beaming smile on his face. Let’s hope the winning continues!


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