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CMCA Twenty20: Elwood defeat West Bentleigh

November 15, 2012 No Comments

By Bobby Chawla

Twenty20 captain Sammy Tee rocked up fashionably late which allowed vice captain Nathan “Tanvir” Harris to toss the coin and win the toss!

We elected to bat first and got off to a horrible start having Tee run out for a golden duck. This brought Steve “Jonah” Jones to the crease and he and Nathan ran well between the wickets and both hit boundaries — making batting look easy.

But unfortunately Nathan was unlucky to play-on after playing some smashing cover drives. Jonah also was dismissed after scoring a quick 16 and soon after Steve Kingiwas  also was out, caught, without doing too much damage to the opposition — which we were all hoping would happen.

This brought Kristian “Dompiether” Dompietro and Steve “Frank the Tank” Murphy together and they combined beautifully. They ran hard and played sensible strokes. When they went hard at the ball they placed it to perfection. Kristian was good at picking the gaps in the field and hit the ball very cleanly.

The Dompietro/Murphy partnership put on 40 runs just when the team needed them to dig in and they delivered!

Murph fell caught and bowled after hitting the ball into the sky (maybe his home planet) and then … enter “Billy” Gene Kingi. From the word go, Gene was looking good, rotating the strike and hitting the ball cleanly! He played a very entertaining knock of 41 off about 21 balls! He was well supported by Kristian who also started to open up and play some lovely lofted cover drives. Kristian ended up scoring a very good 47 not out, just what he and Elwood needed.

In the field we started off with De Haan and Tee opening the bowling. They struggled to find the line and length, and bowling into the wind was tough. West Bentleigh got off to a flying start, to say the least, as they suddenly were 1/78 of 10 overs.

Jackson Bunting and Calvin Lyon bowled very tight and to their field. Once Sammy Tee was allowed to spread the field it put the brakes on the West Bentleigh players and wickets fell regularly.

Tee brought himself back on with the wind and ending up taking three wickets for 24. Jackson supported his skipper well with some great catching in the cover area.

West Bentleigh were all out for 111. A good performance by the Beach Boys in the first T20 game. Thank you to the scorers (J. Donovan, Lethal, Turner and Bhoondi) and thanks for the support shown by the club.

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