Round 5 highlights: Top three grades win, a hundred to JP!

November 28, 2012 No Comments

Round 5 proved a rewarding one for Elwood as its top three grades secured important victories. The Twos continue to be unbeaten whilst our top four grades remain entrenched in their respective top four spots on their ladders.

1st XI: Elwood (6/122) def Kingston Heath (120) (R De Haan 6/34) at Elwood

This was the sort of game the Ones could not afford to drop and — after losing to reigning premiers East Sandringham Boys Club last week — it was important they came out and made a statement.

The Golfers won the toss and batted with Adam Howard (1/16) getting an early scalp when the visitors were on 13. But then the Golfers fought back and that’s when Rob De Haan — one half of the Beach Boy’s leg spinning dynamic duo — decided to impose himself on the game, taking career best figures of 6/34. Despite battling an array of niggling injuries Robbie bowled beautifully, condemning Kingston Heath to just 120. Dylan Foote — promoted from the Twos after starting the season in magnificent form — rewarded the selectors’ faith with 2/23.

Overnight Elwood were 1/40 with Sammy Tee in the sheds and Luke “Bull” Baillie promoted up the order as the designated night watchman.

The next week Elwood got the job done — albeit with the loss of a few wickets along the way. Steve “Jonah” Jones’ 27 the cornerstone of the run chase.

With the six points in the bag the Firsts now turn their attention to this week’s big match against CMCA heavyweight Bentleigh Uniting at home.


2nd XI: Kingston Heath (86) (M Clarke 4/12, J Murphy 3/23) def by Elwood (7/188) (A Cosmas 67*, S Murphy 41) at Southern Road Reserve

Skipper Anesti Cosmas won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first. In order to cause some damage at the top of the order he promoted keeper Steve Murphy to the opener’s role and Murf obliged making an excellent 41. But while many of the Twos batsmen made starts it was left to Cosi to produce another fine captain’s knock of an unbeaten 67 for Elwood to post a competitive total. Chris De Lutiis chipped in with a handy 19 runs at the end to guide Elwood to 188.

With Dylan Foote in the Ones and Marcus Bayer unavailable it was a new look Second XI opening bowling partnership and one that proved very impressive. Ballarat boy Josh Murphy (3/23) and Chris De Lutiis (2/23) took the game away from the Golfers early as their top order was left in tatters at the hands of this fearsome duo.

Cosi then threw the ball to Mitch Clarke who continued his stunning season as the young fella duly took a lazy 4/12.

In the end the Twos had routed Kingston Heath for 86 and continued their unbeaten start to the season. Well done, boys!


3rd XI: Southside East Caulfield (86) (J Hanley 3/23) def by Elwood 256 (L Josey 56, P Tsiampas 55, A Parkinson 46, S Kingi 30) at East Caulfield Reserve

Skipper Kevin Wetdewich was an eleventh hour withdrawal after injuring his knee at training on Thursday and entrusted keeper Leigh Josey to take over in his stead. Southside won the toss and, inexplicably, sent Elwood in to bat. The Thirds started in fine form with a 53 run stand between Alan Parkinson (46) and Steve Kingi (30) — both of whom batted very well. Despite the good start the Threes then fell in a bit of a whole and found themselves at 5/127. A 118 run partnership by Leigh Josey (56) and Peter “Bush” Tsiampas (55) steadied the good ship Elwood and they finished with a competitive 256.

Opening the bowling the next week was former Elwood junior Jack Hanley who played his first senior game for the Beach Boys. Jacky bowled beautifully, setting up Elwood for a win by taking 3/23. He was well assisted by Luke Stanley (2/27) as Elwood at Southside reeling at 5/38 which included a run out to Under 14s tyro Joel Crocker! Elwood rolled Southside for 86 as Ray Earls (2/5) and Greg Thwaites (2/12) cleaned up the tail.


4th XI: Elwood 128 (I Grundy 40) def by Omega (6/134) at Elwood

The unbeaten Fourths were taking on the team which kicked them out of last year’s finals and they were determined to get some redemption. Unfortunately for skipper Dave May it didn’t quite turn out as would have hoped as he won the toss and batted and then saw his team at trouble with nine wickets down for not many runs. If it wasn’t a defiant rear guard retaliation by May (28 not out) and Elwood legend Ian “Reg” Grundy (40) then the score would have been even worse reading for the undefeated Fours.

By the close of play they had managed to take a few wickets but the uphill battle proved to mountainous as Omega passed the score with six wickets down the following Saturday.  Nathan Turner, Gene Kingi, Howie Persson and Dave May were among the wocket takers.


5th XI: Hampton Central (7/297) (D Wilsonson 4/66) def Elwood (7/294) (J Phillips 100*, J Yeatman 84, W Lee 50) at Wilson Recreation Reserve

Stand-in skipper Tony King won the toss and batted, a result he would have been happy with after Elwood posted 294 which included a fine century by the evergreen John Phillips. JP’s tonne was but one of a few wonderful knocks by Elwood’s batsmen which included a magnificent 84 by young keeper Julian “Ging” Yeatman. Well done Ging! A superb knock. New Elwood player Will Lee also made an impressive 50 in his debut.

With almost 300 on the board the Fifths may have rightly believed the points were in the bag but Hampton Central had other ideas.

The Hampton Central batsmen were regularly able top post partnerships on the small ground and despite the best efforts of the Fifths they went down in a thriller. Second year player Dane Wilsonson posted career best figures of 4/66 which was one of the few highlights in the run chase.

The Fifths will bounce back next round.



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