Finals week 1: Grand finals for two teams!

March 4, 2013 No Comments

Week one of finals saw a mixed bag for Elwood as the Seconds and Thirds won crucial contests to go through to grand finals in two week’s time as the Thirds have to win next week to make the grand final in F grade and the Ones unfortunately lost their match, ending their campaign.

The Fourths will be playing Omega at Elwood next weekend.

Ist XI 101 lost to Carnegie South 158 @ Packer Park
Umpires: Steve Bott & Harry Sherrard

It was a sudden death semifinal and the Spiders won the toss and chose to bat. Elwood got off to a great start, having Carnegie South 2/20, thanks largely to the First’s destroyer-in-chief Dylan Foote who took the first two wickets of the match.

Carnegie South then went about reconstructing their innings until Rob De Haan broke through via a Steve Murphy stumping when the score was on 70. This led to a a collapse of sorts as the in-form Jack Bunting (3/31) and the skipper Bobby Chawla (3/18) put the middle and lower orders under the pump, taking wickets regularly and bowling the Spiders out for 158.

The total of 158 was very gettable but it was going to be a tough ask against the disciplined Carnegie South bowling attack. On a day when the Firsts needed partnerships the innings was largely devoid of them. Unfortunately for Elwood they lost wickets at regular intervals and were unable to have a decent crack at chasing down the total. One batsman stood out for the Woodsman above the rest and that was prolific opener Nathan Harris whose half century was the backbone of the run chase.

A disappointing end to a largely successful season for the Ones, who should hold their heads high for making the finals.

*See the full scorecard here.

2nd XI 9/202 def Bentleigh Uniting 147 @ Elwood
Umpires: Craig Hough & Noel Pullen

Skipper Adam Green won the toss and didn’t hesitate to bat at a wind-swept Wattie Watson Oval. The top three bats in Green, Kristian Dompietro and Julian Greening didn’t really trouble the scorers. It wasn’t until Luke Baillie (29) and Oscar Persson (41) came to the crease that the batting started creating valuable partnerships. It was the partnership between Chris Phillips (52) and Persson that laid the foundation for the innings as the two put on 89 valuable runs.

Mitch Clarke (17) and John Murphy (18 not out) then put on a 38 run stand that got the total past 200. Greg Thwaites added a valuable unbeaten two runs. Well done Greg.

Anything over 200 runs at Elwood was going to be hard to chase in a final and that proved to be the case. Bentleigh Uniting quickly found themselves at 3/9 as Chris Phillips (3/23) ripped the heart out of their top order with some explosive opening bowling. Calvin Lyon (2/22), Josh Murphy (1/23), Greg Thwaites (1/33) and Mitch Clarke (1/30) all contributed with the ball as Elwood skittled Uniting for 147 and booked themselves a grand final berth in two week’s time. Well done boys!

*See the full scorecard here.

3rd XI 9/221 def Melbourne Hellenic 211 @ King George VI Reserve, Oval No.1
Umpires: Michael Aldred & Denis McKeegan

Captain Kevin Wetdewich won the toss against E Grade arch rival Melbourne Hellenic and chose to bat. This game will forever be remembered as the “Kevin Wetdewich” game and you will understand after reading this. Openers Alan Parkinson (16) and Jay Donovan (5) put on a steady start but like Ray Earls and Ryan Harris after them were unable to capitalise on getting themselves in but everyone was able to build little and valuable partnerships.

It wasn’t until Pat Reilly (21) and Kev got in that a good partnership flourished and when Pat was out the scored lingered on 115. But Kev batted brilliantly with the lower order and tail and got the score to 221 as he feasted on Hellenic’s bowlers making an unbelievable 85 not out in a final.

The defence could not have started any better with Lachy Venn (4/36) dismissing some of Hellenic’s best bats in an inspired display with the ball. Young gun Howie Persson bowled well without luck but it wasnt until Wetdewich took the ball for himself that Elwood were able to wrestle control of the game. Kev took 4/25 including the key wickets of Hellenic’s captain and the established bat who had made 50. Hellenic fought back getting within 10 runs of victory before Wetdewich claimed the final scalp of the match thanks to an aerobic caught behind by Leigh Josey. The Thirds will now play in a grand final in two week’s time! Well done boys!

*See the full scorecard here.

4th XI 164 lost to West Bentleigh 9/203 @ Hurlingham Park Oval No.1
Umpire: Gary March

West Bentleigh won the toss and chose to bat on the vast expanses of Brighton Union’s home ground. The Fours got a couple of early wickets but then a few fruitful partnerships for the Cowboys saw the score tally build steadily. A few too many dropped catches along the way inhibited Elwood;s ability to break through meaningfully as West Bentleigh went on to pose a decent score of 203.

Chasing down that tally was always going to require many partnerships on Elwood’s behalf but unfortunately for our boys it was only John Phillips and young gun Lachy Harris that provided and real steel against the West Bentleigh bowling line up.

The Fours, thanks to finishing top of the ladder, now get a second chance against Omega at Elwood next weekend to play West Bentleigh in a grand final.

Come on boys, you can do it!

*See the full scorecard here.

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