Grand final reports (week 1)

March 18, 2013 No Comments

The cricket season that never ends continues as a rain affected weekend sees all three of Elwood’s teams head into the reserve weekend — the weekend ahead — as we chase three premierships.

The good news is that all three teams are in good positions.

A thank you to all of our non-participating players and supporters and their families for supporting the boys on the weekend. A special thanks to our incomparable secretary Lindy Adamson, our treasurer Mic Collis, Ebony Joyce behind the bar, Trevor Blaser, Sam Marcolin, our intrepid coach Bobby Chawla, Leon Harris of Leon Harris taxi services Inc. and social media ninja Rob De Haan, And anyone else I missed out on. You are all wonderful.

To the games….

2nd XI (Quiney Shield) 2/68 (Adam Green 26*, Luke Baillie 19*)

vs. Bentleigh Uniting 3 @ Hurlingham Park Oval No.1 [Melway 67 J10]

Umpires: Matt Jamieson & Tony Yates

In what would be the trend for Elwood captains, Second XI skipper Anesti “Hand model” Cosmas won the toss — his first game back from having surgery on a broken finger.Cosi has no hesitation in batting,

The rain was looming but the Twos got off to a firecracker start with the swining axe of Steve Murphy doing damage before he caught of a leading edge for 12 runs. Julian Greening joined Adam Green at the crease and Jules made 3 before being bowled. It was up to Adam Green and new partnwe Luke Baillie to restore the batting platform and they did just that.

Runs are hard to score on the large expanses of Hurlingham but the two long-time Second XI warriors did just that. Luke Baillie, part-inspired by his gaggle of adoring minions championing him from the stands, looks in good touch. Adam looks set as well.

Unfortunately, like so much of the cricket this weekend, rain marred further play for the rest of Saturday and Sunday’s play was abandoned due to Hurlingham representing a gator-ridden Florida swamp.

Play will resume on Saturday with the Twos on 2/68 off just 19.2 overs. This game is set to go into Sunday as well — surely one of the longest grand finals in Elwood history!

READ THE FULL SCORECARD HERE

3rd XI (E Grade) 7/176 (Leigh Josey 55*, Mike Hill 40*)

vs. Melbourne Hellenic 1 (3/69) (Lachy Venn 1/11, Mike Hill 1/ 15, Greg Thwaites 1/24) @ Elwood

Umpires: Craig Hough & Noel Pullen

A steely-eyed Kevin Wetdewich won the toss and batted. Openers Jay Donovan and Ray Earls looked steady before Jay departed for 1 when the score was on 20. Ray, aka “Duke”, looked solid and he and Pat Reilly started a partnership up before Pat, when on 5, spooned a catch to cover leaving the Threes at 2/36. Unfortunately Duke departed for 16 just two runs later and the Hellenic bowlers had their tails up.

The rain meant the Threes were on and off the field constantly and when Ciaran WIlcox departed for 3 the score was 4/55 and Elwood looked as patchy at the weather. A small partnership between Kev and Ryan Harris saw Elwood lose no more wickets before play was abandoned on Saturday but Kevin was given out LBW for 6 in the first few overs of Sunday’s resumed play and Elwood found themselves at 5/72.

Leigh Josey joined Ryan — who was batting well — but he edged one behind on 16 and then when Scott Leach was also caught behind for 1 Elwood were teetering at 7/88.

But the Third XI fought back. Leigh and Mike Hill then put on a defiant 88 run stand to get Elwood to 176 off their allotted overs, in front of an awesome crowd made up largely of the Twos whose game had been called off for the day. Hilly ended up making a brilliant 40* — including a six over the nets while Leigh anchored the revival with 55 not out.

With ball in hand, early wickets were going to be the key and finals talisman Lachy Venn struck first with an LBW in his first spell. Hellenic then fought back before Mike Hill had the other Hellenic opener caught behind. Greg Thwaites, in a brilliant spell, removed Hellenic’s number 4 late in the day’s play. The game is evenly poised with play to resume on Saturday.

SEE THE FULL SCORECARD HERE.

4th XI (F Grade) 7/210 (John Phillips 52, Alan Parkinson 50, Zac Leiser-Moore 33, Lachlan Harris 28)

vs. West Bentleigh 3 (3/48) @ Le Page Park Oval No.1 [Melway 78 B12]

Umpires: Karl Kitto & Rob Massey

Miraculously, Dave May won the toss and quickly chose to bat. Ryan Bagust was the first to depart when the score was just two that may have sent a sliver of nerves through the Fourth’s ranks. But Alan Parkinson, who has been in good touch all year, made a vital partnership with John Phillips and saw the score to over 60 before Parko departed for a very well made and important 50.

Peter Tsiampas, fresh from the Philippines, was involved in a mix up with JP and was run out but JP continued to do what he has done all season — amass runs. JP was eventually out for 52 — a vital knock — which saw Lachy Harris and Zac Leiser Moore come onto the middle together. These two batted very well, with Zac going on to make 33 and Lach an excellent 28. Runs late in the innings by Nathan Turner, Ian Grundy and Howie Persson saw the score migrate to 7/210 at the close of the innings.

Defending over 200 in a grand final is always a good position to be in and the Fourths captilised early when Nathan Turner got a caught behind. Waddles also picked up another vital wickets and SAmmy Mirenda produced a brilliant spell which netted him a wicket.

The Fours are now in a strong position for Saturday’s play.

READ THE FULL SCORECARD HERE. (well it would be if a certain skipper put the scores in :))

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