Round Three: no place for schadenfreude as the Twos the only victors

October 28, 2013 No Comments

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As the club celebrated our annual Oktoberfest festivities on Saturday night, there was little enjoyment from the misery of many of our team mates as the, until Saturday, win-less Second XI were the only side to bring home the points to Wattie Watson Oval in Round 3.

The First XI will rue the lost opportunity as they were in the box seat to take the points against Bentleigh ANA and it was heading that way before a  spectacular collapse of 8/33 saw the Ones routed for 125 — 54 runs short of the target.

The Twos got their maiden victory for 2013/14 in an impressive display. They comprehensively outplayed Aspendale Gardens and now get some valuable momentum and an even more valuable six points in the Woolnough Shield.

 

Individual highlights include:

For the Ones, Adam “Howie” Howard continued his outstanding season with the bat, making 39. Oscar Persson, also in fine touch this year, top scored for us making 41. The wickets were shared around as Howie (2/21), Sadan Hussein (2/17), debutante Anders “Klaus” Bulow (2/21) and Josh “Dougie” Murphy (2/30) all contributed with the ball.

The Twos victory came on the back of a brilliant bowling performance by Mitch “Pup” Clarke, who took 6/40 in a dazzling display of left arm orthodox bowling. Opening the batting, Matty Harris continued his good start to the year making 28, while Chris Phillips (28 not out) and Calvin Lyon (21 not out) got the run chase completed in style.

The Thirds had a disappointing day with the bat with only Greg Gilbert (36 and batted beautifully) and Ray “The Duke” Earls (30) passing 30. The week before both Scott Leach (4/47) and Howie Persson (4/41) were outstanding with the ball, while Same McPhee bowled very well at the death taking 2/42.

The Fourths, like the Thirds, were let down in the batting with only club legends Peter “Bush” Tsiampas (35) and Ian “Reg” Grundy (31 not out) getting above 30. Cameos by Nathan Turner (23) and skipper Dave May (21) failed to get the boys home. The week before Nathan (3/45), the in form Julian Cougan (3/46) and Tom “Tiger” Balme (2/52) were the stand outs with the ball. Reg also took four catches behind the stumps.

The Fifths got close to getting their first win of the season but were unable to stop Highett West in the end. Last week, in their score of 185, Sammy Dagher (28), Mark “Rosy” Rosendorff (29) and Russell Campbell (37 not out) got the job done for Elwood. In reply, Rosy starred with the ball, taking 3/55.

The Sixths suffered their first loss of the year as they went down to Shamrock. Atiq Rehman was the stand out bowler with 2/39 in the one day game as they failed to make the target in reply, with only the inform Wasif Latif (43), Iqrar Hussein (25) and the previously unbeaten Paul “Elvis” Marcolin (19) getting valuable time at the crease.

Onto Round Four when we will no doubt get more wins across the board!

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