Round Four: 1sts win again despite hat trick, plus 4ths, 6ths and 7ths (on debut) salute

November 11, 2013 No Comments

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Not often do win a cricket match when you lose 9/13, including a hat trick smack bang in the middle of that collapse, but that’s exactly what a resilient Elwood 1st XI did on Saturday against a valiant Mackie outfit. The match included many highlights — with a few comical lowlights thrown in — as the Firsts now enter next week’s match against Kingston Heath at home entrenched in the top 4 with a 3-1 record.

The Seconds, Thirds and Fifths had tough days at the office, but the Fourths produces a great win against South Side East Caulfield’s 2nd XI in John Phillip’s 100th game for the club, the Sixth XI continued their winning ways with a comprehensive win and our 7th XI — in their first game for the club — and stacked with Elwood’s next generation of superstars — got a win first up. Well done boys!

Individual highlights include:

For the Ones, Nathan Harris (69) and Anders Bulow (56) put on an opening batting clinic as they racked up an impressive 131 opening stand. Nanger’s wicket on the last ball before tea caused a rout to Elwood’s batting line-up seldom seen before. From Nathan’s wicket until the loss of Josh Murphy when the core was 9/144, ELwood lost 9/13. The lowlight of the innings was a hat trick to Mackie which included the wickets of Adam Howard, Chris Phillips and Bobby Chawla respectively.

Despite this, the Ones rallied in the field and put the pressure upon Mackie immediately. Powerful opening bowler Sadan Hussein was superb, his valuable 24 with the bat at 11 and his 4/38 from 21 overs proved to be the difference. Yet everyone bowled and fielded well, with Chawla taking 3/39 and Adam Howard taking a crucial wicket and three catches — one at slips an absolute ripper off Chawla.

The Twos had a tough game against a very strong West Bentleigh outfit keen to exercise some demons after being bowled out for 15 at Wattie Watson a few years ago. Despite being skittled for just 62, the Elwood boys fought hard in the field managing to get West Bentleigh 7/103 (dec) in their innings with Marcus Bayer (4/37) and Mitch Clarke (3/44) the standout bowlers. Put in again to defend the outright loss, the boys fought hard with Ryan Harris making a very impressive 34 not out in a defiant knock.

The Thirds took on ladder leaders Shamrock at home and made 151 with that total based on two very impressive innings from Jack Belkin, who made 47 opening the batting, and Elwood’s injured leg-spinning superstar Rob De Haan ,who made his highest score for the club of 57 batting at 5. Shamrock passed the total 7 wickets down, and were under pressure often, with good mates Greg Thwaites (3/30) and Mark Rosendorff (2/22) doing the damage with the ball.

The Fourths had a stirring win, celebrating John “JP” Phillips 100th game in style. Having bowled out South Side East Caulfield for 178 — with Nathan Turner (3/50) and skipper Dave May (4/18) starring — the Fourths were in a bit of trouble at 5/50. Enter club legends Peter Tsiampas and Ian Grundy who put on a 109 run partnership with Shimmer making 85 not out and Reg making 42. Young gun Blake Picone came in and iced the victory with a ccool-headed 9 not out. Great win by the boys.

The Fifths had a tough day in the office as they took the field a couple short and watched as Washington Park made 4/276. In reply, Elwood made 157 with most batsmen getting a start of sorts but only young gun Dae Szydlik (24), Carey Lyon (41) and skipper John Schibli (16 not out) making a meaningful contribution in a very tough run chase. Despite the result, the FIfths showed a lot of heart and the first win for the season is surely around the corner!

The Sixths got back in the winners circle with a comprehensive victory against Brighton Union’s fourth XI in a one dayer on Saturday. The Sixths made 125 in 32 overs with Sam Marcolin making an impressive 17 opening the batting but the highlight had to be the destructive 26 not out of Elwood treasurer Luke Stanley who has thrown his hat in the ring for a berth in the Twenty20 squad.  That total proved too great considering the Sixth’s devastating bowling attack as Iqrar Hussein took 4/9 and skittled any hope for Union. Elwood legend Tony King took 2/15 as well as the Sixths got the job done in style.

It was a historic day for the club on Saturday as we fielded a Seventh XI for the first ever time and the boys impressed greatly with a victory on debut. Le Page Park batted first and made 7/108 with wickets shared among Elwood’s future stars including Joel Crocker and Hugo Twigg. The skipper, Leon Harris, celebrated his birthday by letting the young fellas do all the work, as the kids made the runs easily, with Crocker again, among the action making a fine 26. A top effort by the guys and it bodes well for the club that we can field seven senior teams and have so many of our kids getting senior games.

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

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