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Round Six: 5 wins as batting records get broken

December 9, 2013 No Comments

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After losing seven games from seven last round the only way was up — and the boys responded magnificently.

There was a swathe of highlights this round. Leigh Josey made 221 runs opening the batting in F Grade — the second highest score in the club’s history and only the third double century scored since the club’s foundation in 1972. The 256-run partnership by Leigh and John Phillips was also the highest in the club’s history.

As the double centurion may or may not be responsible for writing this weekly column, Elwood Treasurer Luke Stanley has filed an account for official records:

The 5th XI played a youthful Kingston Heath at Kingston Reserve. Captain Adrian Fisher was afforded a more experienced line up and implored his team, by way of a 239 word SMS, to value their wicket and seize the opportunity. Fish won the toss and batted and, wisely, opened with pair of Western Australians in Leigh Josey and Chris “Bhoundi” Williams. The boys combined for a 55 run opening stand to set the foundations.

Enter John “JP” Phillips and pull out the record books. Josey and JP combined for a second wicket stand of 256 runs to torture Kingston Heath. Josey, who found himself in the 5ths upon the realisation that he would miss yet another weekend of cricket, started his innings carefully, quickly expanding to be 78 at tea. After tea he reached his maiden tonne with a boundary and duly raised the bat to celebrate a fine innings.

Following that, he accelerated somewhat, taking only 15 minutes to get to 150 with a display of power hitting and inventiveness that would make Chris Gayle proud. Clearly enjoying himself, he went on, and on, and on, to reach 221 — an outstanding performance from someone who we would all agree fully deserves all the accolades he can get.

When JP departed for a fine 78 at 2/311 the rest of the fifths attempted to emulate the feats of Josey only to finish at 8/373 — cross batted club shots are not that easy, no matter whether the opposition has been beaten into submission.

The following Saturday, Kingston were determined to make the 5ths field all day and so it went, with the boys unable to take all 10 wickets, Kingston finishing 7/139 after 65. Club debutante Nathan Pitkin bowled beautifully and took the first of many wickets for the club, Mick Roberts took 3,

Captain Fisher bowled really well and took one but the highlight of the day was the glove-work of Jason “Snoz” Norris’ in running out Kingston’s number 7.

At the end of the day, the 5ths had won by 234 runs, their first 6 points of the year. Well done Fish and well done VP Josey on a fine knock.

Man of the match – Luke Stanley’s umpiring  

In other games, the Ones got back in the winner’s circle and remain 6 points clear in the top four in the Longmuir Shield. Elwood batted first and the competitive total of 213 was made largely by three fine innings; Elwood President Steve Murphy (60), Adam Howard (60) and Oscar Persson (35). That total was always going to be hard to chase for Omega and Elwood bowled them out for just 87, with the wickets shared around in a fine team performance. Luke Baillie, in his first full game of wicket keeping in Longmuir, took five catches.

The Twos restricted Moorabbin West to just 170 with Mitch “Pup” Clarke again leading the charge, taking 5/56 in yet another wonderful spell of left arm orthodox spin bowling. They were a good chance to get the runs in the second week but the Twos batting form deserted them again and they were bowled out short of the total.

The Threes had an interesting fortnight of cricket. They rocked up to the ground in Mordialloc last week to find out it had been double booked. Unable to shift the other esky-carrying sides from the ground, the Threes played a one dayer in the second week against Chelsea Heights. Cheslea Heights batted first and made just 94. Mark “Rosie” Rosendorff bowled beautifully, taking 5/34 — hist first 5 wicket haul for the club. Jamie Grigoriants bowled very well too, taking 2/22 off 8 overs. The run chase was professionally crafted, with Ray Earls (27), Chris Kilgour (42) and Jack Belkin (48) getting the job done for the boys as Elwood made 7/170 and got the points easily.

The Fourths had a tough few weeks of cricket. They conceded 7/295 at home last week with the wickets shared among the lads. Nathan Turner took 2/45 and Russell Campbell took 2/58. It was always going to be tough to chase almost 300 runs and unfortunately Elwood fell well short, making just 137 in reply.

The Sixths played in a cracker-jack match, bowling out Brighton Districts for 175 from just 48 overs. Chief among the destroyers were first gamer Perry Vargas (3/25), Muzammal Cheema (3/23)  and the inimitable Tony “TK” King who took for 2/36 in his 150th game for Elwood. In reply, Elwood managed to sneak the victory in the last over of the day with only one wicket in hand. Fresh from his heroics with  the ball, Perry decided to go one better and a couple of lofty sixes in the final few overs of the game saw the Sixths get over the line and record their 4th win of the year and are now firmly in finals contention.

The Sevenths continued their winning ways, batting first and making a mighty 7/277 with runs made everywhere! Young guns from our Under 14s Joel Crocker (40) and Hugh Hislop (30) opened the batting and put on 60 runs. Anoth Under 14s gun, Elliot Jones, batted at 3 and made 44. Captain of the Sevenths, Julian Twigg, also made a fine 44 and put on a 93 run partnership with Elliot. Not content to finisher there, yet another pair of our blossoming Elwood junior programme Matty McNaughton (50 not out) and Marco Walker (50 not out) put on an unbeaten 98 run partnership. In reply, Elwood bowled out Hampoton Central for 259. A great effort by the boys!

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