Round Seven: Firsts & Threes win, Merry Christmas to everyone!

December 22, 2013 No Comments

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Merry Christmas to all of Elwood’s players and supporters!

The last round for 2013 was as assorted as a Christmas candy cane with our First and Third XIs getting wins while our other teams did not come home with the presents.

The First XI played Brighton Union at Hurlingham Park and lost the toss, having then have to take the field. Union got off to a good start before a wicket to Adam Howard triggered a collapse and Union was all of a sudden on 5/52 — with Howie the chief destroyer. Despite injuries to Nathan Harris and Chris Phillips in the field, the Ones put the clamps on Union and restricted them to 9/180 off their 72 overs. Howie finished with the brilliant bowling figures of 6/58. The run chase started comfortable enough until a few quick wickets had the Ones at 2/19. Anders Bulow (37) and Matty Harris (16) then engineered a good partnership before Adam Howard (47) and Nathan Harris (54 not out) professionally chased down the runs. A great win for the First XI before Christmas which has them sitting in the top four, one game clear of fifth.

The Second XI had a game defined by an innings of two halves. Captain Anesti Cosmas won the toss and batted and before we could sing the first line of Jingle Bells the Twos were 3/8. The wickets continued and at 7/41 the outlook looked grim until the young guns stepped forward and saved our Second XI from embarrassment. Three of our Under 16s  — Mitch Clarke (37), Lachy Harris (23) and Howie Persson (7) — combined to lift the total to 110. Defending 110 was always going to be tough but Howie Persson produced a jaffa late on day 1 to get the twos a sniff. Unfortunately there was not enough runs to defend and Cluden passed the total four wickets down. Jamie Grigoriants bowled very well taking 2/21 off 10 overs.

The Thirds continue to make a late charge in keeping finals aspirations alive by thrashing Melbourne Wanderers at home. The Wanderers won the toss and sent Elwood in and then they went on to make an imposing 8/278. Runs came from everywhere including a classy knock of 84 for Ray Earls who was well supported by Kevin Wetdewich (33), Sam McPhee (42) and a destructive Sammy Dagher (66). Elwood then went out and routed Wanderers for 80 — the wickets being shared by a bevvy of good bowling from Scott Leach (2/30), Sam McPhee (2/22) and fifth change bowler Greg Thwaites who pick up a lazy 2/0 off two unplayable overs. The Thirds had a crack at outright victory but as often is the case the opposition put the shorts away and the game was called off. A great win by the boys.

The Fourths drove down to Aspendale where Aspendale Gardens put on 7/162 with Nathan Pitkin, Julian Cougan and Tom Balme all claiming 2 wickets each. There were a few dropped catches along the way but Elwood were a chance of chasing those runs down. The run chase did not start well and it was up to an Elwood great in Ian Grundy (30) and an up-and-coming star in Dae Szydlik (16) to build a fight back unfortunately but it wasn’t enough.

The Fifths  lost the toss and Le Page sent Elwood in to bat. Despite losing a wicket early Elwood was able to gain some momentum with quite a few batsmen getting starts but none be able to go on with it and post a big score. Young gun Joel Crocker (26) and the skipper Adrian Fisher (29) were the most impressive with the bat as Elwood reached 8/130 off its 65 overs. In reply Elwood needed to bowl well and get wickets early. They had Le Page for 2/7 with Mick Roberts the talisman taking 3/34. Unfortunately Le Page knuckled down and passed the total four wickets down.

The Sixths were playing Bentleigh Uniting and sent Uniting into bat who went on to make 5/200 at Elsternwick. Iqrar Hussein (3/41) and Perry Vargas (2/25) did the damage with the ball.  Like the FIfths, the Sixths lost an early wicket and, like the FIfths, a host of players went on to make starts but were unable to go on and make a bgig score. Wasif Latif (25), Iqrar Hussein (25), Alex Jones (19) and Perry Vargas all batted well but Elwood fell short, making 9/164.

The Sevenths played Cluden at Elsternwick and bowled Cluden out for 153 off 43.1 overs with young gun Adam Oulton taking an impressive 5/24 and he was well supported by the rest of the boys, notably Bailey Troeth who took 3/31. In reply Elwood were bowled out for 132, with Elijah Kingsley (36) top scoring for Elwood, with another future superstar in Hugo Twigg contributing well with 29 not out. Unfortunately the boys didn’t get the points but they continue to play very well every game.

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