Round 8: 3rds & 6ths keep finals dreams alive as Dagher tonnes up!

January 19, 2014 No Comments

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Another mixed bag for the club as the Thirds, Fourths and Sixths all had great wins — with the Sixths winning off the final ball of the day and the Thirds comprehensively beating Bentleigh Uniting at home thanks to a 188-run partnership by Ray “The Duke” Earls and Sammy Dagher. Duke made another fine half-century and the beloved Sammy made his maiden century for the club — an explosive 132 not out! Fantastic work Sammy and the club are ecstatic for you, mate!

The First XI played Bentleigh Uniting at Centenary Park and this may be the shortest Longmuir write-up ever. We lost outright. Highlights included Lachy Harris‘ Longmuir debut. The boys are still a good chance to make finals and will need to reverse last game’s performance. Which we are sure that they will.

Bottom of the ladder Second XI played a top of the ladder Bentleigh Uniting team and you could have been forgiven thinking the game would go the way of our Firsts. However, the Twos displayed a willingness to put up a fight and only narrowly lost an entertaining and, at times, heated battle. Winning the toss and batting, stand-in skipper Adam Green saw his chargers dig in and make a fist of it with opener Jack Belkin (24) leading the charge. Despite a dodgy back, Greg Gilbert was the mainstay of the innings with a superbly crafted 49 and was aided by good innings by Gene Kingi (20) and re-invented batsman-come-master blaster Marcus Bayer who punched a delightful 41. Defending 160 at Elwood was always a possibility and the team was led exceptionally well with the ball by Josh “Dougy” Murphy whose 4-36 off 19 fine overs was as a lion-hearted effort seen at Wattie Watson Oval. He was well supported by all the bowlers, especially Howie Perssson (2/34 off 13) who bowled quick and is getting quicker every week. The Twos keep playing like that and they will finish the year with a bag of wins.

The Thirds are confirning their rock star status of the club, easily disposing of Bentleigh Uniting at home. Losing the toss and having to bowl, Elwood were looking a little shy when Uniting were 4/130 odd at tea. Enter Greg Thwaites. Greggy was superb, producing the type of performance we are getting accustomed to — fast, ruthless and destructive. He ended up with 5/28 off 12.5 overs and, with the help of Scott Leach (3/54), was able to skittle uniting for 175. Skipper Kevin Wetdewich had 10 -odd overs to bat and let club stalwarts Ray Earls and Sammy Dagher to lead the charge, They didn’t lose their wickets overnight and were able to come back next Saturday and produce the sort of performance that you play cricket for. Duke ened up on 50 (his third half-century of the season) but the game belonged to Dagher. Like his beloved hero Gordon Greenwich, Sammy slayed the bowling attack in a manner befitting of a butcher to a flock of lambs. His 132 not out was one of the quickest centuries ever seen at the club and an emotional Dagher raised his bat — his first century for Elwood after 80-plus games — and then donned a suit and went to a wedding. Well done the Thirds and well done Sammy!

The Fourths took on Carnegie South at their home ground, were put in to bat and were quickly 2/2. Peter “Shimma” Tsiampas dug in (26) for a while but the innings belonged to Russell “Rusty” Campbell has he smashed a fine 87 (his highest score for the club) and his innings saw Elwood get to 9/212 before skipper Dave May declared in an adventurous gamble to pursue an unlikely out right victory. That unlikely victory proved almost insurmountable as Carnegie South were quickly 0/67 overnight but Maysie had faith in his impressive bowling stocks and the boys were able to cut a swathe through the Spiders line-up the next Saturday, bowling them out for just 137. The pick of the bowlers were Nathan Turner (3/30 off 7.3), the returning-from-injury Lachy Venn (3/35 off 7) and the ever reliable Julian Cougan (2/8 off 8). Well done boys!

The Fifths won the toss and batted and were well led by Alan Parkinson who top scored with 29. Unfortunately, besides skipper Adrian “Big Fish” Fisher (18), there wasn’t much support and the Fifths were rolled for 80. East Sandringham quickly went into fifth gear and powered their way to 9/179 before declaring in an effort to secure an outright win. The Elwood bowlers took a little stick but a stand-out performance from Mick Roberts (6/61 off 15) and the ever-reliable Tony King (2/47) were among the highlights. So it was time to out the back against the wall and fight off the outright and Elwood quickly found itself 5/34. It looked grim but them Paul Marcolin (16 not out) and Jamie Jordan (in his first game for the club) made 33 and this rear-guard made sure that the outright was not going to happen. Despite the loss, some super positive signs by the Fifths and their second win for the season is surely just around the corner!

The Sixths played a one-dayer and won the toss and elected to bat. It was a stable enough performance at the top of the order but regular loss of wickets were hampering a competitive total. It wasn’t until Muzammal Cheema (39) and Rick Yeatman (30 not out) got together that a 74 run-partnership saw Elwood get to 8/165 off its 35 overs. Opponents Asendale almost played the run chase to perfection. Losing only 5 wickets for the innings, Aspendale needed 4 runs off the last ball of the over but could only get a single and the Sixths won, and are now equal fourth on the ladder and a good chance to play finals. Muzammal was the standout bowler — to go with his efforts with the bat — taking 3/36. Well done boys!

The Sevenths played Kingston Heath and the Elwood team contained four father-son combinations, including the out-of-retirement match of Elwood all-time great John Feehan who played his first senior match with Corey! It was also the senior debut for Henry Boileau and the club debut for Geoff Oulton — father of Under 14As player Adam. Well done guys! Kingston Heath won the toss and batted and skipper Julian Twigg was the standout with the ball taking 4 wickets. They made 7/165 and able were unable to chase down the runs, getting dismissed for 133. John Feehan made 25.

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