Round 9: Runs and wickets galore as Elwood secure four wins

February 4, 2014 No Comments

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Round 9 proved to be an eventful one for Elwood. In a nutshell, the Ones lost and need to win the next two to make finals. The Twos won — a wonderful victory — and move closer to avoiding relegation. The Threes were crushing victors and may still secure a finals berth, The Fours lost, but put up a late fight. The Fifths won — and in style! The Sixths chalked up another win and finals beckon. The Sevenths tried valiantly but could not get the win.

And, among all of this, there were a couple of centurions — including a maiden Elwood century to Jamie Jordan in his second game for Elwood — and a bag of wickets or two.

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The First XI won the toss and batted against Le Page Park. Anders Bulow led the charge, making 52, opening the batting — a wonderful inning s by the big Dane! Andy was well supported by Matty Harris who made 21 in a typical gutsy Matty innings, and by the captain Bobby Chawla (36) and Chris Phillips (22) who got the total to 182. In reply, the Firsts had the Panthers at 5/58. Andy did the early damage and ended up taking 3/37 and was the standout bowler among the Elwood boys. Despite the great start, Le Page dug in and secured the points thanks to a great partnership of which Elwood had no answer. Finals still beckon for the Ones, but they need to beat Chelsea Heights and East Sandringham Boys Club in the remaining two games.

For the Second XI every game is a must win game to avoid relegation from the Woolnough Shield. To the boys credit, they responded in a manner which has made the whole club proud against Washington Park. Elwood stand-in skipper Adam Green won the toss and batted, and while Moose’s form with the bat may have deserted him, his love of the club and his will to get the Twos a win hasn’t — and the boys responded accordingly. Sammy “Rare Form” Dagher made 90 opening the bat — backing up from his 132* in the threes last week and his 52 run stand with Jack Belkin (14) was the backbone of the innings. Enter Luke “The Bull” Baillie, whose swashbuckling 80 was well supported by Sam Speer (20), Gavin Phillips (22) and Marcus Bayer (20) as the Twos put on a formidable 261.  The Twos had their back up, they could smell the blood in the water at Shark Park, and every bowler got a wicket, the standout being Sam Speer, taking a remarkable 3/8. Great win boys — keep it going!

The Third XI needed a big win against East Bentleigh Central to make the fianls and they delivered. Sending the opposition in, the Threes rolled them for just 188 off just 45 overs on a lightning quick ground. At stumps on th the Saturday Elwood were 2/60, with the skipper Kevin Wetdewich making a fine 32. The next Saturday, the Threes continued their destructive ways, with Leigh Josey making 175, Rob De Haan 38 and Russell Campbell 19 not out, as Elwood poured on 5/297 off just 46 overs. They then went for the outright and De Haan starred with the ball, taking 4/64, but the threes ran out of overs to get the 10 points, but happily accepted the six! Leigh Josey bowled a maiden over.

The Fourth XI fielded first against Mackie and saw Mackie make 7/301. The standout bowlers were Ciaran Wilcox (3/74) and Julian Cougan (2/38). Chasing 300-plus runs was always going to be tough but the boys put up a fight. Tony Rourke made 36 opening the batting and was well supported by Peter Tsiampas (39) and Ciaran (21). Elwood then lost a string of wickets and were 9/177 until Julian Cougan (50 not out) and Hamish Marshall (51 not out) came together — and they are great mates — to put on a 74 run wicket last stand.

The Fifth XI had a remarkable game of cricket. They were in last place, playing top of the ladder Melbourne Hellenic, who won the toss and sent Elwood in — a move they would have regretted. Elwood made an astonishing 7/352. Among this mountain of runs included a maiden Elwood century to second-gamer Jamie Jordan (well done mate!) who make a brilliant 111 (or nelson, as his English kin call it). Jamie was brilliantly supported by Chris ” Boundi” Williams, whose 50 was his first  half-century in senior cricket and highest score for Elwood, Steve Kingi (29) and John Phillips (48). Actually, Every Elwood batsman made double figures — a true team effort. In reply, they rolled Hellenic for just 155. Boundi took 2/17. Oh, and Fifths skipper Adrian Fisher didn’t have a bad game — just a quiet 56 with the bat and a modest 6/25 off 9 overs with ball. Well done Big Fish — the club is very happy for you and all the boys!

The Sixth XI won their match and are now firmly in finals contention — and are a source of great pride for the cricket club. Highett West won the toss and elected to bat first and made just 9/122, with Muzammal Cheema the pick of the bowlers taking 3/30. Elwood then made the runs in just 24.1 overs, with every batsman making a start. But there were a few noticeable innings, including a fine 43 from Perry Vargas and a fine 21 not out from former President and usual Fourth XI captain Dave May who made 21 not out. A fantastic win by the boys, and the club looks forward getting fully behind the Sixths in the finals should they make it.

The Seventh XI played Hampton United who batted first and made 7/195. The boys bowled well, including a bag of wickets between  to Dane Wilsonson and Hugo Twigg. The boys got close to to getting the win, making 157, but they lost too many wickets in short succession and, although they got close, were unable to get the six points. Lots to take out of the game and the boys should be proud by their effort!

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