Sixths finals bound as the Twos stave off relegation

February 18, 2014 No Comments

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It was a mixed bag as Elwood played a series of one-dayers in the penultimate round of the 2013/14 season.

The Firsts’ loss means they just miss out on finals unless they secure an outright win this round and results go their way. The Twos had a great win and, because of their oppositions draw next round, mean they have done enough to remain in the Woolnough Shield next season. The Thirds had a tie, and now, like the Firsts, need an outright and things to go their way to progress to finals.

The Fours had a great win in E Grade while the Fifths’ loss means they play a battle for relegation in F Grade next game. The Sixths won — again — and will look to secure a finals berth should they win next game. The Sevenths also had a great win and topped off a good round for the club.

The games…

The Firsts lost the toss and Chelsea Heights batted first. They developed constant partnerships and made 8/171 off their 40 overs. Three Elwood bowlers (Anders Bulow, Bobby Chawla and Saddam Hussein) all took two wickets each. In reply, Nathan Harris had (27) had Elwood off to a solid start but a constant loss of wickets hampered Elwood’s run chase. Simon Woods made a defiant 29 but Elwood was left bowled out for 143 with two and half overs remaining.

The Twos had a thrilling and memorable win. Returning skipper Anesti Cosmas won the toss and batted. Sammy Speer made a fine 41 opening the batting and was well supported by a stoic Greg Gilbert(13) innings and an excellent 46 by Luke Baillie. The lower order and tail all chipped in with valuable runs as Elwood secured a score of 7/185. Despite some good early resistance early, East Sandringham lost a string of wickets late in their run chase, falling short by one run. The chief destroyer was Howie Persson who took 3/39,

The Thirds played in a very rare tied match. Losing the toss and bowling, the day started well when Scott Leach (1/35) took a wicket with the second ball of the day. Mackie fought back, as one of their batsman made a brilliant hundred, but the Elwood bowlers fought back brilliantly with a fiery Greg Thwaites (3/31) and a wily Rob De Haan (2/37) limiting Mackie to 7/189. In reply the run chase started well with Kevin Wetdewich (20) and Ray Earls getting the job done early. Leigh Josey made 50 batting at first drop and two particular innings by Steve Kingi (24) and Mark Rosendorff (24 not out) almost getting Elwood across the line with a wicket to spare. Needing two off the last ball to win, Elwood hit a single and the game was tied.

The Fourths had a crushing win as Cheltenham Park met the irresistible force of Tony Rourke, who made a fine 82 opening the batting. Chasing 148 to win, after spinners Dave May (3/37) and Ciaran Wilcox (3/2) quickly cleaned up the tail, Tony’s innings was a tornado, as he dispatched bowlers all over the park. Dae Szydlik enjoyed a 67 run opening stand with Tony as Elwood chased the total just wickets down with 4 overs to spare.

The Fifths came into the match in form but only John Phillips (54) and Jamie Jordan (21) really got going as Elwood made 7/152 in their prescribed overs. Luke Gachet (10*) and James Fisher (13*) made sure Elwood reached that total. Hampton United batted very well in their run chase, making the total 3 wickets down with 5 overs to spare.

The Sixths continued their great season by comprehensively beating Moorabbin West and almost guaranteeing a finals position. Winning the toss and batting, Elwood put on a massive 7/202 off their 35 overs as Paul “The King” Marcolin (44), Perry Vargas (31*), Carey Lyon (30) and Hugo Kohler (31*) got among the runs. Vargas (4/24) and Lyon (3/37) proved to be the chief destroyers with the ball as well, as Elwood skittled their opponents for 122. Well done boys, going to be awesome having the whole club behind you in March!

The Sevenths‘ performance was the icing on the cake. Hampton Central batted first making 8/145 as Hugo Twigg got among the wickets taking a fine 3/17. In reply, Elwood got the score with hust one over to spare as they made the runs in a gripping run chase while losing just 5 wickets. The win was set up by a fine 45 by Henry Boileau and was completed by two wonderful digs by Dane Wilsonson (35 not out) and Oliver Hart ( 22 not out). great win boys!

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