Four wins out of seven to start the season.

October 7, 2014 No Comments


Round one has come and gone, and it was a good weekend for Elwood as we recorded four wins out of seven, including three wins for our top three grades.

There were plenty of highlights, a few low lowlights and let’s keep the momentum up and look to get even more wins in round two!

The games…

In his first game as club captain, Nathan Harris started well by losing the toss. But it didn’t take long for the Firsts to strike as vice captain Adam Howard picked up an early wicket to have Chelsea Heights-Aspendale Gardens (CHAGS) 1/1. The newly merged super-club then fought back well, putting on a string of partnerships to meander to 6/160, which is a very competitive score on Wattie Watson in a one day game in early October. The pick of the bowlers was Howard, who took 2/8 of 8 miserly overs. Elwood debutant and assistant coach Stuart Clark took 3/35. In reply, Elwood’s run chase was a little shaky, consistently losing wickets and were perilously positioned at 5/74. That was until a brilliant partnership between Adam Howard (84 not out) and Matty Harris (31 not out) got Elwood out of trouble and then went one further to bag the points, all with seven balls to spare. Well done boys!

The Twos played Moorabbin West, a team that beat them twice last season and made the Woolnough grand final. To say that Elwood went in as underdogs would be an understatement. Skipper Anesti Cosmas won the toss and decided to bat. He also decided to let the President, Steve Murphy, open the bat. Both decisions proved fortuitous. Murph went on to make 86 in an innings that can only be described as “mental”. When the Prez went out, on 86, the score was 3/95. Consider that. Cosi also decided to move himself down the order this game and made 33 not out in a welcome return to form for the legendary Elwood player, and along with Murph was instrumental in getting the Twos to 8/160. The Twos have never had a problem with their bowling. And proved this again by having Moorabbin West skittled for just 70. It was a great game withe the ball for the young-uns, with Lachy Harris taking 4/25 and Howie Persson 2/11. Ryan Harris took an amazing four catches in the field.  A great win by the boys, slightly shading Cosi’s speech in the club rooms.

The Thirds played Omega in a match that was important to show something considering we had been demoted from D Grade in the off season and only promoted again in the week leading up to round one. Thirds ‘ skipper Kevin Wetdewich lost the toss but then his bowlers proceeded to bowl exceptionally well for him and the team. All five bowlers used took wickets and the fielding was excellent. The pick of the bowlers was Greg Thwaites (3/20) and Jamie Jordan (3/29) as Elwood bowled out Omega was 131 in the last over. The run chase should have been easier than it was as Elwood found itself at 6/68. However a steadying half century to Leigh Josey (54) allowed icemen Scott Leach (21 not out) and Lachy Venn (11 not out) to get the job done with 6 balls to spare.

The Fourths, in their first game under new skipper Tony Rourke, had a tough time against Melbourne Hellenic at Elwood. Hellenic won the toss and put Elwood in, with ELwood making a competitive 182 on the back oval. Most of the batsmen got a start, with Tony (32) and Zac Leiser-Moore (37) the standouts. Hellenic then went about an almost perfect run chase, getting the runs just losing the one wicket. Probably a good chance to blow out some cob webs and I am sure the Fourths will be keen to get back in the winner’s circle this weekend.

The Fifths played the Cavaliers 1st XI (they are a new team to the competition) and it was always going to be a case of them being either very good or very bad. Unfortunately for Elwood, they proved to be quite good. They won the toss and batted, making 8/248. The pick of the bowlers for Elwood were debutant Dan Wood (2/33) and Dave May (2/22). The run chase was always going to be difficult and it got off to a rocky start until Peter Tsiampas (29) and Wood (again!) (39) steadied the ship. A helpful 22 by Mick Roberts added to the bottom line but the Fifths fell well short and will be looking for redemption this weekend.

The Sixths, under the watchful eye this week of stand-in skipper Nathan Pitkin, lost the toss and restricted CHAGs 4th XI to 6/188. The ever-green Tony King, amazing again, taking 4/36 and was dutifully assisted by Carey Lyon who took 2/37. The run chase started well, and was led by Sam Speer (70 not out) who batted brilliantly. An entertaining 35 by Wasif Latif in the middle order catapulted the score along as the game looked like going down to the wire. Despite Sam Speer’s heroics, it was another Sam, this time Sam Marcolin, who would be the hero, hotting the winning runs off the last ball to ensure a victory for Elwood. Well done boys!

The Sevenths‘ lost the toss and Brighton Union went on to make 6/214. The pick of the bowlers was skipper Julian Twig (2/29) and Geoff Oulton (2/14) as two of the dads in this father-son team lead the way with the ball. The run chase was always going to be tough, but ELwood battled manfully, making 7/195 in reply. Julian Twigg had a day out, making 50 retired and was very well supported by his son, Hugo (33 retired), Adam Oulton (43) and Elwood debutant Mark Smith (20). Great effort boys and I reckon your first win for the season could even be this weekend!


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