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Three teams remain undefeated after Round 2

October 13, 2014 No Comments

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Another great weekend for the cricket club as our First, Second and Sixth Elevens remained undefeated. It is a wonderful start to the season, especially for our Ones and Twos who are both currently second on the ladder in the highly competitive top two grades. The Sevenths also registered their first win for the season which was a great result!

It was another great turnout at the club rooms after the matches, so thank you to everyone for getting back to the rooms!

To the games…

Firsts skipper Nathan Harris lost the toss. Again. Le Page wisely decided to bat first and went about putting together a very competitive score of 8/158. They started out OK, getting to 0/20 before losing their first wicket thanks to Calvin Lyon. They managed to get to 1/69 before Nanger threw the ball to Mitch “Pup” Clarke and from their the match swung heavily to Elwood’s favour. Pup produced his finest bowling innings in Longmuir, his left-arm orthodox triggering a collapse for Le Page as he registered a stunning 4/14 off his eight overs. Speedster Saddam Hussein (2/23) also manged to grab a couple at the end, as Elwood finished their bowling innings strongly. In reply, Elwood’s batting started badly. Nathan, the inform Adam Howard and Steve Murphy were all out before the score was 25. Oscar Persson (17) steadied the ship but it was an outstanding, unbeaten 86 run partnership by Kristian Dompietro (43 not out) and Chris Phillips (38 not out) that brought home the points for Elwood. It was a super effort by Yak and Crispy, and we now face Bentligh ANA next week on their turf  with two wins from two games. Well done boys!

The Twos were looking to back-up their great win from last week and this game like our Firsts, faced Le Page. Skipper Anesti Cosmas won the toss and promptly batted. Last week it was Steve Murphy setting the tone with the bat, this week it was Sammy Dagher. Sammy belted 92 opening the batting. It was a wonderful, positive innings and allowed Elwood to post the competitive score of 6/197. Sammy was well supported by fellow opener Julian Greening (21)  – their opening stand was worth 87, Cosi (27) and a typical quick-fire knock of 27 from Marcus Bayer. And like last week, the Twos bowlers worked as a unit, and, like last week, every bowler used took a wicket. And, like last week, they rolled a team, this time bowling Le Page out for just 81. The bowling figures make excellent reading. Howie Persson (1/11 off seven). Gene Kingi (1/13 off 8). Jamie Jordan in his Woolnough debut (2/17 off 6). Josh Murphy (1/16 off 8). Adam Green (2/9) off five. Marcus Bayer (2/6 off 2). A fantastic team effort and a big game next week against Cluden at home.

The Thirds played Hampton Central and skipper Kevin Wetdewich won the toss and batted. Openers Ray “the Duke” Earls (22) and Ciaran Wilcox (19) got the team off to an enterprising start. Actually, every batsmen used chipped in and made double figures as Elwood went on to make a competitive 5/166. Kev was the stand-out with a scratchy, but highly effective, 43 not out. In reply, the defence could not have started better with Lachy Venn (1/22 off 8) getting a wicket in his first over. Fellow opener Scott Leach (0/20 off 8) also bowled very well. Centrals then formed a strong 113-run partnership that proved to be the difference. The match got very close as Ray Earls (3/52) and Greg Thwaites (2/24) got Elwood to a whisker of producing a miraculous win as Centrals lost 3/6 but in the end they got the win. Next week the Threes play Shamrock at home.

The Fourths played Emerald Hill at home and skipper Tony Rourke won the toss and batted. The top four batsmen batted beautifully with John Phillips (50), Pat Reilly (49), Peter Tsiampas (29) and Dan Wood (30) setting the platform for a big score. The middle order and tail didn’t quite add to the scoreboard but the Fourths batted the overs out and made a competitive 8/189.  Like last week the Elwood bowlers struggled to take wickets as Emerald Hill passed the total with only 3 wickets lost. Luke Stanley (2/49 off 7) was the only multiple wicket taker. We are sure the Fourths win bounce back as they play Hampton United away next week.

The Fifths had a tough week. They were bowled out for 67 and at one stage lost 5 for 0. Wasif Latif was clearly the pick of the batsmen with an entertaining 25 opening the innings with young gun Hugo Kohler showing a lot of mettle making a steadying 19. It was always going to be hard to defend such a total but you want to see something positive in such a situation and youngsters Tom Balme (2/11) and Blake Picone (0/13 off 5) were the pick of the bowlers. The Fifths have a bye next week.

The Sixths had another great win, this time beating Washington Park. Stand-in skipper Nathan Pitkin (a former Shark himself) had a belter of a match. He lost the toss and watched as Tony King (2/14) and Iqrar Hussein (2/20) made inroads into the Sharks’ top order. He picked up a wicket himself (1/13 off 6), as did Rick Yeatman (1/2) as Elwood kept Washington Park to just 7/107. The Yeatmans (Rick and son Julian) opened the batting with the son (17) out-batting the father. When Ging was out the score was 65 and stage was set. Pitkin then went and made  a blazing 53 not out to secure the points for Elwood. The Siths play East Bentleigh Central next week away.

The Sevenths registered their first win of the season in emphatic style. After losing the toss, Elwood proceeded to roll Hampton United for just 75. In response, the Sevenths just lost two wickets and made the runs in just 16 overs and, in a quirk of the draw, play the same team again next week, this time at the oppositions home ground.

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