Seconds remain undefeated, Fourths’ maiden win as Turner takes 8/14

October 27, 2014 No Comments


It was the first two day games of the season and the words of our coach, Graham Yallop, have never rung truer: “bat the overs out and you give yourself every chance.” In the end, the teams that performed with both bat and ball got the points as Elwood recorded three wins out of six (the Fifths had a bye).

Congratulations to the Fourths who had their maiden win of the season, highlighted by a brilliant individual performance by Nathan Turner who took 8/14 in the first innings — a feat that Elwood statisticians believe to be in the top few best innings bowling figures of all time for Elwood. Nathan then took 2/17 in the second innings, taking his match figures to an outstanding 10/31. Well done, Nath.

The Seconds had their third successive win (and a thriller against Cluden) and remain undefeated and the Thirds managed to topple D Grade ladder leaders St Andrews Gardiner. The Firsts, Sixths and Sevenths all lost.

And thanks to everyone who attended out Halloween party on Saturday night and everyone who dressed up. We hope everyone had a great time.

To the games…

Firsts skipper Nathan Harris lost the toss. Again. That’s three from three, Nanger! Bentleigh ANA then went about and crafted a competitive total of 280, a score that could have been bigger if they didn’t lose 4/18 for the final four wickets. The pick of the Elwood bowlers was clearly Adam Howard who took 4/39 off his 13.1 overs, although Calvin Lyon chipped in with 2/51 off 18 overs as well. The run chase started out OK as Nanger and Kristian Dompietro put on 18 for the first wicket, and then Kristian’s wicket triggered two calamitous run outs that saw Nanger and the in-form Adam Howard (25) depart. Besides a typically resolute innings from Matty Harris (24) the Elwood batsmen struggled, with a string of ducks seeing Elwood out for just 88. Despite the big loss, the Firsts are still two wins from three games, sitting fifth on the ladder, and playing second placed West Bentleigh next round.

The Twos. What can you say? Undefeated and sitting second on the ladder. Cluden won the toss and send Elwood into bat, a decision skipper Anesti Cosmas was not unhappy about. That was, until, Elwood found itself quickly at 2/4. The Seconds of yesteryear would have proceeded to be rolled for 50. But this year’s team is made of sterner stuff. Adam Green and Cosi then went on to forge a steadying (and defining) 89-run stand. Both batsmen made an excellent 46. Ryan Harris made a productive contribution of 19 before Elwood debutant Matt Young entered the arena and turned the fortunes of the game. Matty made an enterprising and counter-attacking 47 not out, guiding Elwood to a total of 8/208 off its 65 overs. A very useful 10 not out by Josh Murphy helped get the boys to that total.  In reply, and in contrast, Cluden got off to an excellent start, making 72 before losing its first wicket. From there, a steady run of wickets occurred. Marcus Bayer (3/34), Jamie Jordan (2/38) and Matt Young (2/26) doing the damage — although, as usual, the Twos bowlers worked as a unit to get the job done. In the end, Cluden needed a six off the last ball to win, and were run out trying ot achieve that. A fanstastic win by the Twos who now play fifth-placed Chadstone Harlequins next week at Elwood.

The Thirds played ladder leader St Andrews Gardiner and, like the Twos, had a great win. Winning the toss and deciding to bat, skipper Kevin Wetdewich saw his openers lose an early wicket before Ciaran Wilcox (18) and Leigh Josey (71) steadied the ship. Despite losing a string of middle order wickets, Kev got among the runs himself making a fine 62 not out to guide, along with Nathan Pitkin (15), the Thirds to a competitive score of 209. In reply, the bowling innings could not have started any better as Scott Leach had the St Andrews Gardiner skipper caught behind by Leigh with the first ball of the match. This triggered a collapse that saw Elwood have their opponents at 4/13 with Leach (3/24) and Pitkin (2/45) the chief destroyers. St Andrews Gardiner then produced a resilient fight back that threatened to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat before firebrand Greg Thwaites took 3/44 in a lion-hearted performance with the ball that helped the Thirds get the points. Greg was well supported by all Elwood bowlers, particularly Pitkin, and the Thirds now play 10th placed Shamrock at Elwood next week.

The Fourths recorded their first win of the season, winning on the first Saturday and attempting an outright on the second Saturday, that ultimately proved futile. The win however was a welcome one for skipper Tony Rourke, who got his first win as captain of the Fours — well done Weeds! Tony won the toss and sent Hampton United in. His bowlers didn’t let him down. Iqrar “Ikky” Hussein took 2/14 off 10 overs in a fine display of bowling but it was Nathan Turner who stole the show. Waddles returned one of the greatest bowling figures of all time for Elwood, taking 8/14 off 15 overs as Elwood routed its opponents for just 47 runs. In  reply, Elwood declared on 5/147, 100 runs ahead, as David Robertson (23), Dan Wood (21), Andy Dillon (20), Tony Rourke (14 not out) and Nathan Turner (31 not out) got among the runs. Winning outright is hard. And it proved as such as Hampton United shut up shop, recording the dour figures of 4/75 off 62 overs for the second days play as it fought against outright loss. Nevertheless, an outstanding effort by the Fourths and Nathan Turner in particular! Great work, Waddles! Due to a fixture irregularity, the Fourths are playing a one day match at Elwood on Sunday against Highett West. Because it is the We are currently trying to get the game moved to the following Sunday (or better yet, a Saturday somewhere, dependent on Ground availability).

The Fifths had a bye. Their next game is a one dayer on November 8 (they have next weekend off). This is due to SECA’s policy of scheduling one day games in the lower grades during major horse racing events. True! The Fifths are playing 4th placed Kingston Heath at the Peanut Farm on November 8.

Stand-in skipper Adrian Fisher lost the toss and East Bentleigh Central chose to bat. The Sixths had then 2/10 before a string of big partnerships guided the opposition to 245.  Tony “TK” King was again among the wickets taking 4/46. He was well supported by all bowlers, particularly Dame Wilsonsen who took 2/42. The run chase was always going to require some resolve and it was Sam Marcolin who stood up. Sammy made his highest score in seniors, a fine 72 opening the batting, and was finally out when the score was 211. An impressive effort by Sam. Well done, SOP! Great effort mate! Thanks to Sam’s backbone of an innings, the Sixths fell just 16 runs short. Sam was well supported by John Shibli (19), Wasif Latif (41), Matty Wallace (36), James Fisher (11 not out) and TK (10 not out). Even though they just lost, it was a great effort by the boys to get so close and showed a lot of character. Their next game is a one dayer on November 8 (they have next weekend off). This is due to SECA’s policy of scheduling one day games in the lower grades during major horse racing events. True! The Sixths are playing 2nd placed Brighton District at Elsternwick on November 8.  

The Sevenths played Hampton United where skipper Julian Twigg lost the toss and was put into the field. The 7ths tried hard but struggled to get a run of wickets at the opposition made 6/161 off their 35 overs. It was a very achievable target, but unfortunately the boys made it hard work for themselves and ended up getting bowled out for 105 off 29 overs. Their next game is a one dayer on November 8 (they have next weekend off). This is due to SECA’s policy of scheduling one day games in the lower grades during major horse racing events. True! The Sixths are playing 7th placed Bentleigh Uniting at Duncan KcKinnon on November 8.


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