7th XI the only victors in tough weekend

November 10, 2014 No Comments

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This report will be a little shorter than usual.

Kudos to our Seventh XI who made sure we didn’t have a winless round as the boys got up in style. Congratulations also to Sammy Dagher who played his 100th game but unfortunately was not not able to get a win in his milestone game despite top scoring with 70. Congratulations though, Sammy!

To the games…

Firsts skipper Nathan Harris lost the toss. Four in a row, Nanger!  We were all over them early, having West Bentleigh at 7/94 before the opposition engineered a fight back and managed to get them to 8/160. The pick of the bowlers was Adam Howard (3/23) and Chris Phillips (3/39). Howie Persson, in his Longmuir debut, picked up his first wick at this level! (1/26). Well done, Howie! Chasing 160 was very achievable but unfortunately things didn’t work out as we hoped as we were bowled out for just 98. Adam Howard (34) and Matty Harris (12) the only batsmen to make double figures. The Ones next play Brighton Union at Elwood.

The Twos played new SECA club Chadstone Harlequins at Elwood, with skipper Anesti Cosmas winning the toss and batting. Elwood made 170 with 100th gamer Sammy Dagher making an entertaining 70 opening the bat in an innings that laid the foundations of a big score. Unfortunately, only Luke Baillie (31) was able to get an innings together as ELwood made what is a par score at Wattie Watson. Despite trying their guts out, Elwood’s bowlers were unable to penetrate the Chadstone lineup and only took 4 wickets before the opposition passed the score. Josh Murphy the pick of the bowlers with an amazing 1/38 off 21 lion-hearted overs. The Twos play ladder leader Omega at Bricker Reserve next round.

The Thirds played Shamrock and had a disappointing game. Winning the toss and batting, Elwood made just 117 with contributions of note only by Ray Earls (34), Scottt Leach (22 not out) and Dae Szydlik (17). Defending that total out the back was always going to be difficult and despite having Shamrock 3/11 at one stage thanks to some fiery bowling by Greg Thwaites (3/46), there wasn’t enough runs on the board. The Threes play Moorabbin West at Widdop Reserve next round.

The Fourths recorded played a one dayer last Saturday and were beaten by Highett West. Keeping the opposition to 7/145 off their 38 overs, the pick of the bowlers was Chris “Boundi” Williams with 2/24. The run chase was held together by Pat Reilly (32) and Peter Tsiampas (44) but once those two got out the batting fell away Elwood was bowled out for 104. The Fours play Chelsea Heights-Aspendale Gardens next week at Memorial Oval.

The Fifths played Kingston Heath at the Peanut Farm this Saturday in a one dayer with the opposition batting first and making 8/148 after stand-in skipper Ciaran Wilcox lost the toss. The pick of the bowlers were Mick Roberts who took 3/21. and Ciaran who took 2/22. The run chase was a thriller, coming down to the last wicket, as Elwood batsmen John Phillips (27), Alan Parkinson (21), Jason Norris (20) and Dylan Foote (20) all made useful contributions. A close loss, but Elwood were bowled out for 147, just one run short. The Fifths play Emmanuel Sth Oakleigh at  Oakleigh South Secondary College next round.

The Sixths played Brighton District in a one dayer and fielded first. Brighton District made 5/174 in their overs with five bowlers all taking one wicket each. In reply, Elwood made 7/114 off their overs with stand-in skipper Rick Yeatman the standout batsman making 49 not out. The Sixths play Moorabbin Park at Sandringham Sec College (Beaumaris Campus) next round.

The Sevenths did Elwood very proud this week by being the only winning team this round. Packed full of kids, a few dads and a couple of returning players, the 7ths made 9/184 with the bat. In reply, they restricted Bentleigh Uniting to 9/184, making sure that we got the 6 points.

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