Firsts deliver emphatic victory & Hussein takes 8/28 in the Fourths

November 24, 2014 No Comments


Firsts skipper Nathan Harris lost the toss again! Five from five! And Brighton Union duly chose to bat. It didn’t take long for Elwood to strike as Dominic Bulcock, in his first game for Elwood, took the first wicket when Union were just 12. Union put together a few meanwhile partnerships but then lost 6/20 with Adam Howard (4/31) the chief destroyer. Howie was well assisted by Dom (2/48) and young gun Howie Persson, in just his second Longmuir game, produced the excellent figures of 3/25. Having to face a few overs, Nathan sent in Stuart Clark and Matt Young to open the batting and both were there at the end of the first week’s play. The run chase could not have been better. Opening the batting, Stu made a classy and polished 60 not out to carry his bat throughout the innings and get us the points. His opening partner, Matt Young, made an excellent 34, with Matty instrument in the 51 run partnership. Adam Howard batted at three and batted exceptionally. Howie made 76 not out and Elwood easily passed Union’s total for the loss of just one wicket. A great win for the Firsts — well done, boys! The Ones play East Sandringham at Elwood next round.

The Twos played Woolnough ladder leaders Omega at their home turf. Omega made 9/202 and at one stage were 6/97. The pick of Elwood’s bowlers were Sam McPhee (347) and Jamie Jordan (2/40). Andrew Baker, on debut for ELwood, took 1/21. The run chase started solid enough with the heavy hitting duo of Sammy Dagher (19) and Steve Murphy (20) putting on 40 for the first wicket. Then Elwood was 4/48. If it wasn’t for an excellent 50 by Luke Baillie, the score would have been quite unflattering as Elwood ended up all out for just 136. The Twos play East Sandringham at Chisolm Reserve next round.

The Thirds played Moorabbin West in an eventful match. Bowling out Moorabbin West for just 130 in the first innings, ELwod looked well on top with Mark “Rosy” Rosendorff taking a brilliant 4/14 and was well supported by Nathan Pitkin (3/19) — who was on a hat trick at one stage. Elwood then had 14 overs to bat for the day and that is when it all went bad as Elwood found itself 4/14 at the end of the day;s play. The Thirds ended up being bowled out for just 69, with Dae Szydlik the only highlight making a composed 16 off about 26 overs. Moorabin West then batted again, putting on a quick fire 4/98, setting Elwood 160 off 20 overs to get an unlikely victory, the only highlight being Kevin Wetdewich taking his 100th wicket for the club. The Twenty20 run chase started well enough but ultimately the batting failed again and Elwood managed to avoid the outright despite losing 8 wickets. The Thirds play Mackie at Mackie Road Reserve next round.

The Fourths played Chelsea Heights-Aspendale Gardens (CHAG) and won in the first day. The win was on the back of another outstanding Fourth XI bowling effort with Iqrar “Iqqy” Hussein taking an amazing 8/28 off 18.5 overs (all bowled!) that led CHAG to be bowled out for just 66. Well done, Iqqy! Elwood made 4/129 declared, with the runs coming from Pat Reilly (45) Peter Tsiampas (28) and David “Robbo” Robertson (28 not out). Skipper Tony Rourke then went for the outright and CHAG ended up with 6/84, with Nathan Turner taking 3/25 and Hussein taking 2/21 to finish the match with the outstanding figures of 10/49. The Thirds play East Sandringham at Sandringham Secondary College next round.

The Fifths played Emmanuel South Oakleigh, a new club to SECA, and skipper Luke Stanley won the toss and chose to bat. Elwood made 189 from 49.4 overs with Adrian “Big Fish” Fisher and Paul Marcolin the outstanding batsmen, both making 46 each. Elwood almost snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with Big Fish taking 3/41 with the ball and then Paul Marcolin took an amazing 3/4 at the end to almost deliver Elwood an unlikely win! Bad luck boys! The Fifths play Le Page at Highett Reserve Oval No. 3 next round.

The Sixths played Moorabbin Park who were bowled out for 194. The pick of the bowlers were Perry Vargas (4/25) and Alex Jones (4/25) with a couple of wickets to the great Tony King (2/47). Elwood then made the runs, losing just five wickets. A great win. Well done boys! The Sixths play Southside East Caulfield at East Caulfield Outer Reserve next round.

The Sevenths played Cheltenham Park and made 8/163 off their 55 overs. They then went out and rolled Cheltenham Park for just 51, with Matty McNaughton taking 3 wickets. A great win by the Sevenths who continue to do us proud! Good work, lads! The Sevenths play Hampton Central at Elsternwick next round, though we will try and move that game to Elwood.


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