The Firsts continue their winning start to the season

October 26, 2015 No Comments


Good afternoon Elwood players & supporters,

It was a tough round for the club, for both our juniors and seniors, as wins were few and far between. However, there was some excellent news, namely in the form of the second win in a row by our First XI who sit second on the ladder in the Longmuir Shield and continue to represent our club excellently. The Fourths also had their maiden win for the season, which was a great result considering how many players were out for Round 2. And of course, Mark “Rosy” Rosendorff scored his maiden century for the club, scoring a brilliant 100 not out in the second innings of the Third’s match as they were looking at an outright defeat.

We now turn our attention to Round 3, and with quite a few players returning, all seniors need to get down to the club on Tuesday and Thursday to throw their hats in the ring for selection.

Go Elwood.

Longmuir Shield: 1st XI (8/216) def. Omega 1 (154) at Elwood:

Skipper Nathan Harris won the toss and decided to bat. He may have been wondering if that was the right decision when Elwood found itself 3/34 and with three of our key batsmen — Clark, Howard and Chanaka — all in the shed. But the Firsts this year are showing all the signs of being a true team, and it was Ryan Harris and Matty Young who stood up admirably. Ryan, opening the batting, finished with a personal Longmuir highest score of 81. An innings which speaks volumes of Ryan’s preparation and attitude. Youngy was equally excellent, making 60 and combining with Ryan for a partnership of 132. Well done boys! This partnership was the backbone of an innings that saw Elwood register a score of over 200 at Wattie — which is always competitive. In reply, Elwood’s bowling had to work hard against an  initially stubborn Omega before Elwood’s new spin kings put the sword to the opposition’s batting line up. Chanaka (3/18 off 13) and Rob De Haan (2/44 off 20) took wickets and dried up the runs, turning the screws to the point that the game was unwinnable for Omega. Coach Adam Howard (2/43) and Josh Murphy( 2/27) contributed at key moments as Elwood displayed a wonderful team effort and a wonderful second win in a row.

Next game: Brighton Union at Hurlingham Oval


Woolnough Shield: 2nd XI (166) def by. Cluden (7/172) at William St Reserve:

Cluden won the toss and sent Elwood into bat, and openers Sammy Dagher (19) and Adam Green (32) got Elwood off to a great start with an opening partnership of 67. After that Elwood lost constant wickets but it was key contributions by Luke Baillie (25) and Saddam Hussein (39 not out) that saw the Twos post a score that could have been defendable. The bowling innings started well, taking an early Cluden wicket before they put on a fighting second wicket partnership. Then the wickets began to tumble as Marcus Bayer (3/34) and Hussein (2/34) cut a swathe through the top order. At 7/88 Elwood was in the prime position but then, to their credit, Cluden mounted a rear guard effort and chased the runs down without losing a further wicket.

Next game: Chadstone Harlequins at Elwood


D Grade: 3rd XI (83 & 5/173) def by. Bentleigh ANA 2 (6/188 dec) at King George VI Reserve Oval:

It was a game of two halves for the Thirds. The first half was awful, being bowled out for 83 and losing the game in the first day. Honourable mentions to the lower order in Hugo Twigg, Nathan Turner, Lachy Venn and Ciaran Wilcox who out up a fight after the top order collapsed to be 5/13. Without scoreboard pressure it was always going to be hard on the bowlers but Nathan Turner (3/77) stood tall, as did Ciaran Wilcox (1/8 off 4). Sent in to bat again, the top order more or less did what they did the first innings, again being 4/28. Enter Mark “Rosy” Rosendorff, whose innings had Elwood historians going through the books to see if anyone had scored a second innings hundred for Elwood before. It was a brilliant knock and Rosy’s maiden hundred for the club. A great achievement for a ripping bloke. And it saved the Thirds the embarrassment of losing outright, turning a negative into a massive positive. Rosy was wonderfully supported by Hugo Twigg (8) who dug in and made a 68 run partnership with Rosy and Nathan Turner (29 not out) whose 77 run partnership with Rosy enabled him to raise the bat to the boys.

Next game: Mackie 3 at Bailey Reserve


F Grade: 4th XI (3/139) def Brighton District 13 (131) at Elwood:

This was a great win by the Fours. Playing a club’s First XI, and bearing the brunt of so many players out in Round 2, this was a win for the ages. The damage was done on the first day with the ball. Blake Picone (2/19), Russell Campbell (2/20) and Zac Leiser-Moore (4/34) tore the heart out of Brighton District’s batting line up and they never recovered. Needing a small total on the small back oval can sometimes be a bit of a challenge, but it proved to be an almost clinical display by the Fours as they passed the total with the loss of just 3 wickets. Peter Tsiampas /44), Sam Marcolin ( 34), Russell Campbell (26*) and James Fisher (11*) got the job done for the boys. Well done lads, a great win.

Next game: Carnegie South 3 at Elwood


G Grade: 5th XI (56 & 120) def by. West Bentleigh 4 (2/99 & 1/79) at Victory Park

The Fifths got a great win in Round 1 but came crashing down to Earth on Round 2 with an outright defeat at the hands of West Bentleigh. Not a lot to write about for Elwood, as the Fifths were hit hard with so many players out. Skipper Luke Stanley top scored for Elwood in the second innings with 34 but that was about it. One to put behind and to forget about.

Next game: Kingston Heath 4 at Peanut Farm


H Grade: 6th XI (218) def by East Bentleigh Central 2 (7/321) at Laggon Reserve:

Like the Fifths, the Sixths were up against it with player shortages hitting hard, especially playing a club’s second XI. East Bentleigh Central had a great day with the bat, scoring over 300. The 6ths captain, the great Tony King, took 4/55 and along with young gun Under 16s player Lachy Townsing (2/81) proved the biggest thorn in the side of the opposition. It would have been easy for the 6ths to drop their bundle, but to their eternal credit, they batted their overs out, making 218, with key innings by John Phillips (69), Anton Burney (46) and Pat Reilly (36).

Next game: Chelsea Heights/Aspendale Gardens 4 at Memorial Oval (Edithvale Common) on November 7



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