This round is Bendigo Bank Round!: 1sts, 2nds and 4ths continue strong start & T20 starts tomorrow at Elwood!

November 8, 2015 No Comments


Good morning Elwood players & supporters,

Firstly, Round 4 introduces the first week of a sponsorship initiative for the club. Round 4 is Bendigo Bank Round. Every subsequent round will be renamed for one of sponsors. This round we will be emailing out some information about our awesome local bank who has sponsored the club for such a long time and they are such a great part of the Elwood community.

Secondly, it was a another successful week for Elwood’s senior sides, with the Firsts, Seconds and Fourths all having great wins. The Firsts win sees them on top of the Longmuir ladder after the first 3 games, with a crucial match against competition heavy-weights East Sandringham at Elwood next round. The Seconds had an amazing, against the odds, win and the Fourths almost won outright and have cemented themselves into the top four in F Grade.

Thirdly, tomorrow night is also the first match of the SECA Twenty20 competition. We are playing Washington Park at Elwood and the game starts at 5.15pm. The bar will be open, and a BBQ will be cooked, so come to training and then support the boys.

For our juniors, we continue to show improvement, with the Under 14As and Bs getting their first wins of the season and the 12cs winning as well. And speaking of juniors, it was great to see so many juniors throughout our senior sides this round, with 10 current juniors playing and a further 9 who have finished juniors in the past few years.

Round 4 looms as a massive round for the club, with so many important games. Get to training this week and get to selection night on Thursday.

Go Elwood.

Longmuir Shield: 1st XI (188) def. Brighton Union 1 (138) at Hurlingham Park Oval:

Skipper Nathan Harris won the toss and batted first and the luckless Stuart Clark copped an interesting LBW decision and in-form opening partner Ryan Harris departed not too much later. Coach Adam Howard, moving to number 3 in the batting order, came in and steadied the innings with a fine 43. Some middle and lower-middle order steel saw Elwood to a score of 188, thanks to some excellent contributions by Matty Young (31), Nathan Harris (26), Matty Harris (29) and Kristian Dompietro (18). In reply, Elwood started brilliantly, with Dom Bulcock taking the first wicket when Brighton Union were on 5 thanks to a sensational diving, one-handed catch at third slip by Chanaka Ruwanasiri. Josh Murphy (2/20 off 8) and Adam Howard (4/17 off 13.5) got some key wickets before Rob De Haan (3/49 off 19) sliced through the middle order, also taking his 150th wicket for the club. Adam Howard cleaned up the tail and Elwood won, in convincing style, by 50 runs. A fantastic, professional, team-oriented win that sets us up beautifully for a massive match this week against East Sandringham at Elwood.

Next game: East Sandringham at Elwood


Woolnough Shield: 2nd XI (182) def Chadstone Harlequins 1 (146) at Elwood:

It was a similar result for the Seconds as the Firsts, but they took a much more difficult path to get there. Winning the toss and batting, skipper Adam Green would have been regretting that decision when Elwood were 5/30. Enter Lachlan Harris and Mark Rosendorff, who put together a 90 run partnership in an epic fightback that saw Lach make 44 and Rosy (who scored a century in the Thirds last round) make a brilliant 52. Well done boys. Club treasurer Marcus Bayer then decided to wield the axe and make a blinding 33 runs batting at 10 to get Elwood to a very competitive score. Marcus wasn’t finished yet and tore through Chadstone Harlequin’s batting line-up, taking 6/35 off 19 overs — his first five-for Elwood. He was well supported by Howie Persson (1/26 off 16.2 overs) and Lachy Harris (2/28). Actually, all the Twos bowled well. Great win boys!

Next game: East Sandringham 2 at Chisholm Reserve


D Grade: 3rd XI (138) def by. Mackie 3 (4/140) at Bailey Reserve:

Skipper Ray Earls won the toss and batted, leading from the front by making a fine 40. It was a one day game, after not being about to get on the previous Saturday, and the Thirds started well enough losing just 2 wickets for 51 at tea. Zac Leiser-Moore batted very well, making 30 but unfortunately there was not too much more help as the Thirds finished with a competitive score off their 38 overs but it proved to be about 20 runs short. In reply, the thirds bowled well but were a little unlucky at times. Greg Thwaites (3/29) led from the front, as did Nathan Turner (1/26 off 8). A disappointing loss but the chance to atone next game.

Next game: West Bentleigh 3 at Elwood


F Grade: 4th XI (8/301) def Carnegie South 3 (86 & 7/50) at Elwood:

Another great win by the Fourths. Winning the toss and batting the Fours did not hold back. A really great team effort with scores from Tony Rourke (20), Alan Parkinson (42), David Robertson (33), Dan Wood (32), Lachy Venn (13) and Andy Dillon (13 no). The pick of the batsmen was Under 16s young gun Marco Walker who made an excellent 61. Well done young man! Like the bating, the bowling was team orientated and equally as destructive. They bowled Carnegie South our for 86, then sent them in and had them 7/50. Wickets were shared around by all the boys and the Fourths continue their stellar form. Keep it up lads!

Next game: Emmanuel South Oakleigh 1 at Oakleigh South Secondary College


G Grade: 5th XI (170) def by. Kingston Heath 4 (196) at Peanut Farm:

Kingston Heath won the toss and batted, losing early wickets to be 5/74. They steeled themselves for a fightback and fought on to make a respectable 196. Impressing with the ball was Nick Fernie who took 5/68 off 20 overs on debut for the club. Well done mate! Carey Lyon also bowled well, taking 2/42 off 18 miserly overs. In reply, the score was a little too big in the end. John Phillips (62), Jason Norris (39) and John Schibli (25) all put up a fight but the total was too big in the end.

Next game: CUCC Kings 2 at Keely Park East


H Grade: 6th XI (9/72) def by Chealsea Heights/Aspendale Gardens 4 (96) at Memorial Oval:

Skipper Tony King won the toss and put CHAGS in, a masterstroke it seemed after they rolled them for 96. The captain picking up 2/11 and was well served by his bowlers, particularly the returning Dave May who took 4/34. In reply Elwood got off to a shaky start. Sam Marcolin (20) and Jordon Grollo (18 no) were the pick of the batsmen as Elwood struggled to all out for 72. It was great thought to see a few of our under 14s and future stars playing, and the boys bowled and fielded well but struggled a little with the bat. To next week!

Next game: Brighton Union 3 at Lagoon Reserve



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