Premium Sport Tours Round!: Two and a Half wins as Ones, Twos stumble against East Sandy

November 24, 2015 No Comments


Good morning Elwood players & supporters,

Firstly, continuing on from last round, which was renamed for Bendigo Bank Elwood, Round 5 is Premium Sport Tours Round. Premium Sport Tours is located on Bay St, Brighton, and Elwood legend John Schibli is a director there. Premium Sport Tours organise sports packages for events all over the world, and you can contact them and ask for John, where the great man will help you out in his usual exceptionally-friendly way. We will have some details on some really cool tours they are organising next week.

Secondly, the seniors had a mixed bag last round, with the Firsts and Seconds losing to East Sandringham — losses that hurt but hopefully inspire the boys onto bigger things for the season ahead. The Thirds got their first win of the season while the fourths had a tie! The Fifths had a great win against a strong side, and the Sixths, after a disappointing first week, fought exceptionally hard on the second Saturday to get some respect back.

Thirdly, tonight is the final T20 group match and the boys are playing against Mackie at Mackie Reserve. The game starts at 5.15pm, but we ask all players not playing to attend training instead if possible as we have had a few weeks of interrupted training and we want to put on as bigger week as possible.

For our juniors, poor weather played havoc with a few games last weekend and the boys continue to develop well.

Get to training this week and get to selection night on Thursday.

Go Elwood.

Longmuir Shield: 1st XI (132) def by. East Sandringham Boys Club 1 (174) at Elwood:

Skipper Nathan Harris lost the toss and East Sandy chose to bat, which was probably a no-brainer when your sides consists of former Australian Test batsman Brad Hodge. East Sandy were off to a solid enough start before Hodge departed, (caught by Lachy Harris off the bowling of Rob De Haan) when the score was 115 and Hodge had made 48. The early inroads were made by Dom Bulcock (2/30) who, as he often does, troubled the top order batsmen and strikes early. The game then swung back to Elwood with a fine spell of leg spin bowling by De Haan, who finished with 6/59 off 21.5 mesmerizing overs. Robbie was exceptionally well supported by Josh “Dougy” Murphy who bowled beautifully in support, taking 1/43 off 21 miserly overs. Chasing the runs was always going to be about hard work and unfortunately the boys could not turn all their hard work to application. Matty Young (26), opening the batting, was the standout in the top order, and despite rear-guard knocks by the skipper Nathan Harris (40) and his brother Matty (22) the boys fell for just 132, with Hodge taking 4/51.

Next game: Mackie 1 at Elwood


Woolnough Shield: 2nd XI (121) by. East Sandringham Boys Club 2 (9/133) at Chisholm Reserve:

Like their First XI, East Sandy won the toss and batted. They were probably ruing that decision when they were 3/16. East Sandy consistently lost wickets but managed to struggle to 9/133 on a typically slower Chisholm Reserve. Elwood’s bowlers all performed very well. Young gun Howie Persson finished with 1/33 off 19 overs. The in-form Marcus Bayer finished with 2/19 off 12 overs. Jamie Jordan had 1/19 off 19 stingy overs. Saddam Hussein had 2/17 off 8 overs and Chris Phillips had 1/15 off seven overs.  So the bowlers had done their job and the Twos had the job to chase down the runs. They started well enough and were 4/97 thanks largely to Andrew Tonkin (26) and small contributions by most of the top order. Unfortunately they then lost 6/24 and fell an agonising 13 runs short of the win.

Next game: Hampton Central 1 at Simpson Reserve


D Grade: 3rd XI (8/169) def West Bentleigh 3 (9/167) at Elwood:

The Thirds had not posted a win for season 2015/16 but that changed on Saturday! Losing the toss and bowling, the Thirds started brilliantly, restricting West Bentleigh to just 2/48 at tea. Nathan Turner was the standout bowler, taking a brilliant 6/65 off 25 overs as the Thirds kept the Cowboys to 9/167 off 65 overs. In reply, Alan Parkinson made sure Elwood gave itself the best chance possible with a brilliant innings of 49 opening the batting. He was well supported in the middle order by Leigh Josey (37) but the loss of a few quick wickets meant that Elwood needed 12 runs to win with renowned batsmen Zac Leiser-Moore at the crease, partnered bu not-renowned batsman Greg Thwaites. Luckily for Thwaita, Zac decided to win the game off his own bat by hitting three fours in one over to win the game for the Threes! Well done boys!

Next game: Moorabbin West 2 at Elwood


F Grade: 4th XI (185) tied with Emmanuel South Oakleigh (185) at Oakleigh South Secondary College:

Emmanuel South Oakleigh won the toss and sent Elwood in. And before they knew it the Fourths were 4/37 and struggling. However, excellent innings by Matt McNaughton (37) and Russell Campbell (49), as well as support by James Fisher (14*) and skipper Adrian Fisher (18) meant that ELwood fought very hard to post a respectable 185. In reply, ESO were cruising at 4/157 and had the game to win. But the Fours grabbed victory (well a tie) from the jaws of defeat by snaring 5/12, the hero with the ball being Nick Fernie who finished with 3/46, including the wicket to tie the game.

Next game: Omega 4 at St Marks Primary School


G Grade: 5th XI (8/129) def CUCC Kings 2 (9/127) at Keeley Park East:

“This was one for the True Believers,” said skipper Luke Stanley in his match report at the club after the game. And it was. Playing a side that beat them twice last year, the Fifths rolled the Kings for 127 on the first Saturday, with the captain Stanely leading from teh fron, taking 4/36. Luke was ably assisted by Adam Oulton (2/16), Ollie Woods (2/32) and Jordon Grollo (1/33). In reply, the Fifths were somewhat floundering at 3/17 overnight but an excellent innings of 47 not out by Andy Dillon, a resolute 18 off 20 overs by Dane Wilsonsen and an entertaining 16 by Jordon Grollo meant that the boys got a fantastic win!

Next game: Victorian Cavalier Sports Club 2 at Peanut Farm


H Grade: 6th XI (35 & 67) def by Brighton Union 3 (2/267) at Lagoon Reserve

The 6ths were always up against it, taking on a Longmuir club’s 3rd XI and the boys were found out a little by being bowled out for 35 on the first day. Union then put on a lot of runs and declared overnight meaning Elwood was playing for pride to make the outright as hard as possible on Saturday. TO the boys credit they did just that. The records will show they lost outright, but they fought tooth and nail, all day, to do their best to avoid it. Matt Wallace (23) and Corey McQuilin-Feehan particularly fought hard to eat as many overs as possible. Unfortunately the task proved insurmountable and the boys lost outright in the second last over of the day.

Next game: Mackie 4 at Lagoon Reserve



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