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History 1990-1995

 

Bentleigh ANA Cricket Club

 

A Lesson in History

Part 10.  1990-95

 

 

 

1990/91

With the celebrations of the 60th Year now over, it was imperative the Club's First Eleven continue to show improvement, under the Captaincy of Grant Treeby, and look for a place in the four. A forfeit gained over St. Kilda in the first round, followed by a three game losing streak, was not the start they wished for prior to the Christmas break. But with Mackie imports Glen Holland and Mark Rainey settling into the Club, together with Grant Treeby and Graeme Bodley, ANA had one of the best bowling attacks seen at the Club and as a result was able to keep opposition teams down to an average of 160. Consequently, six successive wins by the end of Round 10 meant ANA had to beat Washington Park in the last round to ensure a finals spot. Washington batted first with ANA's bowlers again dismissing the opposition for 160. Unfortunately the run chase fell short with the only resistance coming from Chris Beattie and Wes O'Neill, who provided the backbone of the batting with season averages of 39.9 and 29.2 respectively. For the second successive year the First Eleven came so close but again had to settle for fifth place.

 

The Second Eleven were able to capitalise on the depth of the First Eleven and go one better by winning eight games for the season, handing out a thrashing to Washington Park in the last round, to ensure they cemented a spot in the final four. As had been the case with the Second Eleven for some time, it boasted a number of all-rounders including Captain Bob Wilson, Frank Loiacono, Trevlyn Crozier and "indoor" recruits Jason Sherlock and Barry Masefield. Together with John Smith, Bob Dolman and David Shipp, this side had a number of experienced players that contributed to relative high scores throughout the year. In the bowling department David Millar continued to show improvement and was supported by Bob Dolman. Both these bowlers showed their true colours when ANA hosted Omega in the first Semi-final held at King George. Omega won the toss and as expected decided to bat first. At 2/67 at tea the Millar/Dolman combination then continued on to take all 10 wickets, dismissing Omega for 180. A reasonable score but quite achievable by the all-rounded talent of the ANA side. It may have been nerves, call it what you like, but two early run outs didn't help ANA's cause and at tea the game was all but over. Even the long tail that had performed so well during the home and away games couldn't save the home side from defeat and disappointingly they were all out for 90.

 

In "C" Grade ANA's Third Eleven showed they weren't going to be left out of the action, and led by first year Captain Michael Biddle, they booked themselves a place in the finals. Seven wins out of the last eight games earned them the right to play Hampton United in the Semi-final. Having taken 28 wickets throughout the home and away season Justin Fowler continued on his good form and picked up 5/46 off 20 overs, as ANA rolled Hampton United for 194. The batting relied heavily on Mark Horsfield (331runs for the season), Graham Johnson (228) and Desmond Falconer (222). The latter two combining for a record sixth wicket partnership of 182 not out (D.Falconer 93 n.o., G.Johnson 83 n.o.) against Brighton Central in Round 10. In ANA's innings these three batsmen were back in the pavilion at 7/131, and as a result the team failed to achieve the 194 runs required for victory.

 

The Fourth Eleven continued the Club's success by dropping only two games for the year, along their way to a Semi-final playoff against Brighton Union at King George. Although prolific season scorers for the year Andrew Stanes (252) and Peter "Frosty" Miller (324) failed in the Semi-final a creditable total was achieved, thanks mainly to Richard "Tavare" Smith who made a well compiled 53 and steadied the ship, allowing the team to make a score of 205. Defending this score Frosty turned it on with the ball taking 6/75 to have Brighton Union all out for 144. There was to be no pants ripping episode by Fourth's Skipper Paul Biddle this year as his side set up a first innings total of 264 against Brighton Central in the Grand Final. All batsmen contributed, with Andrew Stanes (30), Cameron Hallowell (58), Jack Smith (26), Russell Saunders (36), and Jason Sherlock (29). Centrals made a disastrous start, with all-rounder Russell Saunders taking 6/45 off 21 overs as they crashed to be all out for 97. Paul Biddle and Gavin Bodley took two wickets apiece. As expected, ANA enforced the follow-on, but at 8/97 the game was called off and at last ANA had grabbed itself a share of Premiership glory after having three of its five senior teams playing in the finals.

 

Whilst no junior sides were represented in the finals there were some encouraging signs for the future of the Club. Names like Liber Flechero, Ian Chick, Garry Litinsky, Adam Stone, Adam Kain, the latter taking a season aggregate 27 wickets at an average of 9.48, meant the Club had a base of good junior players to work with. Only time will tell if they all go on to succeed with the Bentleigh ANA Cricket Club.

 

1991/92

After the disappointment of missing out on the finals last year, ANA appointed wicketkeeper/batsman Chris Beattie as Captain of ANA's First Eleven and recruited a couple of exciting bowlers in Stuart Willey and Steven Badger. The aim was to strengthen a side that always threatened but just couldn't make the top level. Unfortunately, after losing the first two games of the season another mediocre year was looking likely. However, consistent performances from several players allowed ANA to win the remaining nine games of the season to make its first finals appearance in Longmuir Shield history. Exceptional batting performances were frequent in a line up that included seven players making over 200 runs for the season. Most impressive was stocky opener Wes O'Neill (363 runs at 45), who was well supported throughout the season by Debinder Singh (246 runs at 35), Neil Vorbach (271 runs at 34) and Chris Beattie (300 runs at 30). O'Neill provided the individual highlight of the season when he carried his bat against Washington Park in Round 5 to finish on 134 not out. In doing so, both he and Captain Chris Beattie created a new fourth wicket partnership for the First Eleven of 176 (Wes O'Neill 69, Chris Beattie 90). ANA's bowling department was dominated by opening bowler David Millar (31 wickets at 18) and the left arm orthodox of Graeme Bodley (25 wickets at 13). In summary, all of the core players contributed to bring ANA into its Semi-final clash against Omega at King George Reserve. Cedric Jansz had an indifferent season with the bat, but scored an inspirational century in the last round for the Seconds to win back a spot for the historic match. Omega won the toss and batted first. They batted strongly to finish at 7/223 with the reliable David Millar (3/92 off 29 overs) and Graeme Bodley (3/79 for 30 overs) denying Omega a greater score. ANA started poorly being 4/41, and despite some stirring performances from Neil Vorbach (66) and Cedric Jansz (44), who both received heavy blows to the head, ANA never recovered, finally being dismissed for 186. Despite having its best season in years, the finish was a disappointing one for a side that had the potential to go all the way.

 

In "C" Grade ANA's Third Eleven also made the finals after strong performances throughout the season from Russell Saunders with the bat (246 runs at 41) and Sammy Wolfe with the ball (19 wickets at 17). In the Semi-final against Mackie, ANA batted first and with good performances from Jack Smith (30), Jason Sherlock (49) and Peter Miller (38), the side was cruising at 3/150. However, a lower-order collapse left the game in the balance as ANA was dismissed for 190. In the end it was never threatened as Mackie were all out for 114. Peter Miller capped off a fine game taking 4/13 off 17 overs.

 

Unfortunately the Grand Final against Hampton Central was a game ANA will want to forget. After Captain Michael Biddle won the toss and elected to bat, ANA's Premiership chances were over early, being dismissed for 94. Despite lion-hearted efforts from Russell Saunders (3/32 off 20 overs) and Jason Sherlock (4/50 off 25.4 overs), Hampton Central passed ANA five down, going on to make 295. Despite no senior Premierships the juniors performed strongly, with both Under 12C and Under 16B Premierships being won by the  Club.

 

The "Under 16" Semi-final against Middle Park was an epic clash with ANA batting first. Solid performances by opener Adam Kain (33) and Captain Ian Chick (39) gave ANA a competitive score of 123. However, Middle Park looked likely winners after being 2/80, but with support from the boundary, ANA fought back, finally dismissing Middle Park for 117. Shane Kitts was the star taking 6/47. In the grand final against Elsternwick, Ashley Kitts (26), Ian Chick (47) and Shane Kitts (30) took ANA to 173. Elsternwick were never a chance, finally being dismissed for 147. Shane Kitts capped off a fantastic finals series by taking 4/48, while Ian Chick took off the wicket-keeping gloves to capture 3/12.

 

In the "Under 12C" grade (managed by Jack Smith and Des Falconer) Skipper Rohan Neve with the ball (4/20), and star player Leigh Ireson with the bat (22), gave ANA a solid win by five wickets in the Semi-final against Cheltenham Park. In the grand final against Omega, Rohan Neve backed up his Semifinal performance by taking 5/11 to help dismiss the opposition for 71. After being 4/5, and then 6/46, ANA were looking very shaky. However Greg Walker (28) and Andrew Samaratunge (10) defied the odds and allowed ANA to win its second Premiership for the season. Despite no senior successes, two Premierships for the season was a very good performance by any club's standards.

 

1991/92 "UNDER 12C" PREMIERS - Match Statistics

Toss won by Bentleigh ANA

Omega - 1st Innings

Woods G . . . . . . . . b Neve 15

O'Brien A . . . . . . . b Ireson 0

Wilkinson C . . . . . c Tylor b Walker 21

Brown L . . . . . . . . run out R.Neve/Tylor 19

Jenkin M . . . . . . . c Walker b Neve 0

Redon L . . . . . . . .b Neve 1

Sawaya R . . . . . . .c L.Ireson. b Neve 1

Bennett B . . . . . . .b Samaratunge 5

Baird D . . . . . . . . c R.Neve b Samaratunge 0

Nyssen L . . . . . . .c & b Neve 0

Yanni A . . . . . . . not out 0

Sundries 9

TOTAL 71

Bowling - Walker G. 1/19, Ireson L. 1/22, Neve R. 5/11,

Snelling M. 0/6, Samaratunge A. 2/4.

 

Bentleigh ANA - 1st Innings

Smith G . . . . . . . . . . . b Jenkin 0

Snelling M . . . . . . . c Jenkin 3

Ireson L . . . . . . . . . . lbw Jenkin 9

Neve R . . . . . . . . ..b Sawaya 0

Tylor R . . . . . . . . . .b Jenkin 0

Walker G . . . . . . . . b Wilkinson 28

Neve J . . . . . . . . . . b Yanni 3

Ireson A . . . . . . . . . not out 0

Samaratunge A . . . . c O'Brien 10

Pattison S . . . . . . . . .run out 0

Goff C . . . . . . . . . . b Jenkin 4

Sundries 27

TOTAL 84

Bowling - Jenkin M. 5/16, Sawaya R. 1/17, Yanni A. 1/4, Wilkinson C. 1/6,

Brown L. 0/12, Nyssen L. 0/1, O'Brien A. 1/1.

Bentleigh ANA won on 1st Innings by 13 runs.

 

 

1992/93

Chris Beattie again took up the Captaincy of the First Eleven and recruited glamour boy Jim Boyd, from Peninsula side Seaford, to bolster the number three batting position and add depth to the bowling, which also included local Steve Badger. The season started with a one day game against Cluden who, unfortunately, managed to pass ANA in the last over. This was followed by two draws against Omega and Washington Park. Both games were affected by rain, and on both occasions, ANA had chances for victory. Luck goes a long way to playing in finals and instead of having three wins (18 points), ANA had only six points from the first three rounds. A frustrating season was to follow, where the only further points gained was from another draw, this time it was Hampton United who denied ANA victory by "shutting up shop". Consistent batting by Trevlyn Crozier, hard hitting by Cedric Jansz, and the debut of Andrew Stanes into the First Eleven (averaging 20 from four games), were the only positives to come out of the batting, whilst the bowling averages showed only one percent separating Steve Badger, Jim Boyd, David Millar and Graeme Bodley, the latter again taking the Firsts bowling averages.

 

Whilst the Second Eleven, in "A" Grade, had a disappointing year, the Third Eleven, playing in "C" Grade, continually showed why they were the most consistent side by again featuring in the finals. The only set back they had to contend with was the lack of a home ground facility. The Council had taken the unprecedented move, three weeks prior to the start of the cricket season, of introducing womens softball to Bailey Park, leaving ANA with no ground for a Third Eleven, "C" Grade, team. As a result the team played few home games, but when they did it was on one of the overlapping grounds situated at Elsternwick Park. It was clear from the outset that the Executive Committee of ANA, alone, had to explore all avenues to ensure the Thirds had a home base for the following year. This was never going to be easy, given the swing away from the traditional sports of football and cricket. Nevertheless, and despite these adversities, the Third Eleven showed they were capable of mixing it with the best, on any ground, anywhere.

 

With only two losses coming into the finals ANA played Bentleigh Uniting at King George in a Semi-final, and after sending the opposition into bat, dismissed them for 98. Sam Wolfe and Jason Sherlock both took four wickets each, the latter having an excellent season with both bat and ball. ANA had a minor collapse with the bat but managed to overhaul the 98 required with one wicket to spare. The Thirds also gained the services of Russell Mactaggart who travelled down from Alexandra each Saturday to play. The Grand Final was played at King George against Le Page Park, who had earlier in the season dismissed ANA cheaply for 113. Again the consistent Le Page side had ANA on the ropes at 9/109. Enter Mark McDonald. The number eleven batsman, together with Mark Canavan, put on a 75 run partnership which took ANA to a respectable 184. Mark contributed 68 of those 75 runs. This partnership proved to be a match winning performance, as Le Page managed only 148 against an ANA attack again led by Jason Sherlock (five wickets), Mark McDonald, Sam Wolfe and Mick Ruffin. Finally the Thirds had a Premiership after finishing Runners-up the previous year, and Semi-finalists the year before that.

 

Unfortunately the Fourth and Fifth Elevens had lean seasons, but on a positive note, these teams were filled with junior players keen to help out at a senior level after having performed admirably with their own teams in the Junior competition. ANA has always prided itself on the quality of juniors coming up through the ranks and only time will tell whether these kids can take the next step.

 

1993/94

The off-season saw the departure of Chris Beattie back to the Peninsula, enticed by a coaching offer made by Baxter C.C. Jim Boyd left the Club after a stay of only one season and Steve Badger played just the one game. Needless to say the bowling attack lacked depth, with the weight of responsibility falling on the shoulders of David Millar and Graeme Bodley. Into the side came Peter Carmel, recruited by Cedric Jansz. Given the enormous task of getting ANA back on track, Peter took on the Coaching role as well as the Captaincy of the First Eleven. With their Round One match drawn due to rain, they didn't have to wait long for a win, with a Round Two victory over Hampton Central.

 

After collapsing to 9/121, ANA lifted with a last wicket stand of 65 between David Millar (52) and Graeme Bodley (22 n.o.), a record for an ANA First Eleven team, eclipsing the previous tenth wicket partnership of 56 set back in 1988. As a result, ANA made 186, and Hampton Central struggled, being bowled out for 106. Again David Millar and Graeme Bodley combined to take seven wickets between them. Unfortunately there was to be only three other wins for the year, highlighted by some big hitting from John Bacon. In an eight week period he amassed over 350 runs, smashing 120 out of 171 for the Third Eleven and then backing up with consecutive scores of 51, 70 and 117 in Longmuir Shield. The latter century coming with a huge six over the deep mid-wicket boundary against an Omega attack that went onto win the Longmuir Shield Premiership. John Bacon's season average of 37.88 was backed up with contributions from Trevlyn Crozier, Frank Loiacono and David Millar, all of whom exceeded 200 runs in the home and away season. For the first time in a while the First Eleven bowling lacked penetration, with only Graeme Bodley (21 wickets at 22.2) and David Millar (31 wickets at 18.7) making a significant impact. In addition to taking wickets Millar also opened the batting on most occasions and showed his all round ability by compiling 210 runs at an average of 26.2. This was far and away the most outstanding individual effort of any player throughout the Longmuir Shield competition, and as a result, David Millar was awarded the "G. Knights Sportsgoods Player of the Year".

 

The Second Eleven side were again led by John Smith, and as usual, were very competitive with five wins and a draw after the completion of eight rounds. Unfortunately three losses towards the end of the season saw them fall out of the four and miss an opportunity of playing in the finals. Debinder Singh was the highlight when he opened the batting against Omega in Round Two, making a swashbuckling 127 n.o., in of a total of 5/227. Singh accumulated over 270 runs throughout the year at an average of 45.5 and, together with Barry Masefield (twice taking 5/34 throughout the year) and Jason Sherlock, provided solid all rounded performances.

 

The off-season had the Committee of ANA working overtime to find a suitable ground for the reigning Third Eleven "C" Grade Premiers. An opportunity was explored through the City of Kingston to turn a recreation park, situated east of Warrigal Road, along Centre Dandenong Road, Cheltenham, into a cricket ground. The fact that it was adjacent to the Cheltenham RSL provided instant incentive to a number of staunch members of the Club. No names will be mentioned, but in the seasons to come, it was rumoured at least one ANA player visited the bar during the tea interval on those hot Saturday afternoons. Not sure whether the performances on the ground benefited from the sip at the bar but it was quietly, and discreetly, given the thumbs down by the Committee.

 

The hard work of Neil Vorbach, Graeme Bodley, Bob Wilson, and the Committee, enabled the Club to secure a home for its Third Eleven side. Known as Kingston Heath, it was soon adopted as "The Heath". Unfortunately it provided little shade to the cricketers who played there and its width made scoring boundaries a rarity. Whilst 1993/94 saw the defending Premiers win only a handful of games, the Third Eleven welcomed the return of Club legend Fitzroy Crozier. Taking 4/7 off 14 overs he showed nothing had been lost during his days of retirement. Giving his reason for returning to cricket as "purely a fitness one", at 57 years of age not many people could be bothered, let alone be capable, but the man loves the game and was also willing to help out other players from a coaching perspective. Mark McDonald had a stellar year, taking 21 wickets in the first four rounds with bags of 5/72, 5/46, 6/52 and 5/50, thus walking away with the title of "Club Champion" well before Christmas. Other highlights included personal bests from Darren Russell, who scored 93 in the last round, and Mark Harrington, in making scores of 71 and 65 opening the batting.

 

Highlights were thin on the ground for the Fourth and Fifth Elevens. Ashley Kitts provided an all-round performance in the Fourths, against East Sandringham in Round 10, making 69 with the bat and taking 2/19 with the ball. In the Fifths, Garry Litinsky hit up 103 in their Round 2 clash, also against East Sandringham. For the Women's side some solid batting performances were evident throughout the year, but not consistently enough to get them into the finals.

 

The "Under 16s" were the sole ANA finalists for the season, achieved more by solid team performances rather than individual brilliance. They played Highett West in the Semi-final, dismissing them for 135, with all five bowlers getting amongst the wickets. Unfortunately this consistency didn't carry through to the batting, with Koutaplis (64) the only player to get to double figures, out of a score of 109. The Ireson brothers put in some solid performances during the course of the season, with Leigh making 64 out of a total of 130 in Round 2 against South Caulfield in the "Under 14s", and Andrew taking 4/10, 4/16 and 3/13 in the first three rounds for the "Under 12s".

 

 

1994/95

Despite the appointment of Longmuir Shield "Player of the Year", David Millar, as Captain, and the introduction of new players Peter Bishop, Peter Damyon, Mark Duncan and Stuart Hendricks, the 1994/95 season was a lean one for the First Eleven Longmuir Shield side. Current players Darren Russell and Jack Smith made their debuts, the former hitting up 55 in his first and only knock for a Longmuir Shield side. Jack Smith was unlucky not to take out the First Eleven batting average with 198 runs at 33 from six games.

 

Unfortunately a change of personnel didn't mean a change of fortune and consequently, with only two wins and a draw for the season, relegation was narrowly avoided. No less than seven players averaged in the low twenties with the bat, but none of them went on to make significant scores. David Millar (25), Graeme Bodley (15) and Jason Sherlock (25) held the bowling together, with Jason Sherlock opening the bowling and averaging 21.88 with the ball in his first full season of Longmuir Shield.

 

Any game against Brighton Union is always a competitive one, but a Round 3 clash at Hurlingham Park will be well remembered for its excellent spell of opening bowling from David Millar and Jason Sherlock. They had the opposition struggling at 2/22 after 14 overs, with Sherlock having taken the openers out cheaply. But when you're on a losing streak the luck seems to desert you. This day was no different and with rain falling (not enough to stop play) the ground became slippery and so to did

the synthetic pitch at Hurlingham Park. In addition to the adverse weather conditions the bowling was under siege from former St. Kilda AFL player, Craig O'Brien. Rampaging his way to a score of 110 he completely changed the complexion of the match.

 

A score of 8/264 was always going to be a tall order and in reply ANA could only manage 9/163. Whilst the influx of new players failed to ignite the First Eleven, they did add overall depth to the Club's Second and Third Eleven sides. Second's Captain, John Smith, could be seen licking his lips when the likes of Peter Bishop, Trevlyn Crozier, Bob Dolman, Debinder Singh, Peter Damyon, Jack Smith, Barry Masefield and Frank Loiacono all graced the field during the course of the year.

 

Seven wins for the season was enough to get the Second Eleven "B" Grade side into the finals, despite a last round "away loss" to Cheltenham Park who had only made 154, Barry Masefield taking 5/50. In reply ANA could only manage 133. No Second Eleven batsman had qualified for the end of season averages. However, significant contributions by most players throughout the year had ensured their opponents were set a reasonable target, and the bowling usually did the rest. The Round 11 loss to Cheltenham Park resulted in ANA revisiting the same venue, against Cheltenham Park, in a Semi-final clash. This time ANA won the toss and Skipper John Smith had no hesitation in batting first.

 

A solid opening partnership of 47 between Jack Smith and Trevlyn Crozier ensured ANA were off to a good start. Jack Smith went on to make 73 and was dismissed when the score was 3/125. Peter Bishop (47) and John Smith (82 n.o.) took up the challenge and took the score to 296, all out. The Skipper's knock was considered a gem by most people who witnessed the onslaught that day.

 

A huge target was always going to be a difficult assignment for Cheltenham Park, however, the ground did lend itself to big scores. Tight bowling by ANA dismissed the opposition for 189, with Bob "Dolly" Dolman the chief destroyer with 4/69 off 26 overs. He was well supported by Barry Masefield (2/42) and Peter Damyon (3/21), and accordingly had a birth in the "B" Grade Final. Any game against Bentleigh Uniting is a tough one, let alone a Grand Final at Centenary Park. Bentleigh Uniting's depth was never questioned, with their First Eleven the pacesetters in Longmuir Shield. Nevertheless, another coin toss going ANA's way meant an in-form batting line up could again set up a respectable target, and this they did. John Smith (31), following on his good form from the Semi-final, again set the scene with middle-order support from Debinder "Tiger" Singh (30) and a majestic century by Peter Bishop, who was finally dismissed for 117. ANA had set Bentleigh Uniting a record finals score, for an ANA Second Eleven, of 306. With with early wickets to Bob Dolman and Barry Masefield, Uniting were in all sorts at 7/47, and the game all but over.

 

Only stubborn resistance by the evergreen Ian Longmuir (123) prolonged the inevitable; a long awaited "B" Grade Premiership. Man of the Match going to Peter Bishop, for his century, and Bob Dolman for 10 wickets in a final series. The finals series was said to be the most convincing one from an ANA side, and should not be underestimated, as they played against no less than six First Eleven teams throughout the season.

 

1994/95 "B" GRADE PREMIERS - Match Statistics

Toss won by Bentleigh ANA

Bentleigh ANA - 1st Innings

Smith Jack . . . . . . . . . . b Milner 31

Crozier T . . . . . . . . . . . c Nolan 0

Russell D . . . . . . . . . . . b Porch 4

Singh D . . . . . . . . . . . . lbw Nolan 30

Bishop P . . . . . . . . . . . c Guttman 117

Loiacono F . . . . . . . . . c Nolan 6

Smith John . . . . . . . . . c Porch 11

Masefield B . . . . . . . . c Longmuir 42

Vargas R . . . . . . . . . . . c Nolan 4

Damyon P . . . . . . . . . . . not out 17

Dolman R . . . . . . . . . . not out 2

Sundries 41

TOTAL 9/305

Bowling - Porch S. 2/68, Nolan S. 4/77, Milner M. 1/30,

Guttman J. 1/48, Longmuir I. 1/41.

 

Bentleigh Uniting - 1st Innings

Woodland R . . . . . lbw Dolman 11

Baynes D . . . . . . . . lbw Masefield 3

Thomson A . . . . . c Singh b Dolman 20

Major M . . . . . . . . . . . b Dolman 5

Guttman J . . . . . lbw Dolman 0

Sinclair M . . . . . c Bishop b Masefield 2

Longmuir I . . . . . . . c Damyon b Dolman 123

Balderanos T . . . . . . c John Smith b Dolman 0

Milner M . . . . . . . . . b Singh 11

Porch S . . . . . . not out 27

Nolan S . . . . . . . b Masefield 0

Sundries 14

TOTAL 216

Bowling - Masefield B. 3/67, Dolman R. 6/68, Vargas R. 0/27,

Damyon P. 0/25, Singh D. 1/24.

Bentleigh ANA won on 1st Innings by 89 runs.

 

Richard Smith took over the Captaincy of the Third Eleven "C" Grade side. Carnegie South hit up 386 in the first round, and this seemed to set the pattern for the season, as the Thirds had only one win for the year. This was against Bentleigh Uniting, with the highlight being Richard Vargas' 7/43. Graham Johnson had a good year with the bat making 205 runs at 25.63. Mick Ruffin showed further improvement with the ball capturing 19 wickets at 18.53.

 

The Fourth Eleven "F" Grade side was Captained by Mick Whelan and managed to scrape into the finals. The best bowling performance of the year came from Adam Stone against West Bentleigh, when he took 9/33 off 21 overs (including 10 maidens). Having taken eight wickets in succession, Scott Irving then took a catch off Ken Wilson for the ninth wicket, thus robbing Adam of a possible perfect ten. Team mates "paid out" on Scott and made sure he didn't forget what could have "been". Nevertheless, Stone took the last wicket and placed himself amongst illustrious company, with only three other players who have taken nine wickets in an innings. Two of these also against West Bentleigh. In the Semi-final played at King George, Bentleigh Uniting batted first and compiled a very competitive score of 265. Adam Stone continued his good form, taking 4/39 off 18 overs, and was ably supported by Robert Higgins (3/25 off 18 overs). Unfortunately the score was beyond ANA's reach and they were bundled out for 123. Only Greg Pressey (38) and Andrew Higgins made starts.

 

The "J" Grade Fifth Eleven side won only four games for the year with Stephen Hodges, Shane Adams and Mark Gonzo performing admirably throughout.

 

The Club had no junior sides in the finals but had some inspirational individual performances from the "Under 16" team. In particular Leigh Ireson, who took 7/4 against Carnegie South in Round 2, and followed it up with 102 (retired) against Caulfield South in Round 9. Rohan Neve also made 107 retired against Moorabbin in Round 7. The future of the Club could not look anything but promising with the performance of these two juniors.

 

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