50th Anniversary – Team of the 80’s and Around the Grounds
Team of the Second Decade
1978-79 to 1987-88
|5||Mick Crawford (C)|
|12th Man||Mark Murray|
Around the Grounds the 80’s
Before I start the around the grounds, I have some information to pass onto the members and guests.
Unfortunately we had an incident on the top oval in the thirds.
Darren ”Disco” Watson was umpiring at square leg when according to the opposing Captain he missed an obvious run out and was asked to leave the field. When Darren was asked what had happened, he replied” I was standing at square leg with the broom, and I could not help myself but start doing an impression of the drum roll in Midnight Oil’s “Power and the Passion, when suddenly people were shouting “Howzat”, my only response was that I don’t do “ Sherbet”.
In other news is the Captain Ace has sold his Baby cack brown 120 Y, or as Keith called it his “12 OY”. Ace’s new car is a powder blue Ford Escort, which is rumoured to have been taken is lieu of 2 weeks rent not paid to Norm by one of his 37 tenants.
Murray Britt has asked to me to seek some information about an incident a few Friday night’s ago. Murray and other committee men were having a meeting when Murray walked outside for a smoke. Murray noticed had what was a small sports car, probably a Honda 800 driving around the oval.
Murray was unable to get the registration details or identify the driver, but the passenger was heard to have said “Uni” and gave some hand gesture like this out of the window. Any information relating to this matter would be appreciated.
Today Andrew Shields sent the batsmen falling to the ground, when Pud was walking past the batsmen in between overs he gestured that a ball was going to hit them, needless to say the batsmen both hit the deck.
Many words describe how the 80’s at Delacombe Park were played out, none of which are “Stanley”. Words like “Malthoid”, “All rounders”, “Glockenspiel” to name but a few. Most batsmen wanted to bowl and most bowlers wanted to bat, we even a wicket keeper in the one’s that has proved he could and can still do it all.
The Fourth’s were playing at High school against Tyabb. Sully won the toss and batted. Knobby and Polo open, Polo fresh out his green ensemble are able to hold off the opening bowlers to be 0/42 after 10 overs. Knobby still gloating over the Ashes win by the Poms is looking confident until he got one that jagged back off a good length and was bowled. The team was 1/70, now its Chris Dobson’s turn to pile on the runs, it is good to see Chris has no lingering problems from a fortnight ago when Johnny Volpe bowled to Chris in the nets and Johnny got one through his defences only to be hit in the groin, unfortunately Chris forgot his protector. Ouch! 2/101. Kevin McCormack, Ernie Troumans, SLedge, Paul Edwards, Eddie Gross (carn Ed), Tudor, a young bloke by the name of Steve Stubbings all batted pretty well to take the score 9/215 at end of the days play. This week we bowled and Kevin Mac thought he could bowl all day by starting with mediums and finishing with spin, but common sense prevailed and Sully and Knobby opened the bowling. The bowlers took wickets at pretty consistent intervals having the visitors 5/65 at tea. Eddie looking the most menacing at taking 3/12. After tea Paul Edwards took a stumping off Dobbo, Tudor took a catch at slip off Kevin Mac and the game was pretty much over. Tyabb were all out for 150. Man of match honours went to Ed.
Now for the thirds, who played Pines. J.P won the toss and batted. The openers were Dickie Bird and Captain Ace, they got the team off to a great start with an opening partnership of 63, this set the tone for the rest of team. Dickie was out for 37. Ace and Mick Tiller added another 50 before Mick was caught at deep mid wicket for 27. We were 2/113. Andy came to the crease and took the bowling apart, he and Ace added 71 runs for the third wicket before Ace was out L.B.W for 42. Junior cricketer Craig Robinson joined Pud, Robbo who is totally orthodox pushed the ball around with out much hassle whilst Pud put any ball anywhere the stumps to and over the boundary. Pud fell just before tea for 80. The team was 4/198 at tea. After tea Shaun Davies and Robbo batted for about ½ an hour before Shaun played at a wide ball as was caught behind for 21. 5/232. Disco came in and whacked a couple cross bat back over the bowlers head, he eventually fell for 12, 6/254. J.P batted with Robbo until he got a leading edge and was out for a well made 34. J.P batted until all the bowlers including Johnny Wynne, Shack and Johnny Symes, Billy(Wait) Ivinson and Tony Finniciarro, who incidently was costing the club a fine every week he played because nobody could get his name right on the team sheet. Eventually the thirds were all out for 299.
Bowling today we opened with Shack and Johnny Symes, then J.P made a change and bought on Johnny Wynne and Bill Ivinson, the boys tried hard to make a break through, but Pines were about 0/45. J.P bought on Finnoc’s and Shaun Davies in a double change, Finnoc’s finally got the break through when Disco knocked a ball going down the leg side onto the stumps with his pads for a stumping. Pines were 1/78, wickets were hard to come by, J.P had a trundle and picked the other opener up basically because he lost the ball in the sun and was bowled. Pines were 2/154. J.P made an ingenious bowling change and bought on Dickie Bird, The game was turned on its head when Dickie picked up 6/18 in the space of 6 overs. Shack was bought back on to finish the tail, picking up two wickets in one over.
Pines then crashed to be all out for 191. This leaves the thirds in second place with 3 rounds to play. Man of the Match goes to Mr.I.C.Bird.
Next we have the Two’s.
Sport won the toss and elected to bat against Frankston East. Opening with Drew Halse and Michael Stubbs the two’s didn’t lose a wicket for almost an hour at Frank street. Eventually Drew was out for 44, leaving us 1 /80. Meataxe was next in and totally plundered the attack to all parts of Frankston East including Karingal High School. The boys put on a partnership of over 100 until Stubbo was out caught behind for 60. The score was 2/182. At tea Meataxe was not out 76 and he was batting with his brother Ian who was not out 7. It was not long after tea when Meataxe knocked up his ton, unfortunately Ian was the first of the two to go for 23. The score was 3/243. The Captain strolled to the crease and immediately flicked a couple off his pads into the houses across from the ground. Meataxe was out miss timing a pull shot for a magnificent 135, but we think his bat had leather poisoning. Mozz joined Sport for a quick fire 20 that really knocked the stuffing out of the opposition, unfortunately Mozz dragged one on and the two’s were 5/290 with 10 overs remaining, Sport was on 32 and he was joined by Marty Dobson, together they batted out the days played were we were 4/354, Sport not out 61 and Marty not out 29.
Bowling today Sport opened with Andy Hillman and Bullcock, both bowlers contained the scoring with Andy picking up the first wicket when the score was on 19. A great catch in the gully by Meataxe, down low to his left. Bullcock was not left without a wicket for long when he took out the off stump of their captain with a beautiful inswinger. Wickets fell regularly after that, seeing the home team 5/80 at tea. Andy and Bullcock each had two for and Drew had a run out.
After tea, Sport grabbed a couple of wickets, Dobbo one, Ian Halse one and Hod Tobley one to see Frankston East all out for 124. The second’s are sitting third on the ladder, Man of the match goes to Steve Halse.
The First’s played Frankston East at Home, with these games always played in a great spirit and against respected opposition.
Their Captain wins the toss and elects to bat. Des starts his walk around the oval, with Voigty and Uncle Len, Mal pops his head over the back fence to see if the game has started, then comes around to the rooms.
Johnny Horwood has arrived for a quiet one, and Johnny Stocker calls in before his game of bowls to check the situation, Barry Crabtree rocked up with his daughters helping Kate and John who are setting up the afternoon tea. Bev has all of her different coloured pens at the ready to ensure another remarkable score sheet is filled out.
Mop is fresh from seeing AC/DC at the Myer music bowl the night before so it wont take much for him to fire, Stock’s opens with Mop and Mop take a wicket as usual in his first over. 1/1. Tony is bowling a great line outside off stump and it is making it hard for their batsmen to score. Ozzie goes next when he looks like he has settled in, when he edges a ball from Stock’s through gully and Sayo dives from first slip to take in front of Phil Halse . Mall and Geoff Wade are in, Frankston East are 2/31. Hassa and Rogo are bought into the attack, Hassa bowls perfect line and length and troubles both batsmen. Hassa and Rogo pick up a wicket before tea.The third Wade brother is in and takes the score along to 4/89 at tea. After tea. Crawf brings on Phil Halse mainly to give Langy a break from having to save a few four wides down the leg side, especially from Rogo. Phil has the ball talking, moving it both ways, he is back up by great fielding by Hethro, lucky Phil, Ant Lee who cant stop saying how “Sick” our attack is. Crawf brings on Johnny Volpe who champing at the bit to have a bowl, and as usual Johnny gives his all. Taking a wicket in this team can be fatal, the bashing you receive when you get to the group is unbelievable, no wonder my hair is receding. Frankston East is struggling when Nicko takes a wicket with a big turning leg break that Phil Shields picks up at point. Macca and Muzza are throwing stones at each other in between balls keeping themselves amused whilst Adam Voigt is bought on in his first game at the expense of Honky, who can’t be in the sun for too long. Ollie, Shark, Davy Ledger and Tony Greer each take a catch in the deep from the bowling of Belly to have Frankston East all out for 239.
We have to face a few overs at the end of the days play, as Pal and CO try hard to break the opening partnership. Tony Greer and Ollie are both not out and we are 0/15.
Resuming this week Tony takes a few on the body before edging one to second slip. Tony made 10 and we are 1/22. Enter Sayo, he is looking solid and playing some magnificent shots. Scoring looks a bit easy when Ollie scoops a cover drive and is caught for 32. Shark is next in and second ball hits a well pitched up delivery on leg stump and puts it onto the hill.. Both batsmen are scoring at will when a spinner is introduced, Sayo plays back to a ball that keeps down and is trapped in front, Sayo made 58 and we are 3/110. Just before tea Macca is in looking rather fresh seeing Muzza, Troff and Macca slept in the rooms over night, which was preferable to them sleeping on the clubroom roof the week before, and besides it kept him away from Bec. At tea we are 3/129, after tea Macca goes berserk taking any short ball and hitting it out of the park, anything miss timed is followed by a shriek. Macca knocks up a quick 40 before holing out at deep mid wicket, Shark is not out 49 and we are 4/200. With 20 overs remaining Crawf is keen to ensure we don’t lose any more wickets. Shark ends the day on an unbeaten 107 with his cousin Stocks 27 not out. 4/302 c.c
Man of the match goes to Shark. This result has us firmly entrenched in second place.