Ellerslie Cricket Club

Ellerslie Senior Team Reports: 25 Mar 2017

President's Grade

v Sri Lanka Machans @ War Memorial #5a (25 Mar)

Ellerslie: 225-5 in 33 Overs (Russell 98, David W 47, John 24*) WON against Sri Lanka Machans: 224-6 in 35 Overs (Ron 3-35 of 7) By 5 Wickets

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Championship Final, the Boys were ready and the bad weather stayed away. Ellerslie won the toss, elected to bowl but were unlucky in getting early wickets. Finally, 5th bowling change before the turn and Nilantha struck, however Sri Lanka had a platform to take the match away - 133/1 after 18.

The return of Ron swung momentum back into Ellerslie favour with key players in their middle order removed, one by a sterling catch by Alan Hurst. Ron second spell 3-19 of 4 was the game changer. Nalin shutdown scoring at the other end and Sri Lanka were restricted to 224/6 and would have felt disappointed.

225 to win a Championship with Vikram and Roshan to lead the way. However both fell, Russell had been dropped and Ellerslie were facing 44/2 of 8. David then joined Russell to play out the winning partnership. Russell was not entertaining fours, and David focus was to ensure Russell lasted as long as possible, namely the 18th over and the turn. Russell 1162166612166211611611616622111412 and if he hadn't hit that four, well who knows. David 11111111211112241112144112214 and when David was on 8 , Russell was on 90. More importantly, ECC were 138 for 2 at the turn... and the will of the Machans was pretty much gone. However, Russell being Russell was caught on the boundary out for 98 (ECC 153/3 of 21)... and received much applause from the big crowd now watching the game and 'Thumbs Up' by followers on Facebook SMS (thanks Steve & Raj). Enter Mr Closer - John Peers with David now increasing his strike rate. David fell for 47 and EEC were 195 of 28 overs, 30 runs to win. Mr Closer and David J attained the winning runs and ECC won the championship.

Well done and thanks to all the support given to witness a great Ellerslie Cricket Club day.

Performance of the day: Russell Weerasinghe 98

Submitted by: David Woolford

 

 

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