Ellerslie Cricket Club

Ellerslie 2016/17 Senior Reports: President's Grade

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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

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

President's Grade

v Takapuna @ Michaels Ave #3 (18 Mar)

Ellerslie: 232-7 of 24.2 (Russell 77, Peter D 44*, Vikram 43, Robbie 32) WON against Takapuna: 231-6 of 35 (Nalin 2-23 of 7. David W 2 Catches. ) by 3 wickets.

Ellerslie Presidents needed a win to ensure home ground advantage in the Championship final. Ellerslie won the toss and elected to bowl, well ... let's just say we bowled, to all parts of the pitch and some not even hitting the pitch. Takapuna at the turn were 121/2 and looking to go big. In the second session, Nalin produced the tidy overs, wickets commenced to fall and Ellerslie restricted Takapuna to 231 - 6.

Two fantastic highlights from the batting... Russell's 77 of 26 balls and Peter D, carrying his bat seeing the target chased down with 4 balls to spare. Supporting roles from Vikram and Robbie and Ellerslie got the win. Well Done - One Win to Go.


Performance of the day: Russell 77[26], Peter D 44* Carried his bat.

Submitted by: David Woolford

President's Grade

v Parnell @ War Memorial 5a (04 Mar)

Ellerslie: 195-9 in 35 overs (Chaminda 55, David J 33*) WON against Parnell: 177-9 in 35 overs (Alan B 3-33 of 6 overs ) By 18 runs.

Ellerslie lost the toss and was ask to bat first. In slow conditions Ellerslie batters got starts, but could build the big platform partnership. Enter Chaminda and David who batted superbly with 7th wicket 49 run partnership ensuring a 196 run competitive total be posted.

Good early bowling from Alan B got the top order of Parnell cheaply. Good all round fielding effort saw two run outs and catches taken. Well done boys... One win away from the championship round.

Performance of the day: Chaminda 55 runs, 2-24 of 7 overs.

Submitted by: David Woolford

President's Grade

v Hibiscus Coast @ Hamlin Park (25 Feb)

Ellerslie: 112-3 in 20.2 (Vikram 41, Roshan 37, David 18*) WON against Hibiscus Coast: 108-10 in 30.2 (Raj 2-8 of 4, Nilantha 2-40 of 6.2, Robbie 2-17 of 5. Roshan 3 catches and 2 run out assists as wicket keeper. ) by 7 Wickets

Fantastic bowling performance set up the win for Ellerslie against Hibiscus Coast. Winning the toss and electing to bat, Hibiscus lost 3 early wickets to caught behind with tidy off stump bowling spells by Robbie and Chaminda. At the turn, Hibiscus were 6 for 66. Continuing with miserly bowling was Raj, Neil and Nilantha, securing the last four wickets to to restrict Hibiscus to 106 all out.

Roshan started the Ellerslie innings with a quickfire 37. Vikram and David set up the winning platform with a 3rd wicket 60 run partnership. Alan Hurst was in fine form with his tricky finger and Russell end up playing one ball for a boundary 4. Well done, good team performance.

Performance of the day: Roshan, good wicket keeping and 37 from the bat.

Submitted by: David Woolford

President's Grade

v Howick Pakuranga @ Lloyd Elsmore (18 Feb)

Ellerslie: 223-8 in 35 overs (Andrew 55, Robbie 43 ) WON against Howick Pakuranga: 142-10 in 33.1 (Nilantha 3-17 of 4.1 Overs, Andrew 3 Catches ) by 81 runs.

A great all round team performance, beginning with an opening partnership of 73 runs of 13 overs (Andrew 55, Peter 17) setting a great batting platform. Contributions ensured an 223 runs achieved of 35 overs, par score estimated at 180/190. Robbie 43, Roshan 27, David W 22*, Chaminda 24 saw partnerships built to set Howick a difficult target.

Come the chase and good early bowling had Howick stranding themselves achieving only 32 runs of 10 overs. The pressure built to hit and Ellerslie took their opportunities with good catching and fielding, a stand out in comparison to Howick Pakuranga's effort.

A good solid win... Well done boys.

Performance of the day: Andrew French, 55 runs and 3 catches.

Submitted by: David Woolford

President's Grade

v Suburbs New Lynn @ Michaels Ave #2 (11 Feb)

Ellerslie: 166-1 in 22.2 overs (Russell Weerasinghe 105*[37], Vikram Khanna 21*, Peter Davis 19*) WON against Suburbs New Lynn: 166-7 in 35 overs (Ron Heywood 3/42 of 7) by 9 wickets

Well, it was the Russell 'hit the ball out of the park' show. Russell reached 105* with a reverse sweep six to claim the hundred (37 balls) and retire. To the many spectators to witnessed the carnage, and to player safety on adjoining fields, a request to expand the ovals, re-arrange blocks and build a stand has been sent to Auckland Council.


Performance of the day: Russell Weerasinghe

Submitted by: David Woolford

President's Grade

v Cavaliers @ Michaels ave #3 (21 Jan)

Ellerslie: 204 / 4 in 32.4 overs. (John P 66*, Robbie 58*, Vikram 32. ) WON against Cavaliers : 202 / 7 in 35 overs. (Robbie 2-32 , Nalin 2-41 ) by 6 Wickets

Cavaliers won the toss and elected to bat. Regular wickets restricted the Cavaliers total to 202, probably twenty runs shy of a par score for the Michael's Ave #3. However, Ellerslie lost early wickets and an unbeaten 110 run partnership, John 66, Robber 58 saw another Ellerslie comfortable win.

Performance of the day: John P , Robbie.

Submitted by: David Woolford

President's Grade

v Takapuna @ Michaels Ave #3 (17 Dec)

Ellerslie: 147-6 in 29.2 overs (Russell 41, Andrew 23) WON against Takapuna: 143-9 in 35 overs (Ron 2-36 of overs 7, Chaminda 2-11 of 6 overs 2 maidens, Nalin 2-33 of 7 overs. ) by 3 wickets.

Great team contribution and game won in the second bowling spell by restricting the opposition to only 143. Smart move by skipper to remove pace of the ball. Quickfire Russell (41 - 5 six's) ensured the run chase quotient was never in doubt.

Performance of the day: Alan Hurst - Well Skippered.

Submitted by: David Woolford

President's Grade

v Presidents @ Colin Maiden (03 Dec)

Ellerslie: 226-5 in 35 overs (John Peers 78, Russell Weerasinghe 44, Chaminda Alahakoon 47, Peter Davis 25) WON against Auckland University: 156-10 in 30.4 (Jono Gooday 3-30, Robbie Steele 3-32) by 5 Wickets

University had come to play, boasting several ex-Prem players into their line up. Ellerslie won the toss an elected to bat. Against good bowling Peter (steady) and Russell (blaster) set a strong platform and at the turn, Ellerslie was 3/111. Enter John Peers who played a sterling innings and man of the match performance of 78. Newly arrived Chaminda Alahakoon provided great support with a solid knock of 47.

University commenced their innings with big hitting and Ellerslie knew what ever chances were to be given, had to be taken. First opportunity and a direct hit from Chaminda saw the first wicket down. Good catching and a great two ball brace of wickets from Robbie, had University 5 wickets for 104 at the turn. Ultimately smart bowling from Jono saw the University batting line up defeated. Well played boys ...

Performance of the day: John Peers 78

Submitted by: David Woolford

President's Grade

v Howick Pakuranga @ Michaels Ave #2 (05 Nov)

Ellerslie: 146-2 in 20 Overs (Russell Weerasinghe 72 no, Peter Davis 26) WON against Howick Pakuranga: 145-7 in 35 Overs (Steve Williams 4-36 off 6 Overs. ) By 8 Wickets

A great bowling performance set up this victory. Alan B and David J, set the tone with 3 maidens to commence the opposition innings. Post drinks, Steve Williams set up the win with a great spell of bowling, claiming 4 wickets. Howick Pakuranga set us a low target of only 145 runs because of a great bowling effort.

Come the run chase and openers Andrew and Peter set a 48 runs opening partnership at just over 4 runs an over. Welcome Russell 'I can hit a single' to the crease and game over 8 overs later. A lovely 72 no, with three magnificent reverse 6 sweeps.

A great team effort played in good spirit. first win of the season - we are on our way to victory this year.

Performance of the day: Steve Williams - with a powerful welcome back spell, which restricted the opposition to on 145 runs.

Submitted by: David Woolford

President's Grade

v Sri Lankan Machans @ Avondale Racecourse 5a (29 Oct)

Ellerslie: 196-7 on 30 Overs (Robbie Steele 60, Russell Weerasinghe 40) LOST against Sri Lankan Machans: 204-5 in 30 Overs

Sir Lankan won the toss and elected to bat. Congratulations to Chana for a undefeated century. Sri Lankan Machans made a solid 204 on a reduced over game with solid bowling performances from Robbie Steele and Alan Briggs.

The run chase commenced, 41 off 4 overs. However, maintaining 7 runs per over in the latter part of the innings meant the Ellerslie chase fell short. Robbie Steele effort with bat and ball earned him player of the match,.

Performance of the day: Russell 40 runs consisted of 4 fours and 4 six's ...

Submitted by: David Woolford



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