Don't go out in the pouring rain...
Date of Event : Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:33PM
The grey clouds and rain descended on Melbourne last weekend.

With the lyrics to Dragon’s (who! the younger reader may ask) song Rain seemingly appropriate, Melbourne’s weather again played its part with a run of interruptions on preparations throughout the week, culminating in some severe storms around the region on Friday and Saturday. This resulted in only one two-day game getting its full quota of overs in for the day and two games not getting a start. A list of game scenario’s has been sent to clubs and umpires and is accessible by clicking here.
In the Championship Division Bentleigh’s UK import Dan Richardson (52) was in the game again with support from Tom Meredith (79*) as Bentleigh reached 7/219 from 55 overs before the days play was ended, Beaumaris shared the wickets around but were able to grab the key wicket of Rob Ciccarella for 1, picked up by Lachie Jones with his only wicket of the day.
South’s young keeper batsman Elliot Bradley (56) top scoring in a team score of 7/165 when play ended at Princes Park in the match against Carnegie. Chelsea 100, with Ben Marsh (43) top scoring as Dan Mueller (4/34) continued to find form after a slow start to the season, Bonbeach 3/31 in reply.
McKinnon reached 7/156 after 51.2 overs of play where Adnam Sahibzada (51*) was being well supported by Brendan Dawes (39*) before weather interrupted play in the match against Hampton.
In Division 1 Cheltenham batted through 77.4 overs to be all out 179 with the Dragons Dylan Blignaut picking up 5/57. Old Mentonians 158 with former Derbyshire and Notts player Scott Elstone (47) Parkdale’s Daniel Rowe (4/42)  as Parkdale finished the day at 2/17. At Mentone, the Tigers reached 161 with Eben Kurtz (66) and Bayside 2/46 in reply. Whilst at Peter Robertson Oval Brad Kruger (89*) and Brett Hardham (77) took Murrumbeena to 3/254 from 63.4 overs in the match against Middle Park.
In Division 2 Parkdale United batted their full over compliment to finish the day at 9/357(cc) with skipper Calum Ravesi (75), supported by a group of half centurions in Sam Holland (67), Steve Kenworthy (56) and Daniel Eden (56) setting Bentleigh the big chase this weekend. Bonbeach all out 136 with Port Melbourne 3/89 in reply, Hampton 105 with Aspendale 1/6 and the entire first day lost in the Clayton District v South Caulfield match.
Match status and One Day Division results can be found here
500 on the dirt for Leigh Hardham

Leigh pictured with Matthew Goold (playing his 300th game for Murrumbeena)

Cricket Southern Bayside would like to congratulate Murrumbeena club legend Leigh Hardham who reached a major milestone when we took the field in the last round in the club’s 2nd XI – he was playing his 500th game on turf for the club.
Leigh started in the Under 16s in 1962/63 as an 8 year old, debuted in the First XI in the 1969/70 season and over a span of 43 years played 371 matches for that team, scoring seven centuries and winning the batting average on ten occasions. Along the way he played representative cricket, won the Roy Paxino medal for the best cricketer in the VJCA Senior Division, captained the team for 6 seasons, and was a member of two First XI premiership teams.

He is a member of the club’s Team of the Century.

A true clubman, Leigh is Vice President of the club, the 26th season he has served on the committee, including four years as President. He was awarded Life Membership in 1995.

Since stepping down from the First XI Leigh has provided a guiding hand to the various Second XI captains, is still winning averages, and celebrated his milestone game by adding yet another half-century to his already impressive statistics. Currently he has amassed almost 13,000 runs on turf, nearly 10,000 of them coming in the First XI.

Congratulations Leigh, on this fine achievement.
Under 21’s take on the NMCA this weekend at McKinnon

The Under 21’s are at it again, this time taking on the NMCA from 10am at McKinnon.

After a good win against the ECA the team is looking to continue its winning ways over the NMCA who lost to the DDCA in round 1.
Women’s Masterclasses complete – now for Ten 10 on December 10
The third of the Women’s masterclasses was completed last Saturday with former Australian player and coach Cathryn Fitzpatrick.

Attention now turns to the Ten 10 day to be held on December 10 at Caulfield Park.

A meeting for competing teams is being held on Monday 27th November at the Bentleigh CC pavilion from 7pm

Last updated: Wednesday November 22, 2017 1:37PM

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