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200 games for Club legend Bob


Club legend Bob to reach 200 games

Moonee Valley club legend Bob Sciacchitano is set to reach a richly-deserved milestone this weekend when he takes the field in his 200th game for the club.

Bob will become just the 13th player in our 35-year history to reach the double century of games, and it’s an honor that’s richly-deserved for one of the most popular players around the club.07JanSciacchitano-Capocchi200games 300pix

And while he will officially reach the 200-game milestone with the next match, Bob suspects that he may have already passed the mark.

Sometimes dubbed “Bob Smith” because of the difficulty in spelling his surname, Bob thinks that a few of the games attributed in Wisden to both B. Smith and R. Smith may have been from captains unable or unwilling to transcribe his real name into the scorebook.

But regardless, the official milestone will ensure Bob Sciacchitano (right) is honoured with life membership at our presentation night at the end of this season. Bob is pictured with club president Sandro Capocchi, checking out the Life Members column on the honors board - where Bob's name is soon to be added.

Bob played with his typical understated efficiency in the previous Saturday’s game, when his 23 runs as an opening bat and three catches as wicketkeeper were important contributions to the Seventh win, and helped ensure they stayed in the finals race.

Bob started this season on 190 games, and with 3577 runs and 114 wickets. He opened the 2006/07 season with two 50-run opening partnerships with Sunny Sharma in the Fourths, and has added more than 200 runs in his games so far.

Bob won the Third Eleven bowling award in their premiership season, 1998/99. He has best figures of 8/88.

Shicka’s also in Wisden for four record partnerships – a sixth-wicket stand of 149 with Shane Williams in the Thirds in 1997/98, a 187-run stand with Charlie Gila for the third wicket in the Fourths in 1991/92, and a fifth-wicket partnership of 161 with Ross Larobina in the Fourths in 1996/97. Bob also partnered Ben Thomas with an 86-run opening partnership in the Sevenths debut year last season.

Bob’s also in Wisden as opening the batting in the team which achieved the Seventh Eleven’s best-ever chase – scoring 4/204 to run down Royal Park Reds last season – in Ian Denny’s 250th club game.

Bob’s 200-game achievement is part of a run on games milestones this season – Jim Polonidis played his 150th game, while Kevin Gardiner, Mark Gauci and Matt Gauci brought up their 100th games in quick succession. Mark Cini has also reached his century of games.

Tim Fisher became the first player who came through our junior ranks to reach 50 games, followed by another ex-junior in Murray Walker.

Firsts opening bowler Geoff Smith brought up his 50th game, as did Shane Comino in the last round before the Christmas break.

And Steven Ball reached his 50-game milestone the first week after the Christmas resumption – the first of our “dads recruits” who made their debut for Moonee Valley when we embarked on our expansion into one-day cricket in 2003/04.



January 23, 2007
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