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Big numbers for the Valleys


WalkerNigel08Nov7-forBall 300pixBig numbers for a big Valley weekend

HarryAlan2008 5cmMoonee Valley made a big impact on the November 1 & 2 weekend, with some BIG numbers with both bat and ball.

An incredible three of our players took seven wickets in an innings, and we had two players from the one match each hit up 150 runs.

While we can't state categorically that this occurrences are records, there are plenty of old heads around the Club who are confident that we've chalked up firsts on both occasions.

Our stats stars with the bat were Dean Lawson with 157 and Alan Harry (top left) with 155 not out in the Sixths, against Buckley Park.05-06Felmingham Pat 5cm

With the ball, Evan Blythe (bottom right) took 7/29 as Moonee Valley's First Eleven routed Hoppers Crossing for 52. For our Second Eleven, Pat Felmingham (middle left) was thrown the ball and promptly took 7/69 off 27 overs.07Feb BlytheEvan 5cm

And our Fourth Eleven ventured to Barkly Street, where Nigel Walker (above right) took 7/49 off 20 unchanged overs - and considered himself lucky to still be on after going for 0/20 off his first three.

The Sixth Eleven score of 3/475 was a Moonee Valley record score across all grades - and the opening partnership of 212 between Steven Ball (77) and Dean Lawson  (bottom left) fell just short of the Club record 231 by Peter Boulouxis and Ian Sutherland in the Seconds in 1992/93.

And Deano joins the small but illustrious band of players at Moonee Valley to hit centuries in consecutive innings. His big knock followed on from his maiden ton the previous match against Sydenham-Hillside, when he clubbed 124.

07Jan LawsonDean 5cmAnd it was pushing on towards our record stand across all wickets - the 300 posted by Darren Nagle and Pat Felmingham last season - which in turn eclipsed the previous all-wickets record of 271, which was for the second wicket by Glen Courts and David Jolley in the Firsts in 1999/00.

The Mighty Fighting Sixths beat a relatively short-lived record with their 3/475.

The previous mark was set by our Seconds against Tullamarine in 2006/07, when the Valleys piled on 6/453. The highest score for our First Eleven is 439.

And it was also a weekend for individual game milestones for Moonee Valley.

Past president Sandro Capocchi played his 250th game, taking the field for the Thirds at Ormond Park on turf on the Sunday. Sandro upheld the tradition, following fellow 250-gamers Ian Denny and Darren Nagle in notching a 50 in their milestone game.

And international player Andrew Payton, who represented Australia and did Moonee Valley proud when he played in the national Special Olympics cricket tournament in India a couple of seasons ago, brought up his 50th game for the Club.  

All in all, it was a bright and encouraging weekend for Moonee Valley.


November 22, 2008
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