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Bellfield Cricket Club: Looking Back….

The 2000’s

- 2000 / 2001 -

* Our first XI played in 2nd Grade after a disappointing 1999/2000 season.  Capably led by Mick McKeown, we lost only one game for the season and won the Grand Final by nearly 200 runs.


* Mick cleaned up on the club trophies, winning the Les Cordwell (Best 1st XI Player), Club Champion, President’s Shield and bowling awards.

* Some 1st XI season highlights included Craig “Nudge” Brandt’s 7 catches in an innings Vs East Ivanhoe, Craig and Dale McDonald’s 146-run last wicket partnership (also vs East Ivanhoe), Darren Connelley’s 177 off 25 overs vs Olympic and Mick Sinni’s unbeaten 105 in the Grand Final.
* Mick Sinni was best with the bat – 411 runs at 45.66 – narrowly beating Darren Connelley – 532 runs at 44.33.  “Nudge” hit an impressive 406 runs and 7 players made more than 200 runs.
* Mick McKeown won the 1st XI bowling averages – an astonishing 47 wickets at 9.42 – with a career best of 8/49 and two other hauls of 7/33 and 6/77. Stewie Brandt took 19 wickets, to go with his 293 runs – a great season.

* Our 2nd XI side (‘B’ Reserve), under Steve “Captain Stress” Smith, also played off in the Grand Final but came up short.  They lost only three games for the season, to East Ivanhoe each time.
* With a nice mix of youth and experience, season highlights were 122 from Jamie Sapardanis, 121 from Jake King and tons from Jamie Quinn, Nevin Grgic and Mark “Crackers” Gleeson.  With the ball Scott “The Wrecker” Whelan took 5/14 and 5/15.
* The averages were won by Jason Quinn (243 runs at 60.75) and “The Wrecker” (34 wickets at 8.67).

* The Third XI (6th Grade) had a heap of players come and go (35 in all) and several guys captained the side throughout the season.  We were beaten in the Semi-Final.
* Best individual performances included Jonathon, Daniel and Bruce Owens all making 300+ runs.  Paul McDonald and Paul Quinn took the bulk of the wickets.
* The trophies went to Jonno Owens – 347 runs at 21.68 – and Paul Quinn – 28 wickets at 20.03.


* Best-in-Finals awards went to Darren Connelley (1st XI), Nevin Grgic (2nd XI) and John Drakopoulos (3rd XI).

 

- 2001 / 2002 -

* A modest season was had by our 1st Grade team – no tons and only four “5-fors” – but two guys stood out.
* Best with the bat was Dale (yes, Dale) McDonald with a 97 and Darren “Sconner” Connelly with 92.
* Bowling highlights (bags of 5) were shared between Dale McDonald (5/18), Darren Connelly, Mick McKeown and Stuart Brandt.
* Darren and Dale shared the batting and bowling honors respectively with 285 runs at 35.6 and 28 wickets at 13.0.

* The 2nd Grade team was led by Chris Hare and, after a promising start, faded badly to finish with 3 wins and 7 losses.  Lost a couple of close ones but blooded some good kids along the way – in particular Johno Owens and Marty Bourke.
* The batting award went to Steve Smith (261 runs at 32.6), ahead of Chris Hare (229 runs at 28.6).
* Dan Owens was given his chance to shine with the ball after the Christmas break and took it, finishing the season with 16 wickets at 13.1.  Hairy had a solid all-rounder season – 15 wickets at 21.1.  Darren Lee took a season-best of 5/64.
* One 2nd Grade highlight was a then record 10th wicket partnership of 83 between Craig “Nudge” Brandt and Dan Owens against Yarra Valley.

* The 3rd XI team (in 6th Grade) had an unspectacular 2001/02 looking purely at the player statistics and the lack of any supporting evidence to the contrary.  No fewer than 46 players helped out and represented the team this season.
* A young Scott Toull won the batting award – 281 runs at 23.4 – and Greg “Grouse” Staff was the only other player to make more than 100 runs.
* No one qualified for the bowling award but a few highlights included D Hurley’s 14 wickets at 14.1, Scott Toull’s 14 wickets at 19.6 and Brad Barber’s remarkable 12/32 at 2.7 off only 16 overs.  Scotty quite rightly won the Most Valuable award.

 * Other notable awards were Mick McKeown winning both the ‘President’s Shield’ and ‘Club Championship’, Dale McDonald winning the ‘Best First XI’ player and Marty Bourke winning the ‘Dennis Beeley – Most Improved’ award.

 
- 2004 / 2005 -

* Our 1st XI were in 2nd Grade and finished last winning just 1 match.
* Highest score for that Grade was Jamie Sapardanis with 68.
* No 5 wickets hauls, but bags of 4 to Steve Smith & Jake King.
* Jamie Sapardanis topped the runs tally, with 420 at 32.31 also taking out the batting average award.
* Steve Smith led the wickets taken with 15 and won the bowling trophy with an average 9.13.

* The 2nd XI won the 4th Grade Premiership defeating Banyule, captained by John Drakopoulos.
* David Ancilleri made the only ton, scoring 102no v Viewbank.
* There were many bowling highlights. Rod Cordwell 7/22, Paul Sapadanis 5/9, Draka 5/24 & Bob Norman 5/33.
* Bruce Owens won the batting trophy with 178 runs at 29.67.
* Rod Cordwell took an impressive 40 wickets, but was pipped by Bob Norman, 16 wickets at 8.09 for the bowling average trophy.

* 3rd XI played in the One Day Comp. And won just 3 games.
* Batting highlights were Marty Bourke’s 90no & Peter Shine’s 68.
* Marty won both batting and bowling awards making 273 runs at 27.30 and 10 wickets at 11.20

* The Club Awards were: Jamie Sapadanis winning the ‘Club Championship’, Steve Smith winning the ‘Best First XI’ player and David Ancilleri winning the ‘Ray Spencer’ – Most Improved award.
* Jack Bartlett won another ‘Pat McKeown’ - Best Club Person Award, and Marty Bourke was awarded with Life Membership.

 

- 2005 / 2006 -

* Cory Hall was President, Daniel Owens was Treasurer and Secretary and ‘Mad’ Jack Bartlett managed the bar. Our Teams were 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 5th Grade and Under 16’s.   

* Stephen ‘Punch’ Nicholson, was Capt/Coach of The Club, with 2nd Grade finishing in 9th spot, winning just 2 games. Stephen won the Batting Ave, with 309 runs at 22.07. The Bowling Ave. went to Chris ‘Jappy’ Thrower taking 16 wickets at 19.00. Most Valuable was Shayne Thrower, best performances with the bat were Stephen Nicholson with 64 and Jamie Sapardanis with 60. Best with the ball were Steve Smith with 5/37 and Shayne Thrower with 5/71.

* John Drakopoulos captained 3rd Grade to an 8th placed finish, winning 5 games. John won the Batting Ave. with 168 runs at 24.00 and also the Bowling award 22 wickets at 13.23 apiece. Corey Thrower was named Most Valuable player and the best scores were Draka with 69, Mark  D’alessandro 62 and Bruce Owens 60*. The best bowling figures were Joel Kannegiesser 4/16, Marty Bourke 4/24 and Bob Norman 4/40.

 * Xavier O’Donnell took on the job as 5th Grade captain. It was a young team he was in charge of and a big task. The team won just 1 game and was bottom placed. Jason Baker made the most runs with 161 and Xavier the most wickets with 15. Some great batting efforts were Shanaka Yapa with 94, Anthony Sapadanis 70 and Shane Moore 55. With the ball Xavier O’Donnell 5/31 and Justin Edgell 4/39.

 * Mark D’allessandro took on the task of coaching the under 16’s. Joel Kannegiesser was the capt. This young group were super talented, and went through the season losing just 1 game. They finished on top and went on to win the Grand Final. Joel won both the Batting Ave. with 258 at 36.86 and the Bowling Ave. with 24 wickets at 5.08. Joel also won the Bowling Ave. in the HDCA. Josh Braunton was named as Most Valuable Player and also best in the Grand Final. The best performances with the bat were Joel Kanneggiesser 58*, Josh Braunton 50, and Matthew Camilleri 50. And Joel also 6/12 with the ball.

* Stephen Nicholson won The Club Championship, Most Improved was Trent Plain, Daniel Owens was named Best Club Person and Michael Missen and Jonathan Owens were awarded Life Memberships.