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Tons of fun for James and Charles
Moonee Valley players James Harris and Charles Bibby brought up their maiden Valley tons on the same day and on adjoining grounds on November 25.
Charles, who has come through Moonee Valley's junior ranks and is playing Firsts and Seconds cricket, anchored the innings for the Second Eleven on the Ormond Park turf pitch, while James was having a hit in the Fifths on the hard wicket.
Celebrating their maiden Moonee Valley centuries - Charles Bibby (left) and James Harris.
Both were interrupted innings - Charles finished Day 1 on 78 not out and had to sweat through a week before coming back in and posting 118.
James had a different interruption. He opened the batting, and got to 141 before top-edging a hook shot into his forehead and needing to come off for treatment.
A couple of wickets fell and he came back in as part of the last pair at the crease - and smacked a four and a six to pass the 150 mark and carry his bat for 151 not out.
It was a strange innings for the Fifths - nine players made single-figure scores, and only James and debutant batsman Damien Clarke (80) made substantial contributions on the way to our Day 1 score of 289 - all out on the second ball of the last over of the day.
James has hit a couple of tons back home in Tasmania, but this was his first three-figure haul in the Valley colors.
Charles' dig got Moonee Valley to 243, backed by a 48 from emerging batsman Matthew Esmore. It proved a bridge too far for Sunshine. We cleaned them up for 172 with Matthew Esmore and Luke Brock each claiming four wickets.
Charles, Matthew and Luke are all young players who came through the Moonee Valley junior ranks. They've all played First Eleven cricket, so our Club has got a healthy future with the young talent pushing up hard.
Our Liam sails away to a distant Shore
Liam Shaw's headed to distant shores. He's pictured here with his teammates in his match before his farwell function. L-R: Back - Elliott Hughes, Sam Gunther, Liam Shaw, Charlie Walker, Justin Trowell, Dylan Jamieson and skipper Paddy Shelton. Front - Liam Farrell, Shane Chalmers, Nick Brelis and Dominic Rettino.
Record-breaking Moonee Valley batsman Liam Shaw won't be adding to his runs tally in the Valley Wisden - at least for now.
Liam is the only player in our history to hit three consecutive centuries, and his 791 runs in 2016/17 had him third on our all-time season's run tally.
At right: Liam Shaw with one of his skippers from previous seasons - Doug Cumming.
His work has taken him to Western Australia, and we held a farewell function for him at the Ormond Park clubrooms on November 11 - even though he pulled on the whites for his farewell appearance a week later.
At least Liam's got a Moonee Valley connection in Perth - he's already signed on with Bedford Morley Cricket Club, joining past Sixths teammate Chris Rebeiro, who returned to his home state the previous season.
Liam has been a great clubmate and teammate in his four seasons at Moonee Valley, scoring 1023 runs at an average of 53.84 and proving an agile and reliable wicketkeeper.
Liam Shaw - at front with Allan Cumming - has friends and teammates with his as we celebrate his career at Moonee Valley.
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Barkly's bats sign up to the Duck club
Above: Flemington Community Bank manager Nuran Umit met a big contingent of Valley players at our Ormond Park clubrooms to
Jimmy Woof's debut day out
English import James Wolfenden (left) made an immediate impact in his first game for Moonee Valley, becoming only the fourth player in the history of our Club to make a century on debut.
James, out for a "year in the colonies" with close mate Sean Duckworth after finishing university together, found himself in the hard-wicket Sevenths following a shuffle of teams for Round 1. The abandonment of three of our four turf grades due to pitch preparation issues meant that a spot opened up for both lads in the Sevenths.
James in particular took full advantage.
Playing at home on the Ormond Park East oval on October 8, he opened the batting with senior coach Lou Raffaele against the Singh Sahba team. James got off to a flier, with the ball bludgeoned to all parts of the ground.
James looked imperious in posting his 103 not out, retiring in accordance with th NWMCA one-day comp rules.
Moonee Valley continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over, with Anthony Cafari posting 67 and Daniel Comande going out off the last ball of the innings for 97, while seeking the club the boundary that would have also brought up his ton.
Along the way, Daniel passed the 1000 senior run milestone for the Valley. Dan clubbed eight sixes in his knock, which gets him into the Wisden hall of fame.
Moonee Valley's total of 4/339 compulsory close was our highest-ever score in the Sevenths, entered this season in the Sunday one-day comp.
Singh Sabha got off to a promising start as it bravely tried to reel in the total, but lost a lot of its wickets in the middle overs to be all out for 182.
James showed that fielding was just as easy as batting, with a spectacular one-handed catch on the boundary. His mate Sean wasn't to be outdone, picking up his first wicket for the Valleys.
And another former UK resident making his debut for Moonee Valley, Shiraz Badurdeen, also demonstrated sublime fielding skills to make a difficult catch look easy.
At right: James Wolfenden carried his UK form over to Moonee Valley. He's pictured here with the ECB South Yorkshire Premier League Trophy, which he won with his club Wakefield Thornes. He was playing championship cricket up to a couple of days before hopping on the plane to Australia.
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VALLEY OUTDOOR TRAINING - DETAILS
Moonee Valley Cricket Club trains at Ormond Park on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. We have seven senior sides - four on turf and three on hard wicket, and a range of Saturday and Sunday games to suit all options.
We still have spots available in our senior teams. Anyone interested in joining our successful and progressive club can phone coach Lou Raffaele on 0450 181 948, or Club President Charlie Walker on 0411 705 381.
Interested juniors can phone Junior Co-ordinator Peter Pickering on 0414 800 145 or email him at email@example.com
Main Club contact details:
* Charlie Walker - President 0411 705 381; 0409 237 543; 9370 1802
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