• A Grade, Division 1
NEW OMK captain Daniel Mock has led the way in his Diggers’ debut making an impressive 122 not out against Leongatha Town.
Mock opened his account with a six off the very first ball he faced and looked right at home in the maroon colours.
The star for Kilcunda-Bass last season, Mock was crunching boundaries all over the Outtrim rec reserve.
A couple of quick wickets from Town bowlers Josh Schelling and Sam Clark saw Tom Wyatt 0 and Jason Wilson 12 head back to the sheds which brought Jesse Van Rooye to the crease.
Mock and Van Rooye teamed up for a 93-run partnership before Schelling struck again removing Van Rooye for 51.
Daniel Lloyd then joined Mock in the middle and the pair ran up 91 runs to get OMK to a handy total of 3/234 off their 40 overs.
Wickets fell at regular intervals for the Scorpions which didn’t help their chase, with OMK veteran Peter Dell claiming 4/3 off just six overs.
Jake Cochrane and new English import Callum Honeyman both took two each as the Diggers got Town all out for 123.
Phillip Island also found themselves on the winners’ list defeating Kilcunda Bass by 65 runs.
Eli Richards starred for the Island making 80 at the top of the order alongside opening partner Matt Dennerley who managed 53.
The Island finished their 40 overs at 2/182.
Zac Brown was the star with ball taking 4/24 off seven overs, including key Bass batsman Andrew Donohue and Joe Hewison.
Korumburra got their season off to a great start defeating last year’s grand finalists Inverloch.
Winning the toss and electing to bowl first the Cobras found wickets on regular occasions and used the home ground to their advantage.
New English import Tom Richards took 3/10 off his eight overs and spinner Shane Dole claimed 3/16.
Inverloch managed just 8/113 off their allotted overs with Brett Debono 59 and Dave Newman 28 the only batsman reaching double figures.
Korumburra then cruised home with Kallon Rigby 26, Matt Houston 25 and Shane Dole 20, all making small contributions.
The Cobras finished 4/116 off 33 overs.
Wonthaggi Club defeated newly promoted Glen Alvie by 23 runs in a tough encounter.
Batting the first, Club had solid contributions across the board on their way to 6/202.
Sam Huitema 41, Mitch Thomas 44 and Ryan Thomas 53 all looked to be carrying on form from last season.
Glen Alvie didn’t go away without a fight with opener Jordan Smith cracking 56 at the top of the order and middle order bats Jamie Glen and Paul Palmer making 32 and 34 respectively.
But the Club bowlers were hard to get away bowling good lines and claiming wickets when required.
Club youngster Alex Geyer claimed 2/31 in a good performance.
Poowong claim close one in A2
• A Grade, Division 2
POOWONG Loch have defeated a fast-finishing Foster in the opening round of the A grade division two season.
Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Foster’s Fraser Griggs struck early removing Jacob Bardwell for 0 getting the Tigers off to a great start.
Aaron Bardwell and Wilson Pollock then steadied the ship for Poowong-Loch before Pollock was removed by Geoff Tanner for 30 and the scoreboard read 2/59.
Colin Knox joined Bardwell at the crease and the pair put on a handy 39 run partnership.
At the end of their 40 overs Poowong Loch were 5/166 with Aaron Bardwell scoring 52.
Foster got off to a superb start with Graeme Watkins and Murray Lynch having a 100 opening stand before Lynch was bowled by Brad Monson for 24.
From there the Tigers continued to lose wickets in quick succession, losing the next four wickets for just 14 runs.
Despite some courageous batting at the bottom of the order by youngster Harvey Griggs, the Tigers fell 13 runs short.
Al Jenkins was the pick of the bowlers for Poowong Loch taking 4/23 off 7.5 overs.
Koonwarra got their season off on the right foot defeating the Imperials by 22 runs.
Ben Perry led the way with the bat making 51 as Koony managed to get 137 off their 40 overs.
For the Imps it was Mark Lafferty who did the damage with the ball taking 4/29 off his eight overs.
Unfortunately for the Imps Jamie Drewe was the only batsman who could spend time at the crease making 47 before being dismissed.
Ben Perry 3/11 and Nick Arnup 3/28 were the pick of the bowlers for Koonwarra as they bowled the Imps out for 115 in the 33rd over.
Nerrena have got their A2 campaign off to an impressive start with a dominant win over MDU.
The Red Caps batted first and managed 9/146, with veteran Damien Symmons 29 and wicket keeper Caine Salmon 25 the top run scorers.
Cam Harris was handy with the ball for MDU claiming 4/35.
In reply MDU struggled to find their way with the bat losing wickets on regular occasions on their way to being all out for 97.
The Red Caps bowlers shared the wickets around with Zac Trease 2/12, Jarrod Hoy 2/30 and Nathan Trotto 2/30 all being contributors.