• A Grade Division 1
PHILLIP Island took the game right up to OMK in their A Grade Division 1 clash, with the Sharks falling agonisingly short of the Diggers’ monster total.
Posting a whopping total 5/348 OMK were in the box seat heading into their bowling innings, but the Island had other plans.
They made a handy start with openers Eli Richards and Mitchell Kinghorn getting the score to 42 before Richards was caught behind off the bowling of OMK skipper Daniel Mock.
The Island batting line up never lost their cool despite the massive total on the board, each new batsman came to the crease with a positive mindset and it showed with runs being scored.
English import Jona Watts top scored for the Sharks with 93 while other contributions came from Kinghorn 52, Lachie Cleeland 59 and Greg Selby 51.
But credit must be given to the Diggers who managed to restrict the Island despite their inspired batting.
Jesse Van Rooye was the surprising pick of the bowlers claiming 4/87 off his 13 overs for OMK with Phillip Island falling 17 runs short at the end of play.
Inverloch got the better of Wonthaggi Club in their grand final rematch, reaching the modest total with five wickets in hand.
It wasn’t easy for the Stingrays, losing opener Tim Thornby and Nathan Brayley early on to be 2/36.
But the experience of Dave Newman 54 not out and Brett Debono 32 got Inverloch back on track.
Some fireworks late in the day by middle order batsman James Courtenay 28 saw the home side get over the line with five overs to spare.
Club captain James Sheerin was the pick of the bowlers claiming 2/52 along with youngster Alex Geyer 1/16.
Glen Alvie completed an impressive victory of Leongatha Town despite starting the day on the back foot.
Having been left 3/35 last week, the Alvie would need to bat sensibly to achieve the 188 total set by Town.
A solid innings of 74 from Jamie Glen led the way for Glen Alvie and paired with 40 from Steven Smith and 47 not out from Paul Palmer victory was firmly in sight.
Finishing the day at 6/246 it was an impressive performance from an improving Glen Alvie team.
Madura Madusanka was the pick of the Town bowlers with 3/45.
An impressive century from Matt Houston has put Korumburra back on the winners’ list against Kilcunda-Bass.
Houston remained unbeaten on 104 in an exquisite batting display as the Cobras finished the day 6/217.
Shane Dole chipped in with 41 of his own while Kilcunda-Bass captain Andrew Donohue was the pick of the bowlers claiming 3/22.
Perry ton was not enough
• A Grade Division 2
A CENTURY from young Koonwarra-Leongatha RSL batsman Ben Perry was not enough to get his side over the line against Foster at Koonwarra on Saturday.
Chasing Foster’s handy 250, the Cougars had a bad start when Jack Hughes was caught off the bowling of Richard Johnston who had starred with the bat a week earlier.
The Cougars recovered and looked good at 2/91 before two quick wickets fell, including that of Sam Hughes who became the first of four victims of Fraser Griggs’ bowling.
Perry continued to soldier on but there were no meaningful partnerships to come. Just as the Cougars looked like getting on top, Foster would get a couple of quick wickets.
When Griggs claimed Jason Kennedy’s wicket, it was all over – the Cougars 11 runs short, but the club would be thrilled with the emergence of Perry who hit 13 fours and two sixes in his 121.
Out at Nerrena, the Red Caps completed a mighty win against the Imperials with Dave Trotman scoring an impressive ton and Damien Symmons blasting 80.
Nerrena already had first innings points in the bag, resuming at 0/100 in reply to the Imps’ 87.
Dave Baldi was the first to go, out for a rapid 73 with the score on 107. He was the first of Jack Ginnane’s five wickets for the day.
It sparked a collapse in which the Red Caps lost 5/22 and any prospect of an outright win went out the window.
Zac Price picked up a couple of wickets before Symmons and Trotman steadied and went on to build a big partnership.
Trotman was almost flawless – an edge to the keeper standing up to Price was the only chance given in his well-crafted and technically sound 105 which included 17 boundaries.
Symmons’ 80 included three sixes and 11 fours as the Red Caps cruised to 328 in 94 overs.
Ginnane toiled hard finishing with 5/98 from 32 overs.
Wonthaggi Miners youngster Adam Honeysett was the hero for his team as they scraped home against MDU at the Wonthaggi Football Ground.
Chasing 214, the Miners were nine down when they reached the target with Honeysett hanging in while there was carnage all around.
The Miners appeared to be cruising at 4/180, but they lost four wickets without adding to the score as Brett Thorson cut through the middle and lower order.
It wasn’t until dad Clint Honeysett joined son Adam at the crease to the score start to tick over again.
Clint fell three runs short of the target before Jayden Loos went nuts at the end to seal the deal for the Miners.
Earlier in the day, Cam Thomas and Daniel Loos set up the win
for the Miners with 60 and 64 respectively.
Darien Matthews claimed four wickets for the Demons while Thorson’s three all came in a rush.