THE Wonthaggi Workmen have avenged for some of the pain of last year’s Grand Final defeat, inflicting Outtrim Moyarra Kongwak’s first loss of the season in a replay of last year’s decider.
Chasing the Diggers’ modest total of 151 set last week at Butch West Oval, Workmen skipper and opening batsman Tim Hooper remained at the crease to see his side secure the points.
Hooper fell just short of a double celebration, caught off Russell Greaves’ bowling on 91 in an innings which included nine boundaries and one six.
A late unbeaten 22 from Sam Huitema helped the Workmen to 5/187 from 60 overs.
Greaves would be the only wicket taker for the Diggers, taking a fantastic 5/42 from 21 overs.
INVEROCH has taken top spot of the A Grade Division 1 ladder after securing what looked to be an unlikely victory at the start of the days play against Nerrena at Nerrena.
Resuming their innings at 7/134 after a late washout last week, Inverloch scratched their way to 173 thanks to 30 from Nick Goodall and 23 from number 10 Ryan Thomas.
Red Cap bowler Ryan Clark didn’t add to his four wickets last week, while spinner Tim Wightman and Josh Trease finished with two scalps each.
The home side’s run chase got away to a passable start, but lost openers Brendan Hayes and Mitch Clark in quick succession on 21 and 14 respectively.
From then on, only Red Cap captain Damien Symmons went into double figures with 20, as his side crumbled on 98.
Stingray captain Dylan Clark led the carnage taking 4/29, backed up by 3/36 from Kit Rotthier and 2/14 from Lewie Rankin.
AFTER a promising start to the season, Leongatha Town has fallen to seventh on the ladder following a defeat to Phillip Island at the Leongatha Turf.
The Island’s win now sees themselves, the Imperials and Town equal on 24 points and separated by percentage.
Defending 173 set last week; Town’s batting again failed and could stop consecutive wickets which crippled their chances of winning – 3/86 quickly became 6/86 as the Island bowlers gained ascendency.
Chris Martin top scored with just 22 for Town, who were skittled for 114 by Charith Keerthisinghe who took 3/23 from 20, Jonathan Kingwill 3/48 off 19 and Simon Kirton 2/21 from 15.4.
THE Imperials remain in touch of the top four following their victory over the winless Korumburra at Korumburra.
Chasing 111 and restarting Saturday at 2/52 – a 36 from Luke Rogers, which included four boundaries and two sixes, got the Imps within striking distance.
A number of smaller contributions from the middle and lower orders ensured the win, with the Imps eventually all out for 160.
Ilan Osman was the pick of the bowlers taking 5/61 from 17.5 while Ash Meade claimed 4/65 off 23.
Workmen strike back against OMK