Three hundred gamer, Matt Smith of Leongatha Town, was delighted to share the limelight after day one of a crucial match against top team OMK with off-spinner Madura Weerasinghe Silva who finished with the super impressive figures of 6/73 off 29.4 overs. m431014
A Grade, Division 1
LEONGATHA Town has given themselves every chance of taking part in the A1 finals series after a good day with the ball against the ladder leaders OMK.
Town sit four points clear in fourth spot and need to chase down the Diggers’ score of 164 to make a semi-final a reality in their first year back in the premier division.
The Scorpions won the toss and sent the Diggers in on a tricky West Campus wicket.
Town spinner Madura Weerasinghe Silva was outstanding with the ball, taking 6/73 from 30 overs to leave his side’s finals hopes in their own hands.
Jesse Van Rooye top scored for the Diggers with 38, with Paul Dyer making an unbeaten 36 of his side’s total.
AN OUTRIGHT win that Nerrena would have wanted now seems a lost cause after a battle with the bat against the Imperials at Leongatha Turf.
The Red Caps will still make the finals if they win but they also need Town to lose to OMK.
The Red Cap bowlers have a huge task ahead of them after the batsmen made 137 in the first innings with skipper Damien Symmons the only noteworthy contributor with 58 off 107 deliveries.
Imps bowler Jay Parker was the best with the ball taking 3/25 off 11 overs while Zac Price, Lachie Wright and Adam Eddy all claimed two wickets each.
Imps opener Gary Sauvarin failed to survive the remaining overs of the day, out for a duck from 22 balls. Rowan McLennan and Tom Piddington will restart on Saturday with the score at 1/9 off 11 overs.
IT TOOK them until Round 14 but Inverloch has made it past 200 runs for the first time this season against Korumburra at Thompson Reserve.
On the eve of another finals campaign the Stingrays faced the bottom-placed Korumburra outfit staring at relegation to A2.
But with contributions coming from a number of Inverloch batsmen including opener Brett Debono with 64, Will Rankin 61, Kit Rotthier 38 and Jason Smith 37, the Stingrays smashed their previous season high score making 282 – out with two balls to spare.
Udara Weerasinghe was late for the match after flying in from Darwin Saturday morning, but took 5/72 off 21 overs. Ilan Osman was the other bowler to have an impact with 3/67.
IF THE Cobras are to win against Inverloch, Phillip Island would be the team under threat of relegation after a poor first day against the Wonthaggi Workers at Butch West Oval.
The Island batted first, making 128 from 68.3 overs with Jarrod Black top scoring with 45.
Ryan Thomas led the Workers’ attack taking 3/36 from 18 overs while Tim Hooper and Sean Williams chipped in with two wickets each.
In response, the Workers are 13 without loss, requiring another 116 to claim the win with Hooper and Dave Britt the not out batsmen.