jakeb-thomas-in-top-form-earlyOpening bowler Jakeb Thomas was the chief destroyer for the Wonthaggi Workmens, claiming 4/16 against Wonthaggi Miners on Saturday.

• A Grade Division 1

DESPITE the favourites winning, most matches in A Grade Division 1 were closer than expected.
The match between local rivals Wonthaggi Miners and Wonthaggi Workmen’s started disastrously for the Miners when Workmen’s quick Jakeb Thomas ripped through the defence of Gerard Kent and rattled the leg stump with the score on 0.
Things didn’t get any better for the Miners with Paul Nelson caught leaving his side reeling at 2/3.
Cam Thomas and James Honeysett consolidated the innings with Honeysett doing most of the scoring and Thomas holding up the other end.
Honeysett went on to top score with 85 including 11 fours and with a couple of other small contributions the Miners salvaged their innings and set a target of 158.
Jakeb Thomas was the pick of the bowlers finishing with 4/16 off 8 overs.
Tim Hooper set up the win for the Workmen’s with a solid 41 (8 fours) from the top of the order.
They had no problems dispatching their rivals as they cruised to victory in 32 overs thanks to 32 runs from Sam Huitema and 38 from Ryan Thomas.
At Cowes, a collapse that saw Phillip Island lose 7/25 dash any hopes of a win over Inverloch.
Captain Scott Boyack gave the Island a sniff with 43 not out, but the score proved to be too small.
Darien Mathews was tidy with 3/18 and Lewie Rankin’s swing bowling restricted the Sharks with 2/23 off 8 overs.
The Stingrays got off to a good start with the first wicket falling at 39 and despite the mid-order failing, a steadying 33 from Dylan Clark ensured they got across the line in the 39th over.
Nerrena batted first against Leongatha Town at Nerrena and fought hard to bat out the innings.
Despite quality bowling from Town, led by off-spinner Madura Weerasinghe Silva (3/23) and quick Amila Ratnaike (2/35), Nerrena held strong and posted a solid 163.
It was their bowling performance that won the Red Caps the match as they restricted the Scorpions to 111.
In an even bowling effort, Josh Trease claimed 3/25 and Tim Wightman kept things tight with 2/16 off eight overs.
A total of 160 was not enough for the Imperials against OMK who were led by Jason Wilson.
The captain opened the bowling and claimed 3/24 off eight overs before batting his side to victory.
He shared a 128 run partnership with Jesse Van Rooye (50) and finished on 69 not out as the Diggers cruised to victory.