Leongatha Town’s Scott Browne had a tight spell of bowling before tea in the Scorpions’ A Grade Division 1 first two-day match of the season against Imperials. rg214414
• A Grade Division 1
INVERLOCH is on its way to an upset victory over Wonthaggi Workmens after knocking over its batting line-up for 117 in day one of round five at McMahon Reserve.
The Stingrays bowling attack was on song from the start with both Workmens openers back in the pavilion as the score reached 21.
The Workmens continued to crumble to be 6/56 and staring down the barrel of a low score.
And the wickets continued to fall at a regular rate as Lewie Rankin’s bowling caused headaches for the Workmens batsmen.
His swing bowling finished with 4/26 off 14 overs and he was well supported by Dylan Clark with 2/26 and Darien Mathews with 2/27
Tailender James Sheerin fought hard for 27 not out but the Workmens were bundled out after 49 overs.
Wicketkeeper Walter Taberner was kept busy behind the stumps with four caught behinds- three coming off the bowling of Rankin.
In reply, the Stingrays showed their capabilities with the bat, as Walter Taberner hit 37 before being caught by Gav Britt.
Jason Smith, 27 not out, and Will Rankin, 20 not out, combined to guide Inverloch to a winning position at 1/96 after 24 overs.
In the other match, the Imperials have batted themselves back into the match against Leongatha Town after a slow start on the superbly prepared Scorpion Park turf.
The Scorpions looked in control of proceedings with the Imperials at 4/61 as Sam Clark and Madura Weerasinghe looked ominous with the ball in hand.
But an 81-run middle-order partnership between Ryan Higgins and Troy Williams steadied the ship and brought the match back to level pegging.
Williams was bowled for 36 but Higgins continued to hit the ball well before being caught for a well-made 68 including 11 fours.
The Imperials were bowled out for a defendable 219 and sent Town in to bat for six overs.
Openers Nathan Johnston and Jordan Bolge saw the home side to the end of the day’s play and they will resume at 0/19 next week.
The match between Nerrena and Phillip Island at the Leongatha Turf was washed out, as well as the match between Wonthaggi Miners and OMK at the Wonthaggi Football Ground.