presidents-day-for-leongatha-townTown’s Jareth Hume chats with Imperials’ Joe O’Loughlin after Hume’s unbeaten ton. N164514

• A Grade Division 1

LEONGATHA Town’s president Jareth Hume led his team to victory against Imperials on Saturday, and scored his first LDCA A Grade century in the process.
Hume made an unbeaten 115 to secure an important win for the Scorpions who are now a game clear in fourth spot on the table.
The final score doesn’t show how close this one was. Town was in trouble at 7/154 – still 66 runs away from the target, before Hume combined with Scott Browne, batting at nine, for an 88-run partnership.
The pair batted smartly on the excellent Scorpion Park turf, against some quality bowling from the tireless Lachie Wright who bowled 25 overs and took 2/56, and Luke Rogers who also took two wickets.
The Scorpions made a solid start, but slipped to 4/88, which was the equivalent of 5/88 as skipper Matt Smith was injured. Despite the quick outfield, the runs dried up and only came freely once the target had been reached and Hume was given the chance to press on for his century which he did in a blaze of glory.
OMK won’t be hitting the panic button just yet – there’s too much talent there to suggest things won’t turn around, but another loss has the Diggers in a hole.
The Wonthaggi Miners caused the upset of the round, knocking OMK over in a one-dayer at the Wonthaggi Football Ground.
OMK won the toss and sent the Miners in and despite a shaky start, they recovered thanks to a steady 45 not out from Cam Thomas and another handy knock of 30 from young James Honeysett.
The total of 7/137 was hardly a daunting task for the Diggers, but it proved to be too much as spinner Paul Nelson continued his good form with the ball taking four wickets while quicks Ryan Birkett and Ben Foon took two each.
OMK was all out for 113.
Inverloch did most of its damage with the ball last week in an emphatic win against the Wonthaggi Workers.
Resuming at 1/96, and chasing just 117, Inverloch cruised home with 7/259 before stumps were pulled.
There were contributors all the way down the order, with the best coming from Darien Matthews who scored an unbeaten half century.
James Sheerin bowled well with three wickets for the Workers.
In the other match, Nerrena continued its unbeaten start to the year with a hard fought win against Phillip Island at the Leongatha turf.
It was another one-dayer due to the rain the previous week.
The Red Caps won the toss and batted with opener Dave Trotman again in good touch.
He held things together with 69 and with cameos from others along the way, Nerrena posted a decent score of 6/162 after 40 overs.
Lachie Cleeland made 37 at the top of the order in the Phillip Island reply, but Nerrena’s disciplined bowling, led by Ranesh Joy with 3/13 from eight and Josh Trease who took 1/10 from his eight, strangled the run chase which fizzled out at 8/140.