strong-batting-from-imperialsImperials opener Joe O’Loughlin was impressive finishing with 79 before being caught out by the Miners’ Josh Andrighetto. C334614.

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IMPERIALS have batted themselves into a winning position on day one of the Round 6 match against Wonthaggi Miners with an impressive total of 292.
But the innings didn’t start well for the home side as Miners’ Ryan Birkett and Jayden Loos caused issues for the top order which saw them at 3/43.
Imperials opener Joe O’Loughlin steadied the ship for his side with a well-compiled 79 runs including 11 fours and a six.
He shared an 88-run partnership with Ryan Higgins before being caught off the bowling of Birkett.
Higgins, who is in great form, continued on and formed a dynamic combination with Gary Sauvarin in a partnership of 101.
He also fell to Birkett for 73 including nine fours and shortly after Birkett bowled Sauvarin for 64 with 10 fours.
The tail batted out the overs for the Imperials as it reached a very defendable total.
Birkett had success with the ball for the Miners, finishing with 4/74 off 20 overs.
A promotion to the top of the order for Wonthaggi Workmen’s Jay Baker has paid dividends, with the opener scoring a patient 82 runs to restore order to the Workmen’s batting line-up after a shaky couple of weeks.
His knock against OMK at the Butch West Oval included 10 fours and a six, and he featured in a 99-run opening stand with Dave Britt.
Gav Britt hit 43 runs including 7 fours and Ryan Thomas consolidated the innings through the middle order with 63 runs including 3 fours and 3 sixes, as the Workmen’s reached 7/278 at the end of 75 overs.
It was a tough day for OMK as it used nine different bowlers. Opening bowler Al Jenkins was the pick of them snaring 3/33 off 10 overs.
Number three batsmen Will Rankin has played a lone hand for Inverloch as they were bowled out by Nerrena for 178 in the 63rd over at the Inverloch Turf.
The lively batsmen clubbed 16 fours in his knock of 85 as his teammates crumbled around him, aside from Darien Mathews who remained 35 not out at the end of the innings.
In reply, Nerrena faced a nervy 11 overs to finish the day with Inverloch’s Thomas and Kit Rothier claiming the wickets of key Red Caps batsmen Dave Trotman and Tim Wightman to make things interesting.
Contributions throughout the innings have seen Leongatha Town post a decent total of 231 against Phillip Island at Cowes.
A consistent, team bowling effort from the Sharks led by spinners Charith Keerthisinghe with 2/47 off 20 overs and Zac Brown with 2/32 off 10 overs saw Town bowled out in the 72nd over.
Town’s Madura Weerasinghe batted with control for 51 runs to boost the visitors’ score.