christmas-comes-early-for-imperialsThe Imperials’ Troy Williams brought up an impressive undefeated 104 during his side’s win over the Wonthaggi Miners on Saturday.

• A Grade Division 1

THE Leongatha Imperials’ season is back on track after recording a big win against the Wonthaggi Miners in the last A Grade Division One one-dayer before Christmas.
Bolstered by the return of big hitter Mark Lafferty, the Imperials smashed an incredible 4/307 off 40 overs at an impressive run rate of 7.6 per over at the Wonthaggi Football Ground.
Lafferty hit 13 fours and two sixes on his way to 107, sharing a 163-run stand with number three Troy Williams.
Williams also notched a century, plundering six sixes and three fours to finish 104 not out.
Chris Silkstone backed up his unbeaten century last round with another 58 runs which included five sixes.
The Miners struggled to keep pace with the required run rate.
Despite some late hitting from the likes of Rohan Todd with 60 runs, Paul Nelson with 58 and Cameron Thomas with 46 not out, the Miners fell short as they reached 265.
Zac Price was the pick of the Imperials bowlers with 3/30 off eight overs.
OMK has defeated the Wonthaggi Workmen’s in a low-scoring thriller at Butch West Oval.
The Workmen’s batsmen struggled batting first and fell for 117 in the 37th over, with Dave Britt top scoring with 37.
Captain Jason Wilson did the damage with ball in hand as he claimed 4/19 from 7.3 overs.
Barry Wyatt also bowled well and finished with 3/14 from seven overs.
In reply, the Diggers were cruising at 2/98 before Tim Hooper was introduced to the attack and nearly spun the Workmen’s to victory.
He took the wicket of Jesse Van Rooye for 43 and claimed the next two wickets, but Jason Wilson led the Diggers to victory with a knock of 53 not out to cap off a great individual effort.
Nerrena has jumped into top spot after its score of 8/183 proved too strong for Inverloch at the Leongatha Turf.
Captain Mitch Clark kicked off proceedings with 36 runs, before lower-order hitting from Caine Salmon ensured the Red Caps posted a defendable score.
Lewie Rankin grabbed a tidy 3/26 off eight overs for the Stingrays.
Inverloch had a fair crack at chasing down the total with Will Rankin posting 56 runs and Kit Rotthier hitting 42.
But the Stingrays fell short by 10 runs to finish 7/173 off 40 overs.
Renish Joy claimed 3/26 off eight overs in the Red Caps’ win.
Leongatha Town has moved two games clear in fourth spot after they chased down Phillip Island’s total of 187 at Scorpion Park.
The Island posted 9/187 thanks to a 61-run effort from Richard Evans which included eight fours and a six, as well as 36 not out from Mitch Price.
Amila Ratnaike claimed 3/39 off his eight overs and Ash Hickey was impossible to get away with 2/16 from eight overs.
Ratnaike played a lone hand in the batting response, smashing six fours and five sixes on his way to a match-winning 85 not out.
Town passed the total with three balls remaining to seal a very important win going into the Christmas break.
Spinner Charith Keerthisinghe bowled well for the Island and finished with 4/45 off eight overs, although Ratnaike took a liking to his bowling late in the chase.

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Foster push Poowong-Loch

• A Grade Division 2

AN UNBEATEN 93 from Wilson Pollock has steered Poowong-Loch to victory over Foster in A Grade Division 2 at the Foster Golf Club.
The struggling Foster side put in a much improved effort this week and managed to bat out the 40 overs to reach 6/139.
Andrew Starret top scored with 45 runs including six fours and a six.
Pollock won the match off his own bat as he smashed 11 fours and three sixes to see his side pass the total in 32 overs.
Greg Collis put his hand up for the Tigers and finished with 3/25 off eight overs.
A ripping spell of bowling from Joe Hales has seen Glen Alvie overcome Fish Creek-Tarwin at the Fish Creek turf.
Glen Alvie set a total of 111 with Daniel Hales contributing 45 not out.
Joe Hales destroyed the Fish Creek-Tarwin top order, taking four of the first five wickets to claim 4/8 off eight overs including four maidens.
Daniel Hales chipped in with 3/24 off six overs as they bowled the home side out for 102 in the 38th over.
A five-wicket haul from Korumburra’s Kallon Rigby has led his side to a win over MDU in the top of the table clash at Meeniyan.
The Cobras reached 9/176 thanks to a number of batsmen getting starts, led by Adam Tagliaferro with 31 runs.
Rigby then destroyed MDU’s top and middle order to finish with 5/29 off eight overs.
Kyle Dorman and Shane Dole grabbed two wickets apiece to bowl out the Demons for 145 in the 37 over and remain on top of the ladder.
A score of 4/177 wasn’t enough for Koonwarra-Leongatha/RSL to defend as they were defeated by Kilcunda-Bass at Bass.
Sam Hughes scored 54 in the first innings and Dean Pipicelli was the best of the Kilcunda-Bass bowlers with 2/32.
Kilcunda-Bass showed no mercy on the Cougars’ attack, passing the total after 32 overs.
Paul Palmer smashed 10 fours and a six to finish 75 not out and was well supported by Trevor Aplin who hit eight fours on his way to 57 not out.