Cricketers from across the region, at junior, senior and representative matches, observed a minute’s silence and wore black armbands as a mark of respect and solidarity at the passing of Australian cricketer Phil Hughes during the week. Here the players from the Inverloch and Leongatha Town A Grade sides, together with umpire Graham Laird, line up along the turf wicket at the West Campus Oval.
• A Grade Division 1
THE cricketing world and the wider community have felt the impact of Phillip Hughes’ passing over the past week, and local cricketers were no different as they honoured the fallen Australian cricketer.
Teams and umpires around the LDCA competition paused for a minute’s silence before Saturday’s matches in a fitting tribute.
The fighting spirit of Hughes was shown by Inverloch batsmen against Leongatha Town in A Grade Division 1 at Scorpion Park.
The Stingrays chose to bat first on a wicket that offered value for batting and they took full advantage of the wicket in compiling a huge total of 6/351.
Inverloch openers kicked off the innings with Brett Debono notching 86 and Walter Taberner scoring 48 as Town struggled to make a breakthrough.
The pain for the home side continued as Will Rankin hit 47 and the Stingrays’ middle order continued to pile on the runs.
Dylan Clark put the finishing touches on a strong display from Inverloch, finishing 63 not out – ironically the same score that Hughes will remain on forever.
Matt Borschman toiled hard for Town with 3/48 off 15 overs on a difficult day for the home side.
Ryan Thomas has led the Wonthaggi Workmen’s demolition of Imperials at the Butch West Oval with 6/41 off 16 overs including seven maidens.
Imperials opener Joe O’Loughlin was the only batsmen to show resistance with 56 runs as his side crumbled to be all out for 123 after 54 overs.
In reply, the Workmen’s have all but sealed victory as they reached 1/81 off 21 overs.
Gav Britt was in form striking 53 quick runs.
Alex Rose scored 54 to save OMK from an embarrassing score as they were bowled out for 160 by Nerrena at the Leongatha Turf.
Josh Trease was the best of the Red Caps bowlers with 4/32 off 22 overs including 11 maidens.
The Red Caps faced six overs at the end of the day and will resume at 0/13.
The match between Wonthaggi Miners and Phillip Island is evenly poised after the Miners lower order provided late runs.
The Sharks had the Miners on the ropes at 7/102, before a 78-run partnership between Leigh Earl and Jayden Loos boosted the Miners’ score.
Earl made a fighting half-century as his side reached 9/204.
Tom Officer was the pick of the Island bowlers with 3/18 off 12 overs.