red-caps-in-commandCentral Gippsland‘s Matt Brewer is off the mark with a leg glance in Sunday’s GCL cricket match at the Leongatha Turf.  D610315.

• A Grade, Division 1

LADDER leader Nerrena is in a commanding position after day one of its match against Imperials in A Grade, Division 1.
Captain Mitchell Clark backed up last’s week century with a patient 78 as the Red Caps posted 209 before being bowled out in the 69th over.
Clark was well supported by fellow opener Dave Trotman with 35 runs and all-rounder Tim Wightman with 29.
Imperials bowler Zac Price bowled well for 4/49 off 21 overs, with Rhett McLennan nabbing 3/70 off 23 overs.
Mark Lafferty played the perfect support role with 3/25 off his 10.5 overs.
The Imperials faced a nervy five overs at the end of the day’s play and felt the wrath of Wightman’s spin bowling.
The leg-spinner stole the wickets of Kristian Gray and Troy Williams in the final over of the day to leave the Imperials 2/11.
The Imperials will resume next week needing 199 for victory with Joe O’Loughlin and Gary Sauvarin at the crease.
A five-wicket effort from Leongatha Town’s Amila Ratnaike has restricted OMK to 163 at the Butch West Oval.
The in-form quick destroyed the OMK batsmen with 5/23 off 15 overs including four maidens.
Down the other end, Madura Weerasinghe bowled 25.1 overs and finished with 2/55 including nine maidens.
A win for Town next week should seal a finals berth and spell the end of OMK’s finals chances.
A consistent batting performance from the Wonthaggi Workmen has put Phillip Island’s slim finals hopes in disarray.
The Workmen’s first seven batsmen all reached scores about 20 with a steady flow of runs allowing them to finish with an impressive score of 271.
Number six batsman Ryan Thomas top scored with 70 runs including six fours and two sixes, followed by Daniel Turton with 42.
For the Island, Charith Keerthisinghe claimed 3/98 off 27 overs and Tom Officer finished with 3/46 off 10.2 overs.
The Wonthaggi Miners put in a disappointing batting display this week against Inverloch.
Aside from Josh Andrighetto’s 74, no Miners batsman reached a score over 20 as they were dismissed for 154 in the 56th over.
The Stingrays had some batting problems of their own as they succumbed to 4/58 off 18 overs.

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Winning knock from Knox

• A Grade, Division 2

POOWONG-LOCH’S Colin Knox batted his side into a winning position with 86 runs against Fish Creek-Tarwin at Loch in A Grade, Division 2.
The opener’s knock included six fours and featured an 85-run opening stand with Brad Hall, before Knox was run out short of his century.
The home side batted out the 75 overs to reach a defendable total of 9/266 at stumps.
Clayton Fisher battled hard for Fish Creek-Tarwin, finishing with 4/80 off 29 overs.
MDU will be looking to consolidate its position in the top four this week when it resumes at 0/15, chasing 153 for victory.
The Demons bowled out Koonwarra-Leongatha RSL for 152 in the 65th over, led by opening bowler Adam Eddy with 3/31 off 18 overs and Nick Eddy with 2/11 off 12 overs.
Michael and Matthew Olden survived nine overs to end the day’s play at 0/15.
A loss for Koonwarra-Leongatha RSL could see the Cougars drop out of the top four, depending on the result of the Kilcunda-Bass v Korumburra match.
Korumburra posted a defendable 230 with contributions throughout the innings, with Kilcunda-Bass a chance to chase down the total and move into finals contention.
Daniel Salmon hit six fours on his way to 51 before being run out, and Adam Tagliaferro smashed five fours in his knock of 34.
Ashley Oats was the pick of the Kilcunda-Bass bowlers with 3/34 off 11 overs.
Foster is a chance to cause an upset after the Tigers batted out 75 overs for the first time this season and reached 9/206 against Glen Alvie.
Hayden Buckland hit 36 at the top of the order before Shaun Chaseling belted seven fours and a six in his score of 47.
For Glen Alvie, Dean Williams bowled well and finished with 4/39 off 16 overs.