Town A Grade Division One bowler, Amila Ratnaike, worked hard to get the initial breakthrough for his team in their effort to beat Miners outright and he was then well supported by the other bowlers but it was too little too late to resurrect Town’s season.
• A Grade Division 1
IT WAS an interesting final round of cricket in A Grade Division One with various results deciding which teams made the finals or were relegated.
Resuming at 0/11 with first innings points claimed and a lead of 73, Leongatha Town batted aggressively to have a shot of the outright victory they needed against Wonthaggi Miners.
Wickets tumbled at a quick rate but a fine innings from Matt Borschman gave the Scorpions the ascendency.
He hit nine fours and two sixes before he was run out on 87.
For the Miners, Ryan Birkett was the pick of the bowlers with 5/60 off 10 overs.
A finals berth for Town now relied on an outright victory and a win to Inverloch over OMK.
With a lead of 216, the Scorpions held up their end of the deal by bowling out the Miners for 140 again.
Ash Hickey and Sam Clark grabbed two wickets each and Damian Burge cleaned up the tail with 3/4 off three overs.
Unfortunately for Town, Inverloch fell short in its run chase, spelling an end to the Scorpions’ season.
The outright loss ensured the Miners finished bottom of the ladder, leaving them relegated to A Grade Division Two next season.
At Inverloch, the Stingrays were quelled by OMK opening bowlers Alan Jenkins and Peter Dell.
Dell finished with 4/38 off 24 overs including 10 maidens, with Jenkins nabbing 4/34 off 13 overs.
Aside from Walter Taberner with 32 runs and Clay Tait with 39 runs, no other Inverloch batsman reached double figures as they were bowled out for 118, in reply to the Diggers’ 207.
A fighting performance by the Imperials wasn’t enough to get the win over Phillip Island.
The Sharks resumed at 1/74 chasing 144, and faced a nervy finish to cross the line.
The Island lost four quick wickets to be 9/143, before tailenders Zac Brown and Tom Officer combined to get the home side across the line.
The Imperials were lucky to avoid relegation, with the Miners’ loss leaving them on equal points, but a higher percentage saw them finish seventh.
The Wonthaggi Workmen’s total of 301 proved too large for Nerrena to chase down this week.
The Red Caps were reeling at 3/10 and couldn’t recover as they reached 9/201 off the allotted overs.
Dave Baldi top scored with 63 and Gerard Murphy finished 59 not out.
The Workmen’s had seven different wicket takers, with Mitch and Jakeb Thomas picking up two wickets each.