• A Grade Division 1
INVERLOCH has ripped through the Phillip Island batting line-up to bowl the Sharks out for a meagre 41 and record a demoralising victory in A Grade Division One at Cowes.
The annihilation started with Tom McQualter grabbing the opening three wickets to have the Island reeling at 3/10, in reply to the Stingrays’ total of 7/137.
And the Sharks’ day went from bad to worse when number four Jack Keating departed with the side’s top score of nine, which started an incredible loss of 7/17 to see the Island bowled out in the 27th over.
McQualter finished with tidy figures of 3/7 off four overs, but he wasn’t alone in the team bowling effort, with Lewie Rankin claiming 2/11 off eight overs and Darien Mathews cleaning up the tail with 3/4 off 2.3 overs.
Earlier, Walter Taberner’s 54 in an opening partnership of 86 with Brett Debono (24) set up a solid score of 7/137 by the Stingrays.
Scott Boyack was the pick of the bowlers with 3/22 off five overs and Simon Kirton nabbed 2/15.
A strong performance with bat and ball has seen Nerrena chase down Wonthaggi Club’s total of 9/147 in the final overs at Butch West Oval.
Red Caps opening bowler Josh Trease was on fire snaring the first four wickets to have Club on the back foot at 4/22.
But Gav Britt steered his side to a defendable score with 76 runs including 10 fours and two sixes.
Nerrena’s innings started steadily with an opening stand of 48 between Lachlan Roberts and Dave Trotman.
Roberts departed for 14, but Trotman remained at the crease throughout the innings for 58 not out.
He joined forces with Damien Symmons (51 no) for an 85-run partnership to get the Red Caps over the line after 37 overs.
Captain Shane Dole has led Korumburra to a comfortable win over the Imperials with a half century and four wickets at Korumburra.
Batting first, the Cobras had consistent contributors throughout the innings, highlighted by Dole’s 54 and Kallon Rigby’s 45 in a total of 6/214.
The Imperials were no match in reply, bundled out for 142 in the 34th over, with Dole claiming 4/21 off 7.2 overs.
Gary Sauvarin top scored with 39 runs and Ryan Higgins remained 36 not out.
A fine knock of 88 from Amila Ratnaike wasn’t enough to get Leongatha Town across the line against OMK at Outtrim.
His innings included seven fours and four sixes and was supported by Zack Trease (38).
The pair put on a big partnership but the Scorpions couldn’t go on with it as Al Jenkins ripped through a middle order which was sekking quick runs.
Jenkins bowled full, straight and at good pace and ended with a brilliant six-wicket haul to restrict Town to 8/179. Peter Dell and Daniel Lloyd also bowled well.
The run chase started well for the Diggers with Noel Creed and Daniel Lloyd taking the score to 52 before Creed departed for 24.
But it was a dominant partnership of 110 between Tom Wyatt and Jason Wilson that saw the Diggers record another win, as they reached 3/229 at the end of 40 overs.
Wyatt remained 73 not out at the end of play, alongside Wilson with 52 not out.
Matt Borschman did a great job for the Scorpions with 3/23 off eight overs.
Donohue stars with bat and ball at Foster
• A Grade, Division 2
ANDREW Donohue was the hero for Kilcunda-Bass on Saturday, hitting the winning run in the final over of play to seal a thrilling win over Foster in A Grade, Division 2 at the Foster Golf Club.
Needing three runs in the final over to chase down Foster’s total of 178, Donohue hit two runs to draw scores level, before hitting a single on the fourth last ball of the day for the win.
The excitement didn’t end there, with the skipper on 99 with one ball remaining.
But the century wasn’t to be, with Donohue failing to get bat to ball and a leg bye called to leave him 99 not out.
Nonetheless it was a match-winning performance by the Sharks’ leader, belting 10 fours and three sixes during his knock.
If his stunning performance with the bat wasn’t enough, Donohue also led the way with the ball during the first innings, with his left arm orthodox bowling claiming 5/33 off seven overs.
Foster looked set for a big score with Graeme Watkins and Murray Lynch combining for a 151-run partnership for the second wicket but Donohue struck with the wicket of Lynch for a well-made 60, before removing Owen Straw and Tyler Smith in quick succession.
He then had Watkins caught on 94 – an innings that included nine fours and two sixes.
Koonwarra Leongatha/RSL’s Sam Hughes proved he was the missing ingredient to the side’s success with a dominant 135 against Glen Alvie at the Leongatha Turf.
Hughes opened the batting in his first game of the season and smashed 14 fours and four sixes, before finally being bowled in the final overs as the Cougars posted 6/246.
Glen Alvie was no match in reply, struggling to 9/113, with Ben Perry the best of the bowlers with 3/17 off eight overs.
Eighty five not out from Wonthaggi Miners captain Jason O’Reilly has led his side to its first win of the season against Poowong-Loch with six overs remaining.
O’Reilly hit nine fours and a six during the innings, and was backed up by Josh Andrighetto’s 52 in a 134-run partnership.
Earlier, Wilson Pollock top scored for Poowong-Loch with 38 runs as they posted 9/165.
MDU enjoyed the week off with the bye.