• A Grade Division 1

Nerrena bowler Tim Wightman had the pressure on him as he attempted to contain Imperials’ batsmen late in their innings as they looked to build on a good start and the middle stages of their innings. M222415

Nerrena bowler Tim Wightman had the pressure on him as he attempted to contain Imperials’ batsmen late in their innings as they looked to build on a good start and the middle stages of their innings. M222415

AN INSPIRED knock of 82 not out from Ryan Thomas has led the Wonthaggi Workers to a fine victory against Korumburra in the first game of A Grade Division One at the Butch West Oval for the season.
Thomas joined skipper Tim Hooper at the crease with the score at 2/52, following the departure of openers James Sheerin and Sam Huitema in quick succession, both bowled by Jayson Meade.
The pair put on 107 for the third wicket to set up the total of 6/198 before Hooper was caught off the bowling of Luke Zanchetta for 54.
Zanchetta finished with 3/17 off eight overs and Meade claimed 2/26 off six.
Thomas saw out the 40 overs with eight fours and a six.
Korumburra were far from disgraced when batting, but regular wickets by the Workers ensured they restricted the Cobras to 6/169 at stumps.
Captain Shane Dole hit 54 runs, while Workers bowler Scott Williams snagged two wickets at key stages of the match.
Nerrena has chased down Imperials’ impressive 200 at the picturesque Nerrena Recreation Reserve in just 32 overs.
The Red Caps’ run chase started steadily with Loc Roberts and Dave Trotman compiling 73 runs in an opening stand.
Trotman departed for 27 and Roberts for 45 to take the score to 2/99.
Further contributions from captain Chris Savage (45), Tim Wightman (23) and Damien Symmons (23no) saw the Red Caps comfortably reach the total with five wickets in hand.
Earlier, the Imperials looked set for a big total on the back of 48 runs from English import Dan Lunn.
But four run outs in quick succession by the Red Caps halted scoring and led to the big win.
Inverloch ripped through Leongatha Town’s batting line-up to set up a big win at the Inverloch Recreation Reserve.
A combination of accurate bowling and poor batting saw the Scorpions bundled out for 80 in 30 overs, with six of its batsmen bowled.
Quicks Kit Rotthier (3/7) and Ryan Thomas (2/7) were the pick of the bowlers in a team effort.
There were very little positives to take out of the performance by the Scorpions with the 18 extras top scoring followed by Zack Trease with 17.
The Stingrays were clinical in reply, losing just one wicket as they chased down the low total in 24 overs.
Walter Taberner remained 43 not out along with Clay Tait 24 not out.
A closer contest at Cowes saw OMK overcome Phillip Island.
Phillip Island batted first with opener Lachie Cleeland getting off to a solid start with 39 runs.
But slow batting and tight bowling from the Diggers saw the Sharks finish with 5/131 at the end of 40 overs.
The Sharks needed early wickets but an opening stand of 76 by Daniel Lloyd (41) and Jesse Van Rooye (33) ensured the Diggers comfortably reached the target and finished with 4/167.

Shark attack at Bass

• A Grade Division 2

A SPIRITED bowling performance by Kilcunda-Bass has led to a huge win over Glen Alvie in A Grade Division Two at Bass.
The Sharks were on song from the start with James Mahood claiming three quick wickets to reduce Glen Alvie to 4/46.
The pain continued with Glen Alvie skittled for 74 in 33 overs, with Mahood finishing with 4/22 off eight overs and Stephen Leman snaring 3/19 off eight overs.
The result was never in doubt from there onwards, as the Sharks posted 1/126 off 20 overs before calling it a day.
Brett Joseph belted 51 runs and Ash Oats made 48 as the home side cruised to victory.
A strong first innings total of 9/189 put MDU in the box seat for its win over the Wonthaggi Miners at the Wonthaggi Football Ground.
Opener Matt Martin backed up last week’s century with 49 runs to kick off the innings, before 45 runs from Gary Webster saw the Demons post a defendable score.
Paul Nelson was the best of the Miners’ bowlers with 3/40 off eight overs.
Despite a solid 45 from opener Josh Andrighetto, the Miners struggled to break away from the MDU bowlers and were eventually bowled out for 136 in the 35th over.
Nick Eddy was the pick of the bowlers with 3/22 and Michael Patching and Mark Kewming grabbed two wickets each.
A half century by new Foster captain/coach Graeme Watkins wasn’t enough to secure a win for the Tigers against Koonwarra Leongatha/RSL at the Foster Golf Club.
Cougar opening bowler Nick Arnup struck twice in the opening stages to have the Tigers reeling at 2/5.
Murray Lynch (22) and Watkins joined forces to put on 60 for the third wicket, before Owen Straw (32) and Jai Prain (29) contributed to the solid total of 8/161.
Kevin Thorne was the best of the bowlers with 3/31 off seven overs.
Contributions throughout the innings ensured the Cougars got the job done, led by Jack Hughes’ 34 and Ben Perry’s 31.
Foster’s Harvey Griggs bowled well for 3/14 off eight overs.