• A Grade, Division 1
A 170-run partnership between Brodie Johnston and Russell ‘Huck’ Cleeland has given Phillip Island an opening round win over Leongatha Town at Scorpion Park in A Grade, Division 1.
Huck joined Johnston with the score at 1/11 and the blend of youth and experience saw the Sharks reach 2/208 at the end of 40 overs.
Johnston departed for a well-made 86 including 10 fours and two sixes, while Huck remained 84 not out.
The Scorpions run chase started disastrously as they crumbled to be 4/36.
Quick Simon Kirton, who was erratic at times with 15 wides and five no balls, did the damage with the first three wickets, including the prized scalp of Amila Ratnaike.
Kirton finished with 3/51 off eight overs and was ably assisted by Jack Cox and Scott Boyack with two wickets apiece.
A captain’s knock of 63 including 12 fours from Matt Smith steadied the ship for the Scorpions, but they fell short and were bowled out for 190, needing 19 runs with 14 balls remaining.
Five wickets and 46 not out were all in a day’s work for Wonthaggi Workmens’ Scott Williams in his side’s win against Imperials at the East Campus.
He led a number of contributors from the Workers in their first innings total of 9/240, with James Sheerin (37) and Gav Britt (41) also on song.
Williams and Ryan Thomas shared the new ball and ripped through the Imperials’ top order, with captain Troy Williams one of a few batsmen to show resistance with 40 runs.
The Imperials were bowled out for 122 in the 30th over, with Williams finishing with 5/41 off eight overs and Thomas claiming 4/23 off 5.1 overs.
A team bowling effort combined with a captain’s knock of 69 not out from Jason Wilson has given OMK its first win of the season over Inverloch at Outtrim.
Inverloch won the toss and batted first but struggled to make an impact on the scorecard, bowled out for 136 in the 37th over.
Opener Clay Tait battled well for 39 runs and new batsmen Tom McQualter was next best with 24.
The Diggers shared the wickets around with Daniel Lloyd snaring 3/19 off 6.2 overs.
A 91-run partnership between Wilson and Adam Miller (52) ensured the Diggers celebrated a comfortable win, finishing at 4/199 after 40 overs.
Korumburra has made a promising start in its return to A Grade Division 1, defeating Nerrena in a low-scoring contest at Korumburra.
The Cobras sent the Red Caps in to bat and the choice paid dividends, with Nerrena reduced to 7/44.
A solid 47 from no.9 Ryan Clark kept the Red Caps in the contest, as they were bowled out for 104 in the 36th over.
Kyle Dorman highlighted an all-round effort from the Korumburra bowling attack with 3/7 off 4.1 overs and Ash Meade took 2/19 off eight overs.
The match was brought back to even terms when the Cobras were 2/7, but a number of starts from batsmen through the middle order saw them pass the total with two wickets and seven overs remaining.
Clark backed up his efforts with the bat to snare 4/16 off eight overs including four maidens.
Martin century spells win for Demons
• A Grade, Division 2
A CRACKING century from opener Matt Martin has given MDU an opening round win after scoring an imposing 5/242 in the first innings against Poowong-Loch at Dumbalk in A Grade, Division 2.
Martin shared a 146-run opening stand with Matthew Olden (35), before departing with the score at 3/166, having set the Demons up for the defendable total.
His knock included 13 fours and three sixes.
Poowong-Loch’s run chase didn’t start off well, with Colin Knox departing with the score at 1/9.
A solid 40 from captain Wilson Pollock brought his side back into the game, but a steady flow of wickets throughout the innings kept the pressure on Poowong-Loch who fell short with 9/203 at the end of 40 overs.
Michael Patching claimed 3/25 for the winners, with Cam Harris and Mark Kewming snaring two wickets apiece.
After failing to register a win last season, Foster has started its season on the right track with a hard-fought win over Glen Alvie at the Butch West Oval.
Aside from opener Peter Roberts (58 not out), the Glen Alvie lads hardly fired a shot as they limped to 9/125 off 40 overs.
A team effort from the six Foster bowlers saw each of them take a wicket, with Harvey Griggs snagging 2/5 off eight overs, including five maidens.
The Tigers were less than convincing in reply, but with a few contributions throughout the innings and the help of 40 extras bowled by Glen Alvie, they secured the long-awaited win and registered 8/145 off 40 overs.
Newly appointed captain/coach Graeme Watkins top scored with 28 runs.
A captain’s knock of 75 not out from Andrew Donohue has steered Kilcunda-Bass to a tight victory over Koonwarra Leongatha/RSL at Koonwarra.
Koonwarra Leongatha/RSL batted first and collapsed to be 5/37, with opening bowling Todd Smith on fire with the first five wickets for Kilcunda-Bass.
Captain Jack Hughes got the Cougars back on track with a half century, but Donohue’s spin cleaned up the tail with three wickets to bowl them out for 137 in 38 overs.
Smith finished with 5/25 off eight overs.
Donohue was clinical in the Sharks’ run chase, hitting 10 fours to chase down the total with three wickets down but just two overs remaining.
Wonthaggi Miners had the bye as a result of Fish Creek-Tarwin’s failure to field a side this season.