• A Grade, Division 1
WONTHAGGI Club’s Mitch Thomas has scored his first century to lead his side to a comfortable win over Phillip Island in A Grade, Division 1 at McMahon’s Reserve.
After restricting the Sharks to a reachable total of 177 on day one, Thomas hit eight fours and two sixes in his knock of 115 as the home side posted an impressive total of 4/275 on the small oval.
Thomas wasn’t alone with David Britt retiring on 48 with seven fours and James Sheerin remaining 50no with four fours and three sixes.
For the Island, Tom Officer battled hard for 2/48 off 16 overs.
Josh Trease was the hero for Nerrena in a tightly fought contest against Leongatha Town at Nerrena.
The Scorpions were on track to chase down the Red Caps’ 229 before Trease held on a diving one-handed catch at cover to remove Nathan Johnston for 32 off the bowling of Ryan Clark.
At 5/119 and with Amila Ratnaike hitting the ball well, the Scorpions looked a chance to breakthrough for its first win of the season.
But Trease struck to have Ash Hickey out for 18, well caught by Dave Baldi, before Lachie Hanks was bowled by Tim Wightman with the score at 7/176.
Ratnaike continued to weather the storm and formed a 33-run partnership with Scott Browne as the Scorpions edged closer.
But Browne (16) departed with the score at 8/209 and Trease struck moments later to finally remove Ratnaike for 97, which spelled the end of the Scorpions charge when they were bowled out for 210.
Ratnaike’s knock included eight fours and two sixes.
Trease finished with 4/49 off 24 overs, with Chris Savage and Ryan Clark picking up two wickets each.
Inverloch has easily accounted for Imperials in a one-day match at the Leongatha Turf due to last week’s washout.
The Stingray bowlers didn’t give the Imperials batsmen any easy runs, with Ryan Thomas claiming 4/24 off seven overs.
Lewie Rankin (2/21) and Tom McQualter (2/25) also bowled well, as the Imperials were restricted to 137.
Skipper Luke Rogers top scored with 44 including six fours.
The Stingrays cruised to victory in reply, with Brett Debono and captain Kit Rotthier chasing down the total in 26 overs.
Rotthier remained 60 not out at the end of play and Debono was bowled for 66 as the Stingrays finished 1/142.
A strong first innings total of 9/187 has set up an OMK win over Korumburra in a one-dayer at the Korumburra Turf.
Alex Rose’s 59 not out led the way for the Diggers, while Kyle Dorman was the pick of the Cobra bowlers with 3/37.
The Cobras were no match in reply, with Barry Wyatt snaring 4/30 off six overs and Peter Dell taking 3/10 off 7.5 overs to bowl the home side out for 127 in the 32nd over.
Luke Zanchetta top scored for Korumburra with 30.
Donohue hot streak continues with unbeaten century
• A Grade, Division 2
AN unbeaten century by Kilcunda-Bass skipper Andrew Donohue has steered the Sharks across the line against Wonthaggi Miners in A Grade, Division 2 at the Wonthaggi Football Ground.
Chasing 224 for victory, the Sharks got off to a disastrous start to be 2/6 in the opening stages.
Donohue and John Bastwrous set about resurrecting the innings and formed a 132-run partnership for the third wicket, before Bastwrous was run out for 47 with the score at 3/138.
Donohue continued to dominate the bowling and held his bat throughout the innings, hitting 10 fours and a six to remain 110 not out.
Paul Palmer’s 36 (six fours, one six) also helped the cause, as they chased down the runs in the final overs.
Donohue’s ton continues a rich vein of form that has seen him yet to be dismissed this season, with scores of 75no, 99no and 110no.
Ryan Birkett was the best of the Miners’ bowlers with 3/38 off 20 overs.
MDU has bowled out a hapless Glen Alvie for a second time to record an outright win at Meeniyan.
The Demons resumed at 1/46 after skittling Glen Alvie for 81 last week, and reached 2/127 with a lead of 46 before declaring.
Gary Webster scored 46 not out in the first innings.
Glen Alvie’s fortunes turned from bad to worse when Mark Patching ripped through the top order with the opening three wickets on his way to 3/9 off 11 including seven maidens.
At 8/33 they were staring down the barrel of an embarrassing total, but a 42-run partnership between Kelvin Simpson (28no) and Lachlan McRae (13) saw them bundled out at 9/75 with one batsman absent.
Mark Kewming also grabbed 3/17 off seven overs during the rort.
With 22 overs to make the 29 runs needed to secure an outright win, the Demons made short work of the total, batting just four overs to score the runs required.
A five-wicket haul from Russell Greaves has seen Poowong-Loch bowl out Koonwarra Leongatha/RSL for 79 to record a comfortable win at Loch.
Greaves finished with impressive figures of 5/29 off 23 overs including nine maidens, as the Cougars were bowled out after 49 overs.
Matt Loader was also dangerous with the ball, taking 3/18 off 17 overs including seven maidens.