• A Grade, Division 2
THE A Grade, Division 2 match between Poowong-Loch and Glen Alvie at the Butch West Oval was one of few matches across the association to go ahead in a rain-affected round of cricket.
Signs of play at Wonthaggi didn’t look promising prior to 1pm, but the skies cleared and with Poowong-Loch keen to get its first win on the board, a 25-over match got underway at 3pm.
Poowong-Loch won the toss and batted first, with openers Colin Knox and Wilson Pollock starting positively before Knox was bowled by Tristian Tack for 18.
Pollock didn’t mess around, attacking the bowling with two sixes and two fours.
He was joined by Paul Dyer who played a nice support role.
Spinner Dean Williams was introduced to the attack and had a quick result when he had Pollock stumped by Josh Hamilton for 43.
He then trapped Matt Hancock LBW moments later to bring the match back on even terms.
When Dyer departed for 17 and Reece Attenborough fell for 15, Glen Alvie looked like pulling off an upset.
But Trevor Allen was buoyed by his son Matt’s A Grade debut and showed the way, hitting five fours in a fine knock of 51 not out to take Poowong-Loch to a belting score of 5/168 after 25 overs.
Glen Alvie’s batsmen struggled in reply, losing 5/26 to fall out of contention.
Matt Loader performed well with the ball, taking 2/5 off four overs for Poowong-Loch, while Knox snared 2/10 off four overs.
Glen Alvie managed to bat out the overs to reach 6/66, but could not match the strength of the opposition.
In the other A Grade, Division 2 match played for the round, MDU won a thriller in the final overs against Foster at Meeniyan.
Foster batted first and registered 8/123 on the back of another fine performance by Graeme Watkins with 41 runs.
Owen Straw also chipped in with a solid 23 not out for the Tigers.
For MDU, Luke Mercer was the pick of the bowlers with 3/28 off five overs and Joel Sinclair grabbed 2/18.
Steady contributions throughout the innings from MDU, highlighted by Craig Hoober (19) and Joel Sinclair (18) got the side within striking distance, before Steven Smith guided his side across the line with 19 not out.
Harvey Griggs was the best of the Foster bowlers with 3/17 off six overs.