• A Grade Division 1
A CONSISTENT batting effort throughout the innings saw Nerrena survive an early scare to post a competitive 229 on day one against Leongatha Town in A Grade Division 1 at Nerrena.
Town started strongly in the first two-day match of the season, on the back of a relentless spell of swing bowling from Matt Borschman.
He trapped Mitch Clark LBW for 14 before spinner Madura Weerasinghe removed fellow opener Loc Roberts, LBW for six.
When Borschman struck again to have Tim Wightman caught behind for five, the Red Caps were in trouble at 3/26.
But skipper Chris Savage set about resurrecting the innings and together with Damien Symmons, they took the score to 77 before Savage departed for 39 including five fours.
Dave Baldi joined Symmons and the Red Caps started to get on top of the bowling, with the pair sharing a 67-run partnership for the fifth wicket.
Borschman broke the shackles again to have Baldi bowled for 35, before Weerasinghe bowled Symmons for 46.
Ryan Clark’s knock of 44 boosted the Red Caps total, as they were eventually bowled out for 229 in the 73rd over.
Borschman bowled well all day and finished with 4/44 off 20 overs including seven maidens, and Weerasinghe finished with 3/79 off 27.1 overs.
An even spread of bowlers allowed Wonthaggi Club to restrict Phillip Island to 177 at McMahon Reserve, despite a defiant half-century from Sharks’ skipper Lochie Cleeland.
Brodie Johnston was first to depart for 20 when he was caught behind off Zane Macdermid.
Macdermid struck again when he had Sri Lankan import Theekshana Hettiarachchi caught for a duck in his first match to leave the Sharks at 2/35.
Youngster Jack Keating joined Cleeland and ticked the scoring along to 89 before Keating was caught off the bowling of Mitch Thomas for 15.
Cleeland departed shortly after when he was caught off the bowling of Mark McCall for 51, including six fours.
Jarrod Black (13) and Blake Insall (0) were dismissed in quick succession to see Phillip Island at 6/104.
Number seven Scott Boyack made a timely 30 runs and Jack Cox chipped in with 17 to take the Sharks’ score to 9/177 after 75 overs.
Macdermid finished with 3/30 off 12 overs, Mitch Thomas claimed 2/21 off 12 overs and McCall nabbed 2/5 off seven overs.
Olden destroys Glen Alvie
• A Grade Division 2
A DEVASTATING six wickets from Michael Olden has put MDU in an unbeatable position on day one against Glen Alvie in A Grade Division 2 at Meeniyan.
It didn’t take long for Olden to stamp his authority on the match, knocking over the stumps of Peter Roberts before having Alex Hamilton caught.
He then got involved in the field when he caught Glen Alvie skipper Dean Williams off the bowling of Mark Kewming for 21.
Ray Slade stemmed the flow for Glen Alvie with 35 runs, but when Jay Tiziani departed with the score at 4/60, it sparked an almighty collapse of 6/21 as Glen Alvie was bowled out for 81 in 63 overs.
Olden was the star of the day, finishing with incredible figures of 6/14 off 15 overs including seven maidens.
Kewming played a handy support role, snaring 3/27 off 11 overs.
MDU batted for the remaining 12 overs to finish the day and are in prime position for a big win at 1/46.
Matt Martin was the only wicket to fall, trapped LBW by Wayne Luke.
Joel Sinclair (17) and Gary Webster (7) will resume for the Demons next week.
A five-wicket haul from Jason Kennedy has helped Koonwarra Leongatha/RSL bowl out Poowong-Loch for 146 at Loch.
The quick bowled opener Colin Knox for 22 before ripping through the middle order, finishing with 5/32 off 20 overs including seven maidens.
Fellow opening bowler Nick Arnup was also on song with 3/64 off 28 overs including nine maidens.
For Poowong-Loch, Wilson Pollock top scored with 29, while a last wicket partnership of 40 between Nathan Allen (20no) and Matt Loader (21) boosted the side’s score.
Half-centuries to Gerard Kent and Jason O’Reilly have led Wonthaggi Miners to a defendable score of 223 against Kilcunda-Bass at the Wonthaggi Football Ground.
Kent opened the batting and belted four fours and three sixes in his knock of 50.
O’Reilly shared a 78-run partnership with Daniel Loos (42), before he was caught and bowled by James Mahood for 53.
Dean Pipicelli was the pick of the bowlers with 3/28 off 14 overs including six maidens and Todd Smith grabbed 3/44 off 16.3 overs.