• A Grade, Division 1

Amila Ratnaike runs in hard in an effort to get the early breakthrough for Leongatha Town in A Grade at Korumburra on Saturday. Keeping a close eye on the action was umpire Graham Laird who arguably had the hardest job of the day, standing out in 45 degree heat (higher out in the middle) for hours to officiate on the game. His secret to making it through unscathed? Make sure you drink plenty of water the night before the game and during to stave off heatstroke. m725115

Amila Ratnaike runs in hard in an effort to get the early breakthrough for Leongatha Town in A Grade at Korumburra on Saturday. Keeping a close eye on the action was umpire Graham Laird who arguably had the hardest job of the day, standing out in 45 degree heat (higher out in the middle) for hours to officiate on the game. His secret to making it through unscathed? Make sure you drink plenty of water the night before the game and during to stave off heatstroke. m725115

DESPITE searing 40 degree heat, three of the four scheduled one-day matches went ahead in A Grade, Division 1, with all three going down to the wire.
Amila Ratnaike led the charge for Leongatha Town with 84 runs including six fours and three sixes as the Scorpions recovered from 3/23 to post a defendable 6/192 against Korumburra at Korumburra.
Ratnaike was supported by Jake Burge, who made 27, and Damian Burge, who remained 36 not out.
Kyle Dorman was the best of the Cobra bowlers with 2/32 off eight overs.
The Cobras’ run chase started well with Luke Zanchetta (28) and Shane Dole (58 including eight fours) producing the goods.
At 6/158, the home side was confident of getting across the line.
But the loss of Kyle Dorman (15) and Peter Edwards (35), left the Cobras 8/186 with seven runs required for victory.
Justin Cook and Darren Scott kept their cool and got Korumburra across the line with one over to spare.
Udara Weerasinghe took 3/40 off eight overs and Madura Weerasinghe snared 2/40 off eight overs for the Scorpions.
Inverloch has remained in second spot after winning a thriller over Wonthaggi Club at Butch West Oval.
Club batted first and were in trouble early at 3/29, before succumbing to 5/67.
Skipper Tim Hooper rebuilt his side’s innings with 45, before Koby Brann hit 21 not out to see Club reach 8/148.
James Jesson took 3/29 off eight overs for the Stingrays and Lewie Rankin grabbed 3/26 off six overs.
The Stingrays’ run chase starting positively as they reached 3/106, thanks largely to Tom McQualter’s 37.
A steady flow of wickets saw the pressure mount on the Stingrays at 8/142, still requiring seven runs for victory.
Needing two runs for victory, disaster struck when Will Rankin was caught on the first ball of the final over.
But tailenders Ryan Thomas and Lewie Rankin got the job done, with Thomas hitting a two to pass the total on the third ball of the over.
Zane Macdermid was the pick of the Club bowlers with 3/278 off eight overs, while Scott Williams and Ryan Thomas grabbed two wickets each.
Nerrena has survived a scare to account for Phillip Island at Nerrena.
Phillip Island batted first and was struggling at 5/47, with Ryan Clark cleaning up the top order with the first four wickets, to finish with 4/10 off eight overs including five maidens.
Jarrod Black (45) and Michael Young (42) put the Island back on track with a 71-run partnership as the Sharks posted 9/152.
Nerrena’s reply started disastrously with Island quick Simon Kirton clean bowling openers Tim Wightman and Chris Savage with the score at 2/21.
Steven Lester (28) worked well with Mitch Clark to take the score to 87, before Clark was joined by Dave Baldi.
With overs running out, Baldi departed for 22, before Clark was dismissed for an important 65 including nine fours and a six.
Damien Symmons and Ryan Clark steered the Red Caps home in the final overs.
Kirton finished with 2/29 off eight overs and Charith Keerthisinghe nabbed 2/14 off eight overs.
The scheduled match between Imperials and OMK at the Leongatha Turf was abandoned.


Loos brothers dominate with bat and ball

• A Grade, Division 2

WONTHAGGI Miners’ Daniel and Jayden Loos had a day to remember against Foster in A Grade, Division 2 at the Wonthaggi Football Ground.
Daniel cracked nine fours on his way to a top score of 62, as the Miners were bundled out for 144 in 33 overs.
Frazer Griggs was the chief destroyer for Foster with 4/26 off five overs, while Graeme Watkins picked up 2/21 off five overs and Jai Prain took 2/9 off four overs.
It was Jayden’s turn to shine when he took the new ball, knocking over the dangerous Graeme Watkins before ripping through the Foster line-up to finish with 6/34 off 7.4 overs.
Foster was struck out for 120 in the 35th over as the Miners continued their strong form.
Murray Lynch top scored for the Tigers with 44, while Adam Hall also got amongst the wickets for the Miners with 3/18 off eight overs.
Kilcunda-Bass has cruised to a comfortable win over Poowong-Loch at Loch.
The Sharks bowled tight to dismiss the home side for 152 in the 37th over.
Dean Pipicelli grabbed 3/19 off eight overs before Ash Larcombe cleaned up the tail with 4/7 off 5.5 overs.
Keanu Miller top scored for Poowong-Loch with a well-made 50 including four fours and a six.
Kilcunda-Bass made quick work of the run chase, with Steven and Ash Oats combining for a 108-run opening stand.
Steven was caught for 50 including seven fours, while Ash remained 70 not out as the Sharks passed the total in the 23rd over.
He hit nine fours in his knock and was well supported by Andrew Donohue with 25 not out.
The match between MDU and Koonwarra Leongatha/RSL was abandoned after 21 overs of play at Dumbalk.
Sam Hughes was 29 not out and Nishadh Liyanage 33 not out when play was halted after 21 overs at 2/79.