• A Grade, Division 1
OMK has continued its unbeaten start to the season with a tough win over Wonthaggi Club in A Grade Division 1 at the Butch West Oval.
Resuming at 0/17 after dismissing Club for a lowly 121 last week, the Diggers lost Jesse Van Rooye and Cameron Chasemore with Club quick Scott Williams striking twice.
On a tricky pitch, a steadying innings from Adam Miller got the Diggers back on track, before Williams struck again to see Miller depart for 51.
With six wickets remaining and 30-odd runs needed, the Diggers looked odds-on of securing victory.
But the tide began to turn when spinner James Sheerin beat the bat of OMK skipper Jason Wilson who was well out of his crease and youngster Koby Brann pulled off an impressive stumping to remove Wilson for one.
Tom Wyatt strode to the crease and faced a nervy first two balls.
The first struck him on the pad and the Club appeal was dismissed.
The second once again hit his pad and had Sheerin appealing ferociously but to no avail.
Wyatt gathered composure and saw out the over before eventually finding his feet and leading the Diggers across the line with sensible batting.
Together with opener Daniel Lloyd (38 not out), the pair passed the total in the 64th over and Wyatt departed for an important 32 in the final stages.
Club now finds itself in unfamiliar territory, clinging onto a spot in the top four with Korumburra within striking distance on equal points.
An unbeaten 100 in the second innings by Phillip Island’s Charith Keerthisinghe did little to expel the disappointing loss to Korumburra at Korumburra.
Resuming at 3/2 chasing 191, the Sharks were quickly bundled out for a dismal 67 in the 35th over, before facing up to bat again.
Kyle Dorman took 4/18 off six overs for the Cobras and Luke Zanchetta snared 3/10 off 11 overs in the onslaught.
After flying the flag for his side with 23 not out in the first innings, Keerthisinghe was seeing the ball like a beach ball and hit 11 fours to remain 100 not out at the end of the second innings.
The Sharks put in a much better batting effort second time around to finish the day at 2/130 off 44 overs.
A heroic knock of 87 by middle-order batsmen Jake Burge has seen Leongatha Town win a thriller over cross-campus rival Imperials at the Leongatha Turf.
Needing 156 to notch its second win of the season, the Scorpions were 6/69 when welcome inclusion Udara Weerasinghe departed for eight.
Jake and Damian Burge shared a 65-run partnership to get the Scorpions back on track before Damian Burge was bowled by Zac Price for 21.
Jake Burge was quickly running out of partners with Ash Hickey and Al Fixter departing for low scores to leave the Scorpions still needing four runs with one wicket remaining.
Scott Browne joined Burge and survived with Burge hitting the winning runs to give his side a much-needed win.
Zac Price was a workhorse for the Imperials sending down 19 overs and finishing with 4/21 including eight maidens.
He and other bowlers bowled tightly and with clever field placements, the Imps were within a whisker of their first win.
Nerrena has strengthened its position in the top four with a solid win over Inverloch at Nerrena.
Resuming at 3/24 and chasing just 102 for victory, a solid 50 by Damien Symmons put the Red Caps in a strong position.
But a middle-order collapse saw the Red Caps lose 4/17 to be 7/100 with Inverloch a slight chance of an unlikely victory.
Caine Salmon and Renish Joy (30) got the home side across the line, before Joy joined forces with Josh Trease (30) for a 53-run partnership for the ninth wicket.
Ryan Thomas, Kit Rotthier and Tom McQualter shared two wickets each for the Stingrays.
Glen Alvie’s woes continue
• A Grade, Division 2
GLEN Alvie has been ‘outrighted’ for the second consecutive match after being bowled out twice by Wonthaggi Miners in A Grade Division 2 at the Wonthaggi Football Ground.
After bundling out Glen Alvie for 111 last week, the Miners resumed at 1/164 with Gerard Kent retiring with last week’s effort of 111.
The Miners raced to 4/207 before declaring in the 22nd over to have a shot at a likely outright victory.
The Miners bowlers were up to the challenge, ripping through the Glen Alvie line-up for a second time to bowl them out for 117.
Jay Tiziani (30) and Peter Roberts (25) were the only batsmen to show any resistance.
Ryan Birkett and John Nelson grabbed three wickets apiece for the home side.
Needing just 22 to secure the outright, the Miners made easy work of the chase, reaching 2/28 off four overs.
A seven-wicket haul by Foster bowler Frazer Griggs wasn’t enough to earn the Tigers a win against Poowong-Loch in a tight contest at Loch.
Resuming at 5/68, Poowong-Loch needed just seven runs to pass Foster’s total of 74 last week.
They quickly passed the total but that’s where the fun ended, with Griggs destroying the batting attack with an inspired spell of bowling, finishing with figures of 7/36 off 13.4.
Foster fared much better in its second dig, reaching 169 off 58 overs.
Owen Straw top scored with 47 and Graeme Watkins hit 44.
Adam Fisher was on fire for Poowong-Loch with 5/33 off eight overs, as an incredible 30 wickets fell across the match.
Kilcunda-Bass has handed MDU its first loss of the season and drawn closer to top spot with a strong bowling performance at Meeniyan.
Defending 178, the Sharks went for the kill, knocking over the Demons for a dismal 61 in 31 overs.
Dean Pipicelli was the dominant bowler with 3/16 off nine overs, with Daniel Bettles and James Mahood picking up two wickets each.
MDU was sent into bat again with Kilcunda-Bass searching for an outright win, but the Demons batted much more sensibly in the second innings and finished the day 6/147 off 44 overs.
Bettles claimed 3/36 off eight overs and Wayne Prosser top scored for MDU with 34 runs.