• A Grade Division 1
A COMPETITIVE first-innings total by Inverloch has seen the Stingrays hold on for a close victory over the Imperials, in a return to one day cricket in A Grade Division 1 at Inverloch.
Needing 20 runs off the final over with just two wickets in hand, Imperials’ captain Troy Williams had a crack at an unlikely win, but ultimately fell short by two runs – another narrow loss for the side after last week’s thriller against Town.
With eight runs needed off the final ball, Williams smashed a six but it was too little too late as the Stingrays’ total of 4/182 was enough.
Earlier, a consistent batting effort from the Stingrays’ top order set the foundations for the winning score.
Walter Taberner and Brett Debono got the home side off to a flyer with a 75-run opening stand, before Tom McQualter continued the good fortune with 43.
Skipper Kit Rotthier finished the job with 24 not out, while Mark Lafferty grabbed 2/28 for the Imperials.
The Stingrays bowled tightly throughout the Imperials run chase and looked in control for most parts, especially when dangerous opener Sam Graham was caught off the bowling of Ryan Thomas for 47.
Thomas finished with 3/25 off eight overs, which put the halt on the Imperials and led to their demise.
Leongatha Town has cruised to a comfortable victory over Nerrena to keep its final hopes alive at Scorpion Park.
The Scorpions bowled well to restrict the Red Caps to 8/151, with Matt Borschman finding the edges of the top order batsmen with 3/22 off eight overs.
Madura Weerasinghe (2/28) and Udara Weerasinghe (2/20) were also influential in the bowling effort.
Tim Wightman batted well for the Red Caps with 42 runs while Caine Salmon also hit the ball crisply late.
Madura Weerasinghe and the newly-promoted Steve Fixter kicked off proceedings for the Scorpions’ run chase, putting on 57 for the first wicket before Fixter departed for a quick-fire 38 including five fours and two sixes.
Madura Weerasinghe was trapped lbw by Chris Savage for 27, before Udara Weerasinghe took the reins belting 12 fours to remain 60 not out and guide the Scorpions across the line in 32 overs.
Savage and Wightman picked up two wickets apiece for the Red Caps.
OMK has demolished local rival Korumburra after a dominant display with bat and ball at Outtrim.
The Cobras were bundled out in for 103 in 29 overs, with Al Jenkins, Sam Jenkins and Barry Wyatt sharing two wickets each.
Luke Zanchetta (37) and Daniel Salmon (22) were the only Cobra batsmen to show any resistance.
OMK were untroubled during the run chase, passing the meagre total with many overs remaining.
Korumburra bowler Kyle Dorman provided some excitement when he bowled Alex Rose and Peter Dell in succession, before failing to pull off the hat trick.
OMK continued to bat after passing the total, with skipper Jason Wilson striving towards his first century of the season.
Needing 10 off the last over to bring up the ton, he hit out with some big shots but remained 94 not out at the end of play.
Wonthaggi Club has taken the points in a run fest against Phillip Island at Cowes.
Phillip Island batted first and began strongly with Lachie Cleeland and Charith Keerthisinghe sharing a 99-run opening partnership.
Keerthisinghe was run out for 38, before Theekshana Hettiarachchi (32 runs) joined Cleeland at the crease.
The pair took the score to 165 before Cleeland was caught and bowled by James Sheerin for a well-compiled 85 including 10 fours.
This sparked a mid-order collapse that saw the Sharks finish with 6/195 off 40 overs.
Sheerin was the pick of the Club bowlers with 3/26 off seven overs.
The Club run chase started poorly with Sheerin and Sam Huitema dismissed quickly with the score at 2/23.
Mitch and Ryan Thomas consolidated the innings with a 132-run partnership, with Mitch eventually caught for 84 including eight fours and a six.
Ryan also departed for a well-made 74 including six fours and two sixes, but the damage had been done as Club passed the total in 36 overs.
Miners take points in cliff-hanger at Bass
• A Grade Division 2
THE Wonthaggi Miners have held on to a thrilling win over Kilcunda-Bass by four runs in A Grade Division 2 at Bass.
The important win consolidates the Miners’ position in the top four, sitting in second spot ahead of Kilcunda-Bass by two points.
The Miners batted first and regular contributions throughout the innings set the tone, highlighted by a partnership of 81 between Cam Thomas and Jason O’Reilly.
Thomas was dismissed by Andrew Donohue for 58, while O’Reilly reached 45, as the Miners posted a competitive 6/202.
Donohue was the pick of the bowlers with 3/49 off eight overs.
The Sharks’ run chase started poorly with Steven Oates trapped LBW by Ryan Birkett for six with the score at 1/10.
Andrew Donohue joined Ash Oats and the pair quickly set about chasing the runs, and very nearly got the job done.
The pair hit the ball to all parts of the ground in a clinical display, before the partnership of 168 was broken when Oats was bowled for 80 by Birkett.
His timely knock included 12 fours and put his side within striking distance.
John Bastwrous joined Donohue who was now closing in on a century.
The pair took the score to 197 before Donohue was caught chasing quick runs for 94.
His stellar form this season continued with nine fours during his fine knock.
Unfortunately his efforts went unrewarded as the Sharks fell five runs short of the total, reaching 4/198 off 40 overs.
Birkett finished with 2/31 off eight overs for the Miners.
Another close match at the Leongatha Turf saw Koonwarra/Leongatha RSL chase down Poowong-Loch’s 156 in the dying stages.
Ben Perry (40), Sam Hughes (27) and Nishadh Liyanage (27) did the early work but it was Jack Hughes (25no) and Adam Rockhall’s (21no) partnership of 46 that got the Cougars across the line.
Matt Hancock snared 2/26 off eight overs for Poowong-Loch.
Earlier, Wilson Pollock’s 39 and Reece Attenbrough’s 25 helped Poowong-Loch to a decent total.
Kevin Thorne (3/26 off eight overs), Nick Arnup (2/36) and Liyanage (2/24) did well with the ball for the Cougars.
MDU has destroyed Glen Alvie with a strong performance at the Butch West Oval.
On a tough pitch for batting, the Demons posted 9/186, led by Gary Webster’s 32 and Michael Olden’s 38.
Dean Williams grabbed 3/30 off eight overs for Glen Alvie, and Ben McRae took 3/11 off three overs.
Glen Alvie struggled in reply, limping to a dismal total of 54 before being bowled out in the final over.
Peter Roberts top scored with 19, while no other batsmen managed to reach double figures.
For MDU, Luke Mercer (3/9), Nick Eddy (2/18) and Mark Cantwell (2/18) were the pick of the bowlers.