• A Grade Division 1
OMK has maintained its stranglehold on the A Grade Division 1 competition with a comfortable win over Inverloch at the Inverloch Turf.
The Diggers remain undefeated after 11 rounds and have firmed as premiership favourites.
Al Jenkins, Peter Dell and Nathan Cant got the job done for the visitors, with the Stingrays struggling at 8/101.
A defiant 57 from number eight Darien Matthews gave the Stingrays a sniff of an unlikely victory, but Dell claimed his third wicket to squash any chances.
Dell finished with 3/30 off 17 overs including seven maidens, Jenkins claimed 4/30 off 12 overs and Cant grabbed 2/30 off 11 overs as the Stingrays were bowled out for 166 in reply to OMK’s 235.
Alex Rose took an impressive five catches as wicketkeeper.
Phillip Island has severely dented Leongatha Town’s chances of a finals berth with a strong team effort at Cowes.
Resuming at 3/21 and needing 192 for victory, the Scorpions’ cause took a hit when Simon Kirton had Nathan Johnston caught on the first ball of the day.
Amila Raitnaike (36) and Jake Burge (43) gave the visitors hope with a 63-run partnership, before Kirton, Tom Officer and Jack Cox finished the job for the Sharks, bowling Town out for 149 in the 60th over.
Kirton finished with tidy figures of 4/27 off 10.3 overs, Officer took 3/56 off 15 overs and Cox grabbed 2/22 off 11 overs.
Wonthaggi Club has moved into the top four with a crushing win over Imperials at the Butch West Oval.
Chasing 287, the Imperials never looked a chance as they crumbled to 5/39.
Dan Lunn (36) and Mark Lafferty (31) showed glimpses for the visitors, but Club proved too strong and bowled out the Imperials for 124 in the 51st over.
Ryan Thomas picked up 3/25 off 13 overs and Scott Williams nabbed 2/11 off 10 overs including six maidens.
Korumburra’s lowly score of 119 was easily chased down by Nerrena after a shaky start at the Leongatha Turf.
Resuming at 5/34, the Red Caps were dealt a further blow when Josh Trease was run out for four at 6/36.
But Steve Lester (35no) and Chris Savage (59no) steered Nerrena across the line after 59 overs.
Poowong-Loch surge towards finals
• A Grade, Division 2
POOWONG-LOCH has strengthened its position in the top four with a strong bowling performance against MDU in A Grade Division Two at Loch.
Defending 160, the home side had the top-placed MDU on the ropes after day one at 3/30, before Colin Knox struck twice in the opening stages of day two to leave the Demons reeling at 5/35.
Mark Kewming (28) and Mark Cantwell (25) showed a little resistance but the dynamic duo of Knox and Matt Loader did the damage with the ball to bowl MDU out for 120 after 43 overs.
Knox finished with 5/52 off 13 overs in a dominant display, while Loader took 4/33 off 18 overs.
Poowong-Loch batted again, notching 3/67 off 24 overs with Colin Knox hitting 43 and Aaron Barwell remaining 19 not out.
MDU’s Michael Patching took 3/17 off 12 overs including seven maidens.
Glen Alvie had avoided an outright loss with a defiant batting display against Foster at Foster Golf Club.
After being bowled out for 82 in the first innings and Foster declaring at 5/116, Glen Alvie resumed at 0/46 in its second innings.
Dean Williams (42) and Joe Burke (35) set the foundations of the innings and Alex Hamilton’s 29 boosted the score to 172.
Harvey Griggs claimed 4/51 off 20 overs and Darby Walker grabbed 3/27 off 14 overs including seven maidens.
A five-wicket haul to Jason Kennedy stopped any chance of Kilcunda-Bass chasing down Koonwarra-Leongatha/RSL’s mammoth total of 303 at Bass.
Kennedy removed openers Steve Oates and Brett Joseph with the score at 2/14, before skipper Andrew Donohue hit a timely 45.
But that was the end of the Sharks as Kennedy continued to take wickets and contain the run rate.
A late charge by Dean Pipicelli (57) and Stephen Leman (37) made the score look respectable, but the home side was eventually bowled out for 185 in the 63rd over.