PHILLIP Island has claimed the LDCA’s knockout Twenty20 title after defeating the Wonthaggi Miners in the semi and then the Imperials in the final on Sunday at Inverloch.
Imperials reached the final after defeating Leongatha Town earlier in the day at Scorpion Park.
Island captain Lochie Cleeland set up the win in the final with a 52 from 25 balls while veteran Tony Hornsby added the finishing touches with an unbeaten 31 to help the Sharks reach 6/153 from their 20 overs.
The Imperials run chase never really got going after hard hitters Luke Rogers, Sam Graham and Mark Lafferty were all dismissed relatively cheaply.
The trio were outstanding in the semi against the Scorpions, helping the Imps comfortable reach the large target set on what was a tricky wicket.
Dan Lunn did his best to mount a late challenge with a well-made 34 but the Imps fell 12 runs short of a win in an entertaining final watched by a large crowd.
Semi-final results (East Section): Imperials 2/153 defeated Town 7/149; (West Section) Phillip Island 9/123 defeated Wonthaggi Miners 9/112.
Lochie Cleeland c? b Mark Lafferty 52
Brodie Johnson c? b Mark Lafferty 14
Blake Insall c? b Kristian
Jarrod Black c? Danny Lunn b Luke Rogers 8
Michael Young c? b Kristian Gray 5
Tony Hornsby not out 31
Geoff Odgers c Danny Lunn b Luke Rogers 12
Charith Keerthisinghe not out 6
Bowling: Zac Price 0/33 4 overs, Tim Sauvarin 0/21 2 overs, Mark Lafferty 2/34 4 overs, Jack Ginnane 0/22 3 overs, Luke Rogers 2/2 4 overs, Kristian Gray 2/20 3 overs.
Luke Rogers c Tom Officer b Zac Brown 11
Sam Graham c Geoff Odgers b Jack Cox 18
Mark Lafferty c Geoff Odgers b Jack Cox 5
Jack Ginnane c Blake Insall b Geoff Odgers 12
Troy Williams c Michael Young b Charith Keerthisinghe 15
Danny Lunn c Tony Hornsby b Geoff Odgers 34
Ryan Higgins st Lachie Cleeland b Charith Keerthisinghe 18
Sam Vagg b Charith Keerthisinghe 10
Kristian Gray c Michael Young b Geoff Odgers 2
Tim Sauvarin not out 0
Bowling: Zac Brown 1/22 4 overs, Jack Cox 2/28 4 overs, Tom Officer 0/38 4 overs, Geoff Odgers 3/24 4 overs, Charith Keerthisinghe 2/23 4 overs.