• A Grade, Division 1
OMK’S Jason Wilson has continued his ominous form with a second consecutive century in A Grade, Division 1 against Inverloch at Inverloch Turf.
This week’s ton couldn’t have come at a more important time for his side, after joining the crease at 3/9 with key batsmen Jesse Van Rooye, Daniel Lloyd and Adam Miller back in the pavilion.
As batsmen fell around him, Wilson slowly rebuilt the innings with a mercurial batting display.
Finally finding a partner in crime in Barry Wyatt (54no), the pair shared a 103-run partnership for the eighth wicket, before Wilson was finally caught off the bowling of Darien Mathews for a match-saving 113.
The ton follows scores of 96no and 134 in previous weeks, with the talented batsman scoring 557 runs so far this season at an average of 111.40.
The Stingrays were left to ponder what could have been after a promising start, with Tom McQualter’s 2/67 off 23 overs, Kit Rotthier’s 2/45 off 19 overs and Ryan Thomas’ 2/30 off 11 overs the best bowling performances.
Wonthaggi Club’s Mitch Thomas fell agonisingly close to a century after being stumped for 96 off the bowling of Kristian Gray.
Thomas hit the ball to all parts of the ground and was joined by brother Ryan (67) for a 125-run partnership which set the foundations for a score of 8/287.
Gray was dangerous with the ball claiming 3/53 off 14 overs and Zach Price chipped in with 2/61 off 18 overs.
Wickets tumbled at the Leongatha Turf, with Korumburra bowled out for 119, before the Cobras struck back to have Nerrena reeling at 5/34.
Kallon Rigby’s 46 saved the day for Korumburra, but Ryan Clark was a force with the ball, ripping through the Cobra batting line-up with 5/50 off 20 overs including seven maidens.
Tim Wightman proved a handy sidekick with 3/21 off 15 overs including nine maidens.
Ash Meade provided the spark for Korumburra, taking the first three wickets to leave Nerrena 3/3 in reply.
He finished with 3/15 off seven overs.
Nerrena will resume at 5/34, still needing 86 runs for victory.
Phillip Island is in the box seat for a win over Leongatha Town after a devastating spell of bowling to end the day.
The Sharks batted first and skipper Lachie Cleeland led from the front, batting superbly throughout the innings.
He didn’t look like going out until he was caught late in the day for 75 looking to increase the run rate.
Udara and Madura Weerasinghe bowled in tandem producing a lot of chances, with Udara claiming 5/50 off 20 overs including five maidens.
Madura was also handy with 2/50 off 17.2 overs and Amila Ratnaike claimed 2/25 off 12 overs.
Town faced a fiery eight over session to end the day as Phillip Island pushed for early wickets.
Phillip Island quicks Simon Kirton and Tom Officer produced for the home side to have the Scorpions struggling at 3/21 in reply.
Kirton took the prized wicket of Madura for five and finished with 2/11 off four overs, while Officer clean bowled Steve Fixter to finish with 1/10 off four overs.
The Scorpions will resume with key batsmen Udara Weerasinghe and Ratnaike at the crease, needing 171 for victory with seven wickets in hand.
Hughes delivers for Cougars
• A Grade, Division 2
OPENER Sam Hughes has put Koonwarra Leongatha/RSL in a winning position on day one, with a brilliant 175 against Kilcunda-Bass in A Grade, Division 2 at Bass.
Hughes batted with a mix of patience and aggression, hitting 23 fours and showing stout defence when needed.
He was eventually bowled by James Mahood with the score at 6/283 and the job completed with his second century of the season.
Ben Perry provided a solid support role with 40 runs, while Mahood was the pick of the Kilcunda-Bass bowlers with 3/52 off 13 overs.
MDU’s Nick Eddy has claimed an impressive six-wicket haul in a see-sawing contest against Poowong-Loch at Loch.
Eddy claimed six of the first seven wickets on his way to 6/41 off 22 overs, including eight maidens.
Poowong-Loch struggled against the tight bowling, with Russell Greaves’ 46 and Jesse Patullo’s 34 helping the home side to 160 off 68 overs.
The match was turned on its head with MDU facing a tough seven overs to finish the day, losing 3/30.
Alex Dixon (2/12) and Colin Knox (1/17) caused the carnage.
Eddy (five) and Mark Kewming (13) will resume with 131 runs needed for victory this week.
Foster has claimed first innings points on day one with a dominant performance against Glen Alvie at the Foster Golf Club.
Owen Straw (4/25) and Liam Buckland (4/24) proved a handful for the Glen Alvie batsmen, as they bowled out the visitors for 82 in the 31st over.
The Tigers quickly belted 5/116 off 34 overs before declaring, led by Jason Law (51no) and Hayden Buckland (36 no).
Glen Alvie was sent into bat again and fared much better in its second dig, batting nine overs to be 0/46 at stumps.
Dean Williams (11) and Joe Burke (35) will resume this week.