• A Grade, Division 1
THE A Grade Division 1 finals hunt will go down to the final round, with the winner of Leongatha Town and Wonthaggi Club likely to clinch the final spot in the top four.
A dramatic tie between Club and Nerrena at the Leongatha Turf and an upset win for the Scorpions over top side OMK at Scorpion Park has set up the do-or-die clash.
Korumburra still has a chance to make it but would need to smash Inverloch and hope for a close Town win.
Resuming at 2/13 after restricting Club to a measly 124, Nerrena’s cause took a hit when Mitch Clark was caught behind off the bowling of Thomas to leave the Red Caps 3/16.
Dave Baldi (31) and Damien Symmons (17) put the Red Caps back on track, before Gav Britt struck, removing the pair in quick succession to spark a batting collapse of 6/22 to leave Nerrena in a shaky position at 9/79, still needing 46 runs to win.
But with skipper Chris Savage (51) at the crease, the Red Caps stood a chance.
He joined forces with tailender Josh Trease to tie the score at 124, before a knick behind off Scott Williams was well caught by keeper Koby Brann to see the match end in a tie.
Thomas finished with 4/45 off 16 overs for Club and Britt picked up 4/28 off nine overs.
Down the road at Scorpion Park, the decision to fly Udara Weerasinghe back from Darwin for the second week has paid dividends for Town.
The spinner bowled a marathon spell of 29 consecutive overs, picked up 4/69 including 11 maidens to help bowl OMK out for 179 in reply to the Scorpions’ 232.
Slow batting saw the Diggers suffer their first loss of the season, with Daniel Lloyd’s 50 the highlight.
Jason Wilson (39) and Barry Wyatt played some fine shots and were attacking for OMK, but the Town bowlers got the job done.
Amila Ratnaike (3/23 off 11.1 overs) and Matt Borschman (3/45 off 20 overs) provided good support for Udara Weerasinghe.
A brilliant century by Imperials skipper Troy Williams wasn’t enough to help his side across the line against Korumburra at East Campus.
Chasing 298, the Imperials resumed at 1/28 and were quickly in trouble when Luke Rogers departed at 2/34.
After Gary Sauvarin was run out for 15, Williams was joined by Sam Graham and the pair took the score to 4/146 before Graham was trapped LBW by Luke Zanchetta for 42.
Williams continued to find the middle of the bat and passed the century, before Zanchetta struck again to dismiss the Imperials final hope for a well-made 113, including 13 fours and three sixes.
At 7/230, the Imperials tail quickly crumbled to be all out for 245.
Zanchetta finished with 5/94 off 26.4 overs.
A five-wicket haul from Inverloch’s Ryan Thomas has helped the Stingrays bowl Phillip Island out 53 runs short of victory.
The Sharks looked likely to chase down the home side’s 197 with Lochie Cleeland and Theekshana Hettiarachchi at the crease at 4/133.
A run out sent Cleeland packing for 75 and Thomas struck Hettiarachchi (22) LBW to spark a batting collapse of 6/12 and spell an end to the Sharks’ innings.
Thomas finished with impressive figures of 5/16 off 16 overs including six maidens, with Lewie Rankin (2/23) cleaning up the tail.
Cougars roll Glen Alvie
• A Grade, Division 2
KOONWARRA-LEONGATHA RSL has all but sealed a finals berth after completing an outright win over Glen Alvie at the Butch West Oval.
After last week’s debacle when Glen Alvie was bowled out for 49 and the Cougars declared at 1/123, Glen Alvie resumed at 1/3 on day two.
The woes continued when Lachlan McRae was bowled by Jason Kennedy at 2/6.
Captain Dean Williams (22) and John Reid (32) added respectability to the scoreboard, but Brock Hastings snared 4/17 off 11 overs including five maidens to bowl Glen Alvie out for 102.
Needing just 29 to complete the outright, the Cougars reached the mark in six overs to move into fourth spot, 20 points and percentage ahead of Poowong-Loch.
The Cougars would need to lose to Wonthaggi Miners and Poowong-Loch would need an outright win over Glen Alvie this week to have a chance of snatching fourth position, after Poowong-Loch lost to Wonthaggi Miners at Wonthaggi Football Ground.
Chasing 286 for victory, Poowong-Loch had contributions throughout the innings, but Adam Hall’s five wickets ensured the Miners kept the visitors under control.
He finished with 5/84 off 20 overs and Joel Piasente picked up 3/18 off 10.5 overs, as Poowong-Loch was bowled out for 232.
Paul Dyer top scored for the visitors with 44.
After facing the possibility of an outright loss, Foster turned its fortunes around in the second innings to post a reasonable score of 8/290 off 88 overs.
Graeme Watkins led the way with 74, while Murray Lynch (57) Harvey Griggs (45 not out) and Owen Straw (40) batted well.
James Mahood bowled well for Kilcunda-Bass with 5/62 off 19 overs.