• A Grade, Division 1
A GLORIOUS century from Leongatha Town’s Amila Ratnaike has put Leongatha Town in a strong position on day one of A Grade, Division 1 against Inverloch at Scorpion Park.
The talented all-rounder scored his second ton of the season to go with his 102 in the T20 competition and scores of 97, 88 and 84 throughout the season.
Inverloch looked on top at 4/120, before Ratnaike and Matt Smith (42) joined forces for a 115-run partnership.
Ratnaike was eventually caught off the bowling off Kit Rotthier, but the damage was already done as Town posted a defendable score of 288.
Rotthier was the pick of the bowlers with 3/57 off 17 overs and Lewie Rankin took 3/56 off 14 overs.
An incredible bowling display by Nerrena’s Paul Matheson has put the Red Caps on the right track against Imperials at Leongatha Turf.
The medium-pacer was thrown the ball and tore through the Imperials batting line-up, snaring 7/29 off 13 overs including three maidens.
His efforts helped bundle Imperials out for 199 in the 67th over, whose innings was saved by Dan Lunn (50) and Troy Williams (48).
The Imperials bounced back when Jack Ginnane bowled Steve Lester to have the Red Caps 1/0.
Nerrena managed to bat out a nervous seven overs and will resume at 1/7 next week with Dave Baldi (7) and Tim Wightman (0) at the crease.
A five-wicket haul by Korumburra’s Luke Zanchetta wasn’t enough to contain the top-order batting power of Wonthaggi Club’s Britt brothers at Korumburra.
David and Gav Britt combined for an opening stand of 88 to kick-start the innings, with David the first to go for 42.
Gav continued to hit the ball to all parts of the grounds, but fell short of his first century for the season on 85 (13 fours and a six).
Contributions from Ryan Thomas (31) and Brian Osborne (38) ensured Club reached a total of 275, putting the visitors in the box seat for a win next week to move a win ahead of Korumburra in fourth position.
Zanchetta finished with 5/55 off 19.1 overs including six maidens, while Ilan Osman picked up 2/18 off four overs.
At Outtrim, the match between OMK and Phillip Island was washed out.
Wickets galore in A2
• A Grade, Division 2
WICKETS tumbled across the three A Grade, Division 2 matches on the weekend, with all sides bowled out early on day one.
Kilcunda-Bass has claimed first innings points after a fine bowling effort against Glen Alvie at the Butch West Oval.
The Sharks bowled Glen Alvie out for a measly 97 in the 49th over, led by spinner James Mahood with 4/22 off 10.2 overs including five maidens.
Dean Pipicelli (2/24) and Chris Peckett (2/8) also bowled well.
Barry Davidson top scored for Glen Alvie with 29.
Kilcunda-Bass wasted little time in reply, smashing their way to 8/127 off the remaining 25 overs.
Steve Oates hit 50 runs while Wayne Luke took 4/74 off 13 overs.
Koonwarra-Leongatha RSL’s 150 could be enough to scrape across the line against Foster at Koonwarra.
Opener Sam Hughes’ 55 saved the Cougars from a dismal total, before Callum Moscript (29) and Kevin Thorne (29 not out) boosted the total towards the end.
Liam Edgelow, Harvey Griggs and Jai Prain shared two wickets apiece for the Tigers.
The Cougars turned the tables in reply to have Foster at 3/49 after 25 overs.
Jason Kennedy bowled a fiery spell, claiming 2/14 off 13 overs including five maidens, and Sam Hughes picked up a late wicket to give the home side a chance of victory next week.
Nick Eddy’s four wickets helped MDU bowl Wonthaggi Miners out for 122 in the 56th over at Meeniyan.
Eddy finished with 4/31 off 16 overs including four maidens, and skipper Jason O’Reilly top scored for Miners with 41.
The Demons struggled in reply, limping to 2/28 off 18 overs.
Ryan Birkett was the pick of the bowlers with 1/6 off seven overs including four maidens.