• A Grade, Division 1
THE race for the A Grade Division One finals will go down the final week of the home and away season after Wonthaggi Club set Leongatha Town a competitive total of 231 at the Butch West Oval.
If the Scorpions are able to chase down the runs on a tricky deck, they should book a spot in the finals next week.
Town sent Club into bat after winning the toss, but the home side started well with a 63-run partnership between the Britt brothers.
Gav Britt was first to go for 40, with the score at a solid 1/63.
David Britt later departed for an important 55, which included six fours and a six.
Contributions from Ryan Thomas (25), Tim Hooper (43) and James Sheerin (23) ensured Club posted a solid total of 9/231, although at one stage in the afternoon, the target looked like blowing out.
For the Scorpions, Udara Weerasinghe bowled well taking 3/83 off 29 overs, and Amila Ratnaike claimed 2/42 off 13 overs.
In the other match with a result bearing on finals, Korumburra’s Luke Zanchetta claimed six wickets in a marathon bowling effort to help his side restrict Inverloch to 196 at Korumburra.
Brett Debono (30) and Tom McQualter (52) got Inverloch off to a solid start but it was tortuously slow going with Korumburra desperate in the field and just as desperate for a break through, raising the tension with regular appeals.
The breakthroughs did come at regular intervals and on a fast outfield, Korumburra is favoured to get the runs but Town must beat Club for them to have any hope of a last-minute finals berth.
OMK makes a stand
OMK were typically clinical at Outtrim and looked to be setting themselves up for the 90-over finals format when they ground out a very solid 8/263 total off 75 overs last Saturday.
Adam Miller 46 and Jason Wilson 63 provided the grunt in the mddle of the batting order but there were some good contributions by others, indicating they’ll be a formidable proposition in post-season play.
Renish Joy was the pick of the bowlers taking 2/37 off 12.
At Cowes, Brodie Johnston 83 and Lachie Cleeland 37 got the Island off to a good start with an opening partnership of 70 and while Cleeland departed the scene early, Johnston continued to on to have the score at 2/140 at one stage before being trapped in front by Dan Lunn in a moment of lost concentration.
The target of 239 will still test Imps with the Island very good at defending their own turf.
Webster century has Demons on top
• A Grade, Division 2
A PATIENT century from MDU opener Gary Webster has put the Demons in a strong position against Foster in A Grade, Division 2 at Foster Golf Club.
Webster carried his bat for most of the innings before he was struck LBW by Owen Straw.
His knock included 13 fours and he was the second last wicket to fall as the Demons were bowled out for 232 in the 69th over.
Foster’s chances took a hit when Hayden Buckland was caught for a duck and finished 1/6 off five overs.
Poowong-Loch is in a commanding position on day one after posting 9/315 against Glen Alvie at Loch.
Tom Knox (40) and Aaron Bardwell (28) kicked off the innings, before Wilson Pollock’s 59 helped tick the score along.
Keanu Miller (33) and Matt Hancock (43) kept the ball rolling through the middle order, before tailender Michael Foote boosted the score with a well-made 41.
Kelvin Simpson bowled tirelessly for Glen Alvie, taking 5/65 off 31 overs.
The match between Koonwarra-Leongatha RSL and Wonthaggi Miners is evenly poised after the Cougars were bowled out for 185 at Leongatha Turf.
The Cougars batsmen failed to capitalise on starts and the innings was saved by Nishadh Liyanage’s 45 in the middle order.
Jayden Loos claimed 4/28 off 14.3 overs and Daniel Loos nabbed 3/13 off five overs for the Miners.
The Cougars kept themselves in the hunt when Jason Kennedy had opener Gerard Kent caught for four, to leave the Miners 1/26 off 13 overs.