• A Grade Division 1
WONTHAGGI Club’s Dave Britt has blasted 12 sixes and 11 fours on his way to an unbeaten 165 to destroy Nerrena in A Grade Division 1.
The match was moved from Leongatha Turf to Wonthaggi’s McMahon Reserve, which suited Britt nicely as Club won the toss and batted first.
The experienced campaigner was on from the start, leading the way in an opening partnership of 47 with Sam Huitema before Huitema was bowled by Nathan Trotto for six.
Britt batted sensibly and took the score to 107 with Mitch Thomas before Thomas was caught for 13.
Another 53-run partnership with Ryan Thomas (25) kept the scoreboard ticking along, and an 83-run partnership with Daniel Turton (24) for the fourth wicket put the result beyond doubt.
Britt’s clean and straight hitting were a highlight of the innings and his aggressive batting set the tone for the match.
Club posted an impressive 4/266 and put the pressure on the Red Caps’ batting line-up.
The home side backed up its performance with the bat with a strong showing in the field, as Nerrena succumbed to be 5/76, after Jakeb Thomas removed the first three batsmen.
Skipper James Sheerin’s spinners kept the pressure on with 4/20 off four overs, as the Red Caps limped to 9/128 off 40 overs.
Gerard Murphy top scored with 42, including six fours and two sixes.
A half century by Inverloch captain Kit Rotthier proved to be the difference in a low-scoring contest against Phillip Island at Inverloch Recreation Reserve.
Phillip Island started well when Brett Debono was bowled by Simon Kirton for a duck to have the Stingrays at 1/1.
Walter Taberner (16) and Nathan Brayley (18) got the Stingrays back on track, before both were run out in quick succession to leave the Stingrays at 3/46.
Wickets continued to tumble as the Sharks looked on top.
But while his teammates fell around him, Rotthier provided the backbone of the innings and looked in control.
Together with Warren Williams (25), the pair boosted the total to 133, with Rotthier caught chasing quick runs towards the end of the innings.
Kirton had a nice day with the ball, claiming 4/23 off eight.
Phillip Island started its innings well with Lochie Cleeland and Jack Keating forming a 45-run opening stand.
Cleeland was first to go when he was trapped LBW for 19 by Ryan Thomas, and Thomas struck again moments later when he bowled Jarrod Black for a duck.
Keating continued to show promise with the bat for a well-made 32, but the Island fell short by 11 runs in the end, reaching 8/123 off 40 overs.
Thomas was the pick of the bowlers with 3/16 off eight overs, while L Rankin was also damaging with 3/21 off eight overs.
The match between Leongatha Town and OMK was moved to Outtrim and it was the home side who came away with a win in a hard-fought contest.
OMK won the toss and sent the Scorpions into bat.
Opener Steve Fixter raced to 17 with three boundaries, but came unstuck when he was stumped by Alex Rose off the bowling of Nick Audino.
Rose was in the action again when he caught gun Amila Ratnaike off the bowling of Peter Dell for 2, to leave the Scorpions staring down the barrel at 2/26.
Madura Weerasinghe and Matt Smith steadied the ship with a 58-run stand, before Weerasinghe was gone for 25.
Smith (55no) continued to bat with poise and batted out the innings with Scott Browne (20no) to take the score to a competitive 6/182.
OMK’s run chase started poorly when Town first-gamer Thinesh Sivatnanam trapped Noel Creed LBW for five.
Rose (24) and David Creed (26) kept the score ticking along before Brandon Berry removed the pair to even up the contest.
Jamie Dewell’s 28 helped the Diggers through the middle order, before Adam Miller (51no) and Tom Wyatt (21no) steered the home side across the line with six overs remaining and six wickets in hand.
Berry finished with 2/19 off six overs.
A half century by Shane Dole followed by a team bowling effort has helped Korumburra to a win over Kilcunda-Bass at Bass.
Korumburra won the toss and batted first, with Dole (57) and Luke Zanchetta (44no) leading the way with the bat as the Cobras posted 171.
Chris Peckett bowled well for the Sharks with 3/24 off eight overs.
The Sharks’ run chase started badly when Steven Oates and James Markland quickly fell to leave the home side at 2/20.
Ash Larcombe (1) and Jacob Dakin (0) showed little resistance and when Andrew Donohue departed for 34, the Sharks were struggling at 5/57.
Cam Davidson (30) and Jaydan Tregear (27) teamed up to resurrect the innings, but their departures sparked the end for the Sharks.
Ashley Wells hit 22no in a promising sign, but the Sharks eventually fell short by 29 runs at 9/142.
Glen Alvie clinch thriller
• A Grade Division 2
GLEN Alvie has held its nerve to come away with a thrilling win by one run over Koonwarra-Leongatha/RSL in A Grade Division 2.
Glen Alvie batted first and posted 8/144, thanks largely to Jeff Reid’s 48.
Jayke Hoy bowled well for the Cougars with 3/20 off eight overs and Brock Hastings snared 3/19 off six overs.
The Cougars started slowly to be 4/29, with opener Sam Hughes the only batsman to show any resistance.
Josh Moore joined Hughes and the pair started to piece together the innings.
They looked like getting the Cougars across the line, when veteran Kelvin Simpson struck to have Moore caught and bowled for 27.
Hughes departed shortly after when he was stumped off the bowling of John Reid, to leave the Cougars 6/104.
Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals, with the Cougars facing defeat at 9/128.
But a final stand between Nick Arnup (16no) and Kevin Thorne (6no) almost stole the win, as they batted out the overs but fell two runs short of victory.
Wayne Luke was the pick of the Glen Alvie bowlers with 3/29 off eight overs.
Father and son combination Gary and Tim Sauvarin have led Imperials to a tight win over Foster.
Trouble struck as the Imperials were reduced to 2/11 batting first, before the pair got their side back on track with a 107-run partnership.
Tim was eventually bowled by Richard Johnston for a well-made 60 which included seven fours.
Gary continued to bat well throughout the innings and remaining 67 not out.
Contributions from Ryan Higgins (24) and Kristian Gray (20no) helped the Imperials to a defendable score of 5/190.
The Imperials looked to be in control when the Tigers were reduced to 4/55.
Graeme Watkins (42) and Murray Lynch (54no) gave the Tigers a chance, but they eventually fell short of victory by 14 runs.
Jack Ginnane did the damage with the ball, taking 4/32 off eight overs.
A strong batting effort ensured Poowong-Loch took the points over Wonthaggi Miners.
Poowong-Loch batted first and a 75-run opening stand between Colin Knox (46) and Aaron Bardwell (29) set them up for a big score.
Wilson Pollock (35) and Jacob Bardwell (33) boosted the total, which saw their side reach 6/218 off 40 overs.
Jaydan Loos bowled well with 2/17 off eight overs.
Wickets fell consistently throughout the Miners innings and they eventually fell short at 9/158.
Blake Andrighetto top scored with 33 at the top of the order.
Poowong-Loch shared the wickets around, with Al Jenkins, Knox, Jacob Bardwell and Russell Greaves picking up two wickets apiece.
MDU had the bye this week.
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