• A Grade, Division 1
LEONGATHA Town star Amila Ratnaike has provided the Scorpions with a thrilling opening round win after an unbeaten 132 against Wonthaggi Club in an A Grade Division 1 one-dayer at McMahon Reserve.
The Scorpions restricted the reigning premiers to a gettable 190 and the match was in the balance with two overs remaining, with Town still needed 21 runs.
Ratnaike quickly put the result beyond doubt in the second last over of the day, smashing the required runs to clinch the win.
He finished his innings with a huge 10 sixes and three fours and new coach Madura Weerasinghe stuck around for an important 20 through the middle of the run chase.
Spinner James Sheerin was the pick of the Club bowlers with 2/26 off seven overs.
Ratnaike was also on fire with the ball earlier, snaring 4/31 off eight overs.
Brandon Berry bowled well in his first A Grade game with 1/26 off seven overs, and new player Nithiyananthan Mahendrakumar opened the bowling.
Mahendrakumar came down from Melbourne for the day and the Scorpions are hoping to secure his services for some matches during the season.
Ryan Thomas led the way for Club with the bat, hitting four sixes and three fours before he was caught for 69.
Opener Dave Britt started well with 31 and Daniel Turton made 35 through the middle order before he was bowled by Ratnaike.
A defiant 84no from number five Tom Wyatt has steered OMK across the line over Nerrena at Outtrim.
OMK won the toss and sent Nerrena in to bat, but the Red Caps did well to reach 5/176.
Dave Trotman top scored with 44 and Tim Wightman hit 42.
Jamie Dewell (2/52 off eight overs) and Sam Jenkins (2/14 off four overs) were the pick of the bowlers.
The Diggers’ run chase started poorly to be 3/46, before Wyatt took the game by the scruff of the neck.
Opener Jesse Van Rooye’s 29 also helped the total tick along, and late support from Jake Cochrane (21) and Dewell (21) ensured the Diggers reached 7/207.
A team effort with the bat helped Korumburra to a win over Inverloch on the hard wicket at the Korumburra Recreation Reserve.
Batting first, opener Ilan Osman kicked off the innings with 27, before Shane Dole (26), Kyle Dorman (31), Peter Edwards (20) and Luke Zanchetta (35no) boosted the total through the middle order to finish at 8/171 off 40 overs.
Ryan Thomas (2/15 off eight overs) and Lewie Rankin (2/22 off eight overs) bowled well for the Stingrays.
In reply, Brett Debono and Walter Taberner started well with a 43-run opening partnership before Taberner was caught off the bowling of Dole for 27.
Debono joined forces with new player Dave Newman and took the score to 103, before he was bowled by Dole for 48.
Newman was run out for 25 and the wheels started to fall off.
Wickets tumbled as the Stingrays quickly lost 5/16 to be bowled out in 40 overs, 10 runs short of victory.
Zanchetta claimed 3/30 off eight overs for the Cobras and Osman grabbed 3/44 off eight overs.
Kilcunda-Bass made a great start to its first season in A1 with a strong win over Phillip Island at Cowes.
Kilcunda-Bass won the toss and batted first, with opener Daniel Mock top scoring with 42.
Despite a fine performance with the ball by Phillip Island’s Charith Keerthisinghe (5/34 off 7.4 overs), Kilcunda-Bass posted 143.
Geoff Odgers was also impressive with the ball, snaring 4/23 off eight overs.
The home side barely put up a contest with the bat, bundled out for 101 in the 31st over.
Captain Lochie Cleeland was a shining light with 34 runs.
Kilcunda-Bass shared the wickets around with James Mahood (2/16 off seven overs) and Andrew Donohue (2/12 off four overs) the leading wicket takers.
Mathews smashes ton for new side
• A Grade, Division 2
AN UNBEATEN 108 from new recruit Darien Mathews has helped MDU to a big win over Foster at Meeniyan.
The match was moved from the Foster Golf Club due to wet conditions and Foster was sent in to bat.
A low total of 7/132 off 40 overs came back to bite the Tigers.
Mathews belted 16 fours and a six for his highest score in the LDCA, as the Demons cruised to a comfortable victory and finished at 7/212.
The match was full of highlights, with Foster’s Owen Straw claiming a hat trick in the final stages to finish with 3/46 off eight overs.
A five-wicket haul from Koonwarra-Leongatha/RSL’s Jayke Hoy has helped the Cougars to a round one win over Wonthaggi Miners.
Chasing 130 after James Honeysett (3/19 off 6.4 overs) and co bowled the Cougars out, Joel Piasente looked set to win the match for the Miners.
But Hoy had other ideas, knocking over Piasente’s stumps before having Jonothan Rumbold caught to leave the Miners at 9/123.
The Cougars sealed the win when Adam Honeysett was run out for 19 in the 37th over, with the Miners falling eight runs short of victory.
Hoy finished with 5/31 off eight overs and Nick Arnup snared 2/6 off eight overs including five maidens.
A captain’s knock of 84 by Wilson Pollock has led Poowong-Loch to a comfortable win over Glen Alvie at Loch.
The home side won the toss and batted first, with opener Colin Knox notching 43 runs to kick start the innings.
Pollock continued the good start from number three, hitting six fours and two sixes, before Keaunu Miller’s 35 not out took the total to 7/216.
Daniel Hales was the best of the Glen Alvie bowlers with 2/35 off eight overs.
Hales was also on song with the bat scoring 59no, but aside from Paul Palmer (36) and Jeff Reid (20), he received little support and Glen Alvie finished at 8/168.
Imperials had the bye this week.
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