• A Grade Division 1
THE A Grade Division One match between Korumburra and Nerrena went down to the final ball of the day, with the match ending in a dramatic tie at the Korumburra Turf.
Needing 12 runs off seven balls to win the match, Luke Zanchetta gave the Cobras every chance of a win when he hit Josh Trease for six off the final ball of the 39th over.
With six runs required off the final over, spinner Tim Wightman was given the job to restrict the Cobras.
He bowled a dot ball for the first ball of the over, before Dale Wyhoon hit a single on the second to get Zanchetta back on strike.
The third ball was another dot, before Zanchetta skied a ball to the outfield which was dropped and the batsmen ran two.
Needing three runs off the final two balls, the second last ball was another dot ball, setting up a tense final delivery.
Zanchetta hit the ball to deep midwicket and the batsmen ran a comfortable two, to tie up the match at 167 runs apiece at the end of 40 overs.
The match was moved from a wet Nerrena to the Korumburra Turf and by all reports the wicket played well in its first match of the season.
Earlier, skipper Dave Trotman’s 54 and Tim Wightman’s 45 helped Nerrena to a competitive score.
Dale Wyhoon picked up 3/31 off eight overs for Korumburra and Shane Dole snared 2/12 off eight overs.
Ilan Osman hit 32 and Michael Giles made 43 at the top of the order for Korumburra, but poor batting through the middle order hurt the Cobras.
Jarrod Hoy and Ryan Clark grabbed two wickets for the Red Caps.
Opener Daniel Mock’s 98 was enough to help Kilcunda-Bass to a solid win over Wonthaggi Club at Butch West Oval.
He was dropped early and made Club pay with a brilliant knock which included eight fours and a six.
But he fell agonisingly close to a century when he was caught on the boundary off the bowling of Jakeb Thomas.
The Sharks posted 176, with Jakeb Thomas the pick of the bowlers with 3/26 off five overs.
English quick Ashley Wells had his best effort with the ball this season, claiming 4/28 off eight overs for the Sharks.
He was well supported by Todd Smith with 3/27 off eight overs, as the Sharks bowled Club out for 108.
Phillip Island and Leongatha Town fought out a close contest at Cowes, with captain Amila Ratnaike’s 87 helping the Scorpions across the line.
The Sharks batted well in the first innings, with Mitch Kinghorn (59), Eli Richards (32) and Jack Keating (32) contributing to a solid score of 7/182.
But Ratnaike’s five fours and four sixes set up the win, before he was caught off the bowling of Geoff Odgers.
Madura Weerasinghe also helped the cause with 43 runs as the Scorpions passed the total in the 38th over.
Jack Cox bowled well for the Island with 3/24 off eight overs.
In the final match of the round, Inverloch did well to defeat OMK at Inverloch.
The Stingrays batted first and posted 5/151, with Will Rankin top scoring with 43 not out.
Kit Rothier (35) and Brett Debono (29) also batted well.
Ryan Thomas ripped through the Diggers’ batting line-up on his way to 5/29 off 7.1 overs.
Alex Rose top scored for OMK with 48 not out and Jesse Van Rooye hit 31.
Captain Jack steps up
• A Grade Division 2
BRILLIANT batting by captain Jack Guinan has led Koonwarra-Leongatha/RSL to a big win over Imperials in A Grade Division Two at Leongatha Turf.
The Cougars batted first and a partnership of 119 for the first wicket between Sam Hughes and import Guinan set up a dominant day.
Hughes was first to go for 36, before Guinan continued to score runs regularly.
He eventually departed when he was caught off the bowling of Zach Price for 90, including six fours and three sixes.
The Cougars cruised to 4/202 off 40 overs and put the result beyond doubt.
They sunk the boot in further after the lunch break, as opening bowlers Nick Arnup and Broc Hastings worked in unison.
The pair troubled the Imperials’ batsmen, who were quickly reeling at 4/13.
The Imperials never recovered from there to be all out for 89, with Ryan Higgins (32) and Zach Price (21) offering the only resistance.
Arnup finished with 4/20 off eight overs and Hastings nabbed 2/12 off eight overs.
An unbeaten 75 in the first innings by captain Graeme Watkins wasn’t enough to get Foster over the line in a thriller against Glen Alvie at Foster Golf Club.
His knock included six fours and helped the Tigers to a defendable total of 5/152.
Tim Brown claimed 2/20 off eight overs for Glen Alvie and Jeff Reid grabbed 2/29 off seven overs.
The Glen Alvie top order started well with John Reid (25) and Steve Smith (63) sharing a 66-run opening stand.
Reid was first to depart when he was caught behind off Owen Straw, before Alex Hamilton kept the runs flowing until he was run out for 23.
Straw struck again to have Smith caught with the score at 3/133, which started an almighty collapse.
The visitors lost 6/17 and the match went down to the wire, before Sam Watson (4no) and Josh Thomas (1no) passed the total in the final stages.
Straw was the pick of the Foster bowlers with 4/22 off eight overs.
A solid effort with bat and ball ensured Poowong-Loch accounted for MDU at Poowong.
The home side batted first and contributions throughout the innings saw Poowong-Loch post 8/169 off 40 overs.
Opener Aaron Bardwell kicked things off with 21, before Paul Dyer (32) and Russell Greaves (49no) joined forces for a 78-run stand.
Nick Eddy bowled well for MDU with 3/26 off eight overs.
The Demons started slowly in reply to be 3/33 and the innings never gathered momentum due to Poowong-Loch’s tight bowling.
The Demons were eventually bowled out for 120 in the 38th over, with Jacob Bardwell and Colin Knox snaring three wickets each.
Number 11 Mark Kewming top scored for MDU with 25 runs.
Wonthaggi Miners had the bye this week.
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