• A Grade Division 1
INVERLOCH has gone to the top of the table in A Grade Division One and the rest of the teams in the four have opened up a handy break over Wonthaggi Club in fifth, all for the sake of seven runs at the end of the day on the Wonthaggi turf.
Set the modest total of 6/173 last week, Club only needed to make a steady start to get the game on their terms but thanks to some early wickets by Inverloch, some tight work in the field and it must be said favourable conditions for the bowlers; it was the visitors who had the whip hand for most of the day.
Dave Newman got the crucial breakthrough when he trapped opener Dave Britt in front for 4 and Club didn’t really steady until Ryan Thomas started to exert his influence on the game.
And he was really starting to carve up the Inverloch attack and drag the run rate back to an achievable position by the time he departed on 42.
While Club was short of men in the shed, there was still some hope of a famous victory with James Sheerin moving the score closer and closer to the target with a very handy 36.
But in sight of victory, it was Newman who again stepped up to the plate and knocked over both Sheerin and Jacob Thomas with the score on 148.
Mark McCall and Zane Macdermid got the score up to 166, still with three overs to go, but they fell agonisingly short of victory.
In the other matches, Korumburra crushed Town on a “minefield” after the rain at Korumburra and Nerrena, likewise, did a job on Phillip Island, while OMK lost five wickets before they finally passed the modest Kilcunda-Bass target of 124 from the previous week.
It was a clear victory in the end by OMK but there were some good signs from Killy-Bass prompting a long players’ meeting on the ground afterwards, searching for further improvement.
Koony-RSL home on great partnership
• A Grade Division 2
A GREAT second-wicket partnership between Sam Hughes and Jack Hale of 176 runs put Koonwarra-RSL in a position from which they could cruise towards the target of 249 set them by MDU the week before.
And with Hughes finding a willing supporter in Ben Perry while he continued on to a fine knock of 132 not out, the result was never in doubt.
Koony-RSL got the necessary runs with plenty of overs to spare and it was enough to see them climb up into a clear second position on the ladder.
In other matches, Poowong-Loch were relatively untroubled in passing Imperials’ score of 93, set the previous Saturday, having lost four wickets before the win was secured.
It was a team effort with the bat that got them home but with Jacob Bardwell and Keanu Miller getting important runs in the middle stages.
Meanwhile only Paddy Watkins 46 and Nathan Clarke 21 showed much resistance for Foster in the face of Miners’ big total
of 330 set the previous week at the main Wonthaggi ground.