• A Grade, Division 1
ANDREW Donohue and Daniel Mock provided some resistance at the top of the order for Kilcunda-Bass against some relentless, quality bowling by OMK but it was to no avail with runs almost impossible to come by.
All OMK bowlers bowled incredibly tightly allowing just two runs or less an over and they shared the wickets around too, benefiting by excellent support in the field.
To give them their due, Bass’ batsmen stuck around until the 56th over to make 124 runs but it doesn’t look to be anywhere near enough against the talented OMK batting stocks.
Apart from that, all the other A Grade Division One matches look evenly poised.
Leongatha Town looked to be in all sorts of trouble at the Korumburra Turf when Ilan Osman raised his bat to acknowledge the generous applause for his half century, having figured in three productive partnerships to that point in the match.
Earlier, Korumburra’s new opening bat Michael Giles continued to underscore his value with a punishing 53 in the opening stand of 67. And with the support of Shane Dole 38 and Kyle Dorman 12, the total had moved along to 3/173 shortly before tea.
At that stage, the Cobras’ score looked like being anything when they finished.
But Leongatha Town probably did pretty well from that point on to get the next five wickets for 50 runs, undaunted by missing a couple of half chances, one a juggling effort in the slips and a couple of close calls in the outfield.
Matt Davies, Scott Browne and Madura Weerasinghe worked hard in the warm afternoon to keep Korumburra on their toes and were rewarded with some hard-won wickets.
Korumburra finished the day on top in the match but could easily have shut Town right out of the game.
On the turf at the Butch West Oval, there’s a similarly intriguing match going on where Club initially gained the upperhand with two early wickets before Wal Taberber 36 and Dave Newman 54 recovered the position with some sensible batting, using the quicks’ pace to turn the ball off the hips for safe runs.
The going was a bit slow in the middle afternoon but an unbeaten partnership at the end between Will Rankin 31 and Ben Thomas 18 gave their team a defendable total of 6/173 at the close.
At the Leongatha Turf, Nerrena put in a fine team effort to make 7/213 against Phillip Island with everyone getting runs; Dave Trotman 40 and Tim Wightman 63, contributing strongly at the top of the order.
It looks to be a bridge too far for the Island despite the best efforts of bowlers Simon Kirton and Darcy Johnston who were both expensive in taking three wickets.
Dynamic Andrighetto duo put Miners on top
• A Grade, Division 2
IT was a despondent Blake Andrighetto who left the main oval at the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve on Saturday after ‘throwing away’ his chance to score a hundred.
But from a team perspective, he needn’t have worried.
By the time he departed the scene, he had figured prominently in a 106-run opening partnership with Jason O’Reilly and while O’Reilly went soon after, to be followed in short order by Daniel Loos, the rest of the batsmen came in strongly behind the foundation that Blake had laid.
Up to that point, he looked fully in charge of the bowling, advancing down the wicket and playing strongly into the ‘V’ with a straight technique that looked untouchable.
A moment’s loss of concentration produced an easy catch and it was all over. But that’s cricket.
Cousin Josh went one better with 83 and with several other batsmen joining the party, they made Foster chase leather all day on the way to an impressive 7/330.
MDU also did well with the bat, led superbly by Gary Webster 70 and Tim Harris 51, in a fine 111-partnership for the second wicket.
Again, batsmen down the order chipped in and despite the tireless efforts of two Koonwarra-RSL bowlers in particular, Jason Kennedy 4/69 off 21.6 overs and Jake Guinan 2/77 off 24 overs, they rattled up 9/249 in their allotted overs to be in good shape at home at Meeniyan.
In the other A2 match at Loch, Imperials had a dog of a day, in trouble from the outset losing their veteran opener Gary Sauvarin for just 1 and never really recovering to be all out for 93 off 59 overs.
Even when Rowan McLennan was mounting a rear-guard action for Imps later in the afternoon, a mix-up saw him run out for 30 just when he and Damon Ginanne looked like turning the ship around.
Loch is well on top in this match after finishing the day at 0/23 in reply.
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