• A Grade Division 1
INVERLOCH has successfully chased down Kilcunda-Bass’ 168 to record a thrilling victory in A Grade Division One at Bass.
The win has kept Inverloch on equal points with first-placed Korumburra, as the Stingrays hunt down the top spot.
Kilcunda-Bass batted first and skipper Andrew Donohue was the Stingrays’ first victim when he was caught off the bowling of Ben Thomas for four.
Daniel Mock was in fine form once again but he needed to find a partner as wickets continued to tumble around him at 4/55.
Ash Larcombe answered the call, combining with Mock for a brilliant 109-run partnership for the fifth wicket.
Mock was finally caught off the bowling off Dave Newman for a well-compiled 84 and Larcombe was run out moments later for 43, as the Sharks reached 7/168 off 40 overs.
Ben Thomas finished with 2/18 off eight overs and Newman grabbed 2/34 and seven overs.
Walter Taberner (26) got Inverloch away to a steady start, before Newman took control with the bat once again.
He played the lead role in a 59-run partnership with Kit Rotthier (18) and a 45-run partnership with Will Rankin (10), before he was eventually caught off the bowling of Donohue for 76.
A couple of quick wickets from quick Ash Wells saw Kilcunda-Bass on top as the overs drew to a close, but an important seven not out from Lewie Rankin saved the day as the Stingrays passed the total in the final over.
Wells finished with 2/22 off six overs.
Wonthaggi Club has held off a determined Phillip Island in a low scoring contest at McMahon Reserve.
The home side batted first and started well with an opening stand of 50 between Dave Britt and Sam Huitema.
Spin was introduced to the attack with great effect, with off spinner Darcy Johnston bowling Britt for 30 before trapping Mitch Thomas lbw for one to turn the tables.
Ryan Thomas boosted the total with a well-made 53, but with a consistent team bowling effort, the Sharks bowled out Club for 155 in 38 overs.
Johnston finished with 4/20 off seven overs.
The Sharks’ run chase started disastrously when Jack Keating was bowled by Ryan Thomas for a duck.
Skipper Lochie Cleeland looked set to win the match off his own bat as his teammates offered little support with the bat.
He batted patiently and picked the right balls to attack, before James Sheerin had him bowled for 67, with the score at 7/116.
The Sharks’ lower order battled valiantly, but with overs ticking over they fell short by
Jakeb Thomas was the pick of the Club bowlers with 3/14 off eight overs, while Ryan Thomas nabbed 3/29 off eight overs.
OMK won a high scoring contest over Korumburra at Korumburra Turf.
The Diggers batted first and got away to a flier thanks to an opening stand of 64 between Jesse Van Rooye and Kris Kerr.
Van Rooye was bowled by Michael Giles for 30, but Kerr pushed on, sharing another partnership of 69 with Alex Rose.
Rose departed for 31 and Adam Miller stepped up to the plate.
Kerr was finally bowled by Dale Wyhoon for a well-made 83, which set the foundations for the win.
Miller added to the total with 47, as the Diggers posted 7/228 off 40 overs.
Wyhoon was the pick of the bowlers with 3/48 off eight overs.
Middle order batsmen Kallon Rigby boosted Korumburra’s chance with 69 including seven fours, but a steady flow of wickets ensured OMK got the job done.
Kyle Dorman (40) and Daniel Salmon (30 not out) battled valiantly but the Cobras fell short at 9/208.
Jake Cochrane bowled well with 3/51 off eight overs and Tom Wyatt picked up 2/40 off eight overs.
Leongatha Town easily accounted for Nerrena at Leongatha Turf, chasing down 147 in 29 overs with the loss of only three wickets.
The day started brightly for the Scorpions when opener Dave Trotman was caught and bowled by Amila Ratnaike with the score on 0, and Josh Schelling removed Damien Symmons for two, to leave Nerrena reeling at 2/8.
Tim Wightman and Gerard Murphy set about resurrecting the innings, joining forces for a solid 74-run partnership.
The Scorpions hit back when Matt Borschman bowled Murphy for 32, and Dave Baldi and Jamie Cann departed in quick succession.
The prized wicket of Wightman was snared by Madura Weerasinghe, and the Red Caps’ lower order offered little as they reached 147.
Weerasinghe finished with 2/19 off eight overs while Ratnaike picked up 3/33 of 7.5 overs.
Matt Davies hit six fours to kickstart the run chase alongside Jack Hume.
Hume (14) was first to go when he was bowled by Josh Trease and Davies later departed for 39 when he was trapped lbw by Wightman.
Weerasinghe and Ratnaike combined for a matchwinning partnership of 78 to easily seal the win.
Weerasinghe remained 46 not out, while Ratnaike departed for 31 in the final stages.
Kilcunda Bass 7/168 (DP Mock 84 A Larcombe 43 B Thomas 2/18 D Newman 2/34) def by Inverloch
6/169 (D Newman 76 W Taberner 26 A Wells 2/22) at Bass Recreation Reserve.
Nerrena 147 (T Wightman 48 G Murphy 32 A Ratnaike 3/33 MP Weerasinghe Silva 2/19) def by Town 3/150 (MP Weerasinghe Silva 46* M Davies 39 A Ratnaike 31) at Leongatha Turf.
Club 155 (RG Thomas 53 D Britt 30 DL Johnston 4/20 C Keerthisinghe 2/21 M Dennerley 2/22) def Phillip Island 150 (L Cleeland 67 J Thomas 3/14 RG Thomas 3/29 J Sheerin 2/40) at McMahon Reserve.
Korumburra 9/208 (K Rigby 69 K Dorman 40 D Salmon 30* J Cochrane 3/51 T Wyatt 2/40) def by Outtrim Moyarra Kongwak 7/228 (K Kerr 83 A Miller 47 A Rose 31 J Van Rooye 30 D Wyhoon 3/48) at Korumburra Turf.
Important win for Alvie in A2
• A Grade Division 2
GLEN Alvie has moved a game clear of MDU in fourth spot after a tight win over the Demons in A Grade Division Two at Dumbalk.
MDU batted first and were well contained by the visitors, bowled out for 131 in the 36th over.
Daniel Hales was on fire with the ball, snaring 3/13 off 6.5 overs including three maidens, while John Reid grabbed 3/14 off five overs.
Glen Alvie started its run chase strongly with Paul Palmer hitting 31 before retiring hurt.
A couple of wickets to Nick Eddy brought the match back on level pegging, before a captain’s knock of 48 from John Reid edged the visitors closer.
A few hiccups towards the end of the chase saw MDU given a shot at victory, before Daniel Hales (8 not out) and Sam Watson (6 not out) got their side across the line with an over to spare.
Nick Eddy took 3/37 off eight overs for MDU, while Tom Corry grabbed 3/16 off six overs.
Koonwarra-Leongatha/RSL has consolidated its spot in the top four with a close win over Poowong-Loch at Loch.
The Cougars batted first and a 99-run stand for the second wicket between Sam Hughes and Ben Perry set the scene.
Perry departed for 39 and Hughes followed shortly after for 56.
Important knocks by Jack Hughes (18) and Jason Kennedy (36) towards the end of the innings boosted the total to a solid 7/203 at the end of 40 overs.
Jacob Bardwell was the pick of the Poowong-Loch bowlers with 2/28 off eight overs.
The home side’s batting effort started poorly with Colin Knox and Wilson Pollock quickly departing to be 2/9.
Aaron and Jacob Bardwell gave their side every chance of victory with a 91-run partnership for the third wicket.
Jacob departed for a well-made 50, and Aaron was removed for 36 by Jake Guinan.
Paul Dyer got his side within reach with 47 as wickets fell around him, before he eventually came unstuck off a Nick Arnup delivery and was caught.
The wicket spelt the end for the home side as they were quickly all out for 193.
Kennedy finished with 3/45 off eight overs, while Arnup snared 3/39 off eight overs.
Wonthaggi Miners overcome a determined Imperials at East Campus to remain in third position.
The Miners won the toss and batted first, with a less than convincing start at 2/33.
Daniel Loos shifted the momentum with six fours on his way to 37, before he was bowled by Damon Ginnane.
Contributions from Josh Andrighetto (30) and Cam Thomas (26) through the middle order, along with a solid 20 from Adam Zanella, saw the Miners post a defendable 182.
Ginnane finished with tidy figures of 3/14 off eight overs including two maidens, while Tim Sauvarin picked up 3/43 off seven overs.
The Miners struck early to have Mark Lafferty caught for a duck in his first game of A Grade for the year, before Rhett McLennan was gone for a quickfire 21.
Steady wickets continued to fall, with Ryan Higgins (34) getting a start before he was caught off the bowling of Jonothan Rumbold.
Jack Ginnane batted well to give Imperials a slim chance, but his departure for 46 spelled the end as they fell 10 runs short at the end of 40 overs.
Jayden Loos, James Honeysett and Rumbold shared two wickets apiece, while Clint Honeyset picked up 2/16 off four overs.
A2 Results: Poowong Loch 193 (JM Bardwell 50 P Dyer 47 A Bardwell 36 N Arnup 3/39 J Kennedy 3/45) def by Koonwarra L/RSL (7/203(cc) S Hughes 56 B Perry 39 J Kennedy 36 JM Bardwell 2/28 AC Jenkins 2/46) at Loch Recreation Reserve.
Meeniyan Dumbalk United 131 (D Hales 3/13 JA Reid 3/14 JR Reid 2/24) def by Glen Alvie 7/134 (JA Reid 48 P Palmer 31* T Corry 3/16 N Eddy 3/37) at Dumbalk.
Imperials 9/173 (J Ginnane 46 RA Higgins 34 C Honeysett 2/16 J Rumbold 2/31 J Honeysett 2/32 J Loos 2/33) def by Wonthaggi Miners 182 (D Loos 37 J Andrighetto 30 C Thomas 26 D Ginnane 3/14 T Sauvarin 3/43 Z Price 2/48)
Foster – bye.
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