• A Grade Division 1
A BRILLIANT century by Kilcunda-Bass captain Andrew Donohue was to no avail, as the Sharks were bowled out chasing Nerrena’s 275 in A Grade Division 1 at Nerrena.
The Red Caps batted an extra 13 overs this week to make up for lost overs due to rain delays last week, and added 65 runs to finish 9/275 before declaring.
Paul Matheson was the key, remaining 63 not out with eight fours.
Kilcunda-Bass had its backs against the wall and the skipper stood up.
Donohue batted superbly but aside from Ash Larcombe (25) he had little support.
He brought up his century and was eventually run out for 119, after hitting 13 fours and a six.
At 7/197, his departure spelled the end of any chance the Sharks had of an unlikely victory, as they were bowled out for 207 in the 62nd over.
Josh Trease was on fire with the ball for the Red Caps, taking 5/51 off 23.5 overs including four maidens.
Adam Trotto was also handy with 3/46 off 12 overs.
The win has given Nerrena a chance to lift itself off the bottom of the ladder and avoid relegation, with the Red Caps now locked on 54 points with Kilcunda-Bass and Phillip Island.
Phillip Island did its chances of remaining in A1 no harm by defeating OMK in a one dayer at Cowes.
The Diggers batted first and posted 7/160 off 40 overs, led by opener Kris Kerr’s 35 and Tom Wyatt’s 45 through the middle order.
Geoff Odgers bowled well for the Sharks with 2/34 off eight overs.
The home side batted sensibly, with Eli Richards (44 not out including five fours) and Charith Keerthisinghe (15 not out) steering the Sharks home to 5/185.
Tony Hornsby (34), Jack Keating (27) and Lochie Cleeland (23) also contributed to the win.
A strong bowling effort ensured Wonthaggi Club overcame Korumburra at Butch West Oval.
Defending 179, Club’s bowlers gave nothing away as the Cobras were bundled out for 119 in the 59th over.
Ryan Thomas bowled superbly with 3/26 off 15 overs, James Sheerin picked up 2/23 off 14 overs including five maidens and Jakeb Thomas nabbed 2/14 off seven overs.
Opener Ilan Osman top scored for the Cobras with 28.
Inverloch batsmen were disappointing at Inverloch Turf on Saturday, bowled out for 103 in reply to Leongatha Town’s 175.
The Stingrays resumed at 1/17 and showed little resistance, aside from tailender Ben Thomas who hit 26.
Town shared the wickets around, led by Madura Weerasinghe with 3/29 off 19 overs including seven maidens, and Amila Ratnaike with 3/27 off 13 overs including seven maidens.
A1 results: Phillip Island 5/185 (EM Richards 44* T Hornsby 34 JR Keating 27 J Dewell 2/33) def OMK 7/160 (T Wyatt 45 K Kerr 35 G Odgers 2/34) at Cowes.
Nerrena 9/275 (dec) (P Matheson 63* D Symmons 53 T Wightman 53 S Lester 29 D Baldi 28 DP Mock 2/63 A Wells 2/73) def Kilcunda-Bass 207 (A Donohue 119 A Larcombe 25 J Trease 5/51 AL Trotto 3/46) at Nerrena Recreation Reserve.
Club 179 (M Thomas 36 J Thomas 27* L Zanchetta 5/105 S Dole 3/59) def Korumburra 119 (I Osman 28 RG Thomas 3/26 J Thomas 2/14 J Sheerin 2/23) at Butch West Oval.
Inverloch 103 (B Thomas 26 A Ratnaike 3/27 MP Weerasinghe Silva 3/29) def by Town 175 (MP Weerasinghe Silva 57 A Ratnaike 28 RB Thomas 3/42 B Thomas 2/21 L Rankin 2/24 D Newman 2/35) and 0/0 at Inverloch Turf.
Glen Alvie seals finals berth with thrilling win
• A Grade Division 2
GLEN Alvie will feature in finals for the first time in six years, after some last over heroics from 14 year-old Rohan Slade.
Forced to declare at the start of play, or face the likelihood of a draw only, Imperials declared at 8/167, with Glen Alvie allowed 75 overs to make the runs.
The visitors’ run chase started disastrously when Paul Palmer was caught behind for a duck off the bowling of Jack Ginnane at 1/0, before a 93-run partnership between Steve Smith and Jamie Glen put Glen Alvie on track.
Glen departed when he was struck LBW by Ginnane for 62 including six fours, and Smith quickly followed when he was bowled by Mark Lafferty for a patient 27.
Skipper John Reid kept the score ticking over and the visitors were looking solid at 5/148.
But a flurry of quick wickets to Ginnane and Lafferty saw the Imperials edge their way back into the contest with Glen Alvie reduced to 8/148.
Enter Slade, who belied his young age and batted with poise alongside Joe Hales.
The pair put on an invaluable 16 runs and needed five runs off the last over for victory.
In a frantic final over, Slade hit a single off the first ball then Hales swung and missed.
The next ball saw Hales sky the Lafferty delivery and Kristian Gray held onto the catch, to leave the visitors still needing four runs with three balls and one wicket remaining.
The pair crossed so new batsmen Kelvin Simpson strode to the non-striker’s end.
Slade hit the ball and Simpson took off for a quick single but scurried back into his crease and was lucky not to be run out.
With two balls remaining the result laid on Slade’s shoulders and the youngster delivered.
Lafferty’s short ball was pulled over the infield and hit the square leg boundary with a couple of bounces to win the match.
There was a little drama with the scorebooks not adding up, but after clarification from scorebook secretary Brendan Thomas, Glen Alvie was handed the win and booked a spot in the finals.
Slade remained nine not out and showed he can handle a pressure situation.
Jack Ginnane finished with 5/29 off 22 overs including 11 maidens and Lafferty grabbed 4/60 off 24 overs including seven maidens.
Jason Kennedy’s five wickets helped Koonwarra-Leongatha RSL overcome Foster in a tight contest at Foster Golf Club.
The Cougars looked in control defending 242 with Foster at 4/50, before Nathan Clarke and Richard Johnston combined for a 76-run partnership.
Kennedy had Clark caught for 20 and the Cougar bowlers continued to take regular wickets.
When Johnston was caught off the bowling of Jayke Hoy for 77 including nine fours, the home side’s chances diminished.
A last wicket partnership between Harvey Griggs (11) and Owen Straw (18 not out) was broken when Kennedy removed Griggs for his fifth wicket and Foster was all out for 218.
Kennedy finished with 5/67 off 24.5 overs including four maidens and Hoy picked up 3/33 off 11 overs including two maidens.
MDU had a solid win over Wonthaggi Miners in a one-dayer at Wonthaggi Football Ground.
Miners batted first and were bowled out for 152 in the 39th over, led by Josh Andrighetto’s 49 including 11 fours.
Michael Olden was the pick of the bowlers with 3/15 off eight overs and Nick Eddy grabbed 2/24 off eight overs.
Gary Webster and Darien Mathews kicked off the run chase with a 51-run opening stand before Mathews departed for 19.
Webster was eventually dismissed for 36, before Nick Eddy got his side across the line with 37 not out including five fours, with five overs remaining.
A2 results: Wonthaggi Miners 152 (J Andrighetto 49 M Olden 3/15 DA Mathews 2/18 N Eddy 2/24) def by MDU 5/156 (N Eddy 37* G Webster 36 C Honeysett 2/13 J Honeysett 2/32) at Wonthaggi Football Ground.
Foster 218 (R Johnston 77 J Kennedy 5/67 J Hoy 3/33) def by Koonwarra L/RSL 9/242 (S Hughes 85 J Hale 61 J Kennedy 37* H Griggs 3/59 O Straw 2/23 J Weston 2/47) at Foster Golf Club.
Imperials 8/167 (dec) (T Sauvarin 38 RA Higgins 34 D Ginnane 26* K Simpson 2/29 J Glen 2/30 D Hales 2/38) def by Glen Alvie 9/168 (J Glen 62 JA Reid 28 S Smith 27 J Ginnane 5/29 MD Lafferty 4/60) at Leongatha Turf
Poowong Loch – BYE.
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