• A Grade Division 1
A MARATHON spell of bowling from Korumburra’s Luke Zanchetta has kept Wonthaggi Club to a gettable total of 179 in A Grade Division 1 at Butch West Oval.
The Cobras used just three bowlers throughout almost 75 overs, with Zanchetta claiming 5/105 off 37.5 overs including seven maidens.
At the other end, spinner Shane Dole picked up the first two wickets of the day and finished with 3/59 off 31 overs including 10 maidens.
Number three Mitch Thomas top scored for Club with 36, while Jakeb Thomas provided some fireworks towards the end of the day with 27 not out including two sixes and two fours – an important knock that boosted the total.
A solid effort with the bat has given Nerrena an opportunity to rise from the bottom of the ladder against Kilcunda-Bass at Nerrena.
Red Cap openers Steve Lester and Damien Symmons set the foundations for the innings with a 60-run opening stand.
Lester was first to go when he was caught behind off the bowling of Ash Wells for 29.
Symmons hit 53 including eight fours before he was also caught behind off the bowling of Daniel Mock.
Tim Wightman’s hitting through the middle order helped with 53 including eight fours, and Paul Matheson’s 30 not out helped the Red Caps reach 6/210 off 57 overs, after a late start to the match due to wet conditions.
Mock finished with 2/64 off 20 overs including five maidens.
The match between Inverloch and Leongatha Town at Inverloch Turf is evenly poised after day one.
The Scorpions were bowled out for 175 in the 65th over, led my Madura Weerasinghe’s 67 and Amila Ratnaike’s 28.
Ryan Thomas was the pick of the Stingray bowlers with 3/42 off 15.1 overs and Dave Newman picked up 2/35 off 13 overs.
The Stingrays batted 10 overs to end the day and will resume at 1/17, after Nathan Brayley was caught behind off the bowling of Ratnaike.
Day one of the match between Phillip Island and OMK at Cowes was washed out.
A1 results: Nerrena 6/210 (D Symmons 53 T Wightman 53 P Matheson 30* S Lester 29 DP Mock 2/63) v Kilcunda Bass at Nerrena Recreation Reserve.
Wonthaggi Club 179 (M Thomas 36 J Thomas 27* L Zanchetta 5/105 S Dole 3/59) v Korumburra at Butch West Oval Wonthaggi.
Inverloch 1/17 v Leongatha 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) at Inverloch Turf.
Phillip Island v OMK at Cowes – washed out.
Cougar batsmen show fight
• A Grade Division 2
KOONWARRA-LEONGATHA RSL has recovered from a slow start to post a competitive total of 242 against Foster in A Grade Division Two at Foster Golf Club.
The Cougars were struggling at 2/6 with Ben Davison and Ben Perry back in the shed, before a 135-run partnership between Sam Hughes and Jack Hale got their side on track.
Hale eventually departed for 61 when he was caught behind off Harvey Griggs, and Griggs struck again later when he bowled Hughes to claim the prized scalp for a well-made 85 including 10 fours.
Jason Kennedy’s 37 not out including five fours helped the Cougars reach 9/242 at stumps.
Griggs was the best of the bowlers with 3/59 off 21 overs.
The efforts of the Imperials middle and lower order batsmen saw the home side post 8/167 off 66 overs against Glen Alvie at Leongatha Turf.
A steady flow of wickets at the start of the day saw Glen Alvie on top, but a patient 34 from skipper Ryan Higgins built momentum.
Tim Sauvarin stepped up with 38 including five fours, and Damon Ginnane’s 26 not out to end the day proved vital.
Jamie Glen bowled well for Glen Alvie with 2/30 off 20 overs including nine maidens, Kelvin Simpson nabbed 2/29 off 14 overs and Daniel Hales grabbed 2/38 off 14 overs including five maidens.
The first day of the match between Wonthaggi Miners and MDU at Wonthaggi Football Ground was washed out and Poowong-Loch had the bye.
A2 results: Foster v 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 (T Sauvarin 38 RA Higgins 34 D Ginnane 26* K Simpson 2/29 J Glen 2/30 D Hales 2/38) v Glen Alvie at Leongatha Turf.
Wonthaggi Miners v MDU at Wonthaggi Football Ground – washed out.
Poowong Loch – Bye.
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