• A Grade Division 1
LEONGATHA Town has found their first win of the A Grade Division 1 season, defeating Korumburra by 15 runs.
Town captain Matt Davies led the way at the top of the order with an impressive 91 not out.
Matt Smith also chipped in with 55 from the middle order to take the Scorpions’ total to 5/210.
For the Cobras, Shane Dole had figures of 2/20 off his eight overs.
With dangerous Korumburra bat Dole run out early and big hitter Kallon Rigby in the sheds the Cobras were in trouble.
But a solid 81 run partnership between captain Ilan Osman 51 and Matthew Houston got the score back to 2/112.
But when Town youngster Jack Hume claimed the wicket of Houston the batsmen began to fall.
A handy 18 from tail ender Dale Wyhoon pushed the Cobras close to the Town total but the bowling of new recruit Madura Madusanka brought the chase to an end, all out for 196 in the final over.
Madura Weerasinghe Silva was the pick of the Scorpions with 3/30.
Inverloch defeated OMK in what many predicted to be match of the round.
The Stingrays with new look opening pair Tim Thornby 48 and Kit Rothier 26 got off to a solid start.
Posting a total of 5/158 Inverloch would need to bowl well to defend it against a loaded OMK batting line up.
Diggers captain Daniel Mock claimed the best figures of 2/18 off seven overs.
Choosing to open with spin proved to be a wise move by captain Rothier when Ben Thomas removed Mock for a duck, getting the Stingrays off to a dream start.
Jason Wilson 47 and Tom Wyatt 49 did their best to steady the ship but tight bowling from Inverloch made it very hard to score.
OMK finished their innings 7/155, taking the battle right to the final over.
Wonthaggi Club posted their third win this season, defeating Phillip Island by 41 runs.
Ryan Thomas top scored with 63 runs in the middle order but it wasn’t without its chances, being dropped five different times.
Captain James Sheerin added a quick fire 41 and Club finished 9/201.
English import Jona Watts finished with figures of 3/33 for the Island.
Thomas claimed back to back wickets to open his bowling account taking Matt Dennerley and Charith Keerthisinghe.
Phillip Island captain Eli Richards never gave up the fight with a valiant 76 runs before the Sharks were all out for 160.
Ryan Thomas finished with 3/19 while Alex Geyer took 3/36.
Glen Alvie snatched a thriller against Kilcunda-Bass claiming victory nine wickets down.
Bass posted a total of 6/174 with Ashley Larcombe posting a solid 80 runs.
The Alvie were losing wickets consistently in the chase until Steven Smith 46 and Paul Palmer 27 steadied the ship.
At nine wickets down tailenders Jarryd Minahan and Todd Smith guided the Alvie home in the 38th over.
Joe Hewison was the pick of the Bass bowlers with 4/25.
MDU just sneaks home
• A Grade Division 2
SOME late heroics from MDU skipper Nick Eddy has given his team its first win of the season against Foster on Saturday.
The Tigers were sneaking up on MDU’s 154 with Richard Johnston in great touch, but he ran out of partners.
Eddy affected two run outs and took two wickets as Foster was all out for 148 with four balls to spare.
Johnston was left stranded on 52.
Earlier in the day, Matt Martin scored 55 for the Demons and Gary Webster made 43 before he was forced to retire hurt.
In another top match, the Wonthaggi Miners also had their first win of the season, a beauty, against Koonwarra-Leongatha RSL in a high scoring affair.
The Miners won the toss and batted and Cam Thomas led the way, batting throughout the 40 overs to make an unbeaten 82.
Daniel Loos got the run rate moving with a quick 52 which included six fours and two sixes.
The Miners reached 6/195 and it took a solid team effort from the Cougars to get close.
Ben Davison and Jack Hughes put on 50 for the first wicket and Hughes top scored with 42, just ahead of his brother Sam.
But the introduction of the Honeysetts, father and son Clint and Adam, did the trick for the Miners. They took a couple of wickets each and two run-outs thanks to some handy work from Josh Andrighetto in the mad scramble to the line was enough for an 11 run win.
Aaron Bardwell’s top form continued as Poowong-Loch gave Nerrena a touch-up in the top of the table clash.
Poowong-Loch batted first and cruised to 4/198 as Bardwell scored 72.
He was involved in a 47 run stand with his brother Jacob who was a man on a mission early, his 37 coming in quick time.
Wilson Pollock and Col Knox also contributed to the big total.
Nerrena opened with the experienced Dave Daldi and Damien Symmons but neither lasted too long. Matt Loader had some early success with the ball.
Tim Wightman offered some resistance for the Red Caps with 46 but the chase ran out of puff pretty early and they were all out for 131.