• A Grade, Division 1
NERRENA have secured their first win back in the top division, defeating Kilcunda Bass by 13 runs in A Grade Division One.
The Red Caps posted a modest first innings total of 166 with Luke Giliam 76 and Damien Symmons 33 leading the way with the bat.
Jaydan Tregear 3/13 and Andrew Donohue 2/21 did the damage with the ball for the Sharks, who would’ve been quietly confident chasing a small target on the Nerrena rec reserve.
And they got off to a brilliant start, with Tregear and Sam Mather posting a 76-run opening stand before Ryan Clark struck with the opening wicket of Tregear for 23.
Mather and new batsman Donohue combined for 51-run partnerships and the Sharks were cruising at 1/127.
That was until a top spell of bowling from Josh Trease 4/14 brought the middle order unstuck and the Sharks were left agonisingly short at 8/153 at the close of play.
Phillip Island have defeated Korumburra in another close contest at home on Saturday, defeating the Cobras by four wickets.
The Cobras won the toss and elected to bat with new recruit Daniel Lloyd making 79 as the away team posted 6/156 at the end of the allotted 40 overs.
Tom Officer was the pick of the Island bowlers with 2/23 on his return from a stint at premier cricket.
In reply the Sharks looked shaky throughout their innings, losing wickets at regular intervals.
Skipper Eli Richards was the mainstay at the crease finishing unbeaten on 49 as the Island passed the modest total in the 37th over.
Spinner Shane Dole was the pick of the Cobras’ bowlers with 1/19 off seven overs.
Meanwhile OMK have easily accounted for Glen Alvie in their clash at Butch West Oval, the first time the ground has been used in over a year.
The Diggers posted a strong first innings total of 209, with Noel Creed 71 and Ryan Williams 53 the top run getters.
For the Alvie it was new recruit Senal De Silva 3/36 and favourite son Daniel Hales 3/37 who did the damage with the ball.
Veteran bowler Peter Dell was the first to strike for Diggers on his way to handy figures of 2/10 off eight.
Joseph Hales tried his best to swing the bat at the tail with a handy 25 not out but it wasn’t enough as the Alvie finished 9/123.
In the grand final replay between Wonthaggi Club and Inverloch the result stayed the same, with Club escaping with a narrow victory that went down to the final over.
Club posted a very modest 9/145 on the lush East Campus Oval with Koby Brann 33 and Alex Geyer 31 the top run scorers.
Kit Rotthier 3/24 and Lewie Rankin 3/30 did a terrific job of tying down the Club batsmen and limiting their scoring options.
In reply the Stingrays were crusing at at 4/101 with 16 overs to play before a pair of wickets to Zane Macdermid and Mark McCall plus a run out from captain James Sheerin saw the momentum shift.
A last-ditch effort from the Rankin brothers came unstuck when Ryan Thomas clean bowled Will and Club were home, surviving by just two runs.