• A Grade, Division 1
INVERLOCH are in a prime position to claim the first outright victory of the 2018/19 season, having Kilcunda Bass on the ropes at 4/36 in the second innings of their A grade division one clash.
The Sharks won the toss and elected to bat, but their innings was cut short thanks to a superb spell of bowling from Inverloch off-spinner Tom McQualter who claimed 6/11 off his 13 overs.
Opening bowlers Lewie Rankin 1/20 and Kit Rotthier 2/19 got the ball moving early picking up the wickets of Bass openers Cam Chasemore 8 and Jaydan Tregear 4.
But it was McQualter that did the bulk of the work, dismantling the Sharks middle order as they were left all out for 61 in the 40th over.
The Stingrays then blasted a quickfire 1/105 off 19 overs, with Dave Newman 46 and Brett Debono 51 doing the hitting before a declaration was made. Rankin 2/18 again struck for Inverloch in the second innings as Bass were left 4/36 at the end of play, still trailing by 8 runs.
After a disappointing effort with the bat, Nerrena have fought their way to a winnable position in the match against Phillip Island.
The Red Caps could only manage 136 runs in their first innings with captain Tim Wightman 59 and tailenders Josh Trease 28 and Adam Trotto 18 the only batsman to get amongst the runs.
Max Royal was the pick of the bowlers for the Island with 3/30 off his 15 over spell, as they headed into the lunch break full of confidence.
But the Red Caps have left the door open for an upset win, leaving the Sharks in an awkward position at 4/41 with key bats Lachie Cleeland, Charith Keerthisinghe and Jona Watts all in the shed.
Josh Trease the best of the bowlers with 2/20 off his seven overs.
A six-wicket haul to OMK opener Tom Keily has seen the Diggers restrict Wonthaggi Club to 193 in their match at Butch West Oval.
Keily 6/77 was a workhorse, bowling 30 overs across two separate spells and picking up the key wickets of Club’s Ryan Thomas and Alex Geyer who was looking comfortable on 43 runs.
Some late order runs from Ryan Birkett 51 and Daniel Turton 34 took Club to a defendable total, providing they bowl well this weekend.
A similar situation in the game between Korumburra and Glen Alvie, with the Cobras posting 197 off their 75 overs.
Captain Ilan Osman 34 and Shane Dole 32 got the runs at the top of the order, while Dale Wyhoon 36 and Brad Arnold 16 got the tail wagging.
For the Alvie, it was Daniel Diwell 3/28 and opener Senal De Silva 2/38 who did the job with the ball.