• A Grade, Division 1
WINNING the toss, Inverloch sent Outtrim into bat first.
Likely due to the weather, this is a choice not often seen during finals.
OMK, losing two wickets early to the bowling attack of Invy’s Lewie Rankin, it was on shaky ground that captain Daniel Mock came to the crease.
Knowing the Inverloch attack well, with memories of last year’s preliminary defeat, Mock took the game on and played very well for a gigantic score.
Mock didn’t give IK a chance as he batted his way through the day forming various partnerships.
Though OMK did lose 4/10 in the later part of the day, before bottom order batsman Pete Dell arrived at the crease.
Rankin bowled 23 overs well, taking 2/70. Tom McQualter was also efficient with spin, taking 4/80 from 21 overs.
But it was the mindset of captain Mock who was thinking ‘no score might be enough’ after IK chased down 360 last year.
He finished not out for 178. Dell with 41.
Inverloch started their batting innings with some slow and steady runs until Tom Kiely had his way, claiming the opening pair.
Peter Dell was ready for the second day, bowling some impressive swing, he ended up with 4/20 off 13 overs.
OMK will now look to the grand final, coming in with momentum they haven’t lost a game since Christmas.
Send ‘em in
After morning rain, play resumed between Nerrena and Club at Noel Butch oval.
Removing the covers found a patch of wet grass in-line with the middle. That was dried, and play began.
Nerrena made the questionable decision to send Club into bat – possibly due to their success doing this in a one-dayer earlier this year.
Sam Huitema made a good start but was out for 24. Josh Trease also took Alex Geyer’s wicket for 8.
Club were not looking good, losing the tough wicket of Ross Lovett lbw to Tim Wightman.
Ryan Thomas took the crease, he played his shots well and though he was dropped, it was a difficult catch.
Damien Symmons 1/33 bowled 19 overs at a very efficient rate.
Thomas held his position in the middle to 69 runs, a decent partnership with Koby Brann 32, they both lost their wickets at 160.
Daniel Turton and Mark McCall were the saving partnership for Club, finalising a good score with 27 and 37 respectively.
Finishing at 247, Club were happy to pass the 200 mark.
As the second day continued it was obvious the ground was faster allowing more boundaries.
But with the bowling of Ryan Thomas 14 overs at 2/21 and spin from Alex Geyer 3/22, Nerrena struggled to get much on the board. James Sheerin also took three wickets for 24 off 12 overs.
Nerrena were all out for 125.
The A Grade Division 1 grand final will be at Scorpion Park this week – weather permitting.
Sauvarin plays his game
• A Grade, Division 2
WINNING the toss and electing to bat, Imperials opener Tim Sauvarin spent some 319 minutes at the crease.
Facing 261 balls, he had a strike rate of 0.59 at Leongatha Recreation Reserve.
Building to a total of 326, Luke Rogers was second highest score with 73.
Facing their 90 overs, Sauvarin finished with 154 to boast. Mark Lafferty not out for 16. Ben Perry took 3/82 from a large 21 overs, while Jason Kennedy took 3/89 from a strong 25 overs.
Koonwarra got off to a good start with the bat until losing the wicket of Brayden Moscript for 26.
Ben Davison made his way to 41 with four 4s, until he was caught off the bowling of big wicket taker Jack Ginnane.
Ginnane finished with a match ripping demonstration as he made his way to 6/40 off 19.1 overs. Sam Hughes did put on a decent score of 47, to no prevail. They were all out for 175.
Meanwhile, Town made short work of MDU with Lahiru Jayakody 4/22 off 11 overs, Sahan U Perera 3/16 from 6 overs, and James Lloyd 2/23 from 10 overs.
Facing just 32 overs, that was about it with MDU all out for 75.
Amila Ratnaike made 59 runs, with four 4s and a six. Madura Madusanka made 106 with eleven 4s.
Cooper Cary bowled well taking 2/38 off 15 overs. Town batted out 53 overs and finished up 7/242.
They will play Imperials this week at Scorpion Park.
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