AFTER a strong start, Club made their way to the defendable total of 203, but through determination, good luck and some great shots, Nerrena have outdone the reigning champs.
Koby Brann had it on his terms early, playing confident shots around the ground, he lost his wicket after his half century to Tim Wightman for 51.
The Thomas brothers, Ryan 73 and Mitch 19, steadied the run rate and had Club playing some quality cricket.
That was until Mitchell Clark took the reins for Nerrena. Clark took a gripping seven wickets and restricted Club to the total of 203. Clark took 7/20 off 5.5 overs.
Then he went into bat. The shot selection and control of the A Grade master led him to 58 with six 4s and three 6s. A crucial wicket, he was caught by the sure hands of Daniel Turton.
Making it hurt, Club medium pacer Zane Macdermid then clean bowled the wicket of red-cap opener Luke Giliam.
Club looked for control, and they had it for a while, until Tim Wightman 25 and Jamie Cann 26 found their spots at the crease.
These two put on tempo runs, but it was down to keeper Caine Salmon to finish it off.
From good form last week against Inverloch, Caine finished with five 4s, building his score to 44 not out to get Nerrena over the line.
Ripper century for Ratnaike
Town’s Amila Ratnaike has gone all in, making 137 towards the home side’s 287 total.
It was a tough act to follow for Glen Alvie.
With 11 fours, and a whopping seven 6s, Ratnaike made his way past a century in style.
There was little Glen Alvie could do, as the early wicket of captain Matt Davies soon became a 135-run partnership between Sahan Perera and Ratnaike.
Craig Boswell eventually took Ratnaike’s wicket, with a catch by Ben Thomas.
For Glen Alvie, chasing near 300 was a massive task, but one that Rohan Slade was up to.
Opening, he made his way to 61. But with little other fire power, the task was rattled.
Jack Hume went back to back with great bowling, taking another four wickets on top of last week’s 4/21. He finished with 4/24.
Perera also took control with the ball, taking 1/13 off five overs.
Glen Alvie finished their 40 overs 8/133.
Jan the man
Inverloch’s Yasir Jan has more than doubled last week’s performance of 42, with a determined 88 to lead his side into a close win.
Chasing down the 187 majorly set by Jan and Walter Taberner was a task within reach for the visiting Phillip Island batsmen.
First drop Jarrod Black was keen to play, his near half century putting his side on track.
But when captain Max Royal and other middle order wickets began to slide, the scoring dried up.
Simon Kirton was the highest scorer of the bottom end until he lost his wicket lbw to Lewis Rankin.
The man that can do it both, Jan finished the day with a total of 3/33. Phillip Island finished all out for 173 off 39 overs.
Success for OMK
OMK set a well-defined score of 225 that proved too much Korumburra visitors to chase down.
Ethan Lamers started his side off with a sure 36, he batted well with Daniel Mock who made a slightly better 56, who then went on to partner Ryan Williams who went best, finishing not out on 70 runs.
Shane Dole bowled well, he took late wickets and finished with 2 for 28.
Taking centre stage, Korumburra’s opening batsmen both struggled to deliver.
But first drop Daniel Lloyd was playing some great shots. His eight boundaries led him to a top score of 78.
With little at the other end, Korumburra reached 179 when they ran out of overs.
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