• A Grade, Division 1
STEPPING out into the sunlight at the Leongatha Recreation Reserve on Saturday, facing Nerrena’s efficient bowling, Glen Alvie struggled to make the most of their decision to bat.
Losing their first four wickets for ten runs it was a mid-order revival by Dinesh Arachchige’s 43 runs that set the visitors towards the total of 92.
But the tidy bowling of Josh Trease, 5/10 off eight overs, and Daniel Rowe with four maidens off his eight overs, going for just 11 runs, kept Glen Alvie on the back foot.
With the sub-100 total set to chase, Nerrena would have thought the total was an easy reach, but it took four double figure batsmen and Tim Wightman’s top score of 36 to get Nerrena over the line.
Wrangling for control, Glen Alvie bowler Jy Hull took 1/18 off his seven overs and Senal De Silva finished his eight with 1/16.
Wightman’s not out top score of 36 was the play of the day.
Mock bolsters OMK’s win
SENDING Outtrim Moyarra Kongwak into bat seemed to have worked well for Inverloch until bowling pressure in the eleventh hour from captain Daniel Mock saw OMK find success.
After missing last week to wet weather, play was reduced to a one dayer.
Inverloch set out on the front foot, confidently sending OMK into bat. Inverloch bowlers Yasir Jan 3/8, Lewis Rankin 2/28 and Lucas Anderson 1/18 bowled out their eight overs in style.
They removed OMK openers and Daniel Mock for 12 runs but struggled with Ryan Williams 25 and Thomas Keily 34. This 32-run partnership proved invaluable for OMK.
Into bat, Inverloch opener Yasir Jan lost his wicket for 2 runs, but Harry Smith 39 and David Newman 52 set the locals on track.
But losing the wicket of Smith and then his replacement Dylan Clark in successive balls at 3/91, this put Inverloch on the back foot for the first time.
Ryan Williams took control of the top order, he finished with 2/20 and passed the ball to Captain Mock.
Walter Taberner pitched in 25, but lost his wicket to OMK’s Daniel Mock.
Mock steadied the bowling attack, as Inverloch were just runs from OMK’s total in the last few overs.
With the last four wickets falling for just two runs, OMK snatched the win from Inverloch in style.
Islanders hit high score at home
PHILLIP Island made an impressive home run total of 185 at the weekend, leaving a big ask for Korumburra batsmen.
Sending themselves into bat, Phillip Island lost both of their openers to Madura Perera, who went on to bowl out his eight with 2/31.
But the home side was in good hands with first drop Jarrod Black 67 finding form at the crease.
Shiran Rathnayake 44 was the second top scorer of the day and set Phillip Island on track for a defendable total.
Korumburra’s Harshika Fernando took tidy figures of 1/23 off his eight overs.
Going into bat, it was Korumburra captain Islan Osman who fought for control as his opening partner and first drop both lost their wickets for ducks.
But it was a 91-run partnership with Madura Perera 48 and Peter Edwards 50 whilst taking on the attack of Henry Shawcorss and Max Royal that put the visitors in contention.
However, a momentous effort by Royal ended up taking both of their wickets on his way to 4/26 from seven overs.
Korumburra’s bottom order struggled to find their feet and finished 9/156 at 40 overs.
Town open with talent
STARTING with ambition, Leongatha Town openers set their side off to a ripping start against Wonthaggi Club at the Butch West Oval.
Club won the toss and sent the visitors into bat, retrospectively a tough call as Sahan Perera 64 and Sachith Naotunnage 50 both found their eyes in at the crease.
But there was a crucial break when Clubs’ Bryce Evans caught and bowled, taking Perera’s wicket.
Shortly after, Naotunnage lost his wicket to James Sheerin and Club fought for momentum.
Matt Davies found 25 and set Town towards the defendable total of 179.
With wickets hard to come by, Ryan Thomas’ 2/33 was amongst the best figures.
Into bat and it wasn’t Club’s day.
Losing the reliable opener Koby Brann’s wicket for 2 and Daniel Turon’s for 13.
The attack of Jack Hume 2/17 off eight and James Lloyd 0/22 off six overs made runs hard to come by.
Mitch Thomas top scored with 28 before he lost his wicket to Madura Madusanka.
Madusanka controlled the middle order and bowled a tight 3/19 from six overs.
Club finished all out for 118 off 33.4 overs.