• A Grade, Division 1
DECLARING after 40 overs, Wonthaggi Club’s 8/183 completed their show of strength against Korumburra at the weekend.
Though Club has weathered the storm, both on Saturday and so far this season, their performance against Korumburra has lifted them just two points out of the top four.
A strong partnership between Ryan Thomas 55 and Alex Geyer 21 set the locals up to take down Korumburra’s score of 131. Korumburra struggled to find a break.
Korumburra’s young gun Jacob Whiteside took an impressive spell with the ball, he claimed Thomas’ wicket and finished with 3/25 from his seven overs. He later went on to play in a twilight match for the under 16s on Saturday night.
Batting, Lachlan McLean finished with a strong 19 not out – to send the visitors back to the crease.
The tension was on early, as Joel Brann warmed up his arm.
Opener Tom Crocker wore a shot right in the cup, he took a breather and was replaced by Harshika Fernando.
Fernando did well, making 24, but a Brann wicket; bowled Joel, caught by keeper Koby saw him go out for 24.
Crocker did well to return to the crease but couldn’t get his eye in and went for none.
The day was finished with a steaming spell by Joel Brann 6/25 off his 8 overs.
Nerrena bowlers double down
A strong bowling hand from Nerrena has destructed Outrim Moyarra Kongwak as they looked to chase 225 runs.
Moving to top spot on the ladder, Nerrena’s in-form bowling rotation shared the load well.
Josh Trease, Daniel Rowe, Jarrod Hoy and Tim Wightman all claimed two wickets each and made it tough for OMK to make runs.
Mid order batsmen Thomas Keily hit OMK out of a real slide with his 63.
Wightman’s 15 overs included four maidens and took the last two wickets 2/21.
Nerrena now sit equal first on 72 points with Leongatha Town.
Islanders jump up the ranks
Phillip Island has taken a 20-point boost to elevate them to fourth position, after a convincing win over Glen Alvie at Cowes.
Chasing just 51 runs, Phillip Island’s first drop Jarrod Black (52) has managed the total on his own.
Eli Richards 34 and Shiran Rathnayake 19 helped the locals to a defendable and sent Glen Alvie back into bat. They declared at 3/136.
Glen Alvie’s Ben McRae made his top score for the year with 42, he founded a solid partnership with Joshua Schulz 28 – also Schulz’s top score.
But Phillip Island bowlers finished them off; Simon Kirton 4/28 and Charith Keerthisinghe 3/40. The visitors were all out for 113.
Finishing off, Greg Selby 19 and Shiran Rathnayake 10 took the locals to a 20-point win.
Play between Inverloch and Leongatha Town was abandoned due to inclement weather.