• C Grade, Division 2
YOU could not ask a bowler for more than OMK’s Michael Whiteside’s effort against Poowong Loch this week at Poowong.
The home side batted first, and were looking to set a reasonable score at four for 87, before Whiteside got his eye in.
Captain Ricky Knox fell after top-scoring on 29 for the fourth wicket, Whiteside tore through the rest of the order giving up just a further six runs in the process.
Two went for ducks in quick succession before the batsmen were given a brief respite, before Whiteside returned for his 12th over, the scorecard reading 6/91.
Whiteside never got to finish his over, because with his first four balls, he bowled out all the remaining batsmen in an outstanding double hat trick effort.
The first wicket to fall was a catch taken by Andrew Chilcott, then Whiteside did all the rest of the work himself, bowling the next one, followed by an lbw and then finished the innings off sending it straight into the stumps again to close out the home side’s score at 93.
Thanks to the speedy finish to their time in the field, OMK’s openers got through 11 overs in the middle and go into next week at 0/17.
Kilcunda Bass visited Korumburra, winning the toss and electing to bat first.
Jason Neville continued his good form, but again fell short of a century to finish on 89 runs, though he struggled to find a partner to score runs with as his side were all dismissed for a 173 run total.
Matt Cozzio was the pick of the bowlers with an impressive five-wicket haul, which included both of the visiting openers early on, and eventually getting the top-scoring Neville.
Phillip Island hosted Glen Alvie at Newhaven, and were completely unfazed by the visiting bowling attack.
David Kenter was the star of the show, the opener holding on throughout the day until his side was just shy of reaching 300, and making an enormous 150 runs from 131 balls, powering through his shots to hit 20 fours.
The Island finished up reaching the 60 over mark at an unreachable score of 8/354, the wickets were obviously costly for the visitors but Matthew Grieves did well to take two
wickets for 24, as well as three catches.
A big day for Leongatha Town junior batsman Tom Hanily has put his side in good stead as they host Koonwarra Leongatha RSL.
After making 31 runs for the under 16s side that morning, Hanily had obviously got his eye in when he came to the crease after the sixth of Town’s wickets fell for 118 runs.
Hanily put on a superb tail-ender performance to make 78 runs and help his side to a defendable score of 211.
A junior player shone for the visitors as well as Harry Hoekstra, who had also played that morning, took three wickets for 34 from his 11 overs.