• A Grade, Division 1
IN a show of form and finals readiness, Wonthaggi Club launched into a day of dismantling Glen Alvie for a 20-point victory on the turf.
The new ball was one to be feared with the pace of dual Ryans, Birkett (5/8) and Thomas (5/20).
Glen Alvie captain Rohan Slade lost his wicket, a sign of things to come, to the bowling of Thomas with a catch to Birkett.
Second drop Senal De Silva top-scored with 11 runs and it was a tough battle from there.
Club took to the turf with style, Sam Huitema made a tidy 28 and Ryan Thomas returned with a top score 42. Lochie McLean pitched in a not out 20 and Club declared at 4/118.
Glen Alvie were better their second time round, Joshua Schulz top scored with 21, but it was once again near impossible to beat the Ryans.
Birkett took 4/16 and Thomas the same.
Club are showing their skills on the turf and finding form at the business end of the season.
Lloyd launches Town
A bombardment of wickets by Town’s James Lloyd may have cost Nerrena their finals hopes.
Second place Nerrena (102 points) fizzled out for 97 runs playing against third-place Leongatha Town (102 points).
Nerrena’s finals hopes now rest on Phillip Island who are chasing OMK’s 191 runs.
It was the bowling of Town’s James Lloyd who wreaked havoc on Nerrena’s top order. Lloyd bowled 23 overs, managing eight maidens and claiming 7/34.
With the top order gone with four catches, Nerrena sat at 4/25 until Damien Symmons and Caine Salmon found their spot at the crease.
The pair managed a partnership of 56 runs and redirected their side towards a fair score of 98.
But Town didn’t rest and also found form with the bat. Sachith Naotunnage remains at 24 not out, with Amila Ratnaike at 10 runs. They will return this week at 1/46 off 17 overs.
Inverloch rumble Korumburra
At the Thompson Reserve under great conditions, Inverloch dismissed Korumburra for 91 runs.
The control of Inverloch was evident from the get-go, with a number of bowlers taking wickets.
Yasir Jan took 4/21 off his 8.4 overs, Elijah Cousins took 2/21 from his nine overs and finishing strong, Andrew Donohue took 3/15 off his six overs. Korumburra were all out for 91 from 40.4 overs.
Inverloch were eager to bat, though they lost opener Harry Smith for none, Brett Debono settled with 19 and first drop Andrew Debono made 11.
Korumburra’s Harry McNeill surged with three key wickets and at the end of play, Inverloch were 5/54 after 34 overs.
OMK post 191
The work of Phillip Island’s Charith Keerthisinghe was undeniable, 4/41 from 21 overs, but it wasn’t quite enough to halt the consistent runs of Outtrim Moyarra Kongwak.
The visitors made 191, with openers Ethan Lamers 35 and Ryan Williams 20 working well to take the shine off the new ball.
It was hard to crack the efficiency of Max Royal who bowled six maidens, from his 18.2 overs. Royal finished with a strong 3/29.
But harder to beat was Thomas Keily, who with a top score of 53, set the visitors on their way. Phillip Island will return this week with finals contention on the table.