By Sam Watson

• A Grade, Division 1

A CENTURY from OMK’s Ryan Williams has willed his side to a big win over Nerrena at Outtrim.
Nerrena batted first and opener David Baldi 37 got the scoreboard ticking early.
He was joined by Luke Giliam 29 who looked comfortable, but it was Tim Wightman in at four who caused headaches for OMK’s bowlers.
Wightman went on to make 66 off 70 balls and with a quick 32 from Ryan Clark, Nerrena finished at 8/214.
Chasing over 200 is a hard task for any side and OMK was off to a shaky start after losing two early wickets.
Tom Keily 24 steadied the ship at four but it was Williams who really started to hit his straps.
Williams blasted his way to 111 not out off 99 balls but without a classy 56* from Noel Creed, they might have struggled to secure the 12 points.
In the 39th over, OMK passed Nerrena four wickets down which also ended Nerrena’s chances of making finals.

Island clinches big win over Club
PHILLIP Island defeated Club by just three runs to get themselves into a firm position in the finals’ race.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Phillip Island was off to a terrible start with both openers failing to get off the mark.
They were 3/14 after
another wicket fell but the middle order batsmen turned the momentum around.
Shiran Rathnayake 24, Jarrod Black 40 and Henry Shawcross 31 all had good knocks that saw Phillip Island finish at 9/167.
Opener Sam Huitema 30 had Wonthaggi’s run chase off to a solid beginning and then Ryan Thomas started to do some damage at three.
Thomas was joined by Koby Brann 41 and the two willed Wonthaggi back into the contest.
They needed 12 runs to win off the last over but some decent bowling from Simon Kirton held them to eight.
Thomas was unbeaten on 70 but Kirton’s three wickets proved to be the difference.
With a win next week, Phillip Island will be guaranteed fourth position on the ladder.

Perera pulls Town past Burra
AN unbeaten 65 from Leongatha Town’s Sahan Perera was the catalyst for his side’s dominant win over Korumburra.
Korumburra won the toss and batted at Scorpion Park, but Town’s attack was too much for the visitors.
None of the visiting batsmen could score over 20 and Town held them to 9/102 off 40 overs.
Aidan Lloyd produced an absolutely dominant display with the ball, taking 4/7 off eight.
Now with bat in hand, Perera was prepared to bring the game to a close pretty quickly and he began swinging for the fence.
He would go on to make 65* off 64 balls and although his teammates couldn’t offer much help, they passed Korumburra four wickets down in the 20th over.

Inverloch can’t handle Imps
A BRILLIANT bowling performance from Leongatha Imperials dealt a nasty blow to Inverloch’s finals’ hopes.
Imperials made the decision to have a hit first and opener Dimithri Perera 34 was able to get the runs flowing early.
Ryan Higgins 20 also had a handy knock, but it was Damon Ginnane 20 and Lachie Wright 17 who made some timely cameos at the crease to get their side to 172 before being bowled out.
The Stingrays had a difficult challenge ahead of them and the batsmen could not handle the relentless bowling from the Imperials.
Sixteen was the highest score from any Inverloch batsmen and they were bowled out for 92 in the 26th over.
Wright led a great attack, taking 3/15 off eight.


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