Sam Watson

• B Grade, Division 1

MURRAY Lynch, Mitch Hoober and Jai Bright have all made solid scores to put MDU over the top of Leongatha Town.

Town batted first at Scorpion Park and Nigel Hodges 41 got them off to a ripping start.

After the others at the top of order failed, he was joined by Steve Fixter who worked his way to 45.

Town looked set to make a mediocre score, but a quick 21* from James Dean saw them finish on 7/147.

MDU’s run chase wasn’t off to the greatest of starts when an early wicket fell but Lynch was able to turn the tide.

Alongside Hoober, they put on 84 runs, and when Hoober was dismissed for 41, Jai Bright kept the momentum with MDU.

Bright and Lynch put on 64 runs, with Bright finishing on 40* and Lynch 47*, passing Town’s score in 35 overs while only losing two wickets.

Sparks steers Nerrena to win

A CRUCIAL knock from Shaun Sparks saw Nerrena chase down Koonwarra L/RSL’s solid total on Saturday.
The Cougars were in good touch with the bat after being sent in by Nerrena, with opener Jason Tomada blasting a quick 66.

Brad Anderson 28 and Nigel Grimes 25 also got amongst the runs, getting Koonwarra to 147 before they were all out.

Nerrena’s Chris Dougherty was able to stop a few from getting big scores, finishing with four wickets in his eight overs.

Nerrena’s run chase wasn’t off to a perfect start, but David Baldi 23 steadied the ship, and when Sparks arrived, he got Nerrena back on top.

He patiently batted his way to 48 as his various batting partners managed decent scores and they eventually passed Koonwarra seven wickets down with two overs to spare.

Kevin Thorne did his best to win the game for Koonwarra, taking four wickets, but it wasn’t quite enough.

Imps obliterate Burra

A BRILLIANT bowling performance from Leongatha Imperials had Korumburra completely bamboozled on Saturday.

Korumburra got some runs on the board on their home deck, but when they lost the first wicket, the floodgates opened.

The Imperials had them on the back foot and suddenly they were all out for 50 in the 29th over.

Isaac Bolge led Leongatha’s very strong attack, finishing with dominant figures of 4/7 off six.

Korumburra were able to take a couple of early wickets as Leongatha chased the small total, but it was all over in the 13th over.

Wilson wins it for PI

PHILLIP Island veteran Clint Wilson has put in yet another game-winning performance for the Sharks, as they held off Inverloch on Saturday.

Phillip Island, who were hosting the match, chose to bat when they won the toss, and they were in serious trouble early.

The top and middle order were all struggling to put significant totals together and suddenly they were 8/40.

Then Clint Wilson arrived, and he and Matt Dennerley 22* put on 49 runs for the eighth wicket.

The partnership was broken when Wilson was caught out, but his quick 32 got Phillip Island to 95 before they were all out.

Inverloch would’ve been desperate to get off to a good start, and Brad Phillips was starting to tick the scoreboard over at first drop.

However, his teammates struggled massively, with six of them making ducks and others not scoring over 11.

Wilson was dominant with the ball in hand, finishing with 3/4 off 3.2 overs and Inverloch were all out for 67, 18 runs behind Phillip Island.

• B Grade, Division 2

Davey destroys Nyora

WONTHAGGI Club’s Mitch Davey has scored a huge total to put his side in a dominant position on Saturday.

Nyora won the toss at their home ground and amazingly sent in Wonthaggi.

Straight away it proved to be the wrong decision when Luke Sibley 66 led a 70-run opening partnership.

After that partnership was broken, Davey joined Sibley and when Sibley had to depart, Sean Roche joined in on the fun.

Roche and Davey put on a 114-run partnership, ending when Roche was caught out on 54.

But Davey kept going, hitting 12 fours and a six on his way to 84, and another 38 runs from Drew Herbert saw Wonthaggi finish on a mammoth total of 6/275.

Nyora knew it would be a tough ask to chase that total down, but captain Aidan Simmons blasted his way to 35.

When Simmons was gone, his teammates struggled to go on with their good starts, except for Keith Linford who batted his way to 75*.

Linford’s heroics weren’t enough to get his side over the line and they finished 105 runs behind on 5/170 after 40 overs.

Glen Alvie hold off Poowong Loch

GLEN Alvie are back on the winners list, after holding off a fast-finishing Poowong Loch on Saturday.

The visiting Glen Alvie won the toss and batted, and their top order was feeling very comfortable at the crease.

Andrew Macfarlane 49 and Andrew Brown 58* were creaming balls to the boundary and Poowong Loch looked to have few answers.

When a couple of wickets fell Wayne Luke 17 put his stamp on the game, hitting back-to-back sixes, helping Glen Alvie reach 6/180 after 40 overs.

Glen Alvie’s defence got off to a nice start, but Poowong Loch were able to fight back and get themselves right in the game.

Said Magnussen 27 and Matt Hancock 21 put together nice innings, but Glen Alvie soon took control of the game, getting the score to 8/92.

But Jason Hibbs 38 and Alex Dixon 32 fought back extremely hard, putting on 71 runs for the eighth wicket.

Unfortunately for Poowong Loch it was too little, too late and they went down by 17 runs.

White and Elford get OMK past KB

OMK’S Russ White and Danny Elford have given the Diggers their first win in B2, getting past a resilient Kilcunda Bass side.

Kilcunda Bass won the toss and batted at Dalyston Recreation Reserve, but they didn’t get off to the start they would’ve liked.

After their shaky start, Todd Smith 23 and Stephen Leman 23 both put some valuable runs on the board, but it only got them to 9/123.

Patrick Jobling had a brilliant bowling performance, taking 3/12 off eight.

Despite the seemingly simple total in front of them, OMK were off to a very shaky start, and they suddenly got to 5/29.

Luckily for the Diggers, White and Elford were set on making good scores and they cleverly put together a 67-run partnership.

Elford was eventually caught out on 40 but White kept going and he got to 47* when OMK passed the hosts seven wickets down in the 34th over.