By Sam Watson
• C Grade, Division 1
INVERLOCH has held on for a thrilling win against OMK in C1, keeping the Diggers just three runs away from their total after 35 overs.
The Stingrays batted first at Inverloch Recreation Reserve after winning the toss, and the pressure was put on first drop batsman Riley Harris when his teammates started falling around him.
Harris eventually went on to make 32 and thanks to 33 extras, Inverloch reached 9/96 after 35 overs.
Jay Walker was the pick of OMK’s bowlers, taking 4/27 off seven overs.
OMK also struggled with the bat and the pressure again was placed on the third batsman, this time Brock Furness.
Furness also made 32 and unfortunately for him, his teammates couldn’t give much else.
The game was still in the balance in the last over, but Inverloch managed to halt the run scoring and held on to win by just three runs.
Croatto crushes Cougars
NERRENA’S Mitch Croatto has delivered a fantastic bowling spell to take down Koonwarra L/RSL in C1 on Saturday.
Koonwarra won the toss and batted, and opener Anthony Hunt 19 got off to a nice start.
However, when he was caught by Croatto, the Cougars fell into a world of hurt.
They lost their next few wickets very cheaply and suddenly Croatto had 4/24 and they were 8/58.
Number 10 batsman Brodie Cary had a very timely knock towards the end of the innings, making 22 runs off 26 balls and getting Koonwarra to 9/97 after 35 overs.
Nerrena looked extremely confident from the moment their innings started and opener Brian Gannon started crunching balls to the fence.
He was eventually dismissed for 50 and then good scores from Gerard Murphy 37* and Cameron Baudinette 31* saw them well and truly pass their opponents, finishing at 30 overs on 2/148.
Club bat past Burra
WONTHAGGI Club made light work of Korumburra on Saturday, winning by six wickets at McMahon Reserve.
The Cobras batted first after winning the toss and they started the contest well.
Solid scores from Kurt Cosson 19, Jimmy Petrie 32 and Iain Riddell 24 got them to 3/68, but after they were gone, Wonthaggi, or more specifically Lachie Witt, tore through the rest of the order.
Witt finished with 4/19 off seven overs and the Cobras finished on 8/100 after 35.
Club’s innings wasn’t off to the smoothest of starts but they soon wrestled back the momentum thanks to Paul Cornelis 28* and Aiden Quilty 51 who put on an 81-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
When Quilty was dismissed, there were only a few runs to get and Club eventually reached the target in the 26th over.
• C Grade, Division 2
PI punish Koony Blue
PHILLIP Island has handled Koonwarra L/RSL very comfortably in their clash at Glen Alvie in C2.
The Cougars elected to bat first, but they found themselves in trouble early and Phillip Island kept their foot on the gas.
All of Phillip Island’s bowlers were on fire, but John Johnston finished with the best figures, grabbing 3/7 off seven.
And Liam Keating wasn’t far behind taking 2/3 off five.
Koonwarra finished their 35 overs on 7/40 and it didn’t take the Island long to finish the game.
Wade Patterson 21* and Gavin Excell 14* made the required runs and it was all over on the 13th over, with Phillip Island winning by eight wickets.
Koony Gold too good for Glen Alvie
KOONWARRA L/RSL Gold has enjoyed a strong win over Glen Alvie in C2 at Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
The Koonwarra bowling attack had Glen Alvie in strife early on, but Nathan Thatcher 20 was able to offer a brief fight back.
Glen Alvie were eventually bowled out for 53, but they were determined to make sure it wasn’t an easy chase for Koonwarra.
They were able to jag four wickets before Koonwarra passed the score, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Cougars from enjoying a simple win.