By Sam Watson
• B Grade, Division 1
KOONWARRA has successfully chased down a solid total set by the Leongatha Imperials on Saturday.
In their first game up in B1 after winning the B2 flag last year, the Imperials would’ve been hoping for a good start and veteran Gary Sauvarin got them off to one.
While he held down one end, multiple other batsmen filtered through the other, with Flynn Materia 19, Troy Williams 29, and Sam Vagg 19, all making solid scores.
But they couldn’t get much other help and their 40 overs ended at 7/140.
Koonwarra’s Nick Arnup had an absolute day out with the ball, taking five wickets.
Koonwarra’s chase didn’t get off to the greatest of starts, with their openers being dismissed cheaply, but once Brad Anderson 25 and Blake Tomada 31 got to the crease, the game turned around.
When they were both dismissed Nigel Grimes 20 and skipper James Rushton 39* came in and led their side to victory, passing the Imps seven down with two overs to spare.
Nerrena crush ‘Burra
NERRENA has started off their season brilliantly in B1, smashing Korumburra by 158 runs on Saturday.
The travelling Nerrena batted first, and it was the knock of Shaun Sparks that put them in a brilliant position.
The number four batsman made a blistering 81 and then scores from Brandon Tauro 20, Caine Salmon 30 and Zack Trease 20 got them to a formidable total of 7/188 after 40 overs.
And they continued their good form when they reached the field, ripping through the entire batting lineup for just 30 runs.
Jayke Hoy led their extremely potent bowling attack, finishing on 3/9 off eight.
Stingrays topple Town
INVERLOCH secured an extremely comfortable win over Leongatha Town on Saturday, passing them with eight wickets in hand in the 17th over.
Town batted first at Scorpion Park, where none of their batsmen could get going and they finished all out on 62.
All of Inverloch’s bowlers went well but none better than John Richardson who finished with 4/7 off five overs.
Town got two Stingray wickets, but Brad Phillips saw his side over the line with a classy 32 not out.
MDU and PI’s match abandoned
MDU and Phillip Island’s B1 clash was shaping up to be a ripper on Saturday, but a heavy downpour at Meeniyan saw it end before a result could be found.
The hosts batted first, with Matt Martin 41, Gary Webster 23, Craig Hoober 34, and Jai Bright 29, all putting in solid showings.
Henry Shawcross was dominating with the ball, taking four wickets but MDU were still able to make 8/148 off 40 overs.
Phillip Island were looking good at the start of their innings with Khohen Beaumont 23 and Geoff Odgers 29 feeling good at the crease but the rain came down and the match was called off.
• B Grade, Division 2
KB knock off Nyora
NYORA’s first LDCA B Grade game has seen them go down to Kilcunda Bass by 72 runs.
The visiting Kilcunda Bass batted first, and the opening partnership of Ray Gardiner 21 and Daniel Ferguson 39 got them off to a great start.
Through the middle order they struggled to find runs but Shaun Tapscott 23 and Glen Johnston 20 were able to chip in at the end and deliver a very solid total of 189 before they were bowled out.
Nyora’s run chase didn’t quite get off to the start they were hoping it would, with their openers being dismissed cheaply.
But captain Aidan Simmons was up for the challenge at number four and he put on 75 runs from almost the same amount of balls.
Unfortunately for him, his teammates couldn’t cope with Kilcunda Bass’ attack headed by Shaun Tapscott who took four wickets, and they were all out for 117.
Peter leads Poowong-Loch to victory
NEW Poowong Loch captain/coach Peter Miller has stood up brilliantly in his first game, making a steady 40 runs to lead them past Foster.
Foster batted first at Poowong and Billy Davy had them firing early with 67 runs off his bat.
But the other foster players couldn’t hit the same form as Davy and some stellar bowling from Jason Hibbs (4/16 off 7) had Foster all out for 123.
When it was Poowong Loch’s time to bat, opener Said Magnusson was dismissed cheaply but Miller held down the fort and Greg Miller 36 joined him to draw them much closer.
When Matt Hancock arrived at the crease, he put on a quick 26 runs and they passed Foster three wickets down in 19 overs.
Womersley wins it for PI
AN outstanding innings from Phillip Island’s Dave Womersley has seen his side secure a comfortable victory over Glen Alvie.
The visiting Phillip Island won the toss and chose to bat, and Connor Epifano 25 had them off to a nice start.
He was soon joined by Womersley and the two put on 53 runs.
Unfortunately for Glen Alvie, once they dismissed Epifano they had to endure more pain as Kurt Lane 46 kept finding the boundary.
Glen Alvie took some late wickets, but the damage was already done, with the Island making a whopping total of 6/202.
Darcy Tiziani 34 was able to get the scoreboard ticking over for Glen Alvie, but he didn’t get much help, and Phillip Island got a stranglehold on the game.
Veteran Joe Burke 36 was able to whack some balls towards the end of the innings as Glen Alvie prayed for rain, but it never came, and they finished 78 runs behind Phillip Island.
Club and OMK ends in draw
WONTHAGGI Club and OMK’s B2 clash came to a disappointing end due to rain on Saturday.
The Diggers elected to bat first and Matt Walker and Danny Elford were able to find some runs through the middle order, helping OMK get to 152 before they were bowled out.
It was a very even bowling performance from Club, with five bowlers taking two wickets each.
Daniel Turton 39* looked in good touch early for Club and he and Harry West 8* got Club to 49 without losing a wicket, but the rain came down in Wonthaggi and the match was drawn.