By Sam Watson
• A Grade, Division 1
LEONGATHA Town has won the A1 grand final rematch against OMK after a dominant all-round performance from reigning A1 cricketer of the year Sahan Perera.
Town won the toss and elected to bowl at Outtrim Recreation Reserve and the Diggers were able to get off to a nice start.
Kris Kerr 30 and Joel Cuman 19 had a solid opening partnership and then Jesse Van Rooye 34 and coach Ryan Williams 21 put on some more runs.
Perera took the wickets on Kerr and Van Rooye and after that, his teammates followed his lead, keeping the reigning premiers to 8/145.
Big totals can be made at Outtrim but any score over 140 can be a tricky task, especially when an early wicket falls.
But despite his opening partner’s early dismissal, Perera continued batting calmly and started seeing the bowl beautifully.
Ron Abbeysinghe also had his eye in, making 38 off 32 balls, and Amila Ratnaike 25 also notched up some quick runs.
Perera remained at the crease for the entire innings, and he was joined by Trent McRae 17* with just 21 more runs to get.
Town passed OMK’s total in the 31st over, just three wickets down and Perera finished on 56 not out.
Island incinerate Invy
PHILLIP Island has continued their strong start to the season, smashing Inverloch at Thompson Reserve on Saturday.
The visitors won the toss and sent in Inverloch, and it looked to be the right decision very early on.
After the early wicket, Andrew Donohue was in good touch for the Stingrays but when he fell for 53, the rest of the order crumbled.
They finished their 40 overs on 9/120 and Phillip Island were determined to finish the game quickly.
They lost a wicket before scoring a run but after that, it was all smooth sailing as Lachie Cleeland 47* and Daniel Mock 60* put on an unbeaten 124-run partnership to seal the nine-wicket win.
Thomas tears Nerrena apart
WONTHAGGI Club coach Ryan Thomas has put in a dominant performance that’s seen his side secure a big victory over Nerrena.
Nerrena batted first after winning the toss at Leongatha Secondary College East Campus and captain Mitch Clark came to the rescue after Thomas dismissed both openers early on.
Clark was hitting a few out of the screws but Club’s bowlers were still troubling his teammates, until his brother Ryan Clark arrived at the crease.
The brothers put on a 95-run partnership, but both fell one after the other, leaving the tail-enders to add to the total.
Nerrena finished on 9/166, setting a reasonable task for Wonthaggi.
Neither opener could get going for Club but luckily a determined Thomas arrived at the crease.
As he crunched ball to the boundary, his brother Mitch 17 and captain James Sheerin 24 chimed in for some much-needed runs and they passed Nerrena five wickets down in the 38th over.
Thomas finished unbeaten on 82, capping off a big day for the Club coach.
Imps too strong for Koony
A BIG total from the Leongatha Imperials saw them take home the 12 points against Koonwarra L/RSL at the Leongatha Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
The hosts batted first and handy totals from Dimithri Perera 30, Mark Lafferty 26, Luke Rogers 32 and Jack Ginnane 29 had them in a great position.
But it was the knock of Samudu Sameera 52 that helped them get to 202 before being bowled out in the 38th over.
Koonwarra quick Jason Kennedy had a day to remember taking six wickets, but it wasn’t enough to stop his opponents from registering a huge score from
Ben Walsh got them back in the game.
Young gun Harry Hoekstra 31* and Kennedy 43 also attempted to pull off an unthinkable win as the game drew to a close, but they couldn’t quite get the job done and they were all out for 166 in the 38th over.
Lucas Anderson led a strong bowling attack, finishing with 3/14 off 5.2 overs.