By Sam Watson
• B Grade, Division 1
THE newly promoted Leongatha Imperials have beaten Leongatha Town to grab local bragging rights.
Town batted first and if it wasn’t for a 109-run partnership from Davern Goss 51 and Ben Grabham 54, they would’ve come nowhere near the total of 6/178 they eventually set.
But the Imps were up for the challenge and Gary Sauvarin 44 got them off to a nice start.
A good contribution from Sam Vagg 37 and then a classy knock from Troy Williams 57* put them in the box seat.
Cooper Rickard did his best to stop them, taking 4/26 off eight, but it wasn’t enough, and the Imps battled their way through to a four-wicket win in the 39th over.
PI fend off fast finishing Cougars
PHILLIP Island has successfully defended their moderate total against a fast-finishing Koonwarra L/RSL side.
After being sent in, Phillip Island lost a couple of early wickets, but a 40 from Tom Blackwell turned the tide.
Matt Dennerley also chimed in for 27 but their teammates didn’t give much more, and they were all out for 151.
Koonwarra’s run chase was off to a terrible start, falling to 3/13 at one stage but Nigel Grimes helped swing the momentum.
He steadily worked his way to 46 and when he had to go, captain James Rushton 23 and Callum Buckland 20 tried to pull off a late win.
But Phillip Island’s bowlers, especially Sarith Angelo (3/20 off eight), kept them at arm’s length and secured the win by five runs.
Nerrena keep undefeated streak going against Stingrays
NERRENA is yet to lose a game in the 2021/22 B1 season and Inverloch are their latest victims.
Inverloch batted first at Thompson Reserve and Brett Debono 41 started the game nicely.
However, a brilliant spell from Tyson Harris (4/18 off eight) turned the game on its head and Inverloch finished at 9/108.
Nerrena’s chase wasn’t all smooth sailing to start, but Zack Trease 42* and Ryan Giliam 26 steadied the ship and they passed Inverloch six wickets down with 12 overs to spare.
Isaac Sueren did his best to defend their small total, also taking 4/18 off eight but the Red Caps overcame his challenge.
Demons overwhelm Cobras
AN all-round team bowling display saw MDU comfortably beat Korumburra on Saturday.
Phil Richards 41 had Korumburra starting nicely, but when he was caught out his teammates crumbled.
At the end of their 40 overs, they finished on 8/103, with MDU dominating with the bowl and in the field.
MDU lost a couple of early wickets, but they quickly overcame the challenge and Craig Hoober 44* and Wayne Prosser 24 got the runs required and saw them win by five wickets in the 31st over.
• B Grade, Division 2
Club conquer Poowong-Loch in run fest
WONTHAGGI Club has come out on top in one of the highest scoring games of the season, defeating Poowong Loch at Poowong by seven wickets.
Virtually every Poowong Loch batsman got amongst the runs in the opening innings, including Said Magnusson 28, Ben Giles 36, and Jason Hibbs 22.
But it was Matt Hancock who was really seeing them best and he blasted his way to 66.
At the end of the innings, they finished on 4/204 setting Wonthaggi an almighty challenge.
But Wonthaggi were on the ball early, with Will Speed 28 and Harry West building a solid opening partnership.
When Speed had to depart West kept going and Brad Jeffries 51 kept the scoreboard ticking over.
When Jeffries went, Drew Herbert 35* kept the momentum with the visitors and they passed Poowong Loch just three wickets down in the 37th over.
Harry West had a day to remember, finishing unbeaten on 71.
Roberts to the rescue at Glen Alvie
OPENING batsman Peter Roberts had a game-saving knock for Glen Alvie against Nyora on Saturday.
Roberts opened the batting at Glen Alvie, and he couldn’t find a partner to hang around while he crunched balls to the boundary.
He willed his side to 7/84 and then Jarrah Standish 15 joined him and was able to hold down one end.
Roberts was eventually dismissed for 80 but without him, the hosts would’ve finished nowhere near their total of 138.
Nyora were off to a decent start with Michael Lynch 20 and Ben Lineham 29 opening the batting well, but the arm wrestle continued.
Keith Maclure 36 got the ledger back in Nyora’s favour through the middle overs, but Glen Alvie’s well rounded bowling stocks kept pushing and suddenly they gained control of the match.
Nyora finished their 40 overs, 22 runs behind on 9/116.
KB’s tear through Tigers
DEVASTATING spells from Darcy Clay, Ashley Joseph, and Kamal Anand saw Kilcunda Bass smash Foster at Bass.
Foster looked out of sync from the outset and it didn’t take long for the KB bowlers to capitalise.
Clay finished with 3/5 off five, Joseph finished with 3/9 off 5.2, and Anand finished with 3/12 off four, and Foster were all out for 57 in the 30th over.
Foster grabbed a couple of early wickets in their unlikely defence, but Daniel Blackney 25 saw them over the line by eight wickets in the 12th over.
Shark attack at Digger Park
PHILLIP Island has secured another win in B2, comfortably defeating OMK at Digger Park.
The Diggers batted first, with Paul Harper 24 and Danny Elford 29 getting good starts, but PI’s bowlers quickly took control.
Especially Dave Womersley who finished with unbelievable figures of 3/0 off eight overs.
OMK were all out for 112, but they were prepared to put up a decent fight with ball in hand.
They took six wickets, but Phillip Island did enough to get by and won by four wickets in the 34th over.