Nerrena veteran Damien Symmons got 1/14 off his seven overs in their A1 loss to Inverloch.

By Sam Watson

• A Grade, Division 1

INVERLOCH captain Lewis Rankin had a day to remember on Saturday against Nerrena, finishing with 6/6 off eight overs.

Rankin’s side batted first at the Leongatha Recreation Reserve and the 137-run opening stand with Dave Newman 59 and Tom McQualter 72 put them in a strong position.

Nerrena were able to stem the flow by taking wickets in the final few overs, keeping the visitors to 4/167.

But soon the match was out of question, with Rankin dismissing the first four batters, three of which fell for 0.

Jarrod Hoy 23* was the only Nerrena batter able to offer any resistance, but they were soon all out for 54.

Town takes battle of ‘Gatha

LEONGATHA Town has defeated local rival the Leongatha Imperials after putting on a huge first innings total.

Pandukabhaya Jayasinghe 47 and Ron Abbeysinghe 27 had a 69-run partnership for the first wicket, but when the Imps were able to break that partnership, even more runs started flowing.

Captain Amila Ratnaike arrived at the crease, and it didn’t take him long to start finding the boundary.

He was soon joined by Thathsara Thennakoon and the two put on an unbeaten 133-run partnership to put Town into a dominant position.

Ratnaike finished on 87* and Thennakoon on 57* getting Town to 4/259 after 40 overs.

Luke Rogers 34, captain Jack Ginnane 28 and Sumudu Sameera 30 all had a crack at making quick runs for the Imperials, but Sam Clark and the rest of the Town attack had their measure.

Clark finished with 5/44 off 7.4 and Imperials finished all out for 166 in the 32nd over.

Cougars outclass Diggers

KOONWARRA proved to be too strong for OMK on Saturday, continuing their good start in their first year back in A1.

The Cougars batted first, and Colin McPhee 35 had them off to a nice start.

Then captain Ben Perry 45 got amongst the runs and Ben Walsh 73* was really seeing them nicely.

Walsh led the Cougars to 8/221 after 40 overs and it was off spinner Nick Auddino who did the most damage with the ball, taking 4/22.

OMK started slowly but Ethan Lamers 50 started piercing the field in the middle order and his brother Jacob 31 also got going.

However, the total was far too big and OMK finished their 40 overs 70 runs behind at 7/151.

Sharks too strong for Club

PHILLIP Island have made it through the first half of the year undefeated, continuing their winning ways against Wonthaggi Club at Butch West Oval.

Club batted first on their home deck and Sam Huitema 36 started nicely, but it was only Alex Geyer 22 who could help him out.

The rest of the side succumbed to the brilliant all-round bowling attack of Phillip Island and they were all out for 86 with an over left in their innings.

With a small total to make, Eli Richards 43* and Tom Keily 30* saw the visitors over the line, winning by eight wickets in the 22nd over.