By Sam Watson
• A Grade, Division 1
PHILLIP Island opener Eli Richards had a day to remember on Saturday, finishing on 100 not out in their big win against the Leongatha Imperials.
The Sharks won the toss and batted at Cowes Recreation Reserve and Richards was hitting them out of the screws early.
Two of his teammates were dismissed for not much but Richards then put on a 95-run partnership with Tom Keily, who finished on 53.
Shiran Rathnayake 34* arrived after Keily was caught behind and he and Richards put on an unbeaten 89-run partnership, getting the hosts to 3/234 at the end of 40 overs.
Opener Dimithri Perera got Leongatha’s run chase off to a nice start, but when he was given out LBW on 52, the match was over.
Phillip Island quick Simon Kirton played a big part in Leongatha’s collapse, finishing with 4/24 off 5.4 overs.
Leongatha were all out for 93 in the 25th over, finishing 141 runs behind Phillip Island.
Koonwarra clean up Invy
KOONWARRA L/RSL has enjoyed a very good win over Inverloch, winning by 53 runs at Leongatha Recreation Reserve.
Koonwarra were sent in by Inverloch and it looked to be the right move when they got to 2/9.
But Ben Walsh 25 and Sam Sperling 43 rallied in the middle order and with another couple of handy scores in the tail, they finished all out on 152.
Inverloch’s chase also got off to a shaky start, getting to 2/11, but Andrew Donohue 25 held down an end.
Donohue was unable to go on with his start and the rest of his teammates failed, causing Inverloch to be all out for 99 in the 40th over.
Sam Sperling was the pick of Koonwarra’s bowlers, finishing on 3/12 off his eight overs and young gun Harry Hoekstra had a ripping outing, dismissing both openers and going for only 15 runs in his six overs.
Town top order too strong for Nerrena
BIG scores from Leongatha Town’s top order were too much for Nerrena to handle at Scorpion Park on Saturday.
Openers Sahan Perera and Pandukabhaya Jayasinghe put on 83 to start the game off, and when Jayasinghe was dismissed for 28, Ron Abeysinghe kept the runs coming.
Abeysinghe and Perera put on another 63 runs together, and their partnership ended when Perera was caught on 75.
Captain Amila Ratnaike was also keen on adding to their already solid total and he and Abeysinghe had a 79-run partnership that ended when Abeysinghe was caught on 66.
Ratnaike eventually finished on 50 not out, bringing Town’s total to 2/233.
Opener Damien Symmons 54 and captain Mitch Clark 47 both had good performances in Nerrena’s chase, but the total was too big, and Nerrena finished all out on 185 in the 39th over.
Club cramp up OMK
WONTHAGGI Club has put in a brilliant bowling and fielding performance that saw them earn a comfortable win over OMK at Butch West Oval.
The visitors batted first after winning the toss and runs were very hard to come by for the entire innings.
Noel Creed had a good knock in the middle order, finishing on 52 not out, but his teammates weren’t quite aggressive enough and they finished their 40 overs on 7/118.
Wonthaggi lost a couple of early wickets in their innings, but they never panicked and some classy knocks from Emmet Dempsey 33, Mitch Thomas 22* and James Sheerin 22* saw them over the line in 24 overs.
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