By Sam Watson
• B Grade, Division 1
INVERLOCH’S John Richardson has put in a game-winning performance with the bat after the Stingrays were in trouble early against Korumburra.
Inverloch won the toss and elected to bat, but they got off to a very worrying start, falling to 3/6.
However, Richardson was prepared to turn the tide, and he and Jack Rowe got Inverloch to 100 for the fourth wicket.
Rowe went out for 30, but Richardson kept going with Amad Mujtaba and they put on another 55 runs.
Richardson finally went for 85 and Mujtaba wasn’t long after him on 31, but they rescued Inverloch’s innings and got them to 8/178 after 40.
But Korumburra were up for the challenge and after some decent scores in the top order, Toby Gale started to hit his straps.
Gale worked his way to 66, but when he was run out, the Stingrays took control and kept Korumburra to 156.
Baldi wins battle for Nerrena
DAVID Baldi has blasted Nerrena to a win over Leongatha Town, with the openers big total proving to be the difference.
Town batted first at Nerrena Recreation Reserve and the opening duo of Matt Davies and Mark Hardy had them off to a flyer.
The 74-run partnership was broken when Davies was dismissed on 29, but Hardy kept going and made 73.
But their good start didn’t translate to a big total, and they finished on 6/136.
Now with the bat, Baldi was set on getting his side the win, and he did it quickly.
Josh Checkley 32 was also in good touch, but it was Baldi who did the job, finishing on 73.
After Baldi was caught out, Nerrena’s middle-order comfortably passed Town’s total, four wickets down in the 27th over.
Cougars come out on top in close one
KOONWARRA L/RSL has passed MDU’s total with just an over to spare at Meeniyan.
MDU didn’t quite start the match the way they wanted to, losing some early wickets, but Tyrone Zukovskis 31 and Kurt Sinclair 33 got them into a defendable position at 8/135.
Brendan Tomada and Eamon Charles both finished with 3/16 for Koonwarra, and it was Billy Manicaro 32 and Brad Anderson 43 who continued their momentum with the bat.
MDU were doing a good job of slowing Koonwarra’s run rate as they gradually dismissed batsmen, but a solid 20 from Kayden Scrimshaw and a game-winning 23 from Nigel Grimes ended the contest in the 39th over, four wickets down.
Sharks too strong for Imps
PHILLIP Island has continued their winnings ways, beating the Leongatha Imperials away from home on Saturday.
The Sharks looked in trouble early when they were 3/36, but solid scores from Tony Hornsby 25, Matt Dennerley 38, Liam Dayson 33, and Andrew Tolley 31 saw them finish on 8/177.
When it was Leongatha’s turn to bat, Gary Sauvarin got them off to a nice start but when he was given out on 39, the match was over, and they were bowled out for 130.
• B Grade, Division 2
PI pass Club late
PHILLIP Island has chased down a massive total set by Wonthaggi, passing them in the last over at McMahon’s Reserve.
Club were off to a nice start with the openers Nathan Davis 44 and Harry West 33 both making good scores.
Will Speed 38 also made some runs through the middle order, but it was a quick 62* from Drew Herbert that put them in a very strong position at the end of their innings, at 7/213.
But Phillip Island weren’t prepared to give in and good scores from Connor Epifano 29, David Womersley 38, Kurt Lane 48, Heath Womersley 32, and Matt Parsons 22 got them right in the contest.
Coming into the last over, there were seven runs to get and Parsons was able to get seven in the first three balls, securing the win by five wickets.
Poowong Loch put clamps on KB
POOWONG Loch has secured another win, keeping Kilcunda Bass 24 runs shy of their total at Bass Recreation Reserve.
Poowong Loch batted first, and it was Ben Giles who set up the innings, making 80 at number three.
Matt Hancock also chipped in with 33 runs and Poowong Loch finished at 5/150.
Kilcunda Bass were up for the battle, with Jason Neville 21 and Brett Joseph 31 finding some form in the top order, but Poowong Loch got the game back on their terms.
Anwar Magnusson put on a clinic with the ball towards the end of the match, taking 4/21 off eight and Kilcunda Bass were all out for 126.
OMK crush Glen Alvie
OMK’s bowlers set up their side for a dominant win over Glen Alvie at Glen Alvie on Saturday.
Opener Peter Roberts 24 was able to get going for Glen Alvie, but he didn’t receive a lot of help and they were all out for 79.
Callum McKenzie finished with very good figures of 4/16 off 5.3 overs, as did captain Russ White (1/6 off eight) and Ben Maguire (3/6 off seven).
David Jeffries 24, Paul Harper 30*, and Danny Elford 20* all made solid scores and helped their side pass Glen Alvie in the 14th over, winning by eight wickets.
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