By Sam Watson

• A Grade, Division 1

INVERLOCH has pulled off a stunning comeback, defending 93 on Butch West Oval.

The Stingrays batted first, and Dave Newman 23 started nicely, but the top and middle order all struggled and when Newman fell, Inverloch moved to 5/43.

Luckily for the visitors Brendan Hislop chimed in with 31 runs, but the runs weren’t coming quickly, and they finished their 40 overs at 7/93.

Inverloch were all over Wonthaggi to start the second innings, with Lewis Rankin skittling both openers.

Ryan Thomas 18 and Alex Geyer 21 looked like they could lead the side to victory, but thanks to brilliant bowling from Andrew Donohue, Wonthaggi kept losing wickets and they were all out for 87 in the 37th over.

Donohue finished with 3/9 off eight overs.

Perera century sees off Koony

A BLISTERING unbeaten century from Leongatha Town superstar Sahan Perera, saw the Scorpions secure a solid win over Koonwarra L/RSL on Saturday.

The reigning A1 cricketer of the year opened the batting, and he was in great touch early on.

His teammates struggled, but that didn’t affect his batting ability as he powered towards a century.

Captain Amila Ratnaike joined him and the two put on 104 runs for the fourth wicket.

When Ratnaike fell for 67, Perera kept going and he finished the innings on 117 not out, leading Town to 6/249.

Col McPhee 63 and Ben Perry’s 39 second wicket partnership had the Cougars’ chase off to a nice start, but Town’s bowlers eventually gained control and they were all out in the 38th over for a solid 185, finishing 64 runs behind.

PI continue winning ways

ELI Richards has continued his stellar form with the bat and his side Phillip Island have secured another win, this time against Nerrena at Leongatha.

Nerrena won the toss and sent Phillip Island in, and it backfired, with Richards 86 and Mock 54 both having strong outings on the turf.

Phillip Island finished their innings on 7/202 giving Nerrena a very strong total to chase, and from the start, they never looked like making it.

Only Brandon Tauro 25 and Hayden Funnell 31 could make significant scores, and they were all out for 110.

Charith Keerthisinghe led the way with ball in hand for the Sharks, taking 3/21 off eight.

Ginnane, Sameera storm past OMK

A SUPERB partnership from Leongatha Imperials’ Jack Ginnane and Sumudu Sameera got their side over a struggling OMK on Saturday.

OMK batted first at Outtrim, and Kris Kerr 23, Ryan Williams 34, and Noel Creed 23 all had decent contributions.

But the Leongatha bowlers were able to stem the flow of runs, keeping the Diggers to 9/174 after 40.

Leongatha lost their first two openers relatively cheaply, getting to 2/30 but from there they didn’t lose another wicket.

Skipper Jack Ginnane 66 and Sumudu Sameera 72 put on a breathtaking 146 runs and steered their side home by eight wickets in the 30th over.

Full cricket coverage in this weeks edition of the South Gippsland Sentinel-Times.
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