In A1, Luke Giliam hits a boundary for Nerrena on his way to a score of 48. A39_0422

By Sam Watson

• A Grade, Division 2

KORUMBURRA has won their clash with Wonthaggi Club for the Dutchy Cup, with their strong bowling line-up proving to be the difference.

Wonthaggi batted first and they were in dire straits early, falling to 4/18.

Evan Allaway was wreaking havoc with the ball, taking 3/11 off his eight overs, and if it wasn’t for the 31 of Jack Sheerin, Club would’ve struggled to make their final total of 87 before being bowled out in the 29th over.

But it was obviously a day for the bowlers, as Club also had the Cobras in a bit of trouble early.

But Jacob Whiteside 23 steadied the ship and the Cobras passed Club seven wickets down with just under 15 overs remaining.

Although disappointed his side didn’t get a win on the field, Club president Luke McGuirk was delighted with the success of the day.

“It was really good and we had a great turnout,” he said.

Many ex-teammates of David ‘Dutchy’ Dutchman came to watch.

“It was good to catch up with some guys who have gone away from cricket,” McGuirk said.

While the final fundraising tally for Beyond Blue is yet to be determined, the president expects it to be between $3,000 and $4,000 and he’ll be pleased with anything in that vicinity.

Ex teammates of Dutchy, Shane Dole (Korumburra) and Liam Sawyer (Club), presented the Dutchy Cup.

“They spoke about the importance of speaking up if you’re having a rough trot and opening up to your mates, which is the message of the day,” McGuirk said.

“In a cricket club atmosphere there’s plenty of people around that can help you out.”

McGuirk paid credit to Korumburra for being a little too strong on the day, but was pleased with the resolve shown by Club players to post a respectable total after such a shaky start.

He felt Sheerin was looking comfortable for Club during his impressive innings, but fell to a really good ball.

Although Allaway’s man of the match performance with the ball was decisive in earning Korumburra the points, rival president McGuirk was impressed to see the Casey-South Melbourne premier cricket player in action.

“He’s a talented young bloke and he’s going to go pretty far,” McGuirk said.

Demons cruise past KB

MDU has retained their spot on top of the A2 ladder, scoring another simple win against Kilcunda Bass at Meeniyan Recreation Reserve.

After winning the toss and electing to put the pads on, Cam Chasemore 41 and Jayden Tregear 36* were going well for KB, but the runs stopped there as MDU’s bowlers got them back on top.

KB finished at 4/125, and MDU were on the front foot early with Nick Eddy 38 and captain Joel Sinclair 46* putting the game out of question.

After Eddy was dismissed, Sinclair’s unbeaten innings saw MDU pass their opponents with 14 overs remaining and seven wickets in hand.

Foster too fast for Glen Alvie

FOSTER continue to show they’re a genuine premiership threat this year, this time chasing down Glen Alvie’s solid total in rapid fashion.

Opener Steve Smith 44 started Glen Alvie’s innings well and his captain Lachie Harris 36 also got the runs flowing fast to put his side in a strong position.

Adam Honeysett 20 and Dean Williams 22 also added some valuable runs at the end, getting the visitors to 8/162.

162 is a decent total but with the way Foster’s been batting and the small dimensions of the Foster Golf Club ground, the Tigers would’ve liked their chances.

Captain Josh Toner continued his stellar form smashing 64 off 47 balls and Mitch Jones added a very handy 48 runs, leading the hosts to a three-wicket win with six overs left to play.

Hackett the hero for Nyora again

NYORA’S Gavin Hackett has once again led his side to another big win, making 40 runs and taking five wickets against OMK.

Nyora’ opening pair of Henry Dolphin 63 and captain Daniel Esler 20 were seeing them nicely, and once Esler was gone, Gavin Hackett 40 kept the runs flowing.

Gavin was then joined by Jake Hackett who blasted 43 off 40 balls, setting up Nyora for a big total of 7/206.

When it was OMK’s turn to bat Justin Greenwood 32, James Paterson, and Jake Cochrane 37 and Jaxon Hayes 20 all made solid scores, bringing the Diggers back into the match.

But Hackett stepped up again, taking 5/32 off 7.1 overs and bowling the Diggers out for 193 in the final over of the game.