By Sam Watson
• B Grade, Division 1
A 100-run partnership from Nerrena’s openers Ashley Harrison and David Baldi put the Red Caps in a dominant position against Inverloch on Saturday.
Harrison scored at over a run a ball on his way to 54 in the first innings, and Baldi made 49 off 36 in their massive opening stand.
A few more runs were added after the opening partnership was broken and Nerrena finished at 3/140.
Brad Phillips got Inverloch’s chase off to a nice start but after he was gone, Nerrena’s Zack Trease took control and he cleaned up every other dangerous batter.
Trease finished with 4/14 off his four overs, helping keep Inverloch to 7/87.
Hoober, Matthews make Cobras pay
A STRONG middle-order partnership from Craig Hoober and Darien Matthews saw MDU set an unreachable target against Korumburra at Meeniyan Recreation Reserve.
Matt Martin 22 opened the batting for MDU and after his solid outing was over, Korumburra were able to snatch the momentum.
But it didn’t last long, as Hoober and Matthews put on a 64-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
After Matthews was gone for 43 off just 23 balls, Hoober kept going and helped his side to 5/148 after 20 overs, finishing unbeaten on 47.
Korumburra were in trouble very early in their chase, and after their top order failed to register competitive scores, the game escaped them.
All MDU’s bowlers were performing nicely but it was Jake Palmer who finished with the best figures, taking 3/7 off his four overs, and Korumburra finished well behind on 9/78.
Vagg brings victory for Imps
LEONGATHA Imperials’ captain Sam Vagg has steered his side to victory against cross town rivals Leongatha Town, scoring an unbeaten 51 in their run chase.
Before Vagg’s heroics in the second innings, Jim Jeffery and Kristian Gray made an impact in the second innings for the Imps, each taking three wickets for not many runs.
Nigel Hodges 24 and Colin Bruce 21 were the only Town batters who could make an impact, which saw them finish their 20 overs at 9/77.
The Imps lost two early wickets in their run chase, but Vagg soon came to the rescue, and he was joined by Justin Pellicano 25*.
Vagg and Pellicano put on a 77-run partnership and the match was over in the 13th over.
Buckland brings it home for Koony
KOONWARRA L/RSL has pulled off for a narrow victory against Phillip Island, with Callum Buckland’s late heroics helping them chase their total with three balls remaining.
Koonwarra won the toss and sent their opponents in at Koonwarra Recreation Reserve, and it looked to be the right move early.
They had the Sharks 3/33, but Kohen Beaumont 18 and Sarith Angelo 20 were able to add some decent scores, somewhat recovering their innings and helping them reach 9/109.
Koonwarra also started their innings shakily, and it was the lower order batters who saved the day.
Captain James Rushton scored 16 off 19 balls and then it was Buckland who stepped up, scoring 22 off 21 balls and getting his side over the line eight wickets down with three balls to spare.
• B Grade, Division 2
OMK take top of the table tussle
OMK has defeated Phillip Island to move into top spot on the B2 ladder, after their top order dominated the Sharks at Rhyll.
The home side batted first after winning the toss and Connor Epifano 21 and Kevin Taylor 24 had them off to a strong start.
OMK then regained the momentum but Liam Keating 23 and Peter Cleary 28 added much-needed runs in the middle order to get them to 6/115 after 20 overs.
When it was the Diggers’ turn to bat, Paul Harper 32, Russ White 35* and Danny Elford 29 all were in great touch and they put the game out of question, passing PI three wickets down in the 15th over.
Killy Bass outclass Foster
KILCUNDA Bass has put in a strong showing to defeat Foster by 37 runs at the Foster Gold Club.
The visitors won the toss and chose to bat, and it was Daniel Ferguson who got them going early.
His unbeaten 46 combined with Daniel Blackney’s 30 saw Kilcunda Bass reach 4/118.
Billy Davy 39 was in fine form early in Foster’s chase, and after he lost his opening partner for 0, captain Brandon Busuttil 20 hung around and the two put on a solid partnership.
But Kilcunda Bass’ bowlers got the breakthroughs when they needed it and kept Foster to 9/81.
Tiziani takes it to Nyora
GLEN Alvie’s Darcy Tiziani proved to be the difference between his side and Nyora on Saturday, scoring a quick 37 runs at a crucial time.
Glen Alvie got off to a modest start with Nyora taking early wickets before their batters could feel comfortable, but Tiziani soon got the runs flowing.
He made 37 off 31 balls, including four fours and three sixes and then Zack Scholz kept the momentum going with 23 off 15 balls.
After Joe Burke’s 17 off 15 balls, Nyora turned the tide again and kept Glen Alvie to 9/118.
Nyora were able to get off to a good start, but Glen Alvie’s bowlers stood up at the right time and with some good catching and fielding the game was over.
Rozario ravages Wonthaggi
POOWONG Loch’s Shannon Rozario has secured a six-wicket victory over Wonthaggi Club, taking four wickets, and making an unbeaten 60 at McMahon Reserve.
Wonthaggi won the toss and batted on their home deck and much to their dismay, fell to 3/20.
Matrix Chisholm 29 was able to swing the momentum back into Wonthaggi’s favour but when he was gone, the side ran out of steam.
Rozario finished with 4/34, and Wonthaggi were all out for 97.
Poowong Loch lost one early wicket but Anwar Magnusson 25 and Rozario steadied the ship.
Wonthaggi were able to snag a few more wickets, but Rozario had already done the damage and he got them over the line with an over to spare.