By Sam Watson
• C Grade, Division 1
NERRENA has tightened their stranglehold on top spot of the C1 ladder, beating MDU by 35 runs.
The ladder leaders batted first after winning the toss at Nerrena Recreation Reserve and it was opener Stephen Martin who was finding the middle of the bat early.
After the first wicket fell, he was joined by James Kelly and the two put on a 62-run partnership, which ended when Martin was caught for 79.
Kelly then took charge of the innings and worked his way to an unbeaten 53, leading Nerrena to 6/177 after 35 overs.
Captain Dale Thomas 48 put up a good fight in MDU’s innings and Zak Bright 25 also had a crack at a miraculous comeback, but it wasn’t enough, and they fell 35 short at 6/142.
OMK inflict beat down on Burra
OMK has put on a dominant display with the ball to set up an easy win against Korumburra on Saturday.
Korumburra batted first after winning the toss on their home deck, and OMK had them in trouble very early.
Michael Whiteside led a relentless bowling attack, taking 4/25 off seven overs, and not a single Korumburra batter could churn out a solid score.
They were all out for 77 in the 24th over, and OMK were able to overcome some early wickets in their batting innings and won by six wickets in the 25th over.
Craig Walker led the way for the Diggers, making 29 not out.
Club control Stingrays
WONTHAGGI Club has continued their good form in C1, defeating Inverloch by 38 runs at McMahon Reserve.
After an early wicket fell, Kyle McGregor and Paul Cornelis put on a 103-run partnership, to put them into a very strong position.
Cornelis was eventually dismissed for 39 and McGregor went on to make to 78, leading his side to a total of 4/184.
Inverloch opener and captain Warren Stewart worked the ball around the field nicely, but he couldn’t build a game-winning partnership with any of his teammates.
Wonthaggi’s bowlers were all over the other batters, and even though Stewart got to 83 not out, they kept Inverloch to 5/146.
• C Grade, Division 2
Gopal goes large for Glen Alvie
GLEN Alvie’s Vijai Gopal has led his side to a good win over Koonwarra L/RSL Blue, blasting 93 off 110 balls at Koonwarra Recreation Reserve.
Glen Alvie won the toss and batted, and Gopal was able to rescue the innings, coming in at 2/15.
His unbeaten 93, combined with Pieter Loos* quick 30 got Glen Alvie to a very strong total of 6/181 and they immediately gained the upper hand in the bowling innings, taking a wicket before Koonwarra scored a run.
Kylie Collins 48, Jessica Bohn 31, and Brodie Cary 39 all made solid contributions to Koonwarra’s score, but they couldn’t score quickly enough, and they fell 34 runs short at 4/147.
PI Blue’s big score too good for Koony Gold
PHILLIP Island Blue’s massive score proved to be too much to handle for Koonwarra L/RSL Gold on the weekend, getting a 58-run win to extend their lead on the C2 ladder.
John Manning 43, Gavin Excell 69, Thomas Macmillan 32, and Michael Cleary 50* all had excellent outings with the bat, helping their side reach 7/223 after 35 overs.
Koonwarra’s Alex Stanley picked up 4/31 off his five overs and then made 21 with the bat, but it wasn’t enough to get the win.
Robert Gale 32, Glenn Matthies 34, Justin Cook 34 and Dylan Hanily 25 all had decent cracks at staging a comeback, but the deficit was too tall to overcome, and they finished at 6/165.