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With two late wickets, Simon Kirton boosted Phillip Island’s prospects in the two-day match against Le-
ongatha Town last Saturday.
Island hopes still alive
AFTER the close win in the 20/20
game against Loch on Thursday
night, Phillip Island A Grade Sharks
were looking to make it a real con-
test against Leongatha Town in
Round 11 at the Cowes oval on Sat-
It was a pleasant day for the
cricket and Sharks’ captain Lochie
Cleeland won the toss and elected
to bat first.
There were a few changes in the
team with veteran Russell Cleeland
back in the side to strengthen the
batting order and he opened with
Veteran Cleeland did not get
rushed against the Scorpion bowl-
ers as the opening pair tried to
build up a partnership.
Unfortunately, Russell was caught
at cover point by hitting a cut shot
and the score was 1/23.
Brodie Johnston came in to the
crease and joined the captain.
Town bowler Hickey delivered a
slow ball to Brodie which hit his toe
and he was adjudged LBW when he
was on 9, including one boundary
and the home side was 2/40.
Young Jack Keating was next in to
try and put some runs on the board.
Skipper Cleeland and Keating put
together a valuable 70 runs partner-
ship against two Sri Lankan spin-
ners and Lochie passed his 50, be-
fore Jack was dismissed for 21.
Theekshana came out to the mid-
dle with the score on 3 for 109.
He attempted to keep the Sharks’
innings going, but unfortunately it
was not to be, and he was back in
the shed for 4 after an LBW decision
with score on 4/119.
Jarrod came to the crease but he
couldn’t help the skipper much and
he was also back in the pavilion for
After that Charith Keerthisinghe
joined the captain to try and build
some sort of decent score for the
Sharks but shortly after Cleeland
was out caught for a well-made 75
including 1 six and 5 fours and the
Mick Young come to the middle
and tried to accelerate the run rate
but after a quick delivery from the
Town spinner he was bowled for 9
and the score was 7/153.
Jack Cox joined Charith and the
pair put on a fair 25 runs partner-
ship before Cox was out for 11 and
the Sharks were 8/177.
Charith was looking for support
from the tail to bring the score up to
the 200 level but the Simon Kirton
was out next, caught and bowled, by
the Town spinner, his 5th wicket for
At 9/180 young Officer came to
the crease and made 7 runs with 1
boundary before being dismissed.
The Sharks ended up 10/191 with
Keerthisinghe 19 not out.
With eight overs remaining on day
one, the Scorpions ended up 3/21.
Sharks opening bowlers Kirton
2/11 and Officer 1/10 did the dam-
age and the Islanders’ hopes are
still well and truly alive going into
day two this week.
It was a good toss to lose at Scor-
pion Park in Leongatha with the turf
being green and hard. Eventually
the toss had been completed and
Phillip Island went into bat against
the Town Scorpions. With the out-
field being extremely fast it was par-
amount for the Islanders to get runs
on the board.
It was a great start for the Sharks
and at drinks the score was 0 for
60, with Andrew Finlayson and
Matthew Parsons working the ball
Soon after drinks, Finlayson fell
for 46 and Blake Insall came to the
Insall put on a show throughout
his flawless innings that ended with
his maiden century at 103, which
included 11 fours and 2 sixes.
Insall was also involved in three
50 run partnerships whilst at the
Island captain Tony Hornsby
and opener Matthew Parsons both
chipped in with scores in the 30s
during the innings.
By the end of the innings Phil-
lip Island ended up with a score of
7/294 which is a very good total to
defend next week.
It is paramount everyone is reju-
venated and feeling 100% ready to
take to the field next week.
Phillip Island C Grade travelled to
Korumburra to play top of the lad-
John Johnston, captain for the
day, won the toss and elected to bat.
That was about the highlight of his
Unfortunately, things didn’t quite
go to plan.
All out for 117 was not enough
runs on a super quick ground.
Wade Patterson did his job and
toughed it out for a patient 17 and
Mick Cleary and John Manning put
on some late runs with sensible bat-
ting, making 30 and 23 respectively.
The opposition bowling was tight
and disciplined, fielding was good
and in one case, their chat was
painful to put it nicely!
The Islanders had to bowl 14
overs and OMK’s strategy was to not
lose a wicket and be 50 runs or so,
but Blake Young had other ideas.
With the help of his Uncle Ronald,
he picked up both openers and gave
his team a slight chance of an un-
After a couple of nervous overs at
the end, OMK finished the day 2 for
It was a disappointing day with
the bat but next week is another day
and hopefully it will be a day to re-
T20 knockout cup finals
LEONGATHA and District Crick-
et Association A Grade T20 knock-
out cup finals will be held next
With the initial rounds now
played the competition is down to
the last four teams which will com-
pete in the T20 finals.
Initially there were eight teams
placed in either the East or West zone.
Phillip Island will play Wonthaggi
Miners in the West T20 semi final
at the Butch West oval, Wonthaggi,
starting at 10.30am.
To get to the finals Phillip Island
defeated Club and Poowong Loch,
whilst the Miners defeated Glen Al-
vie and Korumburra.
The East the T20 semi final game
will be Town versus Imperials with
the game being played at Scorpion
Park in Leongatha.
To get to the finals Town defeated
MDU, Foster, whilst the Imperi-
als defeated Koonwarra LRSL and
The two winning teams will then
travel to Inverloch to contest the
grand final on the Inverloch turf at
Thompsons Reserve, with a sched-
uled starting time of 2pm.
The winning team will receive a
perpetual trophy and $500 prize
This is the seventh year of the
T20 A Grade Cup with previous
winners being Wonthaggi Club
three times, Inverloch, Phillip is-
land and OMK.
B Grade back in the four
WITH usual B Grade skipper Tony Horn-
sby still sunning himself on a riverbank, it
was left to vice captain Andrew Finlayson
to lead the charges in a must-win clash
against bottom side Koonwarra on the turf
The day started well with a correct call of
the toss and the stand-in skippper had no
hesitation in electing to bat on a pitch that
was green but looked firm.
Russ “Huck” Cleeland and Matt Parsons
opened up and did an excellent job of see-
ing off the new ball which was swinging
around, their job made tougher with the
constant wides making it hard to stay fo-
cused. The pair pushed past the 60s when
Cleeland smashed a short ball, and before
the fielder even knew it was his catch it had
hit his hands and stuck like glue for Huck
to be out for 19.
Blake Insall joined Matt and the pair
pushed the score past a 100 when Blake
was out for a well-made 20.
A short while later Parsons was out for an
excellent 42 and the Island was well placed
at 3/110 with 10 overs to go and eyeing a
total around 170.
Unfortunately wickets fell regularly
enough to restrict the late scoring, although
all the while the extras kept mounting, and
by the time the 40 overs were up extras
had contributed a well-made 28 and the Is-
land finished on 6/143 which was a pretty
good effort on a pitch that was playing fairly
With an inspirational lunch break
speech ringing in their ears, the Islanders
took to the field with Anton Thomas and
Chris Andrews opening the bowling and
they kept it tight right from the start and
Andrews was rewarded not long after with
his first wicket for the club, removing one
of the openers with an excellent caught
and bowled effort.
Thomas struck not long after and then
picked up another with the batsman shoul-
dering arms to a ball that amazed everyone,
none more than the bowler, as it nicked the
off bail with so much force that the bats-
man could have caught it before it hit the
ground, and the opposition were in trouble
The Koonwarra middle order dug in and
a bowling change at either end kept the
home side unable to score quickly with a
combination of tight bowling and excellent
fielding (special mention to Matty Wright’s
It was Geoff Odgers who got the break-
through with an excellent juggled caught
and bowled off his own just before drinks
to have them 4/50 and the Island were in
the box seat but needing to keep things tight
with still 20 overs to go.
Koonwarra were looking to make head-
way after drinks and a good partnership
was developing when Zac Brown finished
his spell 0/24 off 8 and Odgers 1/14 off 5
were replaced with Wright and Clint Wilson.
The Islanders stuck patiently to the bowl-
ing plans when finally a skied ball saw
Thomas surprise himself for the second
time that day with a good overhead catch
running back with the flight to give Wright
his first and it was 5/80.
Enter Clint Wilson who decided he want-
ed to finish on time, and changed to over
the wicket with devastating results.
A flurry of wickets, including a close hat-
trick chance, saw the opposition decimated
as Wilson bamboozled the middle and low-
er order to take 4/4 off 6 accurate overs.
Wright finished them off to finish with
2/12 which complemented the excellent
early work of Thomas 2/17 off 7 and An-
drews 1/16 off his 7, the latter finishing the
day nursing a sore hamstring due to some
over-zealous Christmas beach cricket!
An excellent team effort puts B Grade
back in the four by percentage and sets up
a crucial clash this week against second
placed Leongatha at Scorpion Park.
The Phillip Island Sharks and Wonthaggi
Club have a grudging respect for each other
and this season has produced some rip
Club made their way slowly through the
“full to the gunnel’s” hot rod traffic and ar-
rived late for their match at Royal Rhyll.
Iconic Rhyll, with the native grass crunch-
ing underfoot and rich earthy smells and
connection to yesterday, could easily be the
most special ground in the district.
The ground was fast, and the two sides
played a memorable game.
Bowling first the Sharks got off to a good
start, with Club playing unusually careful
Ron Young, 6 overs, 2 maidens, 1 for19,
snared the first wicket with the sort of ball
control you get from dedicating Saturdays
and big toe nails to the cause.
Worn out cricket body parts and the joys
of fielding are a common theme that adds
a bit of zest the younger blokes can look
Blake Young’s 8 overs 1/32 wicket ball
was a pearler.
He handles bowling partnerships with
ease, often leaving a slightly rattled or new
batsman for the other end.
Johnston, 5 overs 2/23, bowling with his
back to the short boundary, tied up his end
and snared two wickets.
P Francis, 7 overs 3/27 9, (with a bit of
zest in his arm) showed the kind of aplomb
a slow bowler requires, removing three
batsmen with apparent consummate ease
and providing the show stopper.
Wade Patterson, who had been standing
under a gum tree, saw a tiny chance and set
off in characteristic fashion for a collision
course with the ball.
After the dust had settled the next bats-
man complained loudly that that wasn’t
C Grade cricket, but you’d take that from
At different times the Sharks’ bowling
attack and fielding were under pressure
and held up well with Jonty Manning, Ron
Young, Blake Young and Pete Cleary being
the standouts, along with Pattersn’s special-
ist death bowler over 1/7.9/189.
This competent well lead C Grade outfit
would take this total in their stride most
Club are like a slightly soiled box of choc-
olates, you never know what you’re going to
get or what’s been licked.
Their bowling attack was good too.
Carl Muscat, with more zest than most,
helped get the score to 20 and was attack-
ing the quality bowling with too much leg
speed yet feeling like he was too slow.
Even the best forget to steady and not
rush the shot in one dayer’s sometimes.
Mark Christopher, charged with opening
duties a well, compiled 42, despite a field
set for his favourite shots.
He delivered without much help from the
When Ron (10) came out Club were just
hoping he might go out cheap after he blast-
ed the last game from them.
The Sharks could do worse than having
a good hard look at Pete, “easily man of the
match” Francis’ preparation.
“Is it classical music all night Friday then
high tea in the morning?” someone en-
He very nearly won the game, giving the
ball a good walloping to all parts of the
He even landed one smack on his own
car such is his dedication, a trophy bonnet,
3 sixers 7 fours in a quality 83 not out.
The Sharks finished on 8/186.
Club are good sports and deserved their
win while most of the home side have one
small, tiny moment of the day that could
have been better, a top game.
POLICE in South Gippsland have identi-
fied that some firearm owners may not be
storing their firearms in proper storage fa-
cilities and plan to crack down.
Random storage inspections will be car-
ried out on firearm owners and those who
‘fail’ the inspection may face charges and
have their firearms seized.
A spate of firearm thefts throughout
South Gippsland has identified the prob-
lem that it is too easy for criminals to ac-
cess unsecured firearms.
The Firearms Act requires that when
firearms are not being used, they must be
locked away and secured properly.
This means they must be in a receptacle
that is strong and not easily penetrable and
it must have locks of sturdy constructions.
The firearm safe must also be bolted
to the floor or wall of the premises where
they are stored.
Easter Region Division 5 Firearms Of-
ficer, Leading Senior Constable Ian Miles
said: “All firearm owners need to take their
responsibilities seriously and get proper
and secure storage.”
“In this day and age, the ‘old school lock-
ers’ are not good enough as they can be bro-
ken into without effort.”
Firearm safes, whether store bought or
homemade should be installed to keep the
firearms out of reach of criminals.
“Those firearm owners not prepared to
make these efforts should consider dis-
posing of their firearms through a dealer
or surrendering them to a Police Station
for destruction,” Leading Senior Constable
Anyone with inquiries can contact the
Divisional Firearms Officer on 5131 5072.
Police to tackle firearm storage problems
Report from Round 10 action
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