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Island needed a hero or two
A GRADE report: The Lads travelled over to
Leongatha on Saturday to meet Nerrena on the
turf at the main oval.
Greeted by a pan flat, rock hard, dry and
dead wicket, the Flying Saucer like toss of the
coin didn’t fall the Island’s way and they were
asked to bowl.
Kirton and Cox took the new ball and with
some very tight bowling built excellent pressure
up front, not allowing the Nerrena openers any
loose shots to ease the nerves.
Kirton put up a great first spell off the short
run and was then replaced by D.Johnston for
his return to the A Grade side.
With Cox maintaining the pressure from one
end, Johnston got the break through with one
being spooned to Insall at Mid Off with the
score on 29.
The boys worked hard for their second wick-
et, but some lighting glove work from Keating
off the bowling of Keerthisinghe saw the second
opener on his way stumped right on the stroke
of Tea, 2/89.
After the interval the bowlers picked up right
where they left off with Cleeland and Johnston
combining for the third wicket, and Cleeland
taking another catch, this time off Kirton to re-
move the number three batsman, 4/166.
Kirton then had one LBW, and Johnston con-
tinued his tight bowling to put one through the
gate and dislodging the bails.
Kinghorn then took a great catch in the deep
off Kirton to see Nerrena end their innings at
A great effort in the field and with the ball by
the boys to keep Nerrena under control on a
batsman friendly wicket.
Runs to be had next week for all batsmen.
Kirton, 15/2/3/50. Cox, 16/6/0/34. Johnston,
22/3/3/81. Keerthisinghe, 22/4/1/39.
B1 Cricket Report
With Captain Tony Hornsby, Clint Wilson and
Andrew Finlayson out of the batting line-up this
week, The Sharks had to make adjustments to
a team that has been getting the job done so far
After winning the toss and electing to take
the field, Nerrena’s Captain would have been
pleased with his opening bowlers who wasted
no time finding a good avenue to bowl in.
The new ball created some awkward bounces
which limited runs early on and in the fourth
over, led to Matthew Parsons (1) driving into the
hands of the fielder at mid-on; Parsons looking
to get the score ticking over.
Acting Captain Scott Boyack (3) and Connor
Epifano (0) followed 10 runs later and when
Jarrod Black (9) received a beauty – becoming
Adam ‘Chirpy’ Trotto’s third scalp,The Sharks
found themselves with their backs to the wall at
4 for 20 off 11 overs.
Phillip Island needed a hero, or two
About the same time that Zac Brown bravely
fronted up at the ground, pale faced and gaunt,
after a nasty case of Cowes-belly, Jai Ashbury
was making his way to the crease to be greeted
by first gamer at the club, Asitha ‘Birdman’ Sa-
Like surgeons, Samarawickrama and Asbury
set about carefully fixing a problem, keeping
out the good balls, leaving the wide ones and
picking off the bad balls became the order of
play as the pair saw off the opening bowlers in
their quest to build a protectable total.
The batsmen began to take back control of
the game, although at four for 53 off 30, there
was still much work to be done.
Samarawickrama looked solid as Nereena’s
attack probed fruitlessly for a weakness, while
Asbury effortlessly punished the loose balls and
began racking up the boundaries.
It was Samarawickrama who reached the
half-century first and not long after, Asbury fol-
Asbury loosened his shoulders after the half-
milestone and found himself in the 70s and go-
ing strong, with Samarawickrama working the
singles nicely, giving his partner plenty of the
With the score on 203, Samarawickrama
eventually holed out for 83 trying to clear the
fence at long-on.
His innings was one of composure and sub-
lime timing and ended what was a memorable
187 run fifth wicket stand.
With nine overs remaining and wickets in
hand, Birdman’s departure left room for some
cameo roles with Liam Keats (nine) and Chris
Andrews (nine) keeping the runs ticking over,
as 16 year old Asbury, whose previous highest
score was 38,closed in on his maiden century.
Blake Christopher (three) replaced Andrews
in the third last over and did what he could to
ensure his teammate had majority of the strike.
With late runs not coming easily from either
end, Asbury waited for the right ball in the fi-
nal over to sweep Nereena’s leg-spinner to the
boundary for four, bringing up his 102 in style
and taking the final total to seven for 247 of 75
Ashbury and Samarawickrama’s innings were
a reminder of the importance of weathering
challenging spells and building partnerships.
The Sharks will be very pleased with the out-
come of the day and the bowling attack will
sleep a little better this week knowing that there
are good runs are in the bank.
On a near perfect day for cricket, C1 versed
Inverloch at their footy ground.
After Inverloch won the toss and electing to
bowl, the Sharks innings started with a flurry of
hitting from the recalled, new look Gav Excell.
He bludgeoned a quick fire 37 whilst Mark
Christopher chipped away at the other end.
He saw the passing of Pete Cleary for only five
and Coxy, without troubling the scorers.
Next Mick Cleary strode out with purpose
and once he had embraced the local conditions,
took to the bowling with his characteristically
Seven fours and three sixes saw him contrib-
ute an entertaining 64 before being caught on
the midwicket fence.
Pete Francis saddled up next, joining the dour
Christopher and together they built another sol-
id partnership, with Francis adding 34.
Christopher finally succumbed at 75 after a
patient innings and the “never out” batsman
Quirky, contributed an extra 23.
Matt Fletcher added one last highlight to the
day, tonking a six over mid-on with his cus-
tomised freestroke, bringing his team mates to
their feet, ensuring the umpire had no doubt it
had cleared the line.
The island had finished at nine-277 at
stumps, a solid team effort and with an upbeat
feeling, we look to defend it eagerly next week.
C2 Cricket report
C2 played Koonwarra at Royal Rhyll in per-
The Island bowled and Johnno got the first
couple of wickets which had them 2/7.
Mark Lee bowled well with first gamers, Ben
Caile 2/46, Alex Thompson 3/12, Wags 1/15 and
Johnno ended up with a 3/22.
The fielding was great from a good team ef-
fort with good catches from Dan Stevenson and
Carl Muscat who wicket kept like he was in in
Koonwarra ended up with nine/177 at the end
B1 Jai Asbury made his first century (100 runs) for the club at 16 years of age, which is a great effort with a partnership of 183 with Asitha.
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