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Wins all round for hot Sharks
PHILLIP Island A Grade Sharks
played Nerrena in the first game af-
ter the Christmas break and old
Saint Nick granted them their big-
gest Christmas wish, a win in the first
week in the new year.
In true festive spirit the Sharks cap-
tain lost his eighth coin toss for the
year and the Islanders were sent in to
bowl in 35 degree heat.
The boys were not fazed by the trop-
ical conditions and went about their
business in clinical fashion, fielding
with ease and grace, throwing down
the stumps at any opportunity, result-
ing in 2 run outs for the innings.
All the bowlers bowled with confi-
dence and direction from the first over
right through to the fortieth.
They were led by Simon Kirton
whom has earned himself the nick-
name ‘Watto’ after being injured 18
times in the last four years.
He was backed up by ‘Mr World-
wide’ (Darcy Johnston) who bowled
as tight as his brother Brodie when
it’s his shout at the bar.
Wickets fell in succession for Ner-
rena with everyone chipping in with
a couple, but the feature was the elite
fielding of the Sharks that kept them
to 8 for 146 off 40 overs.
The Islanders regrouped at the
lunch break over a feast of icypoles
and watermelon sliced to perfection
by club legend Don, the only consum-
ables the boys would have been able to
keep down in the heat.
They went back out to the centre
and got the job underway putting on
73 for the first wicket with Jack (Billy)
Keating making 33 and Cleeland 27.
A few wickets then fell before Rich-
ards and Chin consolidated, making a
few each, as the Sharks crept towards
the awkward total.
Johnston also threw his hat in the
ring adding a few more before coach
Keerthisinghe came to the crease.
He took his time to get going and
survived a very close caught behind to
go on and win the match with a lusty
blow down the ground for six.
The boys were elated and celebrated
in true Shark style.
Thanks to the other three teams
also getting the win, it was a Presi-
dent’s shout and shout he did.
Phillip Island B Grade made the trip
to a hot Nerrena on Saturday in what
was a must win game for the side to
cement its spot in the top four.
Having lost the toss the side was
asked to field which gave them the
opportunity to see the wares of a new
Matthew Dennerley was asked to
take the first over and he responded
in the perfect way; a wicket with his
first ball for the club.
The catch was taken nicely at first
slip by Scott Boyack.
From here he continued to bowl well
in partnership Blake Christopher.
Due to the hot conditions the spells
were kept reasonably short and by the
end of his four overs he had claimed
three wickets including a ripper to
bowl the number three batsmen.
Mick Young, who has made a wel-
come return to the club, took up from
the other end and produced a very
tidy five over spell to keep the pres-
sure on the Nerrena batsmen.
He ended with the impressive fig-
ures of one for two off his five overs.
Not long after his wicket the Nerrena
batsmen began to form a rear guard
action with offence being the best form
They went to the drinks break at
four for 80.
After the drinks break Clint Wilson
and Tony Hornsby were introduced
into the attack.
Wilson continued to be his miser-
ly self with the ball while Hornsby
claimed the first wicket after drinks
albeit he was a touch on the expensive
The catch was taken nicely by Jai
Asbury behind the stumps as he con-
tinues to improve with each game.
While Nerrena had Croatto at the
crease any score was still possible.
Thankfully Wilson was able to re-
move him thanks to a great catch from
He then capitalised with two extra
wickets to end up with three for 23 off
his eight overs.
Matt Wright also produced an ex-
cellent run out when he threw down
the wickets at the bowlers end from
square leg to find the batsman short
of his crease.
In the end Nerrena finished on nine
for 139 off its 40 overs.
Michael Young and Blake Insall
opened the batting and looked to be
going well until they fell in quick suc-
cession at the eight over mark.
Jarrod Black established himself at
the crease while wickets continued to
fall around him.
First Hornsby and then Asbury fell
cheaply to leave the Sharks reeling at
four for 37.
Wilson, who had toiled with ball,
now strode out to the wicket begin the
Together he worked with Black to
steady the ship.
Unfortunately Black fell for 23 after
doing the hard yards.
This meant Scott Boyack came out
to work with Wilson.
The two quickly realised their limi-
tations in terms of running (both
seemed just about dead on their feet)
and decided that if the score was going
to be achieved they would need to deal
in fours and ones.
Wilson provided the fireworks while
Boyack played the perfect foil by turn-
ing the strike over.
It proved to be a match winning
partnership as the two saw the Sharks
pass the score with two overs to spare.
Wilson ended up on a superb 77 not
out which included 10 fours and two
Boyack ended up on an invaluable
15 not out.
This vital win moved the Sharks
into second place with a big match
next week against the top of the table
Stifling conditions were forecast for
Phillip Island C1’s match against In-
verloch at Rhyll so the Sharks were
well prepared with a specialist 12th
man in the squad.
The captains had a consensual vir-
tual toss which saw Phillip Island in
the field first.
The opening bowlers got straight
to the task of ensuring an early fin-
ish, with Josh Excell claiming two
wickets in his first over, jagging one
back, beautifully bowled and the
other, a smart catch to Finlayson in
Not to be out done, skipper Cleary
chimed in with two wickets in his sec-
ond over, similar dismissals upsetting
the stumps and a skillful catch down
low to keeper Christopher 4/13.
Bowling changes were the order of
the day and with a faint zephyr from
the NE, player comfort was increased
Tolley took full advantage of the cli-
mate change, claiming two wickets in
his spell including bowling the Inver-
Johnston and the incessant Sorati
both claimed scalps via catches whilst
Zack ‘Checkpoint Charlie’ Wagner,
was letting nothing past him in the
As a finale to the opposition’s in-
nings, El Preidente, Liam Keating was
relieved from his scoring duties, to be
hustled into the attack and he claimed
the last wicket to a fantastic chest
mark by Fletcher at wide mid-on.
Inverloch finished on 9/72 after 23.2
Island bowling: Excell 2/18; Cleary
2/8; Tolley 2/14; Sorati 1/1; Johnno
1/6; Keating 1/1.
The Sharks did not lose a wicket in
chasing down the runs in 13 overs.
The inform anchorman Mark Chris-
topher contributed 24 runs whilst
Pete Cleary hit himself into a bit form
with 48 not out including 10 bound-
The C1 gravy train has a full head
of steam at the moment, four wins on
the trot, with a great team spirit and
the Sharks look forward to their next
challenge in Korumburra!
Full of Christmas cheer and New
Year’s hangovers, and despite the
Sharks having 12 players unavailable,
C2 had no problem filling a side.
With Steve Niven playing his first
game for the season with son Tom and
Darcy Excell also getting the chance
with his dad Gavin, the Sharks trav-
elled to Korumburra to play on turf in
Everything started off well for the
They won their first coin toss for the
season and Korumburra were sent in
It didn’t take long for Marshall to
strike with an LBW and another wick-
et two balls later in the sixth over.
Niven senior followed suit the fol-
lowing over with a plumb LBW and
a string of dot balls, putting Korum-
burra under pressure.
Niven was feeling the heat but bat-
tled on and found the Korumburra
captain’s edge to Marshall and the
Burra in trouble at 4/24.
Marshall struck again in the 12th
over and finished his eight overs with
fine figures of 3/17.
Niven senior finished his spell un-
der heat duress taking 2/16.
Captain Young relishing in the break
from the new ball placed his field and
trapped the hard hitting Patten at
deep cover to see Korumburra at 6/36.
‘The apprentice’ Tom Niven took
over from Marshall and showed his
old man how it was done, taking a fine
bowled wicket in his first over and a
snick behind in his second to finish
with figures of 2/4 from two overs.
He was heard telling Steve later that
he thought Dad was a bit expensive.
Stuart Cox came into the C2 bowling
attack and immediately had success
bamboozling the Burra batsmen tak-
ing the last two wickets for no runs.
Perfect figures of 2/0 off two overs
and Korumburra were all out for 48.
As we all know small totals are a
dangerous target and with Manning
unavailable the legend Stuart Cox put
his hand up to open with the great
man Carl Muscat.
In quick succession the Sharks
found themselves at 3/12 losing Cox,
Muscat and Gav Excell.
Man of the match Marshall and
Steve Niven steadied the ship and the
Sharks passed the Burra total finish-
ing at 4/50 before calling off play with
Niven not out on 20 and Mark Lee
also not out after Marshall top edged
one for a steady 16.
The Sharks had a quick beer or two
with the Burra boys before skedad-
dling back to the Shark tank to cheer
on the A Grade and enjoy the Presi-
Next week C2 faces a big challenge
at Rhyll coming up against second on
the ladder Glen Alvie.
Island juniors perform well at Country Week
PHILLIP Island junior cricket-
ers made their mark at the Junior
Country Week tournament played in
Melbourne last week.
Keith Robinson and Liam Dayson
played in the Leongatha District
Under 14 representative side, and
Blake Christopher and Josh Ryan
made the Under 15 side.
Keith was named captain of the
Under 14 side and what a week he
With scores of 86, 82, 38 and 65;
Keith not only won the batting award
for the tournament but was named in
the All-Gippsland squad and led his
side to be undefeated for the week,
winning the overall championship.
Liam is a leg spinner of the future
and for someone so young has got
He picked up four wickets for 57
runs bowling 18 overs.
It was a great week for both the Is-
land young guns.
Playing for the Under 15s, Blake
Christopher and Josh Ryan won 2
games and lost 2 to be right in the
mix on the final day for the overall
Blake opened the bowling each
game and no one got on top of him
for the whole week.
He has great control and on no day
did he go for more than 3 an over,
his best figures came on the last day
taking 3/21 off 7 overs.
Josh was the all-rounder in the
team and on the first day in a game
where both sides scored over 200
runs was there under pressure to
finish the game for the LDCA side.
It was a great week for those in-
volved, well done young Sharks.
The Under 14 Leongatha District Cricket Association team celebrates their championship win at Junior
Country Week in Melbourne last week. The team is pictured, back, left, Billy Manicaro, Callum Buckland, Evan
Allaway, Xavier Robertson, Jacob Whiteside, Jacob Strickland, middle, Liam Dayson (Phillip Island), Keith
Robinson captain (Phillip Island) and front Heath Dobbie, Ethan Lamers, Josh Williams, Darcy Hume and
Talented island cricketers Josh Ryan and Blake Christopher were
named in the Under 15 LDCA representative side which played in the
Junior Country Week tournament in Melbourne last week.
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