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LDCA Round 3
A Grade, Division 1:
Tom McQualter (Inverloch) 112; Luke Zanchetta (Korumburra) 5/68
A Grade, Division 2:
Paul Palmer (Glen Alvie) 119; Jason Kennedy (Koon/L RSL) 5/40
B Grade, Division 1:
Daniel Turton (Club) 87; Justin Greenwood (OMK) 4/12
B Grade, Division 2:
Matthew Donohue (Miners) 94 n.o.; Wayne Chapman
C Grade, Division 1:
Liam Keating (Phillip Island) 86; Ashley Meade (Korumburra) 5/45
C Grade, Division 2:
Carl Muscat (Phillip Island) 94; Sam Liddle (Club) 5/26
• A Grade Division 1
THERE was nothing easy about Tom McQual-
ter’s pivotal century in last weekend’s A Grade
Division One semi-final between Inverloch and
But there’s little doubt he’s batted his Inver-
loch team through into this weekend’s grand
Even getting back on his feet again following
knee surgery last September, after being a late
withdrawal from Inverloch-Kongwak’s footy
grand final team, has been a battle for McQual-
ter, barely able to walk before Christmas, and
playing only three games of cricket to qualify.
And he didn’t exactly set the world on fire in
those matches either with scores of 22, 5 and 37
in his only three digs for the season.
But Saturday was his day and didn’t Inverloch
With backs to the wall at 3/27 on Saturday
morning and the Korumburra bowlers right on
top on their own deck, it was a very hard graft
for McQualter and his captain Kit Rotthier to
protect their stumps against the miserly lines of
Luke Zanchetta and Shane Dole, much less eke
out a decent score.
But with some of the strong defensive pushes
by McQualter managing to make it to the bound-
ary, across the fast Korumburra outfield, the
score started to build, and by the time Rotthier
35 departed, the team’s total was up to 4/122
and optimism had returned to the camp.
It was a short-lived reprieve and McQualter
watched the next four Inverloch batsmen go for
the addition of just 20 runs and things looked
decidedly shaky again at 8/142.
One of those dismissals, the loss of Ozzie Wil-
liams for 4, caught Zanchetta bowled Dole, in-
jected some extra heat into the contest, as if it
needed any, when a push and shove erupted be-
tween Williams and some of the exuberant Burra
players as he left the scene.
It didn’t faze McQualter.
And he found some unexpected support at the
end of the batting order from young Elijah Cous-
ins and the last man in, Ryan Thomas, to add
the vital partnerships of 37 and 23 respectively
for the 10th and 11th wickets which Rotthier ac-
knowledged later had been crucial in the final
It was in the last of the day’s 90 overs that Mc-
Qualter brought up his ton with a six, going on
to make 112 not out, with another six in a final
over of 16 runs. He finished with 12 fours and 5
sixes on the day.
Shane Dole 4/85 off 40 overs and Luke Zanch-
etta 5/68 off 39 overs carried an incredible work-
But it was a moral victory of sorts for Inverloch
and buoyed by McQualter’s heroics, their pace-
men Lewie Rankin 2/15 and Ryan Thomas 3/23
steamed in on Sunday to quickly cut down the
Korumburra response, taking the first five to fall
and having them in all sorts of trouble at 5/40.
Ilan Osman 40 and later Daniel Salmon 39
not out stood up to the barrage but ultimately
Korumburra lasted only 51 overs to be all out
Warren Williams redeemed himself, taking a
sharp catch in slips to dismiss Dole and it was
left to McQualter to deliver the coup de gras,
claiming the final wicket of the match, Pierre
Dunlevie, to finish with 1/15 off 5.5 overs.
Club all over Town
WHEN you finish on top, you get the choice
of venues and there’s no doubt Wonthaggi Club
is favoured by the use of their ground and the
deck they play on almost every week, at Butch
But the wicket’s not going to win the match for
you. Your bowlers have to hit the right areas and
Club’s bowlers certainly did that from the outset
on Saturday morning in their semi-final clash
And some uncertain Town batsmen obliged,
playing expansive shots when technical defence
was called for and wickets fell at disastrously
When the game is going your way, though,
tough chances tend to stick as well, like the
stunning catch taken by Mark McCall, 30 metres
from the bat at midwicket, to dismiss Town’s
danger man, 2016 cricketer of the year, Amila
Ratnaike for 9.
Amila had hit the ball at full power, sending it
swerving and rising to McCall’s right. He put up
his hands and clutched the hot sphere above his
shoulder to reduce Town to 3/29 as the rot set in.
But in sport, as in life, you make your own
luck and 20 minutes of sharp catching practice
immediately before the game, directed by Club
captain James Sheerin, proved to be important.
Matt Borschman 18 initially and later Josh
Schelling 14 and Steve Fixter 19 provided some
resistance but all of Club’s frontline bowlers pro-
duced the goods.
Jakeb Thomas 3/19 off 12.5 and Ryan Birkett
3/15 off four, including Madura Weerasinghe,
Matt Smith and Scott Browne in devastatingly
quick succession, were the pick but there was
no slackening of the pressure when Zane Mac-
dermid 2/27 off 12 and Ryan Thomas 1/23 off
11 had the ball.
Sheerin, a potential match-winner in his own
right, was barely required to bowl.
Having despatched Town in the 46th over, Club
had more than 40 overs on Saturday to wipe off
the deficit and despite losing early wickets them-
selves, they’d sailed well past Town’s total of 97,
and then some, by stumps, with Ryan Thomas’s
59 the feature.
Town brought them back again on Sunday in
the hopes of getting early wickets but Jake Wal-
lace 33 not out and James Sheerin 48 not out
were untroubled in killing off the contest.
The match was called after only 15 or so overs
So, it’s a Club versus Inverloch grand final at
the Butch West Oval this Saturday and Sunday
with both teams having tasted the ultimate suc-
cess in recent years.
• A Grade Division 2
A CRACKING century from Paul Palmer fol-
lowed by a stellar bowling effort has seen Glen
Alvie reach its first grand final since its 2010/11
Batting first against Koonwarra-Leongatha/RSL
at Scorpion Park Turf, Glen Alvie had a few hic-
cups at the start of its innings to be 3/60.
Palmer was joined by John Reid and the pair
batted their side into a winning position with a
135-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
Palmer was particularly brutal, hitting 23 fours
before he was caught off the bowling of Sam
Hughes for 119 off 138 balls.
Glen Alvie crumbled from there, with Reid de-
parting for 41 as they lost 7/26 to be all out for
221 in the 76th over.
Jason Kennedy bowled with fire throughout the
innings and finished with 5/40 off 20.2 overs in-
cluding seven maidens, while Hughes’ introduc-
tion to the play in the latter stages proved worthy
with 3/26 off nine overs including three maidens.
But their efforts meant nothing, with the Cougar
batsmen offering little resistance to be all out for
Quick Daniel Hales removed openers Ben Da-
vison (6) and Sam Hughes (21), before consistent
wickets continued to fall.
Spinner Kelvin Simpson cast a spell on the Cou-
gar batsmen, snaring 4/11 off 8.5 overs including
four maidens to win a spot in the grand final.
The Cougars were all out for 84 in the 45th over,
with Jack Hale top scoring with 42.
Jamie Glen also bowled well for Glen Alvie with
3/18 off 11 overs including five maidens.
Bardwell brilliance at Leongatha Turf
SUPERB batting through the middle order
by Jacob Bardwell has set up a strong win for
Poowong-Loch against Wonthaggi Miners to ad-
vance to the grand final.
Runs on the board are always vital in finals, and
Poowong-Loch won the toss and proved the theory
at Leongatha Turf.
After a slow start with Colin Knox and Wilson
Pollock back in the shed at 2/34, Aaron and Jacob
Bardwell set about steadying the innings with a
Aaron was bowled by Clint Honeysett for 32, be-
fore Jacob found a new ally in Paul Dyer.
The pair kept the scoreboard ticking over with
a 76-run stand, before Jacob finally came undone
when he was caught behind off Adam Honeysett
for a well-made 84, which including 10 fours.
His knock put his side in a strong position, with
Russell Greaves hitting a quick-fire 39 including
six fours in a 67-run stand with Dyer.
Dyer was eventually caught behind for 57 in-
cluding six fours.
Adam Fisher (22) and Al Jenkins (21 no) saw
Poowong-Loch to 7/278 at the end of 90 overs.
The Miners used seven different bowlers with-
out much luck, with Jayden Loos the best with
2/52 off 22 overs.
Their run chase didn’t start well on day two at
2/35, before brothers Blake and Josh Andrighetto
toughed out a 65-run stand – both dismissed by
Blake departed for 48 including five fours and
Josh was later removed for 57 including eight
Cam Thomas battled for 40 including six fours,
but Poowong-Loch was in control, bowling the
Miners out for 187 after 65 overs to book a grand
Jenkins was the pick of the bowlers with 3/59
off 19 overs including eight maidens, while Matt
Loader (2/34 off 10.3 overs), Greaves (2/29 off 11
overs including four maidens) and Knox (2/6 off
six overs including three maidens) provided great
A2 results: Poowong-Loch 7/278 (JM Bardwell
84 P Dyer 57 R Greaves 39 A Bardwell 32 J Pi-
asente 2/45 J Loos 2/52) v Wonthaggi Miners 187
(J Andrighetto 57 B Andrighetto 48 C Thomas 40
AC Jenkins 3/59 C Knox 2/6 R Greaves 2/29 M
Loader 2/34) at Leongatha Turf.
Koonwarra-Leongatha/RSL 10/84 (J Hale 42 K
Simpson 4/11 J Glen 3/18 D Hales 2/32) def by
Glen Alvie 221 (P Palmer 119 JA Reid 41 J Ken-
nedy 5/40 S Hughes 3/26 J Hoy 2/18) at Scorpion
Palmer blasts Alvie into decider
Poowong-Loch’s Paul Dyer on his way to a half century against Wonthaggi Miners in the A
Grade Division Two semi-final at Leongatha on Saturday. m241217
Inverloch’s Tom McQualter shows the full face of the bat to this delivery from Korum-
burra’s Shane Dole on his way to a match-winning semi-final century in A Grade Division
One at Korumburra last Saturday. m201217
McQualter’s ton feature of fiery semi-final
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