Borschman smashes Nerrena
LEONGATHA Town’s Matt Borschman smashed his side into a winning position on Saturday against Nerrena when he belted 160 runs.
His knock included 108 runs in boundaries (24 fours and two sixes) as he led Town to 8/347 after Nerrena had won the toss and sent Town in. The match was initially set down for the Leongatha turf however the pitch was inundated when a thunderstorm hit the uncovered pitch on Wednesday night. The match was transferred to Nerrena on Friday.
Town is sitting in fifth spot and Nerrena fourth and needs the win to put the side back into final’s contention. Town has top side OMK in the last round while Nerrena has the out of form Imperials so the Scorpians have a tough road to make finals should they win this game.
It is Borschman’s first ton in senior cricket. He hit 105 as an Under 15 cricketer in a representative game for the LDCA. His previous best in senior cricket is 81 not out.
The road to Saturday’s ton was pretty smooth but there were a couple of nervous moments.
“They put a bit of pressure on me as I started with a slip and close in catcher. My first two scoring shots were both fours,” Matt told The Star.
“At 95 I hit one in the air out in the deep but it dropped just short of the fielder. And at 97 we stopped for tea so I had a nervous wait; I didn’t eat much!”
“I hit a two and got to 99. Then I blocked a few balls and hit a pull shot for four to bring up the century.”
Further down the order another Matt in Matt Smith also added to the carnage with an unbeaten 62 (7 fours and a six).
It will need a magic century by Damien Symmons of Nerrena next week to have any chance of an unlikely victory. Symmons took 3/71 for the Red Caps with Gerhard Labuschagne taking 2/44.
Korumburra won the toss and batted against the Workmens at the ‘Burra recreation reserve with the bottom side making a good fist of it with 207 against the second placed Workers.
Anoj Katipearachchi made an impressive 65 with 10 fours with Daniel Salmon contributing 47 and Ashley Meade a fine 39 not out as a good rear guard knock.
Ryan G Thomas was impressive with the pill and claimed 5/36 including the scalp of the top scorer.
However the Workers should get this total, in fact are already 1/89 at stumps and looking ominous. Tim Hooper is not out 31 and Gavin Britt not out 49 looking to extend this into a big win this Saturday.
Imperials were completely outclassed by top side OMK on Saturday, the Imps being bowled out for just 80; Gary Sauvarin the top scorer with 21.
All of the Diggers bowlers got into the action with the best three being Jason Wilson 3/20, Nathan Cant 2/3 and Sam Jenkins 2/14.
OMK has already secured first innings points and at stumps were 3/190 chasing a possible outright win and more points. Adam Miller made 35 and Jesse Van Rooye 45in a 74 run opening stand. Daniel Lloyd made 30 while Jason Wilson is not out 42 and Tom Wyatt not out 30. It will be a long day in the field for the Imps this week.
In the other A1 game third placed Inverloch are in trouble after being bowled out for just 149 against Phillip Island.
A number of bats got into the 20’s and 30’s including top scorer Walter Taberner with 34.Charith Keerthisinghe took a fine 5/33 for the Island.
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