By Justin Flynn
Anglesea dumped Ocean Grove from the top four with gun left-hand opener Ned Cooper again showing his class with an unbeaten 99 in round eight of Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association A1 Grade on Saturday.
Cooper was left stranded one shy of another ton when the Seas’ 40 overs ran out, but not before they made 2-180.
Grove bowled well, but Cooper proved the difference.
Dan Roddis and Lindon Giuffrida were tidy early on with Simon Umbers opening in the absence of Ty Norman.
Umbers eventually fell for 16 from 48 deliveries as Anglesea was struggling to put second gamer Bailey Le Maistre away while Mick Thornton was applying pressure from the other end.
Eventually Cooper started playing his free flowing game and with Brett Harding, the pair put on 99 for the second wicket with the latter departing for 40 from 70 balls.
Ash Poulton made 13 not out from 14 and Cooper’s 99 came from 116 in the final total of 2-180.
Youngster Le Maistre was tidy with 1-20 from eight overs.
At 3-36, Grove was in trouble, but speedster Dale Kerr again wreaked havoc on the top order with three wickets.
Paul Jubber and Thornton resurrected the run chase with an 88-run stand.
Thornton fell for a well made 59 from 71 while Jubber fought hard for his 34 from 63.
However, the overs ran out with the Grubbers 20 runs short.
Queenscliff consolidated second spot on the ladder with an 80-run win against St Leonards.
The Coutas batted first and were 6-73 with Taylor Bonner taking 3-18 from eight tidy overs.
Lachie Stott entered the fray and made 39 from just 28 balls and Pat Mileto hit an unbeaten 26 from 18 to push the total up to a respectable 9-160 from 40 overs.
The Saints’ batting woes continued when it was their turn at the crease with Troy Griffin the only player to reach double figures with a hard-hitting 52 from 35 balls.
It was Lachie Kidd who did the damage with the ball with 5-6 from 6.5 immaculate overs as the Saints were bundled out for 80.
Inverleigh moved into the four with a win against a plucky Collendina.
The Kookaburras made 9-154 with Jasper George making 77 and Sam Tucker getting his first big haul in the top flight with 4-28. Again it was Charlie Lamb who was the model of consistency with 2-10 from eight overs.
Collendina gave a good account of itself in the run chase, falling 20 runs short as George completed a fine player of the match performance by snaring 4-19.
Nathan Walter top scored for the Cobras with 39 while Cam Kavaliunas made 33.
Jan Juc won a thriller against Barrabool with the game going down to the wire.
Barrabool made 6-164 and the Sharks passed the target deep into the 39th over with Ben Grinter getting 78.