NHILL outgunned Kiata in round three West Wimmera Cricket Association action on Saturday to remain on top of the ladder.
Kiata won the toss against the Tigers and elected to bowl, but struggled to make inroads against Nhill’s top order.
Opener Steve Graham scored 36 before eventually being run out, while Aaron Cramer, 37, and Shaun Smith, 16, were handy with the bat.
Luke Smith’s duck proved to be the lone misfire for Nhill, with Geordie Wood and Zac Webb finishing unbeaten to take the home side to 4-121 from its 35 overs.
Todd Alexander, Tom Driscoll and Austin Merrett were all single wicket-takers for Kiata.
The Highwaymen’s run chase initially appeared to be going smoothly, with openers Liam Albrecht and Heath Preston combining for 62 runs. But the Kiata momentum soon stalled, with their next seven batters failing to record double-figures.
Frazer Driscoll and Seth Croot were left stranded at the end of the day, still 30 runs short of Nhill’s total.
The other West Wimmera match saw Winiam break through for its first win against struggling Jeparit.
Wolves captain Brad Clark followed up his bowling heroics from last week with a dominant batting display.
Batting at number three, Clark scored 71 runs and put on an 84-run partnership with Shannon Launer to set up Winiam’s 8-161.
Jeparit could do little in reply as top three batsmen Adrian King, Brad Keller and Judd Spokes all fell for ducks and only Trevor James and Tim Braendler scored more than a single run.
Jeparit’s 8-64 saw it lose the match by 97 runs.