RUP-MINYIP defied the odds to beat Lubeck-Murtoa outright despite losing the first innings in B Grade competition on Saturday.
In an extremely low-scoring first day, it seemed like Lubeck-Murtoa was poised for an outright win after holding the visitors to just 36 first-innings runs.
Lubeck-Murtoa opening batsman Hamish Gawith’s 34 runs gave his side a second-innings total of 109 for a 146-run advantage.
Rup-Minyip showed its class in the final innings to walk away with the outright win.
Jason Farlow’s 64 runs steadied the ship after opener Matthew Downer was dismissed for a duck. Nicholas Hudson’s 43 sealed the result.
Mark Hatcher’s valiant 4-45 bowling performance could not get Lubeck-Murtoa across the line.
The result sees the Blue Panthers still undefeated atop the ladder with Lubeck-Murtoa in second.
Jung Tigers clawed their way back into B Grade finals contention by defeating Horsham Saints in the final day of their two-day match at the weekend.
The Saints were always going to face a tough battle after being set a first-innings total of 243 on day one.
Jung’s bowling made the task even more daunting.
Four bowlers claimed multiple wickets and three conceded less than 1.5 runs an over.
Thomas Sudholz, 2-3 from nine overs, put in an incredible performance.
Patrick Laffy, Jason Frost and Frank Marklew were the other wicket-takers.
The Tigers were so dominant that only Saints Matt Grace and Mark Ferguson made it to double-figures in their side’s 85-run innings.
Searching for an outright win, the Tigers sent the Saints back into bat again but could not make any headway.
While the Saints struggled to make runs in their first innings, there was no shortage of them in the second.
Captain Brett Thompson scored 58 not out, while Mark Ferguson and Thomas Wentworth made more than 30 runs apiece.
The win saw the Tigers draw even on wins with the Saints, although the Saints still sit in fourth place because of a percentage buffer.
Natimuk-Goroke and Noradjuha-Toolondo could not be separated in C Grade action after both being dismissed for 67.
Matt Ward starred for the Bullants with four wickets from five overs, while John Heard and Hayden Fleay captured three each.
Noradjuha-Toolondo seemed set for victory but Natimuk-Goroke produced an equally-brilliant bowling performance, with Andy Joyce taking three wickets and Terry Reid, Nathan Robinson and Thomas Janetzki also chiming in.
In other results, Quantong beat Blackheath-Dimboola by forfeit, Colts had a narrow victory against Horsham Saints and Homers easily defeated Laharum.