A SPECTACULAR seven-wicket haul from Drew Carmody has Colts on the verge of a drought-breaking A Grade two-day win against Jung Tigers at Dudley Cornell Park.
After the Colts were sent in and dismissed for just 137 inside the 46th over, Carmody ripped through the Tigers' batting order, claiming figures of 7-14 off 11 overs to reduce the visitors to 8-84 in reply at stumps.
Colts skipper Brad Millar, who top-scored for his team with a fighting knock of 52, said he wasn't expecting to be in such a commanding position at stumps.
"Our score was definitely not enough the ground was really quick, and once you got it through it was four," he said.
"We were looking to get two or three early wickets getting eight wasn't really thought about."
On a dry wicket, Tigers captain David Puls, 2-21, and Joel Pymer, 3-48 led a strong bowling performance, with only two Colts' batsmen passing 10.
But Carmody's performance swung the game back in the Colts' favour.
Millar said it was a superb spell, but the match was far from won with the batting ability the Tigers had remaining.
"He was bowling extremely well he was swinging it, cutting it and on the spot almost every ball," Millar said.
"There's still two wickets for us to get, and the three batters they've got can play it's like they're the top four."
First-drop Tyler Neville remains undefeated on 30, with Grant Marshall yet to score and young gun Angus Adams to possibly bat at 11.
Colts last two-day win came in early 2010, also against Jung, and a win would see them move one step closer to
climbing off the bottom of the ladder while Jung need to win to keep their finals chances alive.
The grand-final rematch at Sunnyside is well poised ahead of next Saturday, with Rup-Minyip all out for 198 and Homers finishing 0-3 off three overs in reply.
Homers skipper Lachie Jones claimed 4-11, while spinner Simon Hopper picked up three wickets and opener Siphe Mzaidume two, to help dismiss the Blue Panthers inside the 69th over.
At Coughlin Park, half-centuries from Ben Sawyer and Thilan Kariyawasam carried Horsham Saints to a total of 280 against Laharum, the highest score on the club's turf wicket to date.
Sawyer, 76 runs, combined with captain Gary Davidson, 39, for a 93-run opening partnership, before Kariyawasam, 71, teamed up with the experienced Brian Bird, 36, for a 100-run stand, propelling the team to its highest score of the season.
Brad Johnson claimed 4-42 for Laharum, while opening bowler Eddy Nagorcka and spinner Matt Farr both claimed two wickets.
The Saints' bowling will be strengthened this weekend by the return of brothers Clint and Trent King, while Glenn Doyle will slot back into a strong Mountain Men batting line-up.
A third half-century for the season from Josh Colbert led Noradjuha-Toolondo to a total of 5-265 against Blackheath-Dimboola at Horsham City Oval.
Colbert, who was promoted to number three, scored 72, and found assistance from opener Rowan Scott, 49, Jordan Huff, 49 not out, and Jarred Combe, 33.
Michael McGough was the only multiple-wicket taker for the Bulls, finishing with figures of 3-24 off 12 overs