FIVE-WICKET hauls to new ball pair Tim Bell and Tim Germano have put St Mary's in a commanding position against Marnoo after day one of their A Grade clash in Warracknabeal.
The undefeated Saints dismissed Marnoo for just 87 runs, with Germano claiming 5-23 and Bell, the Saints' skipper, picking up 5-16 before reaching 2-49 at stumps.
Gary Cameron, 29 runs, and Stewart Macpherson, 44, were the only Marnoo batsmen to reach double figures, combining for a 55-run partnership before the last six wickets fell for just 10 runs.
Bell said Germano's performance was important with the side missing a few front line bowlers.
"Tim got the ball rolling with the first four wickets, and he bowled really well he also took a screamer one-handed in gully," he said.
Bell said if not for a few dropped chances, his side could have been chasing closer to 40.
"Macpherson and Cameron had a good partnership, but we dropped both of them early," he said.
Darcy Cameron picked up two early breakthroughs for Marnoo, and Bell said regular opening batsman Nick Germano was unable to bat after injuring himself celebrating a wicket earlier in the day.
Bell will resume this Saturday on 16 runs, alongside Kane Taylor on 24.
St Arnaud is on the brink of ending a four-match losing streak after a strong all-round performance against Jeffcott at home.
Lachie Patching led the way with 4-34, while David Kennett chimed in with three wickets and skipper Jacob Patching two, as the Saints dismissed the visitors for 134 in the 42nd over.
Jeffcott lost wickets at regular intervals, with three batsmen reaching the twenties but none going on to make big scores.
In reply, St Arnaud are 3-112 .
Donald has runs on the board after its match against Charlton at Rich Avon, after a Will Sexton half century carried the side to a total of 237.
Sexton, 57 runs, received support from Dion Hawkes, Jake Leith and Brent Gilmour, who each chipped in with 30, while Tim Smyth claimed 3-53 for the Blues.
Wycheproof-Narraport could be eyeing off an upset, after dismissing Brim-Kellalac-Sheep Hills for 173 on Saturday in Wycheproof.
Five batsmen were dismissed in the teens, with only Mark McPherson passing 20, before becoming one of Matt Nicholls' five wickets.
The Demons will resume this week on 0-18, after batting through a trickey four-over period before stumps.