A blistering Brenton Hallam half-century has helped Jung Tigers continue its Twenty20 dominance.
The opener plundered nine boundaries in his 51, off 36 balls, to set the platform for his side's 23-run win against Rup-Minyip.
Hallam wasn't alone in the half-centurions club, with skipper Angus Adams posting a crucial 55 to push the Tigers through the pivotal middle overs.
Unfortunately for the hosts, no other batter fired, ending the hope of a mammoth score.
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Clinton Midgley (2-25) and Adam Carter (1-8 off two overs) were the Blue Panthers' best with the ball, as the Jung Tigers ended their innings on 5-130.
Rup-Minyip's response started in stuttering fashion, with both openers dismissed cheaply, and the chase teetering at 2-19.
Dan Schaper (31) and Brent Hudson (21) resurrected the innings, but both would fall in quick succession.
Blake Turner (22) kept matters interesting, but ultimately it would be Jung's bowlers - led Tyler Puls (2-28) - who came out on top.
The result sees Jung Tigers stay at the top of the Twenty20 ladder, only above Noradjuha-Toolondo on percentage, and move ahead of Rup-Minyip to a finals spot on the overall ladder.
Elsewhere, Noradjuha-Toolondo triumphed in a high-scoring clash against West Wimmera.
Tony Caccaviello showed his credentials with bat in hand, blasting 60 off 35 balls to give the Bullants a perfect start.
Matt Combe (36) continued the attack to steer his side to 6-155.
The Warriors bowlers shared the wickets around; Josh Lees (1-20) the most economical off his allotment.
West Wimmera needed runs from its big players, and Nathan Alexander (15) and Mitch Dahlenburg (26) duly obliged, before both were coaxed into expansive shots by the ever-increasing required run-rate.
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Brad Alexander (37) shouldered the chase, before passing the baton to Liam Preston (20*) on his dismissal, but neither found the boundary with enough frequency.
Henry Smith looked like he could be the one to get the Warriors home, after dispatching his first two balls on to the roof of the City Oval grandstand.
But, it was too little too late, with Noradjuha-Toolondo closing out a 13-run win.
Josh Beddison (2-35) was the sole multiple wicket-taker for the Bullants.
At Coughlin Park, Homers secured a comfortable eight-wicket win against the Horsham Saints.
New-ball duo Mohan Bandara (3-17) and Craig Britten (2-10) gave their side the perfect start; tearing through the top order to have the hosts reeling at 5-15.
Josh Hedt (15) top-scored to help the Saints limp through to 69.
Quick wickets were the only thing that would save the hosts, but they never came.
Adam Atwood (32*) finished unbeaten, while contributions from Jett Hopper (17) and Nathan Koenig (16) helped Homers reached the total in the 14th over.
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