IT was a day for the bowlers at Spring Gully on Saturday as 16 wickets fell in the Emu Valley Cricket Association clash between the Crows and Golden Gully.
After it won the toss and batted, Golden Gully's innings lasted into just the 50th over before it was knocked over for 122.
However, the Cobras hit back in style late to take the momentum into day two after the Crows crashed to 6-39 in reply.
Spring Gully coach Damien Dunlop again led the Crows strongly with the ball, taking 4-51 off 19 overs.
It was Dunlop's second four-wicket bag in a row following his 4-38 against Maiden Gully the previous round.
Brad Gillet also played a pivotal role with the ball for the Crows. He sent down 18 overs, including nine maidens, for a return of 2-25.
Michael Schultz (2-10) and Jason Tovey (2-19) rounded out a good performance with the ball for the Crows.
No Golden Gully batting details were supplied.
Spring Gully batted 17 overs before stumps in what was a horror period at the crease for the Crows as they lost 6-39.
No Golden Gully bowling details were supplied, but Shaun O'Shea and Cameron Moore combined for three wickets each.
• Sedgwick spinner Sam Alcock claimed five wickets as the Rams bowled Maiden Gully out for 133 in the battle of the two winless teams at Evolution Oval.
Alcock snared 5-32 off 10.5 overs - his fourth haul of five or more wickets in his past 11 games dating back to round four last season.
Jordan Knight (2-25) and Scott McKenzie (2-26) took two wickets each against a Maiden Gully batting line-up that continues to struggle.
No Maiden Gully batting details were supplied.
Sedgwick was on the ropes early in its chase at 3-12, with Knight (0), Brock Watts (2) and McKenzie (4) all out cheaply.
However, captain Dustin Elliott (15 n.o.) and Jordan Ilsley (35 n.o.) saw the Rams through to 3-57.
• Emu Creek will defend a score of 224 against United at Ewing Park in the clash of the two unbeaten teams.
Backing up from their mammoth score of 7-520 the previous round, the Emus' top-order found the going much tougher against the Tigers.
The Emus were 5-56, before knocks from Tim Croke (56), Shane Hamilton (49) and Andrew Harris (27) helped push the score over 200.
Following his 163 n.o. the previous round, Simon Marwood was out for five, while captain Daniel Chamberlain on the back of his 145 last game made 31.
Josh Filo and Alex Collins combined for nine wickets for the Tigers.
Filo bagged 5-51 off 16 overs, including the key wickets of Chamberlain, Tim Hobbs (1) and Marwood, while Collins picked up 4-65 off 21 overs.
Skipper Forbes Klemm was sharp in the field, taking four catches.
United openers Will Horan (1 n.o.) and Tim Elliott (6 n.o.) faced one over before stumps, scoring seven runs.
• West Bendigo made the day's highest score of 271 against Axe Creek on the lightning fast Ken Wust Oval.
The Redbacks motored along in their innings, which lasted just 52.5 overs as they scored at a run-rate of 5.1.
Michael Peters (65) top-scored with a half-century.
Ken Bell (45), Travis O'Connell (41), captain Dion Prange (37), Ashley Durie (30) and No.11 Scott Ryan (20) also kept the runs flowing for the Redbacks.
O'Connell and Prange got the Redbacks off to a solid start with a 65-run partnership for the first wicket, while Ryan and Trent Bysouth (6 n.o.) later put on 31 for the 10th wicket.
Daniel Saaghy (4-58 off 16 overs) was the best of the Axe Creek bowlers. Nick Skeen took 3-80 off 10.5 overs.
Axe Creek went to stumps at 2-28 off 10 overs. Simon Rogers (20) and Rob Fisher (8) are the batsmen dismissed.
• Marong has given itself a chance of upsetting Mandurang at Marong Links Oval.
The Panthers dismissed Mandurang for 176, having at one stage had the Rangas 5-62.
Michael Healy (68) worked hard to rebuild the Mandurang innings in the middle-order.
Healy and opener Matt Giri (22) were the only Mandurang players to make more than 20.
The Rangas lost 4-6 late in the innings as they fell from 5-142 to 9-148, before Healy and Bruce Noble (9) put on 28 for the last wicket.
Marong's bowling was led by Adam Brown (4-51 off 16 overs) and Nic Burns (2-18 off 11).
Marong openers Thomas Huf (2 n.o.) and Zach Samuel (4 n.o.) safely negotiated three overs before stumps and will resume the run-chase this Saturday at 0-6.