ELMORE almost defended its score of 58 in the Northern United Cricket Association on Saturday in what was its first loss of the season against Calivil.
The Redbacks were all out for 58 after winning the toss, and while Calivil got over the line, it lost nine wickets as it answered with 9-59.
In a game dominated by the bowlers, only three players scored in double figures – Calivil’s Lachie Ralphs (31) and Elmore’s Josh Cleary (13) and Bailey Boyack (12).
Calivil’s Ash Smith (5-10) produced the game’s best bowling figures in his side’s third win of the season.
• Heathcote’s Brayden Klemke bagged six wickets in a 95-run win over Goornong.
With Klemke snaring 6-19 off eight overs, Goornong was all out for 49.
Heathcote openers Luke Bell (41) and Patrick Ring (24) passed the target without the loss of a wicket as they put on 60 for the first wicket before the Saints finished with 144.
• Just 29.4 overs were required for Dingee to defeat Colbinabbin.
The Blowflies routed Colinabbin for just 33 in 16.4 overs, led by a haul of 4-4 from Daniel Whitfield.
As wickets tumbled around him – including six team-mates for a duck – skipper Chris Guinane, who opened the Colbinabbin innings, finished 14 n.o.
In reply Dingee was 4-43 when stumps were pulled on an early day.
• Bagshot won its fifth game in a row with a 33-run triumph over Raywood.
Bagshot’s 101 proved out of reach of the Foxes, who were all out for 68 in their chase.
The Bagshot brothers of Kym Wheelhouse (4-19) and Aaron Wheelhouse (3-5) combined for 7-24 off 11.2 overs.
A thrilling finish is set up for the Upper Loddon Cricket Association, with all eight teams still a chance of playing finals heading into the last round.
Only Arnold and Kingower have their finals positions secured, while just six points separate third-placed Bridgewater from bottom side Wedderburn.
Arnold maintained its position at the top of the ladder with a 73-run win over Inglewood on Saturday.
Inglewood lost its last five wickets for 28 runs to be all out for 167 chasing Arnold’s 9-240.
• A five wicket-haul from Nick Leach led Kingower to a comfortable win over Boort-Yando.
Leach picked up 5-11 as Boort-Yando was all out for 125, well short of Kingower’s 4-277.
Boort-Yando – which had been 4-22 early – had Jye Arnold (55) make a half-century.
• Wedderburn held on to beat Bridgewater by six runs.
Defending its 143, Wedderburn dismissed the Bulls for 137 to keep its season alive.
• Ladder – Arnold (46), Kingower (43), Bridgewater (27), Boort-Yando (27), Inglewood (25), Serpentine (25), Newbridge (22), Wedderburn (21).
• Round 10 games – Boort-Yando v Newbridge, Wedderburn v Kingower, Arnold v Bridgewater, Serpentine v Inglewood.