Maiden Gully Marist's defence of the EVCA T20 crown got of to a poor start on Tuesday night.
After having the bye in round one, MGM suffered a shock six-wicket loss to battling Marong in round two.
MGM openers Alex Gorrie (38 off 19 balls) and Broderick Williams (22 off 15) got their side off to a flyer, but when Gorrie fell with the score on 47 the Panthers attack regained momentum.
No other MGM batsman reached 15 as Marong restricted the visitors to 9-129 off 20 overs.
Adam Brown (3-15) was the leading wicket taker for Marong.
After making a conservative start to the run chase, the Panthers picked up the momentum in the middle overs and cruised to the total with six wickets and 14 balls in hand.
David Blume (50 not out off 41) and Tom Wilson (32 not out off 15 balls) saw the Panthers home.
Gorrie (3-19) was the pick of the MGM bowlers.
Sedgwick is the only team with two wins from two games.
After dismantling Marong in round one, Sedgwick edged out Emu Creek by 12 runs in an entertaining round two clash.
An early Simon Marwood onslaught with the bat threatened to take the game away from Sedgwick.
Marwood blasted 55 off 24 balls, including five sixes, to put Emu Creek on track for a big score.
His dismissal sparked a collapse of 5-31 and it was left to Julian Lake (33 not out) to lift Emu Creek to 6-159.
Sedgwick responded with 5-171 off its 20 overs.
Six players passed 20 led by Andrew Sheehan (43) and Greg Thomas (29 not out).
Spring Gully outclassed Axe Creek.
The Crows made 4-195 off 20 overs, with Lachlan Brook (59 off 28), James Fox (45 not out off 29), Jake Donegan (40 off 35) and Shaun Makepeace (39 off 21) in form.
In reply, Axe Creek was bowled out for 56 in just 74 balls. Alex Sutton (3-8) and Rhys Weeb (2-1) did the most damage with the ball for the Crows.
In the final game of the round, California Gully opened its account with a 34-run win over West Bendigo.
The Cobras were sent into bat and made 157 off 20 overs, thanks largely to 31 from Geoff West and 30 from Jordan Knight.
Tom Floyd (3-18) and Josh Connolly (3-24) bowled well for the Redbacks.
In reply, the Redbacks struggled to get any momentum with the bat.
Only four players reached double-figures as they plodded their way to 9-123 off their 20 overs.
Gary Singh top-scored with 31, while Jesse O'Connell (4-21) and Brad Olson (3-16) bowled superbly for the home side.
Ladder: Sedgwick 30.75, West Bendigo 17.75, Cal Gully 17.67, Emu Creek 17.32, Marong 16.84, Spring Gully 15.95, United 15.45, Mandurang 3.09, Axe Creek 2.60, MGM 2.09.
Round three games on December 17: Maiden Gully Marist v Emu Creek, West Bendigo v United, Sedgwick v Mandurang, Cal Gully v Spring Gully.
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