Spring Gully consolidated top spot on the Emu Valley Cricket Association ladder with a hard-fought 18-run win over Maiden Gully Marist on Saturday.
The win in the top-of-the-table clash was set up by the Crows' top-order.
After winning the toss and batting, Spring Gully posted 8-205 off its 40 overs.
Crows star Rhys Webb continued his outstanding season by making 77.
He now has 422 runs for the season at an average of 52.75.
Webb and Joel Bish (40) added 89 for the second wicket to put the Crows in control.
At 1-123 the Crows looked capable of scoring 240-plus, but the MGM bowlers did well to reel the visitors in.
Spinner Alex Gorrie (4-43) and veteran Rob Brown (2-54) took crucial wickets to keep Spring Gully to 205.
MGM needed a solid start with the bat, but it didn't happen.
Openers Matt Felini and Broderick Williams were back in the sheds before the score reached 35.
Gorrie tried to lift MGM and at 2-81 the home side was in a solid position.
However, a middle-order collapse saw MGM lose 5-19 and its momentum.
At 9-146 the game looked done and dusted before MGM's last pair Shane Rabbitt (51 not out) and Liam Gill (7) added 41 for the final wicket.
Gill was last man out in the final over of the run chase with MGM dismissed for 187.
Byron Perrin was the pick of the bowlers for Spring Gully.
After dismissing both opening batsmen, Perrin returned late in the day to claim the final wicket and finish with figures of 3-30.
James Fox (2-34) and Liam Pilcher (2-28) also did a good job with the ball.
The loss saw MGM slip to fourth on the ladder.
Second place was taken over by the United Tigers.
The Tigers' winning run continued with a four-wicket victory over California Gully.
The Cobras put the pressure on the Tigers by posting 197 with the bat.
Jesse O'Connell (68) and Travis Nolan (40) put on 87 runs for the third wicket.
The target looked even bigger when United slumped to 3-41.
However, good teams find a way to win under pressure and that's been a trademark of United's surge.
After taking 2-20 with the ball, skipper Harry Whittle (52) made another half-century and Tom Calvert proved somewhat of an unlikely hero.
Playing his first division one game of the season, Calvert guided the Tigers home with an unbeaten 55.
He received great support from Troy Young, who posted a brisk 40.
The Tigers have now on five games on the trot.
Reigning premier Sedgwick moved to third spot on the back of its six-wicket win over Mandurang.
The man of the match for the Rams was the evergreen Scott McKenzie.
McKenzie took 3-20 with the ball, including the key wicket of Mandurang's leading run scorer Matt Pask (50).
Chasing Mandurang's total of 9-175, McKenzie made an unbeaten 61 and was involved in a crucial 69-run stand for the third wicket with Greg Thomas (45).
The Rams had six wickets and two overs up their sleeve when they scored the winning runs.
Emu Creek moved a step closer to the top four by outclassing Marong.
Simon Marwood (64), Coby Hansen (45) and Tyrone Downie (30) made key contributions with the bat as Emu Creek posted a formidable 8-230 off 40 overs.
In reply, Marong only had two batsmen reach double figures.
David Blume made 61 and Nathan Green (26 not out) in the Panthers' paltry total of 121.
Six of the seven Emu Creeb bowlers used took wickets, with Dallas Widdicombe (3-11) the chief destroyer.
In the final game of the round, bottom side Axe Creek gave West Bendigo a scare.
Dean Comensoli (52) and Paul Barber (41) lifted Axe Creek to a competitive toal of 9-170.
Josh Connolly (3-34) was the best with the ball for West Bendigo.
Axe Creek gave itself a chance of causing an upset win when it had West Bendigo 2-16 and 5-123, but the Redbacks held firm and snuck over the line for a three-wicket win.
Connor Robertson (33), Matt Gould (32) and Ben Derrick (31) were the mainstays of the West Bendigo innings.
Jakk Trenfield (2-24), Jesse Trenfield (2-35) and Comensoli (2-35) were the leading wicket takers for the gallant Axe Creek.
Another round of one-day matches will be played next Saturday.
California Gully is at home to Sedgwick, Emu Creeks hosts Spring Gully in the match of the round, West Bendigo tackles Maiden Gully Marist, Mandurang travels to Axe Creek and United plays Marong.
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