A MAIDEN century to Holbrook’s Josh Jones has put the Brookers in with a wonderful chance to grab an unlikely finals’ spot.
Jones tore the TRYC bowlers apart on a superb Yerong Creek batting wicket to post 113 in the Brookers imposing score of 309.
Starting the final round 10 points behind the home side, they are now in a strong position to win just their second game and sneak into finals action. Dylan Fairall assisted Jones nicely with 65, while promising young left hander Coby Ross made his second half century of the year with 60.
Veteran seamer Col Hagen claimed 4/42 in the run purge, while the lanky Alec Rowell took 3/52 on a wicket that offered little for the pacemen. TRYC will resume Saturday at 0/4 with a win its only way of preventing Holbrook from taking fourth place from the side.
Culcairn bounced back strongly following its upset loss to Holbrook last week, by travelling to Henty and compiling 7/244.
Steve Brand was back in good form with 73, while Brendan Sheather chipped in with an invaluable 32.
Culcairn, who are going to finish third, will again play Henty in week one of finals.
The Swampies pace attack was well led by left armer Chris Manns who took 3/36, while Dylan Hore-Smith backed him up with four wickets.
LOCKHART go into this Saturday’s Division Two finals as one of the most red hot favourites in the history of HDCA Division Two cricket. Unbeaten all year, and hardly pushed at any stage, their opponent will be Uranquinty, who they beat last week.
Lockhart made 7/151 before dismissing Uranquinty for 112. Jim Mitchell (38) top scored for Lockhart, while Mark Alcorn took 4/24 for Quinty.
Henty kept Culcairn out of the finals by defeating them by 40 runs with Nick Zumbo leading the charge with 62 and Steve Zweck 61.
Holbrook warmed up for its finals clash with Henty next week, by easily accounting for TRYC at Holbrook’s turf wicket.
Good contributions from Scott Lister, 41, Ben McKenna, 40, and Brett Strong, 35, led Holbrook to victory, while Greg Jolliffe grabbed 3/54 for TRYC.