OSBORNE had a close escape in its trip to Walla with the visitors getting home by just two wickets in a nervous and tense finish.
Set just 124 for victory the second placed Osborne lost its eighth wicket with six runs still needed. They eventually got the runs with Nick Perryman top scoring with 38.
Tom Simmons went wicketless for Walla but bowled a great spell with just nine runs coming from his eight overs. Veteran Darren Howard made a valuable 26 for Osborne.
Earlier Simmons (27) and Chris Hutchison (32) played a lone hand in Walla total of 124.
James Kennedy was the star for Osborne grabbing 6-20.
Walla despite the loss can’t miss finals with two rounds remaining and will almost certainly finish fifth.
Osborne are still just half a game off top spot.
HOLBROOK put a serious dent in Lockhart’s final’s aspirations, knocking the Demons out of the top six with a 97-run win at Holbrook Sporting Complex.
A depleted Lockhart who fielded just eight players has lost its position in the top six to Culcairn. Both teams are equal on wins but Culcairn has superior quotient.
Holbrook skipper Hamish Mackinlay made his second straight half century, while cousin Andrew Mackinlay (39) and Tom Heriot (26 no) saved the innings from a spot of trouble.
Holbrook lost two wickets before it scored to Clint Renner’s guile, before recovering to make 9-175.
Renner was best of bowlers with 2-9 and Zac Burkinshaw 3-18.
Brad McMillian top scored for Lockhart with an unbeaten 26.
Hayden Wishart 3-12 and Eddie Edlinger 2-21 bowled well for Holbrook.
WALBUNDRIE has kept alive its hopes of a home final with a convincing win over TRYC. The home side won in impressive fashion by 54 runs.
The Tigers who are currently in fourth place sit just one win from second placed Osborne and half a game behind Rand who are in third.
Scott Montgomery maintained his good form with 93, while Jarrod Millar added a very handy 40 as Walbundrie posted an imposing 8-203.
Todd Hannam, Ben Willis, and Aiden Ridley all took two wickets for TRYC who now must win the last two games to have any chance of playing finals.
TRYC were bowled out for 149 in the run chase with Damian Wardius 3-29 the star.
Jeremy Duck, Alex McMaster and Jarrod Millar all took two wickets.
Rand completed a five wicket win at home against Burrumbuttock, who batted out its innings in encouraging signs.
The Swans’ leading run scorer Trent I’Anson made 65 to give him 444 runs for the season.
Adam I’Anson chipped in with 35 as they made 6-143.
Rand used nine different bowlers to try and wedge out the resistance.
The Pigeons completed two run outs as only four wickets fell to the bowlers.
A Daniel Lieschke half century (52) and Will Swift (35) ensured the Pigeons got the points with seven overs to spare.
Tim Doherty took 3-22 for Burrumbuttock.
CULCAIRN jumped back inside the top six with a comfortable 98-run win over old rivals Henty at Culcairn Sportsground.
The victory was on the back of its best batting and bowling performance of the season.
Despite a tough final two rounds the Lions are a great chance to play finals.
The competitions leading run scorer Steve Brand made 56, with Vince Chaffey (49) and Brendan Sheather (25) adding good support as the made 3-163.
Henty really struggled against the miserly Culcairn attack with Brett Starick 3-11 off eight, Sheather 1-12 off eight and Dylan Pumpa 111 off seven setting the tone.
- Walbundrie v Holbrook
- Burrumbuttock v Walla
- Lockhart v TRYC
- Rand v Henty
- Osborne v Culcairn
- Holbrook 66, Osborne 63, Rand 60, Walbundrie 57, Walla 42, Culcairn 30, Lockhart 30, TRYC 18, Henty 18, Burrumbuttock 6.