BALLARAT Cricket Association’s leading paceman Matt McMahon bowled Brown Hill into a winning position on Saturday.
McMahon took his list of scalps to 41 this season with a seven-wicket haul in the Bulls’ club firsts clash with Golden Point at Western Oval.
The opener snared figures of 7-52 to roll the Pointies for 164 and set up an achievable run chase for the home side.
McMahon’s efforts with the ball were vital in keeping the visitors in check, particularly after top-order bat Dwayne Hiscock, fresh from his maiden first eleven century, and skipper Josh White started to build a strong platform early in the day.
Following the wicket of Andrew Falker for just seven, the pair took Golden Point to 1-81 before the Bulls started to wrest control of the situation.
Hiscock departed for 38, Simon Ogilvie shortly after for three and then White for 45 to have the Pointies at 4-107.
And things never really improved for the batting side, which despite Damian Kline (39), put up little resistance before being bowled out at 5.18pm.
This left the Bulls some 13 overs to negotiate late in the day, and their run chase began poorly.
Nathan Edwards (two) and Paul White (0) both went cheaply to the bowling of Daniel White, with captain Jason Knowles helping square the ledger moving into the second day with an unbeaten 30 in quick time.
This left Brown Hill 2-34 at stumps, needing a further 131 runs for victory with eight wickets in hand.