A crushing win over rivals Mt Clear has allowed Wendouree to swing momentum in its favour ahead of the Ballarat Cricket Association club firsts finals series.
The Red Caps defended their score of 150 at home on Saturday, trouncing the Mounties for just 47 in the first innings and having them 4-80 in the second dig when stumps were pulled late on day two.
That result sees Wendouree consolidate its spot at the top of the ladder and Mt Clear slip to fourth, setting up a semi final encounter between the two teams at Eastern Oval this coming Saturday and Sunday.
Wendouree’s win was its first over the Mounties this season and comes in the perfect fashion heading into yet another finals campaign.
It took captain Heath Pyke and his men a further 28 overs to skittle the Mounties, which resumed on day two at 1-5.
There was some brilliant figures returned from the Red Caps bowlers, with Eamon Johnson (5-8 off 13 overs) and David Ellis (3-26 off 15) the main culprits.
Pyke enforced the follow-on shortly before 3pm, but a more determined Mt Clear side fought hard to avoid a humiliating outright defeat in the final home and away round.
Opener Paull Jeffrey, who was dismissed cheaply in the first innings, was the mainstay with an unbeaten 32.