Minor premier Golden Point will be chock-full of confidence going into the Ballarat Cricket Association firsts finals.
Point has a semi-final date with North Ballarat fresh after giving the Roosters a lesson in the last assignment of the home and away season.
Golden Point, 217, dismissed North Ballarat for a disappointing 85 at St Patrick’s College on Saturday.
Already with losses at the hands of the two other finalists in Wendouree and Mt Clear since the mid-season break, North Ballarat needed to show something with the bat in readiness for a finals campaign.
The Roosters started day two at 0-19, but struggled. Prabath Priyankara top scored with 22, but once he was gone there was little resistance as North lost 4-6 in the middle order and 3-3 at the end of its innings.
Simon Ogilvie, 3-16 off 11 overs, and Daniel McDonald, 2-5 off seven overs, did most of the damage in the middle order collapse.
The loss opened the door for Mt Clear to climb one position and finish third, with North Ballarat dropping to fourth.
Mt Clear will meet Wendouree in a semi-final after cruising home against Napoleons-Sebastopol at Mt Clear.
Naps-Sebas was always going to struggle to get near Mounties’ massive 6-389 and had to toil hard to get to 147 in its last appearance.
Jacob Eyers, 38, Will Ringin, 25, and Anthony Taylor, 25, all made starts, but a middle order collapse of 3-13 took the task for Naps-Sebas from extremely difficult to impossible.
Ash George was the pick of the Mt Clear bowlers with 5-62 off 21.5 overs.
Darley, 5-192dec and 1-60, defeated Brown Hill, 138, as each team brought down the curtain on disappointing campaigns.
The Bulls resumed at 6-80 facing the inevitable, with Cam Inglis giving the scoreboard some respectability with 46 runs.
East Ballarat finished on a high by chasing down Ballarat-Redan's 197 with one wicket to spare in BCA firsts at Alfredton on Saturday.
The Hawks looked in control at 7-195, but two wickets in the space of one run gave Ballarat-Redan hope.
Harli Givvens, 32 (5 fours), and Harry Ganley, 40, put East Ballarat on track early, but it suffered a middle order collapse.
The departure of Ganley sparked a run of 4-19 and at 7-125 East was in trouble as a run players reached double figures, but were unable to get out of the teens.
It took a captain's knock by Josh Brown of 52 (5 fours) off 61 balls to get East Ballarat home, although his departure with two runs needed and just one wicket in hand did have the Hawks on the edge of their seats.
Brendan Thomson was Ballarat-Redan's most successful bowler with 4-36, while Lachlan Snaith was almost a match-winner with 3-21.
Golden Point 54 2.1900
Wendouree 45 1.3259
Mt Clear 39 1.6100
North Ballarat 39 1.1246
Darley 33 1.1157
East Ballarat 27 0.8959
Ballarat-Redan 21 0.9260
Napoleons-Sebas 9 0.6100
Brown Hill 0 0.3742
VRI Delacombe 62 2.1507
Wendouree 48 1.2046
Dunnstown 42 1.1124
Ballan 36 0.9366
Coronet City 34 0.7955
North Ballarat 30 0.7185
Mt Clear 18 0.7760
Golden Point 66 1.9723
Darley 54 1.1846
Ballarat-Redan 54 1.1681
Buninyong 49 1.1085
Napoleons-Sebastopol 31 0.7906
East Ballarat 30 0.7039
Brown Hill 6 0.4367
Golden Point 55 1.8580
Buninyong 46 1.5039
Ballarat-Redan 45 1.3393
Mt Clear 42 0.9786
Wendouree White 36 1.1906
Wendouree Red 36 1.0181
East Ballarat 30 0.9536
North Ballarat 30 0.9524
Darley 27 0.6390
Napoleons-Sebastopol 24 0.9419
Coronet City 24 0.8464
Brown Hill 9 0.4262
ONE-DAY A GRADE
Lucas 72 1.7787
BFB 69 1.5892
Mt Clear 42 1.0963
Burrumbeet 42 1.0897
Golden Point 27 0.5727
Newlyn 18 0.5350
ONE-DAY B GRADE
VRI Delacombe 81 1.6726
Lucas 75 1.7724 A
Burrumbeet 60 1.2580
Dunnstown 54 1.1514
Coronet City 54 1.1052
Wendouree 36 0.7697
Ballarat-Redan 33 0.6738
Brown Hill 24 0.5444
East Ballarat 21 0.5652
ONE-DAY C GRADE
BFB 84 2.0798
Ballarat-Redan 81 1.7143
VRI Delacombe 78 1.5865
North Ballarat 72 1.9830
Ballan 60 0.9341
Buninyong 36 0.8758
Darley 33 1.0270
Mt Clear 33 0.7997
Golden Point 30 0.7305
Lucas 27 0.6941
Napoleons-Sebastopol 24 0.5709
Coronet City 18 0.4840
Golden Point v North Ballarat at Wendouree No.1
Wendouree v Mt Clear at Alfredton No.1
Wendouree v Dunnstown at Western Oval
VRI Delacombe v Ballan at Northern Oval
Darley v Ballarat-Redan at Russell Square Oval
Golden Point v Buninyong at St Patrick's College No.1
Golden Point v Mt Clear at White Flat
Buninyong v Ballarat-Redan at Alfredton No.2
ONE-DAY A GRADE
Lucas v Burrumbeet at Sebastopol No.2
Ballarat Fire Brigade v Mt Clear at Brown Hill
ONE-DAY B GRADE
Lucas v Burrumbeet at Wendouree No.2
VRI Delacombe v Dunnstown at Delacombe
ONE-DAY C GRADE
Ballarat Fire Brigade v North Ballarat at Wendouree West
Ballarat-Redan v VRI Delacombe at Russell Square Oval
Ballarat-Redan v East Ballarat Gold at Alfredton No.2
Wendouree White v Wendouree Red Wendouree No.2
Darley v Elaine at Darley Civic Hub
Golden Point v Buninyong at White Flat
Ballarat-Redan v Golden Point at Sebastopol No.2
Darley v Mt Clear at Brown Hill
VRI Delacombe v Golden Point Blue at Russell Square Field
Buninyong v Ballan at Russell Square Oval
VRI Delacombe v Ballarat-Redan Green at Russell Square Field
Mt Clear Blue v East Ballarat at Russell Square Oval
Naps-Sebas/Elaine v Coronet City at Sebastopol No.2
Golden Point v Ballarat-Redan Blue at White Flat