Golden Point finished just four wickets off an outright victory against Brown Hill.
The Pointies set out to simply gain a win as it looked to defend its 292 runs, but after bowling the Bulls out for 118 in quick fashion, all of a sudden the 10 points looked to be on the table.
Skipper Josh White knew that if that was going to be the case it needed to strike early as Brown Hill tried to survive 33 overs.
Brown Hill managed to do so, finishing the day at 6-74.
White said his group was far from its best despite taking 16 wickets, however he was pleased to bank the win.
“We didn’t get early wickets in the second innings, (so) we didn’t have a great chance after that,” White said.
“It’s always nice to be able to take that many wickets in a day, (but) we weren’t at our best – obviously Brown Hill have some inexperienced players in there as well.
“We got the job done.”
WENDOUREE posted an important one-day win over East Ballarat.
The Red Caps successfully tracked down the Hawks 241-run total with four wickets in hand.
Wendouree have only one more match this season, meaning Saturday’s victory was a crucial one to ensure its place in the top four.
“It’s very pleasing, they’re a good side,” Skipper Gavin Webb said.
Cole Roscholler top-scored with 54 while Matt Smith belted 48 runs off 28 deliveries.
Jack Peeters took 4-43 with the ball.
PATIENCE was required on Saturday at Alfredton Oval, and has been for much of the season for Ballarat-Redan, but that patience is starting to be rewarded.
The youthful Combine made it back-to-back victories with an 85-run victory on Saturday.
As Ballarat-Redan looked to defend its 285 runs, it became clear the key wicket was opener Daniel Scott. As six teammates fell around him, Scott was eventually dismissed for 73 from 170 balls.
The crucial wicket fell moments after Nathan Doonan went out – Lachlan Snaith snaring both, to take Naps-Sebas to 7-162.
Napoleons-Sebastopol were eventually all out for 200.
Captain Jayden Hayes was rapt to come away with the win in what was a mature performance.
“We’re undefeated in 2018,” Hayes joked.
“They didn’t give us much, it was just a case of being patient, we took all the chances that came to us.
“We’ve got a bit of confidence now.”
MT CLEAR gave itself 55 overs to try and bowl North Ballarat out in order to post outright victory, but it could only manage four wickets.
The Mounties were in no rush, keeping one eye on Sunday’s important one-day clash with Darley.
Mt Clear added 89 runs to its day one total, eventually declaring for 7-205 – 134 runs ahead of North Ballarat. It would have to settle for the six points as the Roosters finished at 8-137