North Ballarat will need to find something extra if it is to make an impact in its return to Ballarat Cricket Association firsts finals.
The Roosters again crashed at the hands of a fellow semi-finalist on the last day of the regular season on Saturday – slumping to be all out for 85 runs at the hands of minor premier Golden Point at St Patrick’s College.
The heavy defeat means North Ballarat slips to fourth, while Mt Clear overtakes it to slot into third.
The minor shuffle will result in Golden Point again meeting North Ballarat in a semi-final next Saturday and Sunday.
Mt Clear will face Wendouree, which had a bye this round.
North Ballarat, which had lost to Wendouree and Mt Clear in two of its previous three outings, resumed at 0-19 chasing Golden Point’s 217 and was again found wanting with the bat.
Missing Leigh Lorenzen at the top of the order really hurt, with Prabath Priyankara top scoring on 22.
There was still hope at 3-62, but the loss of 4-6 tipped the scales firmly Golden Point's way and that was the way it stayed.
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.
Andrew Warrick also had a good day with 3-31.
East Ballarat finished on a high by chasing down Ballarat-Redan's 197 with one wicket to spare.
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 also suffered a middle order collapse.
The departure of Ganley sparked a run of 4-19 and at 7-125 East was in trouble.
It took a captain's knock by Josh Brown of 52 (5 fours) off 61 balls to get East Ballarat home.
Brendan Thomson was Ballarat-Redan's most successful bowler with 4-36, while Lachlan Snaith was almost a match-winner with 3-21.
Napoleons-Sebastopol, 147, never looked like threatening Mt Clear’s 6-369, while the season could not end quick enough for Brown Hill, 138, in losing to Darley, 5-192dec and 1-60.
GOLDEN POINT 54
MT CLEAR 39
NORTH BALLARAT 39
East Ballarat 27
Brown Hill 0
ROUND 12 SUMMARY
East Ballarat (resumed at 1-12) 9-200 (J Brown 52, H Ganley 40, H Givvens 32, Thomson 4-36; L Snaith 3-21) d Ballarat-Redan 197 at Alfredton
Golden Point 217 d North Ballarat (resumed at 0-19) 85 (S Ogilvie 3-16, A Warrick 3-31, D McDonald 2-5) at St Patrick's College
Mt Clear 6-389 d Napoleons-Sebastopol 147 (J Eyers 38, W Ringin 26, A Taylor 25; J George 5-62, G Trevenen 2-30) at Mt Clear
Darley 5-192dec and 1-60 (H Jamieson 32no) d Brown Hill (resumed at 6-80) 138 (CJ Inglis 46, P White 28; B Longhurst 4-35, H Jamieson 3-24, A Rajapaksha 2-15)