Eastern Hill v Yea Tigers
Yea was sent in to bat and immediately put under pressure.
Hayden Sherwood, who finished with 4-21 off nine overs, steadily ploughed through the Tigers’ top order, although Nathan Beattie (24) and Michael Waghorn (41) did manage to make an impact.
Dallas Bergowicz was also dangerous, taking 3-16 off seven overs, while Brandyn Grenfell took 2-22, and Stuart Hanley claimed a single but important wicket.
Despite having plenty of overs in hand, Eastern Hill was nearly bowled out before reaching their target of 111, with Yea’s Lachie and Nathan Beattie claiming six wickets between them.
Billy Cox (23), Bergowicz (30) and Matt Collard (19) top-scored for Eastern Hill, who ultimately won by two wickets.
Kilmore v Puckapunyal
In another close game, Puckapunyal defeated Kilmore by five runs.
Wicketkeeper Danny Webb (75) carried the team to 8-172.
The total grew as 17 extras, including five no-balls from Robert Hanson, steered the team to a difficult score to chase.
Kilmore struggled in reply, with no player getting past 30 runs on the scoreboard.
A strong showing by Jeffrey Marshall (3-32) with the ball meant Kilmore were all out for 168.
Pyalong v Tallarook
Tallarook won the toss and made 6-164 batting first.
In reply, Pyalong got the runs with 16 overs to spare.
Matt Robertson (88 not out) ensured Pyalong won, placing it second on the ladder, equal on points with Alexandra.
Jayson Meade (53) provided strong support.
Eastern Hill v Seymour Maroon
The visitors batted first and reached 158.
Jake Williamson top-scored with 63, while Hayden Saunders made 37 and James Voogt made 20.
Dylan Cook was Eastern Hill’s best bowler, finishing with 2-11 off eight overs.
Eastern Hill then glided to a seven wicket victory.
Seymour Gold v Nagambie
First-placed Nagambie crushed tenth-placed Seymour Gold.
Nagambie reached Gold’s total of 100 with 19 overs to spare.