Katamatite has managed to stave off outright defeat against top side Barooga in their round-12 Murray Valley Premier Division match despite Justin Maley taking 10 wickets for the match.
Barooga pushed onwards with its innings quickly after resuming at 2-81, reaching 6-224 from just 53 overs as Andrew Reynoldson top scored with 83, while seven out of eight batsmen made scores above double figures.
Jordan Dickie was the pick of the Katamatite bowlers, snaring 2-47 from his 11 overs.
The home side then looked in dire trouble at 6-55, but Lachlan Sharp (21) and Steve Dawson (24) steadied the ship to spare their side the embarrassment of an outright loss and steer the total to 8-114 from 51 overs.
Justin Maley did his best to rout the tail though, taking his third wicket late in the innings for figures of 3-21 and match statistics of 10-71 from 34 overs.
Meanwhile a Dananja Madushanka unbeaten century has nearly helped Katunga turn the tables on Cobram-Yarroweyah United after losing first innings points.
United began the day at 7-111 in reply to Katunga’s 108 all out, but was cleaned up quickly by Priyankara Silva (5-56) for 137.
Madushanka then went ballistic, smashing 11 fours and two maximums on his way to 100 not out, dragging his side to 5-182 in the process to seemingly kill either side’s chance of an outright win.
Silva had other ideas though, taking 3-12 to kick-start a United collapse that saw the match finish nail bitingly with the home side on 9-53 after 24 overs.
In other matches, Nathalia easily accounted for Finley, winning the match outright after bowling the cellar dwellers our for 122 in the second innings and chasing down the required 87 runs for the loss of only two wickets, while Cobram remained in touch with top side Barooga after defeating the Deniliquin Rhino’s thanks to a five-wicket haul from Taylor Pugh.
The Rhinos now slip out of the top four to fifth on the ladder behind Waaia, which had the bye.
The two teams are separated by less than half a point in what will be a fierce battle for the right to play finals.
Barooga, Cobram and Nathalia occupy the top three positions on the ladder.
Finley has the bye this week, while Cobram plays Katunga and Nathalia hosts Barooga.
Deniliquin plays Katamatite and United travels to Waaia in the most important matches of the round as far as finals are concerned.