Kyabram’s Clyde Young Shield side looks set to keep its brilliant winning streak in tact after a dominant bowling performance against Numurkah.
Five of its six bowlers got a wicket as Numurkah was brushed aside, all out for 114 in 79 overs.
James Pruden (20) and Daniel Hughes (16) were strong at the top of the order for the Blues before Brett O’Dwyer produced his side’s top score with 33 not out.
At 5-85 it looked like Numurkah could push on and make a competitive total, but its tail offered little, the last five wickets falling for 29 runs.
Connor Hawes led Kyabram with 3-25 and Angus McKenzie and Kanwal Singh each took two.
Kyabram has not lost since round three with eight consecutive wins only interrupted by the abandoned game against Undera.
Second-placed Euroa showed how polished its batting line-up can be with 8-309 against Northerners.
Opener Linton Colclough’s sensational 130 was the highlight of the day, smashing 10 fours and three sixes.
He had support from his batting partners all day, particularly from Brad Gleeson who made 54.
Karramomus also impressed with the bat making 255 against Old Students.
Chris Crouch equalled his biggest score of the season with 81, with Paul Trevaskis (48) and Brocq Robertson (41) getting around him.
A win is vital for Karramomus in the tight race for finals, sitting sixth.
Meanwhile finals-bound Undera swept aside Shepparton United, bowling it out for just 54.
In a balanced bowling display, Bayden Bailey led Undera with a tidy 3-8.
The Lions had the points locked up by stumps, despite losing their first four wickets for 14.
Steven Valentin (34 not out) and Bailey (13 not out) got them to 5-74 by the day’s end.
Katandra is clinging to a spot in the finals after a difficult day against Mooroopna.
The Mooroopna bowlers were up and about, with suffocating bowling only allowing Katandra 96 runs before being bowled out.
Joel May was the star with a dynamic 5-26 coming from his 14 overs.
In response Mooroopna looked strong at the crease, moving to 2-64 at stumps.
Taylor Hall (26 not out) and Jeff Vandermeer (14 not out) remained unbeaten at the close of play to put Mooroopna in a position to push for an outright win that could help steal a finals berth.
Tatura’s Tom Casey led his side to a commanding position with a majestic 157 against Central Park-St Brendan’s.
Tatura batted all day and finished at 6-305.
Heath Fidock produced a season’s best 69 to also get among the runs.