BOOKAAR kept its South West Cricket finals chances fluttering with a confidence-boosting 30-run win against ladder leader Pomborneit on Saturday.
Lachlan Green (28 runs), Fraser Lucas (28), Keith Baker (21) and Joe Muir (25) all got starts as Bookaar cobbled together 165 at Camperdown Showgrounds.
The Bulls were all out for 135 in reply.
Muir was Bookaar’s leading wicket-taker with 3-31 and promising teenager Henry Green made the most of his four balls, taking 2-0.
Bookaar captain Fraser Lucas credited his side’s bowling performance for the win.
“We made 164 and I thought we were a fair few short and were probably lucky to get that total, we were lucky a couple of bottom-order batters made runs,” he said yesterday.
“As soon as we went out to bowl we started well.
“We took four pretty quick wickets and they were key wickets.”
Pomborneit was in trouble at 4-19 but Darcy Skene (31) and Coby Dudman (65) put on a 66-run fifth-wicket stand.
Lucas described the partnership as “crucial” to the Bulls’ chances.
“Once we got Darcy Skene out I was confident we’d win,” he said.
Lucas said the win kept Bookaar’s fight for a top four spot alive.
“A lot of people didn’t expect Noorat to lose and to stay with Heytesbury or Terang we had to win,” he said.
“It keeps us a little closer to fourth and a little closer to third as well.”
Heytesbury Rebels won a low-scoring match against Terang.
The Rebels batted first and mustered 118 runs.
Joel Moriaty (21) built on his strong Warrnambool Under 17 Country Week form and Chris Vogles chimed in with 26 down the order.
Terang bowlers Tim Keane (3-14), Ben Grinter (2-8), Damien Wynd (1-8), Kym Mathew (1-13) cleaned up the Rebels’ line-up.
But Terang struggled in reply, all out for 111.
Grinter (20) and Brandon Bant (21) showed some resistance, as did tailender Mathew who finished unbeaten on 18.
Vogles was Rebels’ most effective bowler, snaring 4-17.
Adam Doak (3-14), Brad Hallyburton (2-14) and Sam Hickey (1-1) also caused headaches for Terang.
Cobden celebrated a surprise 84-run win against Noorat.
Brent Goonan (60), Angus Uwland (45) and Sam Harkin (38) guided Cobden to 6-214.
Noorat was dismissed for 130 in reply, with Cobden teenager Johnathan Benallack (3-19) and Jackson Rock (3-39) doing the damage with the ball.
Boorcan batsman Patrick Heffernan made a match-winning century in his side’s nine-wicket triumph against Woorndoo.
James Scott (4-31) and Tim Fleming (3-21) rattled Woorndoo, which was restricted to 123.
Boorcan went on to post 3-301 in reply.
Heffernan surpassed Woorndoo’s entire total, making 124 batting at number three.
Gus Bourke chimed in with an unbeaten 54 and Matt Boyle contributed 52.
Heffernan said the ton was his first for Boorcan’s A grade side.
“I got a fair bit of luck on the way but helping the side out was the main thing,” he said.
“I started off slow and once we got within 30 runs I tried to tee off.
‘‘I was lucky to get a few in the middle.”
Heffernan said the win, Boorcan’s second from 11 rounds, was much-needed.
“We’ve struggled with the bat so it was good for us to get a score on the board,” he said.
Mortlake recorded a four-wicket win against Simpson.
Cats’ trio Clinton Baker, Todd Robertson and Shane Slater each took three wickets as the Tigers were dismissed for 85.
James Tarbolton’s 54 was the catalyst in Mortlake’s successful run chase.
The Cats finished all out for 123.