YAMBUK champion Steve Gleeson was the rock that would not move while Tom Sinnott played the support role his side desperately needed.
The Buks remain unbeaten in Grassmere Cricket Association’s A grade thanks defiant displays from the two batsmen against Grassmere.
They were reeling at 8-81 in pursuit of 8-166 when Sinnott joined Gleeson at the Purnim Recreation Reserve crease on Saturday.
What followed was a rescue mission to remember and another reason why Yambuk is favourite to claim the GCA A grade premiership.
Gleeson resumed the day on one and was stoic in making 59 not out from 59 overs in his first knock since injuring a hamstring in December.
Sinnott was similarly important in making 35 not out. Together, they put on a match-winning 85 for the ninth wicket as Yambuk finished at 8-166.
In other GCA A grade matches, Panmure was convincing in wrapping up a 161-run win against Mailors Flat at Winslow Recreation Reserve.
The Jets were 3-88 overnight and lost their last seven wickets for 66 to be all out for 154, well short of the Bulldogs’ 5-315 declared from day one.
Peter Hunter top-scored on day two with 31 while Nathan Shand, Tom Wright and Ben Meade each picked up three wickets.
The charge of Killarney continued with a convincing a 138-run win against Purnim at Killarney Recreation Reserve.
The Crabs, with 8-255 on the board from day one, reduced the Bulls to 4-5 before dismissing them for 117.
An 86-run fifth-wicket partnership between Steve Priestly (48) and Luke Ryan (40) was all that prevented the Bulls from suffering a heavier defeat.
Joel Henry grabbed 4-28 to be the pick of the bowlers while Brayden Buchanan finished with 2-3 from six overs.
And Hawkesdale kept its slim finals hopes alive with a 30-run win against Wangoom at Hawkesdale Recreation Reserve.
Hawkesdale made 231 on day one and bowled Wangoom out for 201. Cats paceman Lachlan Glare took 5-66 and Brad Smith finished with 4-50.
Chris Rollo top-scored with 50 opening the Roosters’ innings while captain Brett Tory made 32.