THE final four in the South West Cricket Association is set with just the pecking order to be decided with one round of the home-and-away season to go.
Mortlake has sewn up third place on the ladder after upsetting top-placed Pomborneit on Saturday.
An outstanding batting performance from Mortlake at the D.C. Farran Oval was the catalyst for the victory.
Batting first Mortlake racked up a score of 3-217 from their 50 overs with captain Todd Lamont top-scoring with an unbeaten 85 batting at number five.
Lamont played down his own form and instead deflected the credit onto the other members of his top order.
“Josh Barr batted through the innings for his 60 not out and ensured we had one really solid end all day,” Lamont said yesterday.
“We were in trouble early at 2-4 so it was very important to have the rock at the top.
“And Shane Slater did a great job at number four. He came in at a tough time but was still able to score and got his 56 at a good rate.”
The Mortlake bowlers backed up the work of their batsmen with Lamont and Clinton Baker both grabbing three wickets to restrict Pomborneit to 9-144 at the end of their 50 overs.
While Mortlake is now certain of a place in the finals and in with a shout at a top-two place, the news is not so bright for the Heytesbury Rebels.
The Rebels’ finals hopes are now gone after a batting collapse cost them any chance of victory against Noorat.
Bowling first, the Rebels did well with the ball to bowl the home side out for 150 in the 42nd over.
But the wheels fell off with the bat in hand as the Rebels lasted just 29 overs before being dismissed for 80 with Warren Attrill the pick of the Noorat bowlers with 3-33.
Fourth-placed Bookaar was the comfortable winner against Cobden after knocking the home team over on its turf wicket for 112.
Bookaar reeled in this total with little fuss, ending the day on 175 with Eddie Lucas top-scoring with 44.
Terang was too strong on its home turf for Boorcan in what was a high-scoring game.
Boorcan batted first and made 213 but an innings of 71 from Hamish Bruckner helped Terang to a winning score of 5-226.
And in the final game of the round, Simpson made 5-264 from its 50 overs and then bowled Woorndoo out for 107 to record a comfortable win on the weekend.