EXPERIENCED batting pair Bernie Harris and Nick Kenna guided Noorat towards victory over Cobden on Saturday.
Harris (58 not out) and Kenna (18) steadied the ship after early wickets saw Noorat 2-20 chasing 135.
Matthew Baxter made 26 runs later in the innings to guide Noorat past Cobden’s total with six wickets and three overs to spare.
Noorat captain Gus Bourke credited disciplined bowling for helping his side get things back on track earlier in the day after a strong start from Cobden’s batsmen.
“We didn’t get a wicket until the 23rd over – they were 1-50 or 1-60,” he said.
“They had a really good platform but we must’ve bowled really well to get them out for 135.”
The victory leaves Noorat just one win shy of its total win record from last summer as the team vies for a return to finals.
“We have three weeks to go before the break; if we can win at least one of those, it’ll hold us in good stead,” Bourke said.
Mortlake captain Todd Lamont boomed into form with an unbeaten 101 as his side beat Terang by five wickets.
Lamont and Craig Fowler (55 not out) came to the crease within a run of one another, and put on an unbeaten 165-run partnership to guide the Cats from 5-62, past Terang’s total of 136 and on to a final score of 5-227.
Michael Voges snared a remarkable 6-17 in the Heytesbury Rebels’ 10-wicket win over Bookaar.
The Rebels bowled the Pelicans out for 110, with opening batsman Eddie Lucas making 45 runs for the visitors.
Jeff Rosolin (58) and Tom Hunt (57) saw the Rebels past the total. The home side went on to make 8-235.