Cameron McGregor’s 183 helped Central Park-St Brendan’s to a huge total in Saturday’s Jim McGregor Shield game with Dookie.
The sides entered the game at opposite ends of the log-jammed C-grade ladder; the Tigers are third with 39 points while Dookie is eighth, but just nine points behind.
But Dookie’s chances of breaking into the top six faded during a long day in the field when the Tigers piled on 6-412 in 80 overs.
McGregor’s mammoth ton included 23 fours and three sixes, and he got plenty of help throughout from Charles Boyer (67 n.o), Nicholas Younghusband (39), Xavier Trevaskis (35) and Mitchell Trevaskis (30).
At Mooroopna, it was a disappointing day for the home side as it was knocked over by league-leader Pine Lodge for 121.
Cats captain Troy Brown put up a fight with 35, but he fell to the bowling of Devinder Singh, just one of his victims in a smart 4-14 spell.
At stumps Pine Lodge had the points in the bag, quickly moving to 4-142 in 28 overs.
Hayden Cann made his best score of the season in a powerful display of big hitting.
He hit eight sixes on his way to a speedy 84 before being bowled by Reilly Young, who was the best of the bowlers with 2-22.
Euroa met Murchison away from home with both sides right in the finals mix.
Murchison will be chasing 185 for victory next Saturday after a late fightback from the visitors.
Euroa was 8-106, but was saved by Nicholas Dowell’s 66 from 69 balls.
Five different Murchison bowlers picked up two wickets in a game that could lock up a finals berth for the winner.
Bottom side Tatura still had slim finals chances heading into its game with Karramomus, and did its chances no harm with a strong first innings total of 9-282.
Tatura is only one game back from sixth position and could still sneak into finals with wins in the last two rounds.