Invergordon returned to the top of the SJ Perry Shield table after a dominant performance against Tatura.
The away side took a liking to Howley Oval’s hard wicket, rolling Tatura for just 71 to secure first innings points by 70 runs.
But Invergordon was not done there.
The side smashed 8-93 in just 23 overs before sending Tatura back to the crease in search of an outright win.
Despite resistance from Tatura’s top order — including 44 to Sean Martin and 33 to Jonah Vraca — the home side could not hold out for long enough to stave off the comprehensive defeat, falling just seven runs short of parity.
Shepparton United also completed a stirring outright victory, jumping from eighth to fifth on the ladder after dealing with Dhurringile.
It was touch-and-go whether United would even claim first innings points though after falling to 4-19 early in its first dig and resuming at 4-71 in search of the away side’s 141.
United lost four more wickets before bettering Dhurringile’s total, but Will Adams (57), Tristan Zito (40) and Chris Giblin (19) did enough to help their side to 164.
The home side then speculatively sent the opposition in to bat again in search of unlikely second innings points, and an amazing 8-37 from 11.1 overs to Glenn Walker made that dream a reality.
Zito and Giblin (both 27 not out) needed just seven overs to secure the outstanding result with nine wickets remaining.
Nathan Baldwin (67) and Luke Dabkowski (42) led Toolamba to victory against Numurkah.
The Taipans reeled in the 197 required for victory with just three wickets in hand in the close contest.
Murchison thwarted Undera’s chances of an outright win — but only just.
The Grasshoppers had just two wickets left in the sheds when stumps were called on day two, surviving 34 overs in their second dig to deny the Lions maximum points.
In other results, Kyabram comfortably accounted for Mooroopna thanks largely to Mitch Jarrett’s 87, while Rob Thompson’s unbeaten 63 led Karramomus out of early trouble against Euroa.
●Old Students moved back into Whitelock Shield top six after comfortably defeating Toolamba.
Despite 4-28 from Xavier Dowell, the Students made their way to 7-243 from their 40 overs.
Liam Callegari (42) spearheaded the chase, but a lower-order collapse meant his side could only manage 131 all out in reply.
Kyabram triumphed by just three runs in a thrilling clash against Mooroopna.
The Redbacks made 9-137 from their 40 overs before taking the final Cat wicket on the final ball of the match.
Gary Hallum stood out for Mooroopna with 50 runs, but could not steer his side to victory.
Shane Webber was the hero for Pine Lodge in its win over Northerners.
Webber smashed 110 to help the Lodgers compile 5-228 before the Jets were restricted to 4-194.
Chris Wisely top scored for the Jets with an unbeaten 80 in the loss.
But the best performance of the round belonged comfortably to Katandra’s Sam Smith.
Smith took a liking to Central Park-St Brendan’s’ bowling attack at Katandra Primary School, belting an unbeaten 146 from 87 deliveries, which included 13 boundaries and nine sixes.
The Eagles made 5-280 on the back of the superb knock, easily enough to defeat the Tigers, despite a 165-run stand at the top of the order between Adrian Crossley (74 from 82) and Peter Hogeboom (79 from 66).