Cobram will be thanking its lucky stars for Adam Decicco and Barooga will be asking what it did right to have Trent Batchelor in the team.
Both men were saviours for their sides on day one of the two-day matches.
Middle order batsman Decicco chose the perfect time to produce his top score of the season on Saturday, scoring 79.
It was the difference between a poor score and an embarrassing one for Cobram.
His team were all out for 157 on the opening day of the two-day contest with the Deniliquin Rams.
It was a disastrous performance by the Cobram side, with only two other players able to register scores more than 10.
James Daniel made 20, while Lewis McShane made 21.
The fourth highest score for the team was the extras, contributing a solid 19 as the side crumbled.
By the close of play Cobram had regained some control of the game, knocking off two of Deniliquin’s wickets to have the side 2-19, still 138 runs behind.
Decicco, continuing his performance as saviour of his side, contributed one of those wickets to the total.
●On the road in Katamatite, Barooga followed Deniliquin’s pattern almost perfectly.
Barooga sent Katamatite in and performed a demolition job on the opposition.
Batchelor steamrolled through with an incredible seven wicket haul, also bowling two maidens to finish with figures of 7-34.
Five of Katamatite’s players were able to get double figures, but with the top score of the game being 32, they were always going to struggle to get a high team score.
In all, they were rolled for 131 in over 65.
But Katamatite would get its own back.
Batchelor could not add with the bat — and neither could any of his teammates — with the side in serious trouble at the close of play on 4-26.
Cobram and Barooga have relied in this game on an individual, but if they are going to get the wins in this match, the sides need to have a full team contribution for the rest of the match.