ROSEBUD is sitting in third place on the MPCA Sub District ladder after toppling top of the table Red Hill on Saturday.
The Buds’ win has set up an exciting finals campaign after it appeared as though it was going to be a one-horse race.
Tootgarook belting Skye has also set a cat amongst the pigeons, while Pearcedale rolling Balnarring for just 85 has opened the door for eight clubs to play finals this season.
Red Hill is the only team safe in the four. The Hillmen are on 92 points with two matches remaining.
Balnarring, Rosebud and Frankston YCW all make up the four and are on 60 points.
Skye is just outside on 60 points, while Tootgarook is banging on the door, four points behind in sixth place on 56 points.
Pearcedale and Tyabb are a game outside the top four on 48 points.
Carrum Downs (36 points) and Dromana (24) have no hope of making the finals.
There are just two games remaining this season, a two-day match starting this weekend before we finish with a one-day game to end the home and away season.
On Saturday, Rosebud needed just six wickets to get the win against Red Hill.
The Hillmen were reeling at 4/68, chasing Rosebud’s first innings total of 166.
Brian Doughty ended with 5/22 and Jason Nagel 3/51 as the Buds rolled the Hillmen for 105. Rosebud then batted for the remainder of the afternoon and finished on 4/94.
Skye made 300 chasing Tootgarook’s monster total of 407.
After Rob French blasted 130 for the Tooters and Matt Whelan belted 116 on day one of the match, someone from Skye needed a big score.
Pat Beckham scored 98 and Paul Fillipone 77 for Skye, however, they both needed to turn them into big hundreds if they were to win.
French topped off a fantastic game personally with four wickets for the Tooters.
Frankston YCW went for the outright against Dromana but fell just short.
The Hoppers made 131 in their first innings before YCW responded with 3/237 declared.
The Hoppers then held the Stonecats off, finishing at 6/156.
Tyabb did the job on Carrum Downs but also failed to get the outright win.
After scoring 254 on day one, the Yabbies needed to take 20 wickets in one day to get the outright win. They were able to take 14 wickets.
The Yabbies rolled the Cougars for 121 in the first innings and had them 4/126 in the second.
Sam Holland-Burch claimed 5/31 for the Yabbies in his second best bowling performance for the year (his best was 5/29).
Shayne Gillings finished with 4/18 and Chris Dew 3/43 in Pearcedale’s (115) win against Balnarring (86).