AN OUTRIGHT victory for Seaford Tigers was predicted last week against Ballam Park and that’s exactly what unfolded on Saturday.
The win sees the Tigers cement their position in the top four, a wonderful performance in their first season up from Sub District.
On Saturday against the hapless Knights, the Tigers resumed their second innings at 5/191.
They eventually declared at 6/292 with Ash Mills belting the Knights attack to all parts of the ground. He finished unbeaten on 111, while Dave James smacked 74.
The Tigers’ bowlers then went to work and rolled the Knights in their second innings for 153.
David Roach top scored for the home team with 45 while Michael Casey scored 34 batting at three.
At one stage the Knights were going alright at 1/89.
Mark Carroll was the one who turned the game for the Tigers, coming on late, bowling 13 overs and snaring 6/40.
The Tigers then took just one over to score the 10-plus runs it needed for outright victory.
Main Ridge staged a wonderful comeback to win its season-defining game against Boneo.
Chasing 302 for victory, Main Ridge resumed at 1/2 and were up against it.
However, its top order impressed with Michael Holmes scoring 73, night watchman Nick Gage hit 68, Brad Rossborough scored 79 and Gareth Wyatt 54 to help the Ridge to 5/307 and victory.
The Ridge are just a game outside the top four with two matches remaining.
Pines is another team that locked itself into the finals, easily accounting for Hastings.
Scoring 234 after at one stage being 8/114, Pines was always in control of the match against the Blues.
Early wickets (5/77) put the Blues on the back foot, although Luke Hewitt (34), Jake Hewitt (25) and Brad Watson (39) all offered some resistance.
Nick Wilcox and Ricky Ramsdale each claimed three wickets for the Piners while Pat Jackson snared 2/13.
Flinders got the job done against Carrum, losing only six wickets on the way to victory.
Flinders deserved to win the match after having the Lions against the wall on day one of the match. Lachy Dobson (76) and Jackson Fry (29) put on more than a 100 for the final wicket for Carrum last week.
However, the Sharks made sure they didn’t have to rely on the tail to get the job done.
Luke Adams top scored with 71 while Tim Clarke scored 58.
Baden Powell was always up against it to chase down the 314 needed for victory against Delacombe Park.
The Braves did have a reasonable crack at it though, finishing on 234.
Anjula Perera played his best innings for the season, scoring 68, while Josh Waldron fell just one short of his half century (49).
Chris Brittain finished off a sensational game personally for the Parkers, taking 4/46 to go with his 104 with the bat.
Shane Deal was his usual impressive self with 3/20.
Somerville smashed Seaford, winning by almost 180 runs.
After scoring 6/311 on day one of the match, the Eagles needed to take 17 wickets in extremely hot conditions to claim the outright win.
It was always going to be tough for the home side.
Resuming at 3/20, Seaford managed to get to 127 in their first innings. The Eagles’ Justin Allsop had figures of 2/0 overnight and finished with 3/16, while Keith Burdett snared 2/5 to go with his unbeaten 74.
In the second innings, Seaford finished on 3/91, teenager Damien Lawrence belting an unbeaten 60 for Seaford, their only saviour all season.