CRIB Point are eight points clear in second place on the MPCA Provincial ladder after picking up an outright win against Baxter on Saturday.
The Magpies headed into the second day of the clash having already won the match after bowling out Baxter for 88 on day one.
Resuming at 7/179, the Pies added just 12 more runs before Baxter were back out to bat. Ricky Thompson top scored for the Magpies with 45, which included three fours and two sixes.
The second innings didn’t fare much better for Baxter. In fact, it was much, much worse.
The visitors lasted just 37.4 overs in the second innings and were rolled for just 53. Skipper Daniel Warwick top scored with 20 and was one of only two Baxter batsmen to make it to double figures (Todd Quinn made 12).
Brad Davidson snared 4/14 from 12.4 overs, Jacob Cook claimed 3/24 to give him 9/67 for the match and Glenn Barclay helped himself to 2/7, handing him five wickets for the match.
Sorrento kept its season alive with a dramatic one run win against Moorooduc.
Resuming at 0/4 and looking at 217 for victory, Sorrento picked up the required runs with less than 10 balls remaining and two wickets in hand.
However, by the end of the match, the Sorras were bowled out for the target of 217 heading into the 80th over.
Corey Harris (35) and Liam O’Connor (30) got the visitors away to a good start in the chase, however they then lost 4/28 to be on the back foot.
Leigh Poholke made 20 and the returning AJ King, named RPP’s Player of the Day, hit a match winning 48 and took the score to 217.
Rob Parslow (10) and Ryan O’Connor (12) were important in the end also.
Moorooduc skipper Leigh lambert was the best of the bowlers with 4/61 off 25 overs, while Cameron Bailey claimed 3/38.
Mornington also kept its season alive with an outright victory against Rye.
The Doggies replied to Rye’s first innings score of 65 with 132 runs without loss (declared) on day one.
Rye resumed on day two at 3/51. They were bowled out for 57.
Michael Heib picked up seven wickets for Mornington to give him an amazing 13 wickets for the match.
The Dogs are now one of five teams sitting on 56 points on the ladder. Fourth placed Sorrento is on 60 points.
Pines skipper Ricky Ramsdale celebrated his birthday in style on Saturday, taking 5/46 to help his side enjoy a convincing 150 run win against Langwarrin.
The Kangas started okay in the whopping 299 run chase with Simon McEvoy (23) and Matt Prosser (31) opening with 53.
However, it fell away quickly after that, Daniel Bray batting at nine getting the next highest score of 24.
Pat Jackson snared 2/32 off 19 overs for Pines.
Eivion Bowen dominated Mt Eliza on Saturday, taking 7/51 off 21 overs as Peninsula Old Boys recorded a 62 run win.
Keith Biggs top scored for the Mounties with 49 and Justin Grant hit 45, however, there was little to no support elsewhere.
Somerville maintained its position in the top four with a six run win against Long Island.
Chasing 172 for victory, the win was left up to one man – skipper Leigh Lowry.
Entering the fray at 2/6, Lowry proceeded to dominate the Long Island attack and hit an unbeaten 103. The next highest score was Justin Allsop with 21.
Long Island’s Scott Phillips took 2/61 and orchestrated two sensational run outs which, at that stage of the match, looked match winning.
Lowry was a one man show and brought victory to the Eagles.