Point Cook has taken out local bragging rights over Seabrook in one of the most thrilling games of the Victorian Turf Cricket Association division 3 season.
Chasing 150 for victory in a one-dayer at Bruce Comben Reserve on Saturday, the premiership-contending Warriors made hard work of it, reaching the target with just one wicket to spare in the third last over.
Seabrook, second last on the ladder and in danger of relegation, batted first to post a competitive 9-149 off its allotted 40 overs.
The Saints’ charge was led by opener Walgama Eranga, who blasted 66, including five fours and a six.
Dilip Sarkhell (16) and Andrew Hodgart (23) made handy contributions at the top of the order, but once they fell, the Saints began to crumble.
An even bowling performance did the trick for Point Cook.
Sarwan Kumar (2-15) and Jaden Edmund (2-33) were the Warriors multiple wicket takers, while three others had one apiece.
Point Cook was coasting in reply on 2-80 and appeared to be headed for a comfortable win.
However, one wicket sparked a domino effect and they lost 6-42 to be in all sorts of trouble at 8-122.
Late runs from Edmund, who posted 21, saved the day for the Warriors.
The Warriors innings was underpinned by captain Brett Talbot with 47, James Petersen with 41 and Kumar 22.
Point Cook will host Williamstown Imperials at Saltwater Reserve on Saturday, and Seabrook will be desperate for points to help them out of the relegation zone when they travel to West Newport.
In division 2, Werribee Centrals had a thumping 77-run win over St Andrews Pascoe Vale at Galvin Park.
The Centurions, visiting second-placed Newport-Digman in the next round, are still in the hunt for a top-two finish, so this will be a crucial game for both sides.
In division 4, Wyndhamvale was thrashed by East Coburg to the tune of 92 runs on first innings at Wyndham Vale South Reserve.
In CV women’s community cricket north west one day, Hoppers Crossing enjoyed a six-wicket win over Melbourne University at Hogans Road Reserve on Sunday.
Shani Dixon was outstanding with the ball for the Cats with 3-3, while Brianna Herman and Taylah Steadman scored 28 apiece for the victors in the run chase.
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