By Justin Flynn
Armstrong Creek wrestled top spot on the Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association A2 Grade ladder from Drysdale on Saturday.
The Titans batted first and compiled a handy 8-179 from 40 overs.
Middle-order contributions from Clay Mulgrew (35 from 52 deliveries) and Aaron Morgan (31 from 33) while once again it was left to the father-son combination of David and Bailey Sykes to apply the brakes on the innings at various stages, going for a combined 47 from their 16 overs.
Drysdale just couldn’t get any meaningful partnerships going when it was time to chase down the target.
Jason Malcolm tried his best with 45 from 81 and Bailey Sykes made a last-ditch effort with 27 from 25, but the Titans ran out winners by 35 runs and sit on top of the ladder.
Barwon Heads holds third spot after a win against a determined Wallington.
A middle-order collapse saw the Seagulls in some strife at 6-96 after a 44-run opening stand between Max Melzer (13) and Ben Harris, who made 47 from 64 balls. Veteran Matt High chimed in with a handy 25 from 23 after Matt Jeffreys took 5-31 for the Wallabies.
Wallington needed 128 to win, but found the going tough against Josh High (3-10) and Jack Johnstone (3-22) to be all out for just 60.
Winchelsea moved into the four with a win against Portarlington, which slipped to fifth.
Port batted well to make 9-173 Jack Baldi getting 53 off 62 and Dean Deluca smacking 41 from 23.
Jamie Doyle proved difficult to get away with 3-7 from eight immaculate overs.
Winch got home in a thriller, though, getting the winning runs on the penultimate ball of the match.
Angus Leigh’s 68 from 92 and Ash Hubbert’s quick 50 not out from 52 proved the difference.
Little River kept its slim finals hopes alive and almost certainly consigned Newcomb to the wooden spoon.
Newcomb made 80 batting first with Joseph Marange playing well for 37 off 78 balls, but Jacob Harty was the only other to reach double figures with 18 from 31 at number nine.
New-ball bowlers David Murphy (4-19) and Chris Collins (3-18) did most of the damage for the Redbacks.
Little River knocked off the runs after losing four wickets and only took 14 overs to do so.