WHILE Round 12 of the BPCA saw the same sides face each other as in Round 11, the outcomes of the games varied significantly.
Barrabool ended their run of four consecutive losses, scraping a 12-run win over Queenscliff.
The two sides are evenly matched and the previous round was similarly close, with Queenscliff only reaching Barrabool’s target in the final over.
Barrabool batted first and posted an impressive score of 7/226.
The score was reached through a culmination of contributions, as no Barrabool player reached 50, but five scored more than 30.
Queenscliff only had one player reach 30, but that was Tim Frankenburg, who went on to make 107.
Yet Barrabool managed to finish strongly to see Queenscliff finish 9/214.
Unlike Barrabool, Ocean Grove were unable to make up the small margins that cost them a win in the previous round, as they were narrowly beaten by Anglesea again.
In Round 11 Anglesea had won with just two overs remaining. This week, it was only a 15-run margin that saw them remain unbeaten.
Tyron Norman’s 50 helped lift Anglesea to a modest total of 6/160.
But Anglesea’s bowling line-up once again showed their unparalleled wicket-taking ability.
Joseph Lynch, Jacob Nolan and Dale Kerr all took three wickets as Ocean Grove were bowled out for 145 with seven deliveries remaining.
Portarlington were unable to follow their first win of the season with a second victory, as they fell to an 88-run defeat against Barwon Heads.
Jan Juc defeated Collendina comfortably for the second week running, taking a 110-run victory.
They were led by Ben Grinter, who finished unbeaten on 99, and Iva Priest, who took 4/25.
In the GCA, a strong start in the first week of two-day matches has improved Modewarre’s finals prospects in Division 2.
Playing St Peters, they finished the day on 7/268. Captain Jake Hooson top scored with 92, having made 104 in his previous innings.
Torquay looked as though they would end the day in the dominant position against Marshall, having bowled their opposition out for just 144.
However, Marshall responded brilliantly with the ball, reducing Torquay to 4/15 by close of play.
In Division 1, Leopold similarly had a difficult end to their day.
At one stage they had North Geelong 7/121, only for their opposition to finish their innings 8/226.