In the Stanley cricket A grade contest between Rebels and 2017-18 cellar-dwellers Long Plains, the underdogs were in control of the game early with Tigers bowlers Jones and Gibson ripping through the Rebels top order.
The pair had the Rebels on the brink of collapse at 6/28 after 12 overs.
Then Simon Helbig entered the game, and with Luke McDermid, he changed the course of the contest with a 106-run seventh wicket association.
Helbig was the senior partner in the partnership making an impressive 82 which included a pair of big sixes and nine more boundaries.
McDermid’s innings was equally important.
Although he did not even boundary, 35 of those runs proved to be critical.
In dire straits and with six top order batmen back in the pavilion, the Rebels last four wickets produced 176 to give their bowlers a strong total of 9/204 to bowl for a good result. Lochie Sandow made a handy 11 on the lower order.
At number 10, Darcy Nixon was not out on 17 while at “Jack” (number 11) Brad Gallard made a very important 19. Opening bowler Brad Jones was impressive for Long Plains, finishing with 3/26 from his nine overs including three maidens, while Ben Gibson was the star for the Tigers with the ball collecting a five wicket bag (5/31) from his nine over allotment.
Heath Pym chimed in with a wicket finishing with the analysis of 1/ 59 from nine overs.
Long Plains’ run chase proved to be ineffectual.
Initially at 1/5, they quickly reached 3/27 and then 7/38 after Nixon, Garrard and Jason Dohnt ran through the middle order.
The Tigers scrambled to 62, being dismissed in the 27th over – only Jones, who hit a boundary laden 29 (with seven fours and a single), giving any real resistance.
Garrad finished with the best figures of 3/13 from seven overs, Dixon claimed 2/20 from seven overs and Dohnt with 2/17 from six overs including three maidens, along with Simon Helbig with two wickets for one run of his single over to clean up the tail, were the multiple wicket takers.
Billy Sandow the top of the bowling innings finished with the 1/9 from six overs and three maidens.
Lower North v Clare Combined
Despite a fighting half-century by Ryan McPharlin, Clare Combined Cougars still grabbed the honours in a low scoring fixture at Balaklava Oval in round five, winning by a 28-run margin, in a game where ball dominated against bat.
Batting first, Clare Combined got a series of starts without anyone able to get to 30 and were finally dismissed at the 34th over for 125. Openers Ben Seymon and Dylan Stutley made 19 and 11 respectively.
Left-hander Steve Stedall compiled 22, with Hayden Calaby (11), Lou Zanotte (15) and Alex Falconer 27 not out where able to get a start for the visitors.
Harrison Veitch was the most successful of the Lower North bowlers collecting for 4/46 from 7.2 overs while Aaron Cross collected three wickets and spinner Jason Taylor was again effective with 2/24 off six overs.
The other Lower North wicket taker was big fella Chris Marshall be finished with a frugal 1/14 from his nine over allotment, which included a couple of maidens.
At home Lower North got off to a modest start and were in real trouble at 3/26 after both Sam Rowland and Jason McPharlin had made ducks. The middle order failed to contribute as well and they were quickly 7/78 and finally dismissed for 93 in the 31st over.
Ryan McFarlane proved to be the only resistance, making exactly 50 from 85 balls faced including five boundaries and a six being the final person dismissed.
Everyone got into the wicket taking action for the Clare Cougars.
Openers Alex Falconer and Brendan Barton both took two wickets each.
Falconer finished with 2/29 from nine overs including a couple of maidens while Barton claimed 2/10 from 5.2 overs.
Veteran Ben Seymon finished with 3/12 from four overs while Dylan Jarvis and captain Matthew Bennie each took a wicket as well.
Sevenhill v Blyth-Kybunga
The Bulldogs were sent back to their kennels after a trip to Richardson Park, Sevenhill, on Saturday.
After winning the toss and batting Blyth-Kybunga were in early trouble at three for 33, and then through a middle order collapse saw the scoreboard read an even more modest 9/79.
The Bulldogs eventually all out for 97 when top scorer Will Harris was dismissed for a stoic 39 against the odds.
Only Bulldogs number three batsman Shay Clifford (22) and opener Dan Richards (16) got to double figures. The star for the Sevenhill Seahorses attack was opening bowler Angus Edmondson.
He collected his club best figures of six wickets and 19 from seven overs including two maidens.
Lachlan Hollitt chimed in with 1/9 from five tight overs as a first charge bowler while mystery spinner Ben Whalan collected 2/25 from six overs and Mark Inglis snaffled in with 1/10 from four overs including a couple of maidens.
In an easy run chase Sevenhill only lost one wicket and collected the runs in 21 overs finishing on 1/104.
Hollitt remains undefeated on 35 while Patrick Redden was the only Seahorse dismissed, caught behind by keeper Brad Harris off the bowling of Sam Dohnt with his score on 56.
Dohnt who sent down two overs finished with the figures of 1/13.
Despite the victory Sevenhill are still outside the top four with two wins and three losses after five rounds and they are yet to have their bye.
Then Simon Helbig entered the game and, with Luke McDermid, he changed the course of the contest.