In an upset at Blyth Oval, the Bulldogs defeated Sevenhill by two wickets with 12 balls remaining in a highly entertaining game in round 12 of the Stanley cricket A grade competition.
The Seahorses batted first and made a respectable total of 5/184 from 45 overs after being in early trouble at 2/15.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Morne Scheepers made a handy 37 the top of the innings while Hayden Davey was the backbone in the score with a hardworking 77 not out.
He was helped by a handy cameo from Richard Moulds of 28.
For Blyth-Kybunga Justin Zweck claimed two wickets at the cost of 31 from his eight over spell and part time trundler Matt Stewart collected 2/12 from three overs at the death.
The only other wicket taker for the Bulldogs was Michael Agnew who finished with 1/30 his full allotment of overs.
In reply, the Bulldogs run chase was in early trouble on the expansive Blyth Oval when Agnew, Shay Clifford and Tyson Eime were all back in the pavilion with 43 on the board.
Then a series of 30s from Bradley Harris (39), Michael Hartwig (35) and Matt Stewart (31) rebuilt the innings and set up the victory.
This trio were helped out by cameos of 17 from Scott Atkinson, 16 not out out from Justin Zweck and 14 not out from Jace Andreskie ensuring the triumph by the hosts.
Three Seahorses bowlers claimed two scalps each.
Roger Cole finished with two for 27 from six overs, Angus Edmondson (2/29) finished with a pair of scalps and spinner Ben Whalan secured 2/32.
Sixteen-year-old Liam Edmondson, who bowled in tandem with his older brother, collected his first senior wicket and had the analysis of 1/31 from his five overs.
Hayden Inglis chimed in with 1/28 from five overs as well
Clare Combined v Lower North
The top-of- the-table clash between Lower North and Clare Combined Cougars was an intriguing clash.
Initially it had to be moved from the main town oval in Clare to the high school venue where the Cougars won the toss and elected to bat first.
A number of the playing group got starts but didnt convert 20s and 30s into big scores; both openers Ben Seymon 27 (four fours) and Dylan Stutley 21 got starts.
Captain Matt Bennie was dismissed for 29 having faced 36 balls, dispatching a boundary and three sixes.
Lou Zanette made a handy 25 and Alex Falconer produced an unorthodox 31.
Late order bat Mitchell Reynolds produce some clean hitting at the end to make 19.
The best of the Lower North bowlers were work-horse Ryan McPharlin and Caleb McPharlin.
Ryan finished with 3/39 from his full nine overs which included a pair of maidens, while Caleb was even more impressive claiming 3/16 from his eight, including a couple of maiden overs.
In their run chase Lower North got the job done with three wickets down and 16 balls remaining.
Captain Todd McPharlin got the Buffaloes off to a flyer with 39 from 47 balls including four boundaries and two big sixes.
Jason McPharlin made up enterprising 65 from 69 balls.
His innings included 50 runs in boundaries - five sixes and five fours – while Tom Chapman remained undefeated on 47 and Ryan McFarlane was not out on 16 at the end.
The Cougars had three individual wicket takers.
They were the tireless Brendan Barton who finished with 1/13 from eight searching overs; veteran Ben Seymon with a 1/21 from four overs and Mitch Reynolds who collected 1/28 from five overs.
Rebels v Watervale
In another game which was moved, the Rebels played Long Plains at Mintaro Oval on the new deck.
Openers Kym Allen and Andrew Mitchell both made 62 in a 134-run opening stand, which setup the Rebels strong total of 213, although they didn’t bat out the entire 45 overs.
Mitchell’s 62 came off 86 balls and include five boundaries while Allen’s 62 was off 102 deliveres faced, with seven fours and a six.
Batsman-keeper Shannon Parker produced a quick-fire 21 from 15 balls faced while captain Jonathan Edwards also smashed an equally enterprising 28 of 21 balls with four boundaries.
Robert Bushell what is the most effective of the Tigers bowlers with 4/52 from 7.3 overs including a maiden.
Opening bowler for this Tigers outfit, Michael Warnes took 2/19 from a full allotment of nine overs while Jack McArdle secured 2/38 from his nine over spell.
Ben Gibson took 1/25 while Richard Fabry bowled two overs and finished off with 1/17.
Chasing the substantial total of 213, Long Plains were bundled out just 45 in 20.4 overs with the trio of Billy Sandow, Darcy Nixon and Jason Dohnt all taking three wickets each.
Their respective figures were just outstanding.
Sandow sent down five overs and took three wickets of the cost of eight runs, with his spell including two maidens.
Dohnt was even more impressive with 3/1 from 5.4 overs and four maidens and by comparison.
Nixon was expensive with 3 /23 from seven overs.
Simon Helbig secured the other Tigers wicket taking 1/7 from two overs.
No Long Pains batsman got to double figures in this 168-run loss.
In the penultimate round, Brinkworth/Koolunga take on Rebels while Lower North hosts Blyth/Kybunga and Long Plains are at home against Clare Combined and Sevenhill has the bye.