After a wonderful nine-wicket victory over Auburn-Mintaro, Watervale has moved up into fourth place on the Stanley cricket premiership table.
Having a bye in the last minor round game they need to rely on Lower North beating Clare Cougars to retain the position for the major rounds.
At Mintaro Oval, Watervale won the toss and sent Auburn Mintaro in; bowling them out for 119 runs in the 45th and final over.
Auburn-Mintaro’s total was made on the back of a half century by opener Dale Norman.
He produced an enterprising 52 in 125 balls stay where a batted for two hours and 20 minutes, dispatching three boundaries.
Besides Norman, only Mitchell Lambert (15) and Fraser Nixon in the lower order with 11 not out, got double figures.
Watervale opener Justin Long was the star with the ball, claiming a five-wicket haul and finishing with the outstanding figures of 5/15 from nine overs, while Riley Chapman chimed in with 2/18 from five overs.
Simon Helbig (1/10 from five overs), Brett Schulz (1/9 from 1.2 overs) and Justin Calvert with 1/29 from his full allotment of nine overs were the other wicket takers for the Watervale bowling attack.
Watervale batsmen got off to a flying start with a 54-run opening stand before Scott Camilleri was dismissed for 14.
Shannon Parker remained undefeated on 87 in a whirlwind display where he faced just 47 balls in a 57-minute stay at the batting crease.
His innings included no less than 72 runs in boundaries.
With brilliant hitting Parker dispatched six boundaries and another eight sixes.
Riley Chapman was not out on 14 having a hit a pair of four.
Auburn-Mintaro’s only successful bowler was John Curtis with 1/30 from four overs.
Brinkworth-Koolunga v CCCC
In an intriguing encounter at Clare Oval, the Clare Combined match concluded in a thrilling fashion with the visiting Brinkworth Koolunga side getting up by just four runs.
The ‘Gold Caps’ won the toss and worked hard to get a total score of 8/159 from their 45 overs
Kym Steele made 27, in a 52-ball, 48-minute stay where he dispatched two boundaries and two sixes.
Harry Mills, batting at number three, got a start it was dismissed for 23 (48 balls, three fours), while Paul Meyer top scored with 38 in a patient innings where he batted for 81 minutes and hit a single boundary and a six.
The pick of the Cougars bowlers was Alex Falconer with 3/28 from nine overs while Brendan Barton was again frugal with 1/29 from his nine overs.
Hayden Calaby was successful as well with 2/26 from nine overs with three maidens, while Ben Seymon (1/31 from 6) and Dylan Jarvis (1/28 from eight) were the other successful Cougars wicket takers.
Clare Combined’s run chase was an early trouble when they lost their opening three wickets for 12 but a 91-run fourth wicket stand between keeper Scott Stedall and captain Matt Bennie brought them back into the match.
Bennie was dismissed with the score and 103 for 35 (62 balls, 70 minutes, three fours and a six) and Stedall returned to the pavilion just three runs later for 55 (77 minute, 73 deliveries and six boundaries).
Clare made to 8/155 before Paul Meyer took wickets with the first and third bowl of his eighth over to secure a thrilling four-run victory for Brinkworth-Koolunga.
Kim Steele, opening the attack, took 2/25 at the top of the innings while Jeopard Draper was important with 4/28 from his nine overs and Sam Weckert chimed in with 1/32 from nine overs as well.
Meyer showed his class and ability under pressure with 3/ 27 from 7.3 overs.
Cougars late order batsman Alex Falconer remained not out on 24 at the non-strikers end when the final wicket fell.
Sevenhill v Blyth
There was a run feast at Blyth Oval in the match between the Bulldogs and Sevenhill.
Sevenhill captain Michael Dopson won the toss and decided to bat, then lost Matt Kuerschner and Pat Redden for one and 24 respectively as the Seahorses middle order dominated the bowling.
Sam Kuerschner was the third person dismissed, for 60, while skipper Dobson remain undefeated on 100 and he was well supported by Matt Catford who remained 75 not out in a big total 3/287 from 45 overs.
Blyth Kybunga’s only three successful bowlers were Justin's Zweck, taking the impressive figures of 1/34 from nine overs, Tyson Eime who collected 1/70 from his full allotment of nine overs and the modest bowling of Matthew Stewart who collected 1/45 from six overs.
In reply the Bulldogs fell 78 runs short finishing on 9/209. Keeper and batting at number three, Shay Clifford made a handy 36, while in the middle order Matt Stewart produced 40.
Ben Pearce top scored at number eight, making his half century and being dismissed for 53 and there are a number of handy little cameras in the ultimately unsuccessful chase as well.
The best of the Seahorses bowlers was change bowler Mark Inglis, who secured a five-wicket haul and finished with the analysis of 5/25 from his nine overs.
Liam Edmondson collected a pair at the cost of 42 runs from seven overs, while Rodger Cole (1/44 from nine) and Sam Kuerschner (1/13 from nine overs) were also among the wickets.
In the final round Lower North take on Clare at Balaklava, while Sevenhill are at home against Auburn Mintaro and Brinkworth/Koolunga host Blyth/Kybunga at Brinkworth.