The Boorowa Crocs have sealed a spot in the Yass A Grade finals on Saturday with a nail biting two wicket win over the competition front runners the Yass Golf Club Cobras on the Cobras home turf at Victoria Park.
The Cobras had previously lost just one game this season, but the Boorowa bowling line up revealed the strong Yass batting line up can be brought down.
Boorowa lost the toss and were asked to field in overcast conditions.
Boorowa had the Yass batting line up struggling from the outset as the Crocs put on their best bowling display of the season.
Boorowa removed the dangerous Robbie Field for just one with the score on six.
Yass recovered to be 1/39 after 12 on a pitch that seemed reasonable to bat on.
Nick Dwyer, who bowled superbly, knocked over David Fields castle as Yass stumbled to 5/55 inside the first twenty overs.
The Crocs bowlers never relented and backed up by superb fielding which even saw some blood spilt, the Crocs bundled the Cobras out for just 83 in 31 overs.
All the five Boorowa bowlers were destructive with none better than Nick Dwyer taking 4/28.
Brad Ackland took 3/20 whilst Jacob Carmody bowled eight tight overs taking 2/15.
Jacob Piper chipped in with 1/4.
Chris Dwyer was unlucky with 0/11 but conceded just two runs an over.
Brendon Shean took a couple of good catches behind the stumps.
In Reply, Boorowa made very heavy work of the small total and at one stage had plummeted to be 5/25 and in all sorts of trouble.
On the back of some intelligent batting by Jacob Carmody, Boorowa clawed their way to be 8/67 still requiring 17 for victory.
The run rate was never a problem but the flow of falling wickets was, however Carmody found an ally in Jacob Piper who showed plenty of composure that was lacking from some of his teammates, as he waited for the loose ball to dispatch.
Boorowa past the Yass score to win by two wickets.
Jacob Carmody finished on 21 not out whilst Jacob Piper made 10 not out.
In the context of the competition these runs were absolute gold.
Meanwhile the Boorowa Gators fielded several players having their first hit of the season.
The Gators had to field first against the Yass Taipans with both sides looking to stay alive this year.
Boorowa did well in the first 20 overs to restrict the Taipans to 3/60 before the Taipans middle order led by N Hopley 83 Not out took to the attack.
Yass finished on a very respectable 6/209.
Tom McGuiness made a comeback to cricket after many seasons and took 2-19 in his eight overs whilst skipper Stuart Gay was very unlucky bowling eight overs for just ten runs.
In the field it was great to have Shane Cross back behind the stumps keeping whilst Stuart Gay took a one-handed screamer of a slips catch that would have the great Mark Waugh in awe.
In reply, the Boorowa innings just never gained any real momentum as they were bundled out for just 87 in 22 overs.
Tom Carnell was impressive in his first hit of the season with a breezy 20 whilst James Farrell made a bright 17.
This Saturday will see the penultimate round before the semis.
The Crocs cannot miss the semi finals regardless of the results in their last two games.
Should they win both they should finish in second spot to give them the best possible chance in the finals.
This week they will be at home against a desperate Gundaroo team who can upset the top teams.
Meanwhile the Gators chances of finals are all but gone however while there is a mathematical chance there is always hope and they will be looking to win over Bookham at Bookham to give themselves the slightest glimmer of light going into the last round.
After the extreme weather conditions in the last week, who knows what sort of weather will greet the teams on Saturday.
Why not get down to the recreation ground on Saturday to watch the Crocs go around as they continue in their quest to win the elusive Triggs Shield.
Or head on a drive to downtown Bookham where the Gators are desperate to beat the home side.
Both matches start at 12.30pm.
See you at the cricket.