The Beaudesert Borobies senior cricket teams are clinging to top four spots in their respective grades despite suffering tough losses on Saturday.
The 1st Xi fell marginally short in a nail-biter against Bethania on their home turf.
Beaudesert had first use of the willow and after a shaky start, top order batsmen Joel Thorne and Jordan Brook compiled a 135 run partnership to steer their side into a solid position.
When Brook fell for 65 with the score 3/184, the Borobies’ middle order faltered, losing several wickets in quick succession, including Thorne for 96.
Adam Jordan pitched in late with a valuable 24 to see Beaudesert reach a formidable 7/223 off their allotted 40 overs.
In reply, Beaudesert’s bowling attack started well, with openers Alex Darton and Adam Jordan each claiming wickets in their first over to throw down the gauntlet.
The scintillating spell of pace bowling continued as the pair piled on the pressure to have Bethania in trouble at 3/16 in the sixth over.
But the home team’s middle order proved defiant.
Aided by loose bowling that saw far too many wides and no balls delivered, they were able to fight their way back into the contest.
The match would go down to the wire, with Bethania managing to reel in the Borobies’ total inside the final over, reaching 7/227 to take the win.
Jordan (3/38) and Darton (2/38) were Beaudesert’s standouts with the ball, while Andrew Staines also bowled well to pick up 1/35.
In Division Two, the Borobies travelled to Dauth Park to face Beenleigh and continued their hot and cold run as their batting crumbled on a lively track.
Stuart Groom batted well in difficult conditions to top score with 24 as Beaudesert scratched their way to a meagre 79, bowled out in the 24th over.
But in true Beaudesert spirit, the team battled until the end in an effort to defend the low total.
Opening bowlers Andrew Steindl and Jayden Stephan bowled a tight line and length to restrict scoring, build pressure and eventually reap the rewards.
Steindl was the destroyer, taking 5/25 off his savage eight over spell, which included two sharp caught and bowled wickets and a spectacular catch by Jeffrey Teese.
Steindl’s heroics put the Borobies into into a competitive position, with Beenliegh struggling at 5/44 off 14 overs and Beaudesert sniffing half a chance of an unlikely victory.
Unfortunately, the Borobies did not have enough runs on the board and Beenleigh reached its target in the 23rd over for the loss of six wickets.
Both teams have home games this weekend, with Division One preparing for an all-important top four clash against Loganholme at Selwyn Park.
It is the outfit’s final two day game of the season and one they must win to stay in touch with the Logan District Cricket Association Competition frontrunners.
Meanwhile, Division Two will look to find consistency as they take on Jimboomba in the local derby.
Beaudesert’s junior cricketers are also in action on the weekend.
Division two are playing a two-dayer at Everdell on Saturday.
Division three are playing at Larrescy Oval on Saturday.
Division three white are at Everdell on Saturday.