Montmorency and Macleod were one wicket or nine runs away from a result at Macleod Park but the rain denied both sides a chance of victory. The Eagles were left stranded at 9/181 in pursuit of 190 with Rob Wise unfurling a superb 81 to combat a season-best four-wicket haul from Montmorency’s Ryan Siede.
Epping was spared an unlikely chase of 248 against a top-line Diamond Creek bowling attack as rain ruined the second day’s play at Coventry Oval.
Plenty’s chance to claim a second consecutive victory was washed away with the Power bowling less than seven overs in its defence of 252 against Rosanna.
Lower Eltham was sending nerves through Riverside in a relatively low run chase before the match was rained out. A quick pair of wickets to Luke Burgoyne had Riverside at 2/19 in pursuit of 138 off 12 overs.
North Eltham was all at sea against Bundoora, who used the humid conditions to deliver a bowling masterclass against the Wanderers. In its defence of 205, the Bulls were once again brilliantly led by Narinder Sharma, who added a spell of 5/17 to his first innings knock of 81, and Hatinder Pal (2/8) to crash through North Eltham for just 69.
Mill Park dragged itself to 101 all out before rain and a grittier Tigers’ second innings scuttled Lower Plenty’s search for an outright victory. After an unbeaten 93, Lions’ captain Josh Henkel was equally dominant with the ball as he finished with 5/18.
The Lalor Stars were two wickets away from clinching a sixth straight victory when rain at last ended their attack on Mernda. Defending 298, the Stars had Mernda in dire straits at 8/113 come stumps in the 60th over.
Bundoora United only needed to send out its opening pair to consign Heidelberg to a crashing defeat at Warringal Park. Matt Ross (68 not out) and Corey Cogan (66 not out) erased their target of 134 in 43 overs and keep the Bulldogs within reach of the top four.
Any doubt of the Old Paradians returning to the winners’ list with a win over Greensborough was allayed with a 104-run opening stand between Jason Berthet (51) and Hasitha Samarasinghe (47). The Paradians went on to reach Greensborough’s total of 153 for the loss of just four wickets.
Eltham could only add 22 runs to its first day total against Banyule before rain ended play.
Panton Hill pulled off its seventh straight victory in the nick of time against South Morang, claiming the final wicket with three balls to spare. The Redbacks now sit a game and a half clear on top of the ladder with one game remaining before the mid-season break.
Thomastown held its ground long enough to deny a result against Hurstbridge. Chasing 280, Thomastown staggered to 8/118 off 47 overs before the rain settled in to stave off defeat.
Not a ball was bowled on the second day in the clash between Research Eltham Collegians and Thomastown United. The Collegians already had first innings points in the bag and stake out second spot on the Mash Shield ladder.
Laurimar has jumped Hurstbridge into third place on the ladder after a shattering second innings bowling performance against Whittlesea completed an outright victory. Declaring with a lead of 51, a stunning duet between Steve Mitchell (5/28) and Josh Deans-Draper (4/27) saw Laurimar wipe the Eagles for just 57.