BELGRAVE'S season is back on track after some dogged batting and a sporting gesture by Knoxfield.
The Magpies were withing reach of victory in the second day of their FTGDCA Norm Reeves Shield clash at 7-213 chasing the Knights 216 with three overs remaining when rain arrived.
The umpires asked the players to leave the field but the Knights, led by captain Scott McKenzie, said they would stay on and allow the game to reach a result.
The Magpies took their opportunity with Tom Lucas and Aaron Daniel at the crease when the winning runs as they got to 7-219 at stumps.
Opener Doug Oaten (55) scored some valuable runs earlier in the innings. Magpies captain Scott Vozzo said he was surprised and most thankful when the Knights offered to stay on field during what turned out to be the last over.
The win brings the Magpies off bottom spot and into a tie with the Knights in second-bottom position.
Vozzo said his side batted well in difficult conditions and got a much-needed win.
"Takes us off the bottom to start with," Vozzo said.
"It will give us some confidence as well. We should have won two or three games already this season but this win takes us closer to where we want to be.
"We have four or five new blokes in the side this season so it was hard to gel earlier on but now we are pulling in the same direction."
Vozzo praised Oaten's scoring this season and his perserverance as an opener.
"Doug has batted really well this year," he said.
"It's his first year opening the batting. He hadn't made 50 in the ones for 12 years, now he has made two this season.
"In the end, he fights like a dog all day and stays around which helps a lot."
Vozzo said the upcoming matches against teams in the lower half of the ladder would be vital for his side in the lead-up to the Christmas break.
Belgrave president John Levell also thanked the Knights for their sportsmanship.
"Heartfelt congratulations to Knoxfield who could have easily come off the ground. However, I believe Trent Scholfield got together with skipper Scott McKenzie and they decided that they weren't coming off unless the rain was ridiculous," he said.
"We take our hats off to them."
At Batterham Park, Footballers surprised a few by easily accounting for The Basin which set the visitors a target of 201.
New Footballers batsman Phil Muscat fired up, blasting 116 and enabling his team to pass the score at 4.30pm.
Footballers ended the day 8-249, with Danny Rundle picking up three wickets.
Johnson Park bowlers struggled to take a wicket against a strong Upwey Tecoma batting line-up with the Tigers hardly getting out of first gear at 2-214 in pursuit of 212.
Evergreen Richard Lizza (63) and Matt Mulcahy (55) were at the crease when play ended.
Eildon Park 4-226 brushed aside Knox Gardens (196) passing the Falcons for the loss of only two wickets. The Pathers are the only undefeated team in the competition.
Wicketkeeper Nathan Hicks (110) combined with Nathan McNally (66) for a winning partnership of 166.
For Hicks, it was his maiden century and was scored from just 107 balls.
Ferntree Gully resumed at 0-32 chasing Upper Gully's score of 117 and batting the whole day for 248. Josh Henry (39) and Matthew Black (63).
NORM REEVES SHIELD
Ferntree Gully 248 (Black 63no, Henry 39; Salter 3-91) def Upper Gully 117 (Colee 41; Bradley 5-21).
Footballers 9-249 (Muscat 116; Rundle 3-56) def The Basin 200 (Clarke 51no; Cranston 4-37).
Eildon Park 4-226 (N Hicks 110, McNally 66) def Knox Gardens 196 (Butcher 88; Baltruschaitis 6-32).
Belgrave 7-219 (Oaten 55, Hill 50; Evans 4-70) def Knoxfield 9-216 (Povah 56, Schofield 52; Daniel 4-58)
Upwey Tecoma 2-214 (Lizza 63no Mulcahy 55no Hewitt 45 Jewell 34) def Johnson Park 212 (Gaunt 102 Waters 4-55).
NORM REEVES SHIELD LADDER: Eildon Park 30 points, 1.90 per cent; Ferntree Gully 24, 1.76; Upwey-Tecoma 24, 1.43; Johnson Park 18, 1.00; Ferntree Gully Footballers 12, 0.86; Knox Gardens 12, 0.81; Upper Ferntree Gully 12, 0.81; Belgrave 6, 0.74; Knoxfield 6, 0.74; The Basin 6, 0.59.