BAYSWATER got within three overs of an outright win in the second day of its clash against Mt Waverley at Mt Waverley Reserve on Saturday.
With the game evenly poised after the first day, the Waters bowlers' dominated the opening hour forcing the home side from 4-33 chasing 172 to 100 all out.
Teenager Tim Sugumar continued his fine form with 3-24 from nine overs, including the vital scalp of Mt Waverley star Navin Perera (32). Spinner Tim Emmett took 2-12 and first-game leg-spinner Brad Coon opened his account with 1-12.
With the opportunity of the outright win available, the Waters went on the attack making 2-86 from 16 overs to set Mt Waverley 159 from the remaining 26 overs of the day.
The home side was down to 6-141 with three overs remaining when the rain set in ending play.
Waters captain Sean Flynn said it was too dangerous to continue playing but those three overs would have ended in a result for one side or the other.
"It was getting dangerous out there, our bowlers were struggling to grip the ball," he said.
"There is no doubt there would have been a result but we were happy to take our six points."
Flynn said he continued to be happy with the variety of contributions he was gettingfrom across the team with younger players like Sugumar and Emmett standing up along with other members of the side. "Sugumar bowled very well in the first innings. He didn't have such a good second innings but Emmett did well," he said.
Team selections will also become more difficult in the coming weeks with several Waters coming back into the contention, including Mark Collins, Luke Turner and Rohan Ervine.
The Waters host Brunswick in a two-day match starting this Saturday at 1pm.