IT wasn't a wake-up call but a sign of some deficiencies.
That was how South Croydon captain-coach Josh Stewart described his side's reaction to its loss to North Ringwood in the RDCA Lindsay Trollope Shield last round.
The Bulldogs had their first chance to respond on the first day of their clash against Norwood on Saturday and respond they did, batting out their 80 overs to make 8-234 in slow conditions at Mullum Reserve.
Josh Stewart (61), David White (49) and Michael King (42 not out) all contributed for the Bulldogs, while Chris Irvine (4-60) had the best bowling figures for the Vikings.
Stewart said his side had to work hard for its runs.
"Last week's loss wasn't a wake up call because I think we are still a pretty level-headed side, but it outlined some areas to improve on," he said.
"The big plus for us was the way we batted. We were pretty consistent all the way through without anyone making a high score.
"The highlight was our partnerships, which was something we lacked the week before. There were three or four partnerships of 50 or more."
Wantirna South's Drew McKay (5-39) took four wickets in seven balls to have Warranwood in all sorts of trouble at 6-20.
A seventh-wicket partnership of 112 between Todd Cordwell (79) and Luke Scott (47) resurrected the Sharks' innings to see them finish with a respectable 181.
The Devils resume next week on 1-25.
Ainslie Park batted throughout the day to finish on 9-182 against Bayswater Park before weather conditions curtailed play.
Mark Arnot (42) and Scott Minetti (30) got starts for the Parkers and Justin McConchie (4-18) took the bowling honours.
Croydon North collapsed to a steady South Warrandyte attack to be dismissed for 119 after a last-wicket partnership of 34 between Mark Sacristani (19) and Jayden Bishop (16 not out).
The Hawks are 1-39 in reply.
With North Ringwood's Luke Ridgwell (5-60) once again among the wickets, Mooroolbark found the going tough to compile 9-195.