BAYSWATER put the stops on Brunswick to steal a vital win in their Victorian Sub District Cricket Association clash at Bayswater Oval on Saturday.
With 10 overs remaining, Brunswick needed 42 runs from the final 10 overs with eight wickets in hand to win.
But in those 10 overs experienced pair Darryl Stranger (3-27) and Mark Collins (3-40) slowed Brunswick's scoring to a trickle, allowing the Waters to escape with a five-run win.
Waters captain Sean Flynn said the whole side pulled together in the final 10 overs to hold off Brunswick, refusing to concede even one boundary in that time.
"We always thought we still could do it," he said. "Stranger still had five overs to bowl and we knew he would be difficult to score off. Mark Collins bowled his spin at the other end and did a great job. We just needed to get a wicket and Collins got that wicket for us."
Earlier in the day, Bayswater batted first and made 7-164 with Dean Connell making 38 and John Salter jnr making 23 not out.
Flynn said first-gamers Tim Sugumar, aged 15, and Harry Cowling, aged 17, each made valuable contributions, with Cowling making nine runs from seven balls late in the innings and Sugumar bowling six overs.
The Waters visit rivals Box Hill at Box Hill City Oval this Saturday for a one day clash with the winning club receiving the Stranger-Smyth Cup. "Box Hill has won our last few matches so it would be good to get the cup back," Flynn said.
■ In a coup for Bayswater, Ringwood all-rounder Ian Holland will play as a guest player with the club during the VSDCA Twenty20 twilight competition.
Flynn said Holland, the first winner of Foxtel's cricket superstar TV show, would bring a lot to the side with his bowling and wicket-taking abilities. "The boys are all looking forward to playing with him," Flynn said.
The VSDCA Twenty20 twilight competition begins this Tuesday with Bayswater facing Croydon, play starts at 5.15pm.