The Dalton Dingos simultaneously snapped a two-match losing streak and ended the Boorowa Crocs' hot run of five wins on the trot last Saturday.
In doing so, the Dingos rediscovered the form which makes them one of the most dangerous sides in the competition, and announced themselves as dark horses for the Triggs Shield.
Dalton was wary ahead of Saturday's game, but captain Mick Poidevin said they focused on getting the basics right.
"Like any game I suppose, you know if you can get a couple of early wickets and your batsmen perform, which they did," Mick said.
As the finals get underway this weekend, Dalton's return to form is an ominous warning to their potential opponents.
Saturday's match, which was played at Dalton Oval, began in favour of the Crocs as they won the toss and elected to bat first.
Though the visitors continued their good batting form and compiled a total of 9-154 from 40 overs, Dalton's bowlers restricted the run rate nicely.
Jamie Apps (3-42) and Andrew Hansen (3-33) were the standout bowlers for the Dingos, while Brent Poidevin only went for 11 runs from his eight overs and Marty Smith went for 21.
After a solid but unspectacular bowling performance, it was during their batting innings that the Dingos went nuclear.
Harry Morris and Apps opened the batting, and when the former fell for 12, Brent came to the crease.
Having dominated the batting charts for much of the season, he rebounded from two low scores in past matches on Saturday to blast 57 not out and lead Dalton to victory.
"He's been a bit down on his form with a couple of low scores but hopefully he's got a bit of confidence again," Mick said.
What may have helped Brent rediscover his form was the move down to three in the batting order, while Apps was shuffled up to open instead.
"Jamie has been going alright as a pinch hitter and we thought we'd stick him up the top and it went alright," Mick said.
"It maybe just relieves a bit of pressure off Brent.
"The last couple of weeks Jamie's found a bit of form and he's off-putting for bowlers because he likes to bat about a metre out of his crease.
"He likes to try a few tricks too."
Apps' 55 was invaluable in getting the Dingos close to the finish line, and he was dismissed when trying to manufacture a reverse-sweep.
When Apps fell, Neil Corby joined Brent at the crease and finished off the match with a brisk 21 not out.
The win ensures the Dingos hold on to their fourth-place ranking on the ladder, and they will play Boorowa once again this weekend in the semi-final.
"Fairly handy win that one, [especially] when finals start this weekend and we play Boorowa again," Mick said. it's good to go in with a big win like that."
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