Chew's century seals win
SAM Chew scored a blazing century to star as Past Grammars moved to the top of the Whale Cities Challenge table with 56-run penultimate round victory over Norths on Saturday.
They are now the only unbeaten team after an again depleted Across The Waves (ATW) surrendered No. 1 position with a shock loss to lightweights Australs in Maryborough.
By their win, defending champions Grammars laid claim to a place in the grand final on Saturday week, but ATW's hopes of contesting the decider for the second year in a row will now come down to this week's last round.
Grammars are now on 24 points, with ATW on 23, followed by Bushrangers 20, Brothers 18, Australs 11, Cavaliers eight, Country seven and Norths three.
Grammars will host Brothers in Maryborough on Saturday while ATW will be at home to Bushrangers.
Brothers and Bushrangers each recorded their third wins in the competition on Saturday, with the Brethren getting out of jail to defeat Cavaliers by two wickets and Bushrangers claiming a bonus-point victory over Country/Wests.
But for Brothers and Bushrangers, even if both win their last-round matches, the washout of their third round clash when the three other games in that round were played could ultimately cost one or both those sides a place in the final.
On Saturday, Grammars recovered from 2-19 and 4-92 to rack up 7-264 from their 40 overs, with Chew (116 from 94 balls) and No. 9 Matt Nowitzke (57 from 28 balls) plundering 103 from the last 10 overs in an unbroken stand.
Norths were than staring down the barrel of another humiliating loss when they crashed to 6-38 but veteran No. 8 Bruce Worthington, with 95 from just 89 balls, and player/coach Boyd Williams, with 41, finally added some batting respectability to the side.
They finished at 9-208 to also salvage a bonus point.
Australs amassed 6-197 from their 40 overs, before dismissing ATW for 191 in the 36th over, with Andrew Thompson completing a great double with 3-11 after his unbeaten half-century.
Brothers restricted Cavaliers to 9-156 from their 40 overs, but after reaching 1-84, they suffered another batting collapse of 5-18, inspired by Jack Feben (4-28), and Cavaliers were well on top.
Brothers lost two more wickets but from 8-137, Chris Anderson got them home with a few lusty blows, finishing unbeaten on 45.
Country found some form with the bat, with Scott Irwin carrying his bat for a classy unconquered 105, but their total of 4-191 was never enough and Bushrangers passed their target for the loss of just four wickets in the 30th over.