HOLBROOK posted only its second win of the season with a 22-run win against last year’s premier Henty on Saturday.
Enjoying its return to the turf wicket at Holbrook, the young Brookers posted a good score on day one and then defended superbly on day two.
The loss by Henty has put its top two chances in jeopardy with it now likely to face Holbrook in the first semi-final.
Chasing Holbrook’s score of 201, Henty resumed at 1-4 and, despite some good batting from Greg Schuller (42) and Mark White (59 not out), it fell short.
Holbrook’s bowling attack relished the turf wicket with all bowlers making an impact when called upon.
Left-arm spinner William Heriot led the way taking 4-23 off 13, while fiery opener Kev Drum took 2-14.
Skipper Hayden Wishart, Jimmy Grills and Hayden Webb all took a wicket but just as importantly they bowled economically.
Firm flag favourites Culcairn has continued its fine season by remaining unbeaten, following a comfortable victory over second-placed Osborne at Culcairn.
The match was scheduled for a two-day encounter but changed to a 40-over per side game due to the heatwave last weekend.
Osborne batted first and, despite some good contributions from Jamie Parr (39 not out), Andrew Madden (35) and Nick Gleeson (22), it was bowled out for 128.
Culcairn will play Henty in the one-day final at Culcairn on Saturday.
The ladder is: Culcairn 152, Osborne 98, Henty 88, Holbrook 66.