Dederang lower order batsmen Luke Deans and Ben Greer have guided the visitors to a three-wicket win over Corowa.
Rain washed out all but two of the games, with Howlong upsetting Yackandandah in the other.
Set 109 to win from 40 overs, Dederang was stumbling at 6-65.
“It was tight, but we back Luke Deans, Lachie Lewin and Ben Greer down the bottom to get us home,” captain Steven Garoni said.
And the trio did with number seven Deans and eight Greer combining in a 32-run stand.
Greer was dismissed for 18 in the 28th over, so the team still had 12 overs to get the 12 runs.
Deans finished unbeaten on 20.
With rain falling around the region, it was only the first 10 minutes of Corowa’s innings which had some light drizzle.
The home team was cruising at 3-72, but when Jarred Lane fell for a top-scoring 27, it lost 6-36.
“Andrew Creamer and Andrew Dishot bowled 16 overs in the back end there and really tied it right up,” Garoni said.
“The pitch had a bit of life in it and they were really bringing out the life in the pitch.”
Right-arm leg-spinner Creamer was miserly, finishing with 2-10 from eight overs, while left-arm medium pacer Dishot also strangled Corowa’s batting, taking 2-27 from eight overs.
Creamer also played a pivotal role in the field.
“Andrew Creamer ran out their number seven batsman (Matt Wilson) with a direct hit, so that was pretty crucial,” Garoni said.
“He was fielding at mid-off and had to run 10 metres to his right and probably had just the two stumps to aim it.”
District newcomers Corowa has certainly tested the ability of opposition clubs to think on their feet.
“We’d never played them before, so we didn’t know what to expect, but the team’s playing well,” Garoni said.
Dederang was coming off a strong five-wicket win over the previously undefeated Lavington, and now has a five-one record.
Meanwhile, Howlong played superbly in toppling the visitors in a rain-shortened match.
The home team had just the one win heading into the round six clash, with opener Tim Seymour compiling an outstanding 72.
He struck 10 boundaries and a six, with no other player passing 11.
Howlong was 3-105, but then lost 6-23 to finish with 9-128 from its 25 overs.
Yackandandah was dismissed for 108 from 23.1 overs.
Chris Hartshorn nabbed 3-24 from five overs with Darren Keenes (2-14) and Tim Ruaro (2-18) chipping in.
Howlong won’t have the chance to build on that momentum as it has the bye.