Belvoir’s batting depth and Michael Booth’s off-spin further damaged Tallangatta’s fading finals hopes on Saturday.
The teams swapped places at the bottom of the top six and are headed in opposite directions.
The Eagles are unbeaten in their past five games, including a tie against Wodonga last week, while Tallangatta hasn’t won since star import Sahib Malhotra returned to India during the Christmas break.
It’s highly unlikely the former Indian under 19 squad member will return this season and the Bushies will do well to retain a finals berth.
Belvoir was sent in and posted 201 with five players scoring more than 25, including Lachie McMillan and Josh Warren (31 apiece).
Booth then claimed 4-25 as the visitors fell for 144 from 41 overs.
“He’s been doing a job for us pretty much every week,” Eagles’ captain Zac Simmonds said.
“He probably hasn’t been getting the rewards with wickets, so it was good to see him finish with four.”
The Eagles opened with spin from both ends.
“When they bowled to us, their slower bowlers seemed to stick in the wicket a little bit more and we thought it might force their hand a little bit and it worked well for us,” Simmonds said.
Sam Stephens starred for the Bushies, snaring 3-49 and then racked up 42, also opening.
Stephens has batted as low as number eight, but has opened the past two rounds.
He’s now the club’s most influential player, sitting sixth on the association wicket-takers with 22 scalps.
Belvoir has jumped into fifth with a six-six-one record following a slow start.
The Eagles have now beaten East Albury, Albury, Wodonga Raiders and the Bushies since their last loss to North Albury.
“We’ve started to make runs a little more consistently than what we were at the start of the season,” Simmonds said.
Tallangatta has now lost its last four games, but it should break the streak when it hosts the winless Raiders on Saturday.
After that, the Bushies face a brutal run home, including finals-bound outfits Wodonga, St Patrick’s and North Albury, with another must-win against New City in the penultimate round.
The club hasn’t missed finals in the past decade, so it will be desperate to extend that superb streak for the only town in the competition outside the major Albury-Wodonga base.
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