Wodonga Raiders are a realistic chance to snap a long finals drought after an impressive four-wicket win over Corowa in Cricket Albury-Wodonga provincial on Saturday.
The home team was bowled out for 154 from 47 overs, with captain Jarred Lane posting a patient 50 from 110 deliveries.
Last season's finalists slumped to 4-18 and then 6-58 before Lane and coach Jarryd Hatton (31 from 66 balls) produced a 70-run stand.
However the team then lost 4-26 as it failed to bat out the season's first 50-over game.
Greg Roberts finished with 3-12 from 10 overs, including an incredible six maidens.
Teenage opener Kane Scott compiled a classy 53, but the visitors looked in trouble at 6-122.
But Roberts rounded out a complete performance with 26 not out in sharing an unbeaten 33-run stand with Luke Kelly (10no).
Hatton also had a fine match with 3-27.
Raiders sit a win and a half outside the top six with 10 matches left.
Meanwhile, North Albury maintained its unbeaten run with a six-wicket win over East Albury.
The Crows were skittled for 115 from 35.5 overs as Tim Hartshorn nabbed 4-20.
The consistent Matt Tom top-scored with 21, while Coby Fitzsimmons and Miles Hemann-Petersen posted 20 apiece.
The visitors cruised to victory in only 20.4 overs.
Middle order bat Cal Langlands struck an unbeaten 35, while opener Ash Borella made 32 from 45 balls,, hitting a six.
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Wicketkeeper Ben Fulford was 21 not out.
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