POINT Cook has returned to the Victorian Turf Cricket Association west B1 top two after just a round away from the lofty position that brings with it the benefit of a home semi-final.
The Warriors returned from a precarious position to beat Barkly Street Uniting by 32 runs on first innings on the road at Maribyrnong Reserve on Saturday.
Having made just 144, thanks largely to 41 from all-rounder Troy Semmens late in the order, the Warriors were well and truly on the back foot heading into day two.
Once more, man of the match Semmens rescued the Warriors, taking 7-38 off 22 overs, as Uniting was skittled for 112 in just 44 overs.
Point Cook was content to bat out the remaining overs, finishing on 8-169 in its second dig with Karan Raichura the lead hand with 52.
Hoppers Crossing 266 (L Goegan 50 D Evans 47 C Henry 42 D Brown 36 A Jan 31 MJ Walker 6-64 D Stevens 2-51) lt Old Mentonians 9-345 (B Bisht 123 J Seeary 68no J Tolley 34) and 0-26
Barkly Street Uniting 112 (S Christensen 25 T Semmens 7-38 J Denton 2-22) lt Point Cook 144 (T Semmens 41 S Lucas 3-32) and 8-169 (K Raichura 52 D Groves 36 A Whear 25 S Lucas 3-35 D Williams 2-58); Sunshine YCW 53 (AK Edrich 7-12 S Crea 3-26) and 111 (D Grainger 39 N Johnson 6-31 AK Edrich 3-11) lt Werribee Centrals 201 (S Crea 40 D Cachia 30 L Simpson 28 F Unaid 3-31 MT Schwartz 3-44); Footscray ANA 309 (SA Kukucka 91 J Wills 60 D Nightingale 59 T Cooper 34no S Chakrabarty 3-41
R Youl 2-64) d Seabrook 180 (T Martin 3-28 D Stefanides 2-15 SA Kukucka 2-27)