ECHUCA South slumped to a fourth straight loss against Rochester United on Saturday.
Jordan Garrett and Tim Rasmussen both made big scores for the defending champion to build a strong total of 7/228, and South were unable to score quickly enough to be a threat.
Garrett showed the class that has helped him to more than 200 runs in his first four innings for United, and did the bulk of the scoring in a partnership with Sean Williams.
Garrett went for 73 with the score 2/105, and Williams was run out soon after, Rochester still with plenty of work to do at 3/112.
It was left to Rasmussen, who stayed strong while the wickets fell around him to make an unbeaten 79, guiding the side to 7/228.
Toll was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Dylon Haimes claimed the important wicket of Garrett in his spell of 2/39.
South needed to see an improvement from its top order and got it through Luke Thompson, who bounced back from last week’s duck to make a strong 43.
But more support was needed. Hugh Nelson (5) and Chris Uys (11) were among the early departures while middle-order key and South captain Brad Jones was caught off the bowling of Brodan Evans, leaving his side 4/88 and in a hole.
South made it through the 45 overs but was well off the pace, 82 runs short on 9/146.
■COOMA won a thrilling game against Stanhope to keep in touch with the A grade top four.
Guided by captain Michael Hill (76), Cooma posted 4/200 but held on by just one run after Stanhope skipper Michael Coad (77) drove his side to 9/199.
■ECHUCA and Bamawm-Lockington United’s match was abandoned due to rain.