Waikoikoi, Riversdale and the Metro Cubs remain at the top of Southland's Combined Country cricket points table after wins in week seven of the competition on Saturday.
The three teams have opened a small game on the field as the end of the first round draws closer.
Riversdale and Waikoikoi made light work of their showdowns on Saturday.
Batting first against Marist Riversdale racked up 2006 for four from their 40 overs with Southland trialist Jimmy McKee the key contributor with his unbeaten 46 while Anothony Burrows chipped in with 49.
Marist struggled in their chase falling 96 runs short of victory.
Waikoikoi claimed a 10 wicket win over Tuatapere who is only clinging to a top four spot.
Batting first Tuatapere could only muster 94 which was always going to be too light for the powerful Waikoikoi batting unit.
Openers Scott and Jamie Chittock won the game in style as the passed the total without losing a wicket.
The Metro Cubs were missing several key players who had stepped up to the club's senior team on Saturday but they managed to do enough to claim a tight win.
Lumsden got through to 116 batting first with Greg Walker the key contributor with his knock of 24.
While it didn't seem a large target the outfield at Northern Southland College in Lumsden was long and combined with some good bowling Darren Bauke, who picked up four wickets, it was a tough chase for Metro.
They eventually passed the total seven down with Lumsden guilty of bowling two many wides late in the innings.
Waikaka kept themselves in touch with the top four after grabbing a victory over the visiting Invercargill-Old Boys team on Saturday.
Invercargill-Old Boys got through to 106 batting first with Nick Reed the chief destroyer taking four for 23.
Invercargill-Old Boys total was propped up by Campbell Clark's 28.
In reply Waikaka lost just the three wickets as they claimed the competition points.
Wyndale 100 for four (Shannon Gutsell 50* Scott Gutsell 23*, Aron Baigent 2-16) beat Appleby Cannons 99 all out (Jordan Todd 21, Tim Marriot 4-10, Shannon Gutsell 3-16) by 6 wickets.
Waikaka 108 for three (Corey Reed 36, Paul Montieth 29*, Brent Wilson 2-27) beat Invercargill-Old Boys 106 all out (Campbell Clark 28, Nick Reed 4-23) by seven wickets.
Riversdale 206 for fournf (Jimmy McKee 76*, Anthony Burrowes 49, Scott Kiddey 2-42) beat Marist 110 all out (Boyce Wilson 24; M Wilson 4-25, M Lash 3-19) by 96 runs.
Waikoikoi 95 for nonenf (Scott Chittock 60*, Jamie Chittock 26*) beat Tuatapere 94 all out (B Egerton 31; Jarrod McKenzie 3-16, Warrick McKenzie 2-9) by 10 wickets.
Metro Cubs 118 for seven (Darren Sheehy 27, Zak Kelly 19, Shaun Turner 16; Darren Bauke 8-1-32-4, Abhijeet Malandkar 7-1-22-2) beat Lumsden 116 all outnf (Greg Walker 24, Sandy Singh 14; Daniel Mills 7-0-30-3, Logan Savory 8-2-13-2, Zak Kelly 8-2-16-2) by three wickets.
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