KYBYBOLITE has hit the top of the ladder for the first time this season after chasing down a big score in Naracoorte cricket last weekend.
Townies batted first at KYBY and scored freely on the quick and dry oval despite a relatively slow start.
Kevin Marshall (14) went early, but then a series of good partnerships involving Paul Schroder (23), Brendon Emms (75), Brad Redding (28) and Brodie Foster (32) kept the runs coming.
Only Stuart Shepherd with 1/14 from eight overs escaped with his bowling figures intact, while Michael Pannell took two wickets, and with a score of 7/210 from their 40 overs, Townies would have been confident.
But Kyby came out blazing, with openers Lee Curnow (92) and Dave Farley (52) putting on 152 for the first wicket to set their side well on the way to victory.
After they were both dismissed, Pannell (14), Shepherd (24no) and Ryan Woite (10no) polished off the runs with no trouble, finishing with 3/224 from just 35 overs.
At WORTLEY OVAL, Lucindale batted first against Demons and had a good, even spread of contributors.
Danny Lane (13) and Peter Morton (16) started solidly, then Shane McGurk (40), Matt Emmerson (28no) and Brad Maloney (21) all contributed to a competitive team total of 7/146.
All bowlers were tight, with Michael Cappelluti's 2/16 the best return but Andrew Fitzgerald 2/27, Anthony Munro 1/28, Sam Henschke 1/32 and Brodie Borg 1/20 all doing the job.
Demons started the run chase well enough with an opening stand of 28 between Cappelluti (15) and Henschke (19), but Emmerson and Lane struck hard from there to wreck the innings.
Fitzgerald made 29 down the order - putting on 40 with young Hamish Watson (3) - but no one else could contribute and the Demons were bowled out for 105.
Emmerson 3/18 and Lane 3/20 were the pick of the bowlers and Daniel McCarthy took 2/5 from three overs.
Borders/Apsley kept its slim finals chances alive with a hard-fought win over Devils at APSLEY.
Devils batted first and again struggled with the bat, being bowled out for 110. A number of batsmen got a start in a promising sign, but only Hayden Cox (22) and Aaron Lomman (21) were able to pass 20.
The much-improved Borders bowling attack was well served by Bernie Kealy 2/14, Sam Oliver 2/12, Lachie Rokebrand 2/16 and Ollie Close 2/20.
In reply, Borders lost wickets regularly but Nick Thring (76no) guided them to victory with a determined knock punctuated with three sixes.
Off spinner Steve Anderson took three wickets and Lomman two.
Cricketers will break for the long weekend before returning to the field on February 2.
Kybybolite 33 points, run rate 5.16; Demons 33, 4.58; Lucindale 33, 4.53; Townies 27, 5.39; Borders 18, 3.00; Devils 6, 3.44.