Reigning premiers Eaton overcame a forgettable start to upstage Donnybrook by 41 runs at Egan Park on Saturday. After producing a brilliant bowling effort to dismiss the Bobtails for 138, the home side were comprehensively rolled for 97 off 35 overs. The visitors were sent in by Donnybrook skipper Bradman May, and were put under extreme pressure early by quicks Noah Greenmount (2-10 off seven overs) and Brandon O’Rourke (1-9 off five overs, three maidens) from the pavilion end. This pressure quickly paid off, with Eaton opener Matt Foreman trapped in front for a five-ball duck. Foreman appeared hard done by, as it was apparent there was a noticeable inside edge, however umpire Gary Crombie remained unmoved with his decision. Moments later, fellow opener James Hillery joined him, after nibbling a shot out to Izaak Bedford at cover for two. Incredibly, the visitors were 3-9 after six overs, with the home side riding their momentum with sheer delight. Gradually, pace pressure reverted to spin, with Shaun Towers (2-16 off eight overs), Adam (2-31 off nine overs) and Clarry Bilston (0-19 off five overs) getting in on the act. With wickets tumbling around him, accomplished Bobtails all-rounder Julian Crudeli (85 not out) was aware he needed to remain rock solid at the crease. A tremendous striker of the ball, Crudeli showed no fear and played sensible cricket, despite the state of the game a real concern for his side at the time. Having dismissed the reigning premiers for 138, a victory for the hosts seemed a real possibility — especially given the form both Paul Reynolds and May brought into the game. However for the second consecutive home game, Donnybrook collapsed in a heap following a positive start. At 0-25 off seven overs, Reynolds and May were able to subdue Crudeli and Liam Renton’s opening spells, with Renton going for 17 runs in his first three overs. Keen to get things moving in his side’s favour, Eaton skipper Clayton Caltsounis decided to freshen things up. And it worked. Following Crudeli’s removal of Reynolds an over later, Caltsounis injected Foreman (1-6 off four overs) into the attack. Aside from racing through his overs and slowing down the home side’s run-rate, Foreman tempted May (17 off 39 balls) out of his crease, much to the delight of Bobtails ‘keeper Josh Grime, who quickly whipped the bails off. From here, the floodgates opened, with the Bobtails’ bowlers feasting on the remainder of Donnybrook’s batting card. After going for 17 off his first three overs, Renton returned to finish with 3-11 off his remaining five overs, in another example of patience paying off for this weathered cricketing outfit.