Donnybrook survived a tense finish to defeat Leschenault by two wickets at Leschenault Recreation Reserve on Saturday. Chasing 71, the Dons appeared to be on course for a comfortable win, before a resilient late rally by the hosts gave them something to think about. Winning the toss and sending themselves in, the Green Caps began positively, with youngsters Tyne Dodds and Nico Le Roux given the chance to open the batting. The Dons mixed things up early in the field, with a ring of steel in place for Chris Morgan — bowling from the pavilion end — whereas Clarry Bilston (2-3 off six overs, four maidens) had a stacked slips cordon as his supporting cast. Dodds looked very confident early and raced to 11 off his first 16 balls. He was prepared to work with the field given to him, much to the delight of his teammates back in the pavilion. At 0-19 off seven overs, the home side looked to be in position to jump-start their run-rate, however the visitors had other ideas. After conceding only three runs in his first two overs, Bilston began his third over with a teasing delivery, which knocked over Dodds. The impact of this wicket was remarkable, with the Dons seizing the momentum which had fallen their way. Skipper Bradman May decided to inject Bradley Swarbrick into the attack, who together with Bilston, generated 12 consecutive dot balls. With the pressure mounting and spirits in the field lifting, Bilston snared his second after dismissing Shaun Flanagan for a seven-ball duck. Not content with the start, May called on Shaun Towers to turn the screws and the silky bowler duly delivered (3-7 off six overs, four maidens), leaving the Green Caps in a tailspin at 4-28 by the start of the 12th over. With wickets periodically around them, any hope the home side had of posting a competitive score hung on a fighting partnership by the middle order. Cody Doran did all he could to provide support for teammate Jason Shine (38 off 51 balls), however once the Dons removed both men, the remainder of the card fell shortly after. Aware they needed quick wickets, Green Caps skipper Matt Fink backed in his big guns, with Brody D’Agostino and Jacob Templeton tasked with the job of getting their side back in the game. Fink’s decision paid off early, with D’Agostino removing Paul Reynolds and May within a three-ball purple patch in a hectic third over. The visitors managed to get back on track following this hiccup, before two late wicket clumps almost swung the game back into the home side’s favour. However with the Green Caps circling, new recruit Adam Bilston took control and hit a boundary midway during the 24th over to get the Dons home.