All that separated Avoca and top of the ladder side, Laanecoorie Dunolly, at the end of play on Saturday was a mere 16 runs.
After enduring a one-win one-day season, the Bulldogs knew something had to give in the second half of the season, claiming their first two dayer over Colts and now giving the undefeated premiers the fright of their life.
Avoca started by bowling Laane out in 52 overs on day one, the first team in the league to do so this season and achieving that feat with just nine players.
Despite almost halving their innings, Laane had already managed to put up 252 runs in that time making Avoca’s reply a very tough one.
The Dogs finished on 3/40 in 23 overs before stumps were pulled on day one, leaving a daunting 212-run gap ahead of them for day two.
Lachlan Morganti and Matt Drummond partnered for 47 runs at the weekend before Zac Graham claimed the first wicket of the day, taking Drummond (10).
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