Mackie blasts his side to win

The Southern Eurobodalla Cricket Club has maintained its spot in the top four thanks to an eight-wicket victory over Pambula at Dalmeny Oval.

The visitors had first chance with the bat on Saturday, and an early partnership from Shane Baird and Corey Mitchell put early pressure on the hosts.

Baird was the early aggressor for Pambula, scoring a quick 17 before succumbing to the bowling of Matthew Klose. Brendon Reynolds was next to go for six, and when Harry McAlpin was bowled by Graham Briggs for two, the visitors were struggling at 3/40.

A series of steady wickets, including five more for Briggs, would restrict Pambula to a paltry total of 67 runs, an innings that featured more scores of zero (four) than batsmen in double figures (three).

Simon Mackie would put the side on his back, blasting a match-winning 45 to keep Southern Eurobodalla in a top-four spot.

Briggs was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 6/10, while Dean Friskin, Simon Mackie, and Matthew Klose all pitched in with wickets.

Pambula would need a big bowling effort to get a result, and their early returns suggested a miracle may be on the cards.

Opening bowlers Corey Mitchell and Joel Bond both took wickets in their opening spells, and restricted Southern Eurobodalla to just 20 runs through the first 10 overs.

Jordan Dibden (four) and Geordie McEvoy (seven) were the two men to depart for the home side, leaving their chase at 2/13 at one stage.

Simon Mackie joined opener Alexander Filmer-Smith at the crease, and the two quickly took the match away from the visitors.

Mackie got on top of the bowling attack, ably supported by Filmer-Smith at the other end. He scored a quick-fire 45 to guide his side to victory in the fifteenth over.

With only two rounds remaining in the season, Southern Eurobodalla will need to keep winning to guarantee a finals spot.

They will have the perfect opportunity to do that next weekend when they host last-placed Bermagui.

Pambula will host ladder-leading Tathra at the Pambula Beach Ground next weekend needing a win to keep their faint finals hopes alive.