REIGNING premier Winiam’s finals hopes are slipping away after a 38-run loss to Kiata left it stranded at the bottom of the ladder.
Playing at Nhill College, the Wolves lost the toss and were made to field first by the Highwaymen.
Nathan Alexander has been arguably the in-form player of the competition this season but on Saturday it was his brother Todd who starred for Kiata.
Nathan fell leg before wicket for 12 off the bowling of Jordan Gurry, leaving Kiata at 1-20.
When Brad Alexander departed after contributing just two runs, Todd stepped up to earn family bragging rights.
His innings of 73 steadied the ship, and a 43-run partnership with Peter Hedt helped move the team total to 6-136 at the end of 40 overs.
Apart from Gurry, 2-33, and Dale Clark, 3-12, the Winiam bowlers toiled without much success.
The Wolves’ run chase got away to a poor start when they lost star batsman Brad Clark for three runs.
Number three batsman Ben Bryan was dismissed soon after for a duck.
Opener Brodie Cramer, 30 runs, and middle order players Shannon Launer, 22, and Dale Clark, 23, were the only Wolves who managed to stick around at the crease.
The team was bowled out for 98, with Louis Preston claiming three wickets for the Highwaymen.
Winiam has just one win for the season with two rounds remaining, and trails Jeparit by six points and percentage.
Nhill underlined its premiership credentials with a 148-run thrashing of Rainbow at Nhill.
Ritchie Dodds was the hero for the Tigers, making 104 runs after opening the batting.
Fellow opener Jamie Harding was dismissed for one, but it hardly seemed to matter as Dodds forged a 61-run partnership with number four batsman James Philip.
The total of 5-247 proved insurmountable for Rainbow.
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