Theo Valeri has provided the backbone to see his side close the gap on top spot after picking up their second outright win in as many weeks with a convincing display against Hanwood.
Diggers won the toss and elected to bat, but it was Hanwood who were able to make the early impact as Scott Smith (9) was dismissed by Ben Rowston.
Fresh off a hundred last weekend, Trevor Richards came out to join Valeri. However, the pair were only able to put on 13 runs before Rowston struck again to remove Richards (4).
Tom Valeri came out to join his brother, and from there the Diggers were able to launch their innings and start building towards a competitive total.
Over the space of the next 10 overs, the pair were able to put on 54 runs before Tom Valeri (19) was caught by Rowston off the bowling of Angus Bartter (1/21).
Ben Watts and Theo Valeri continued to keep the score ticking over with a 78-run stand before wickets fell in quick succession.
Isaac Campbell (4/25) took the wicket of Watts (27), Craig Lugton (2), Michael Duncan (19) and Dean Villata (0) while Rowston (4/53) finished his good day with the ball picking up Theo Valeri (83) and Corey O’Reilly (2) before Valeri decided to declare with the score on 9/205 after 40 overs.
It was always going to be a tough chase for the Hanwood side, and it was made even more difficult when Villata continued his excellent form from last week to take the wicket of Micheal Crosato (0) and Harry Rowston (0).
Oliver Bartter and Jason Bertacco looked to try and get their side back on track before Villata struck to remove Bartter (15) and Charlie Cunial (0) in successive deliveries to have Hanwood in trouble again.
Bertacco and Campbell were the only batsmen who were able to offer any resistance as the pair put on 27 before Bertacco became Villata’s (6/35) fifth victim.
While Campbell was able to keep his score ticking over Nathan Richards (1/30) removed Todd Argus (3) while Ben Rowston (5) was run out by Theo Valeri and when Campbell (31) was caught by Smith off the bowling off the bowling of O’Reilly (2/18) it saw Hanwood bowled out for 117 in 24.1 overs. The 88-run win for Diggers sees them close the gap to Exies to just nine points.