The return of the GDCA second grade competition was greeted with scorching temperatures, but it had little impact on the scores posted across the three games played out on Saturday afternoon.
Diggers were able to take a resounding victory thanks in large part to the batting performance of Peter Stimson.
Mark Favell and Stimson were able to get their side off to a good start with an opening partnership of 38, but even after Favell (10) fell to the bowling of Gavin Wylie (1/20), Stimson was able to push on.
He led the way with a 71-run stand with Brendan Wade (17) and then an 88-run partnership with Brett Owen (39) before Stimson (131) retired not out.
Owen and Peter Gerhard (24*) added runs late in their innings before they reached the end of their 40 overs on 4/250.
It was always going to be a tough chase for the Hanwood side, and the tight bowling of Danny Dossiter (2/18) and Mark Favell (5/23) made it all the more difficult.
Trevor Cowie (19), Morgan Tiere (13) and Wylie (11) were the only Hanwood batsmen to break double digits as they were bowled out for 85 in 26.3 overs.
Leagues were also able to take a commanding win over Coleambally after their top order laid the foundation.
Derek Opo (12) and Teei Piawi (41) laid the foundation with an opening stand of 72 before the pair fell in quick succession to the bowling of Neil Burke (1/19) and Luke Roberts (1/26) respectively.
Shane Makea (48) and Teao Woetai (21) helped see their side reach a finishing total of 7/184 off their 40 overs.
The Nomads were able to reach 24 before trouble struck with Jackson Hasson picking up the wickets of Luke Roberts (13) and Puram Sri (0) in successive deliveries, and while he didn’t get the hat-trick, he picked up another two wickets in quick succession to see the Nomads fall to 4/28.
While Cooper Smith (12) and Sam Casey (22) were able to get starts with no one else able to trouble the scorers the Coleambally side was bowled out for 100 in 29.2 overs.
Exies were able to maintain their form from before the break when they took on Coro.
The middle order for Coro did the bulk of the run scoring with Justin Moat (52), Brady French (28) and Brett Crooks (29) helped the Cougars reach 184 after 38.1 overs with John Gallagher (5/35) doing the damage with the ball for Exies.
Dan Brady (44) and Duane Ashcroft (34) laid the foundation for Exies before a middle order stumble caused concern. Those issues were put to rest with Cameron Harrison (35*) and Gavin Woods (17*) able to guide the Exies side to a four-wicket win over seven balls remaining.