IT WAS a tale of two captains as after a magnificent match-winning 107 not out from Emerald Brothers skipper Chris O'Shea and an incredible bowling effort of 4-14 from Blackwater Bilbies' Wayne Short.
O'Shea's tremendous innings not only saved his side from a humbling defeat but allowed the team to post a highly competitive total of 218. At one stage they were 5-70 and were really tested for the first time this year.
Earlier, the Brothers top order had been skittled by Short.
O'Shea said he was fortunate enough to not face many deliveries from Short and said it was the best spell he had seen in his eight years of CH cricket.
"I can't remember seeing a better spell. Our top order has a lot of really good bats and he ripped through us," O'Shea said. "He got plenty of bounce and managed to spin it a long way. Great flight, drift and turn, it was phenomenal.
"It was one of their (Blackwater) better performances. They set good fields and there was plenty of character about them, which was impressive."
This century is O'Shea's third of the season and one of the toughest. He admitted he was fortunate to not be forced to face the off-spin of Short.
"My hundred was up there with the best I have done this year. I had to work for my runs and got a bit lucky," he said.
"I thought I would give some other blokes a chance up the order but that didn't work.
"Any time you score runs when the team needs it is always good.
"I scored a tough one against Clermont but this time I really had to consolidate and play each ball on its merit. Certainly rate it very highly."
Short finished his eight overs with impeccable figures of 4-14. He produced the goods with the willow as well, making 49.
"It has definitely given us a ton of confidence, especially first game back after the holidays," Short said. "The performance should buoy everyone in training and help for our remaining games.
"We fielded well, took a few catches and bowled well. Myself, Brenton Borthwick and Ben Miller did well. Young Trae Cronin (25 not out) did well with the bat too.
"But we let them score 50 from the last few overs which is disappointing. Still, at the end of the day, we were happy."
Chris O'Shea 107*
Cameron Keene 52
Wayne Short 49
Trae Cronin 25*
Wayne Short 4-14
Craig Cullen 3-28
Brenton Borthwick 3-32
Emerald Brothers 10-218 def Blackwater Bilbies 7-122 via Duckworth-Lewis