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ROMSEY will look to rebound against Gisborne and District Cricket Association bottom side Woodend after a nail-biting loss to Gisborne on Saturday.

The Redbacks were pipped at the post after winning the toss and making a strong total of 6/211 from 40 overs.

Skipper Ben Way led from the front, making 45 with the bat and partnering with first-drop batsman Matt Milne (61) to get Romsey to 1/87.

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The Redbacks continued to pile up runs after Way fell, with Will Collins (33) and Jack Thorsen (37) contributing in the middle order.

Romsey had good reason to fancy its chances of victory after removing Gisborne openers Jayben Bannan and Sam Mackay cheaply, but a succession of strong performances by Michael Allen (54), Jason Wilson (57) and Patrick McKenna (60) but Gisborne back in the game.

The run chase came down to the final over, with the visitors scoring the running wins with three balls to spare and five wickets in hand.

Jaime Taylor (2/29 from eight overs) and Taylor Stevenson (2/31 from eight overs) were the only bowlers to take multiple wickets for Romsey.

Despite the loss the Redbacks remained above Gisborne in third place on the ladder and could finish in second place with a win and a Sunbury United loss this weekend.

Wallan is also safe in fourth place on the Johnstone Shield ladder despite a loss to Sunbury Kangaroos on Saturday.

It was another match that came down to the wire, with Wallan bowled out for 173 in the final over of its innings and the Kangaroos just chasing down the total, scoring 7/175 with five balls remaining.

Lancefield had its first loss of the season in division two, going down to second-placed Blackwood by six wickets.

A score of 66 by Mark Caton helped Lancefield to 6/132 from 35 overs, but Blackwood reeled in the total with 12 balls to spare, finishing 4/137.

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