SDCA first grade powerhouse PCH suffered its first defeat of the 2019/20 season after going down to Creeks in a thriller on Saturday.
The reigning premiers set the target at 206 thanks to another impressive innings by the Cox brothers combining for 114 (Brad with 62 and Jackson with 52).
A short lightning delay then decreased it to 182 on account of the Duckworth Lewis method.
Enter Owen Daley.
The Queenslander would then put on a show and guide the underdogs to victory with an impressive 85no.
The 26-year-old captured the win after he received a free hit in the deciding piece of play.
"It was good to get a win I guess, I just kept it simple in the end," Daley told the Singleton Argus on Saturday.
"Owen finishing 85 (not out) probably cemented his place in the Argus top ten players list," Creeks first grade captain Gavin Wake added.
"If he keeps winning games like this then he'll probably even move up a few spots as the season goes by."
The controversial result marked the reigning premiers' first defeat in the top tier competition since February this year.
"I didn't know that," Daley obliviously added.
"It's just always good to get a win I guess."
MEANWHILE a three wicket haul from JPC's Corey Martin would be enough for his side to hold off Glendon in the battle for fourth place.
The regular format will now resume on February 1 next year.
This weekend the T20 competition will commence with two mouth-watering fixtures.
Reigning grand finalist Valley returns from the bye to take on Creeks while Glendon will face off against PCH in the remaining clash.
JPC 141 (Mick Taylor 33, Daniel Thrift 27no, Kye Dann 21, Corey Martin 3/20, Josh Harvey 2/19, Greg Thrift 2/10) defeated Glendon 9/105 (Spencer Brien 18, Beau Parnell 16, Matt Harris 16, Cael Smith 3/46, Spencer Brien 2/21, Cooper Bailey 2/29)
Creeks 8/182 (Owen Daley 85no, Chris Unicomb 46, Bayden Mulholland 15, Mark Unicomb 2/31, Blake Cook 2/38) defeated PCH 7/206 (Brad Cox 62, Jackson Cox 52, Abe Jones 38, Jake Daniels 3/23, Barton Jones 2/23) through Duckworth Lewis method
Denman has celebrated back to back wins in the SDCA second grade competition thanks to the return of captain Karl Bowd.
"We were a bit rusty the first few weeks but we're back now which is good," the winning skipper told the Singleton Argus.
The 24-year-old led the charge in the second innings with 67no.
"I actually missed the start of the season due to a brain injury so its good to be back," he continued.
"It was my last game of first grade for Denman (Bengalla Hunter Valley Group 21 rugby league) and we partied on and I sort of fell off the back of a ute."
Denman will now open its T20 account against PCH this Saturday while Creeks will battle JPC.
"I wouldn't say we're premiership favourites yet but we're entering the summer in good form," he concluded.
Valley edged out JPC in the remaining fixture at Cook Park.
Denman 3/158 (Karl Bowd 67no, Steve Andrews 37no, Hunter Ball 27, Luke Stutchbury 3/14, Anthony Worth 2/17) defeated Creeks 156 (Clint Harman 54, Mitch Bourke 25, Billie Newman 22, Clint Harman 1/32, John Hipwell 1/26)
Valley 7/237 (Chris Howard 81, Tate Edwards 53, Tony Whiting 30, Tate Edwards 1/10, Baxter Newberry 1/28) defeated JPC 3/203 (Rod Luxford 63, Dave Newman 54no, Sam Harrison 38, Hayden Moorcroft 2/31, Dave Moorcroft 2/34)
Daniel Davis proved to be the best with the bat across all three grades after he finished with 110no.
JPC will now play off against Creeks in the opening week of the T20 competition, PCH will face off against Denman and Valley will battle Glendon.
Denman 7/143 (Ted Denton 42, Al Murphy 28, Ben Rumble 3/9, Al Murphy 2/26) defeated Glendon 95 (Troy Bowditch 44, Austin Maher 27, Troy Bowditch 3/18, Ollie Gunn 2/23, Alex Loredo 1/16, Austin Maher 2/23)
JPC 1/224 (Daniel Davis 110no, Craig Knox 69no, Bruce Dempster 3/23) defeated PCH 138 (Blake Hampton 31, Ethan Bowden 24, Scott Matthews 1/27)
Creeks 145 (Jake Palmer 51, Nathan Sutton 34no, Dave Wholert 3/15, Dave Hayne 3/23) defeated Valley 120 (Rick Jarvis 23, Marcus Rowe 19, Rick Jarvis 4/29, Marcus Rowe 1/27)
SDCA TOP FIVE RUN SCORERS:
Dan Davis (JPC) - 110no
Owen Daley (Creeks) - 85no
Chris Howard (Valley) - 81
Craig Knox (JPC) - 69no
Karl Bowd (Denman) - 67no
SDCA TOP FIVE BOWLING:
Rick Jarvis (Valley) - 4/29
Ben Rumble (Denman) - 3/9
Luke Stutchbury (Denman) - 3/14
Dave Wholert (Creeks) - 3/15
Troy Bowditch (Glendon) - 3/18