On the hottest day for cricket so far this season, Bridgetown outlasted and outplayed Manjimup on the Collier Street turf to climb into second place on the ladder and move one step closer to a second semifinal berth. After winning the toss and electing to bat, Manjimup were in dire straits early following a superb opening bowling performance from man of the match Brendon White. White bowled nine overs of impeccable line and length, knocking back the off-stump of Manjimup’s first four batsmen and finishing with the amazing figures of 5-6. At 6-38, a defendable total looked a long way off but a strong partnership of 71 between Luke Murphy (52) and Cameron Harris (45) steadied the ship. Manjimup was cruising towards a big total until the introduction of Mat Tassos into the attack paid off immediately, breaking the partnership with the wicket of Murphy and then taking the final three wickets to finish with the very respectable figures of 4-25, limiting Manjimup to 161 all out off 39.4 overs. After a well-earned tea break, where icy poles and Powerade were the main fare, Bridgetown’s run chase got off to a stuttering start, with Jack Muir (2-22) removing both openers to two great catches from James Kordic, and with the total 2-34, Manjimup had their tails up. Enter man of the match White who, along with hard-hitting Hugh Mitchell, began to score freely and swing the game back in Bridgetown’s favour. With the score racing along to 80 and Manjimup bowlers feeling the heat, a great running catch by Muir saw Mitchell depart for 37 and hopes of a Bridgetown collapse spurred Manjimup on. But White had other ideas with a chance-less innings of 74 not out, and an unbeaten 50-run partnership with Darcy Walsh (15 not out) saw Bridgetown cruise past the total in the 37th over with five wickets in hand. The win moved Bridgetown ahead of Manjimup into second place and if they are victorious against Northcliffe in the final game next week they will secure the double chance. Manjimup take on Pemberton, with a victory vital for any chance of making the second semifinal.