Runs proved extremely hard to come by for most teams on the first day of Murray Valley Cricket Association round 12 action.
Waaia engineered the highest premier division total of the weekend, compiling 5-138 before declaring to have a crack at Cobram-Yarroweyah United.
The Bombers are fighting to keep their finals hopes alive and need an outright victory to remain a realistic chance of finals action, so strong knocks from Anthony Ciavarella (56) and Jordan Cleeland (62) could yet prove crucial to their side’s cause.
The combine survived the late onslaught from Waaia’s bowling attack unscathed, and will resume on 0-31 on Saturday.
Even perennial performer Nathalia struggled to get going in its innings, slumping to 91 all out against Cobram.
Adam Decicco was outstanding with ball in hand, securing remarkable figures of 6-10 from 9.4 overs, including five maidens.
Tyron Baden (2-31) and James Daniel (2-36) also got in on the fun as the Purples ground out their score in nearly 48 overs.
Tom Nihill (12), Ash Quinn (19) and Adam Jorgensen (15 not out) were the only members of the home side’s line-up to reach double-figure scores.
The Tigers had an even harder time backing up their bowling efforts though as Nathalia tightened the screws.
After 32 overs Cobram’s score is just 2-18, with Baden (eight not out) and Daniel (yet to score) set to resume at the crease when day two gets under way.
Luke Carter (11 overs) and Luke Quinn (15 overs) gave the away side nothing at all, combining for 21 maidens and one wicket and conceding just 12 runs in a fine display of how to defend a small total.
Barooga and Finley are yet to begin their clash, and will contest a double-header on Saturday and Sunday.