BADEN Powell has clinched the final spot in the top four, defeating Delacombe Park in a MPCA District Shield match on Saturday.
The Braves and the Devils were locked in a do-or-die clash at Delacombe Park, with the winner of the contest to make the finals and the loser to miss out.
The Braves had a disastrous start with the early dismissals of powerful opener Elia Carter (3) and gun captain Rhys Elmi (5) with number three batsman Travis Kellerman (0) quick to follow.
"They bowled really well early," Elmi said. "Shane Deal and Simon Dignam really tied us down. They had us at 3-34 at tea."
The early slide was stopped by Anjula Perera (72) and Josh Waldron (84), the partnership turning the tide of the match.
"They batted really well together and really saved us," Elmi said. "We felt 140 was about par on this ground, so to get 197 was a super effort."
Delacombe Park also suffered an early dismissal at the top of its first innings, losing opener Chris Glendinning for a duck.
The Devils' strong batting line-up struggled and Chris Brittain (15) and Nick Christides (19) spent only a short time at the crease.
Ben Brittain (39) and Deal (22) formed a late partnership, helping nudge the Devils score closer to the target. The disciplined bowling from the Braves proved too much.
The Devils innings came to a close at 138. "They bat right down the order, so to bowl them out was a great effort," Elmi said.
The Braves' attack was led by Nathan Rice, who took four wickets for the afternoon.
In other District Shield matches, The Pines ended Hastings' dreams of sneaking onto the finals with a five-wicket win.
Boneo just managed to hold off Main Ridge to win by six runs.
Flinders upset Carrum, overcoming the finals-bound outfit in the second-last over of the day. Flinders keeper Tim Clarke made a season-best 93.
Frankston YCW finally showed some fighting spirit, losing its final match in District Shield to Langwarrin by six wickets.
Somerville made no mistakes in securing its place in the finals by accounting for Seaford.