Another sizeable contribution with the bat from Worcestershire wicket-keeper Ben Cox was unable to prevent Greenvale Kangaroos being edged out by 17 runs on day two of their Victorian Premier Cricket Bartercard Men's Premier Firsts clash away to Monash Tigers.
Cox continued his excellent winter by making 48 as the Kangaroos chased a total of 256 all out made on day one by the Tigers last weekend after they had elected to bat.
He came to the wicket with his side in some trouble at 75-4 and featured in a stand of 65 with skipper James Lidgett.
Cox was fifth out at 140 – two runs short of his sixth half century of the campaign – and he has scored more than 500 runs for the Kangaroos and been a model of consistency.
His dismissal left the game in the balance.
Cox's county colleague Jack Shantry was next in and was dismissed for seven after picking up two wickets on the opening day.
But Lidgett kept the Kangaroos in the hunt and received good support from the lower order and the tail.
The second new ball was taken at 234-9 and only five more runs were added before Lidgett was last out for 71.
It meant that Monash secured the first innings points.