BATSMEN showed early season form on the second day of the Southern Cricket League season, with teams chasing down some difficult targets in many grades of the competition.
In Menzies Shield, reigning premiers Cavaliers suffered an early season setback in defence of their title when Toorak-Prahran hit up 6-182 in reply to the home side's score of 8-179.
Jeremy Skiba (50) and Oscar Jenkins (42no) led the combine's run chase.
St Paul's Glen Waverley, newly promoted to the league's premier grade, suffered its first loss in two seasons when it failed by just three runs to match Salesian Old Boys total of 9-144.
In Mackay Shield, a high-scoring one-day game between Glen Waverley and Toorak-Prahran had the Glen amass 8-215 to beat the combine, who hit up 4-211.
In one of the few games that had play on the first day of the round last week, Emerald Hill in Third grade totalled 5-309.
The target proved too much for St Andrews Gardiner, who nevertheless posted a respectable 195 in their run chase.
Menzies Shield: Toorak-Prahran 6-182 d Cavaliers 8-179; Salesian Old Boys 9-144 d St Paul's Glen Waverley 7-141; Glen Waverley 7-149 d Mt Waverley Uniting 94; Mt Waverley Catholics 7-145 d Notting Hill Brandon Park 9-105; St James Malvern Valley 6-182 d Chadstone Harlequin 9-178.
Mackay Shield: Glen Waverley Cougars 8-188 d St James Malvern Valley 6-119; East Oakleigh 8-160 d St John's Elsternwick 8-158; CUCC Kings 8-172 d Notting Hill Brandon Park 8-83; Monash 0-68 d Oakleigh District Footballers 60; Glen Waverley 8-215 d Toorak-Prahran 4-211.