It might not have gone off without a hitch, but the RSL Colts have kept their winning streak alive.
The unbeaten, top of the table side squared off once again with the defending premiers the CYMS Cougars in the fifth round of actual play in the RSL Whitney Cup and were able to repeat their success from the season's start.
A failure to fire in the middle order, and a slate of missing in action players to cover for spelled trouble for the current ladder-leaders, but a sterling effort from the opening and closing of the batting order made sure the Colts finished up on a strong 8/262 scorecard.
Colts veteran Jason Ryan said he was 'very happy' with the way the numbers read after some mishaps put his side on the back foot.
"The boys did really well, we were in a bit of trouble with the bat there, but our lower order batters got us going good," Ryan said.
Opener Preston Beauchamp (65) and closer Bede Young (58) both stood up when called above and provided solid foundations for the Colts' effort.
"Preston was really impressive, especially for his first real game in first grade this season, he was really strong up there at the top of the order, I think he probably showed a few of the older blokes how to do the job," Ryan said.
"When Bede came in later, we were in a bit of trouble again, but him and Ben Taylor put on a really nice little partnership there at the end, because of them we got about 40 or 50 runs that we probably shouldn't have got."
A similarly deprived CYMS outfit made it to a game 8/145 before the game wrapped up, with Colts Ben Semmler cleaning up an earlier failure to fire with the ball and putting a stop to a CYMS comeback.
"It wasn't happening for him early, but we brought him back in later on and he cleaned up a few wickets there at the end where they really needed to be scoring runs late in the day," Ryan said.
Gilbert Chaseling (34) and Thomas Nelson (31) stood out for CYMS' batting line-up, but much of the focus was on the Colts' second graders.
"It's a great result for us, we had four or five regulars out, so whenever you get a couple of those fringe blokes in or regular second graders and get them some more experience, it's great, but to get away with a win is the perfect result," Ryan said.
"For all them to have a hand in it was pretty incredible, a lot of the time you have guys just making up the numbers in that kind of situation, but everyone really performed."
The classy performance will give the Colts youngest players plenty of added confidence, with a stronger side expected to return to the greens in the next round to take on South Dubbo.