Kendenup returned to the winners’ list after holding on in a tense finish against Australs in round six of the Great Southern Cricket Association in Katanning on Saturday. The tight eight-run result helped Kendenup move back into second spot on the ladder after securing their third win of the season. Kendenup were bowled out for 147 batting first before they bowled Australs out for 139 with three balls to spare. Scott Hillman (33 runs) and Ben Oldfield shared in a 39-run opening stand for Kendenup before the latter was bowled and his side lost four quick wickets, falling to 4-48. Kendenup were in even more trouble when Cameron Walsh (14) and Sebastian Ballard departed, but Keegan Berry and Jack Horrocks steadied the ship. That pair added 74 runs to take their side into triple figures but they were all out in the 33rd over after a late collapse. Berry made 55 from 63 balls, hitting six fours and a six, and Horrocks added 20. David Potter cleaned up the tail end to finish with 4-25 off six overs and was well supported by Michael Dark (2-23) and Kris Norris (2-30). Berry claimed the first two wickets of Australs’ innings, but a fighting knock from Darcy Middleton helped the home side recover. Middleton made 27 as Australs reached 2-57 before father-son combination Ryan and Sebastian Ballard produced a strong bowling spell. They reduced Australs to 7-76 but a 49-run stand from James Douglas and Alex Fidler still gave the home side a chance. Walsh then removed the dangerous Douglas for 45 to break the game open and then Fidler was dismissed to leave the game in the balance. It came down to the last over with Australs needing 10 runs to win with one wicket in hand but Clinton Gilbert struck with the third ball, as Australs were bowled out for 139 to seal a thrilling win. Gilbert finished with 3-26 and Sebastian Ballard was vital with 2-20 off nine overs while Ryan Ballard (2-18) and Berry (2-32) also claimed multiple wickets.