The ladder-leading Burnie Hurricanes have flexed their muscle on Day 1 of Round 19, piling on the runs against Latrobe.
All-rounder Kurt Lamprey continued his red-hot form with a maiden first grade century, while team-mate Brady Yates fell an agonising eight runs short of his own maiden ton as the Hurricanes racked up a mammoth 7 declared 386.
The Demons difficult day had a bitter end, losing a late wicket to finish at 1/13.
Latrobe won the toss and elected to bowl first under heavy skies at West Park Oval, but batting conditions proved to be good, with Nick Revell (53) and Shaun Redman (42) seeing off the new ball, and amassing a 92-run opening partnership.
Weeks (2-50) and Joel Salter (3-78) did a good job of pegging the Hurricanes back, dismissing Revell, James Odgers (3) and Redman in quick succession.
Yates was the backbone of the Hurricanes innings, combining in important partnerships with Nick Imms (19) and Zach Walker (46).
But his partnership with Lamprey was a highlight, with the pair combining for a breathtaking 81-run sixth wicket stand.
Yates edged into the nineties, but his dreams of a hundred were shattered when he fell to Salter for 92.
Lamprey went to another level after Yates was dismissed, smashing 7 fours and 5 sixes on his way to a blistering 101 not out from 72 balls.
The Hurricanes then declared, with the Demons forced to negotiate a tricky 12-over period late in the day.
The commencement of the Latrobe innings saw Lamprey’s day get even better, with the paceman trapping Daniel Williams lbw from his first ball.
He finished with the figures of 1-0 from five overs, with the Demons needing 374 more runs to claim first innings points next week.
Sheffield took the honours on Day 1 of it’s crucial clash with Ulverstone.
Sent in to bat first, Ulverstone were soon in massive trouble, slumping to 5/33 as Sam Robinson (4-26) rocked their top order, supported by Gary Miles (2-40) and Aiden Marshall (1-7).
But as they do so often, the Black Caps rallied, with Sam Perko (29) and Andrew Van Tatenhove (31) pushing back against the Mountaineers.
The pair added 55-runs for the sixth wicket to steady the innings, and give the visitors some hope of posting 150 plus.
Marc Simonds (2-31) had other ideas, as he removed Perko and Van Tatenhove, before Robinson and Miles snared the last three wickets.
The Black Caps were all out for 113 in 52.1 overs.
Sheffield faced nine overs to close out Day 1, finishing 0/40.
Openers Zaid Chaudhary (38 from 22 balls) and Sheldon Parker (0 from 32 balls) adopted vastly different approaches, but their partnership worked.
The Mountaineers will resume on Day 2 needing 74 runs to claim first innings points.
The Wynyard v Devonport match was abandoned at 2.30 pm due to rain and wet ground conditions without a ball being bowled. The Blues and Orions will play a one-day match next week.