Aradale, Buan­gor fi­nal

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY ONE SHORT

Top team Swifts-great Western was knocked out of fi­nals, while Buan­gor re­versed its re­sult of two rounds ago to ad­vance to Grampians Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion’s grand fi­nal.

That pretty much summed up week­end re­sults in A Grade com­pe­ti­tion.

Aradale con­tin­ued its re­cent win­ning form to de­feat Swifts-great Western by 22 runs in a semi-fi­nal boilover at Stawell’s Cen­tral Park.

It is said that in­nings are made through part­ner­ships and this proved the case when John But­ler, 95, and Clin­ton Rodger, 33, put to­gether a match-win­ning 93 to take Aradale from 6-48 to 7-141 against the Com­bine.

Ear­lier, Aradale had won the toss and bat­ted and at 5-19 things were look­ing bleak for the Ararat out­fit.

But thanks to a swash­buck­ling in­nings from But­ler who chanced his arm and with 14 fours and two sixes was un­lucky to have missed out on his cen­tury, Aradale was able to ad­vance. Best of the Com­bine bowlers were Marc Bril­liant 5-17 and Jay­den Mccart­ney 3-6.

In re­ply, Swifts-great Western ap­peared to be sit­ting pretty at 1-84 when it lost three wick­ets shortly be­fore stumps on Satur­day to fin­ish the day at 4-92.

Sun­day saw wick­ets fall reg­u­larly and the top team, which had lost only one home-and-away game for the sea­son and was runaway premier­ship favourite, fall short.

Best of the Aradale bowlers were But­ler and Jamie Dowling with three each.

In the other semi-fi­nal at Ararat’s Alexandra Oval, Buan­gor won the toss and bat­ted against Pomonal.

Most bats­men man­aged to get among the runs, Shaun Allen top-scor­ing with 41, Jim Fraser mak­ing 38, Chris Jer­ram 37 and Tyson Carr an un­beaten 35.

Pomonal dis­missed Buan­gor for 201 just be­fore stumps, Luke Jor­dan the most pro­duc­tive of the bowlers with 3-19 af­ter Matthew Grin­ham and Lee Oliver worked hard.

But in the five overs re­main­ing for the day Pomonal man­aged to lose the wick­ets of Oliver and Sam Spark to fin­ish on 2-5.

The next day Buan­gor dis­missed the Tigers for 133 with spin­ners Lachie Od­die and Chris Jer­ram with 4-28 and 4-30 re­spec­tively, the best of Buan­gor’s bowlers.

The grand fi­nal will be at Alexandra Oval over the Labour Day long week­end – Satur­day, Sun­day and Mon­day this week­end.

The match will start at 11am and con­sist of a min­i­mum of 90 overs a day.

In this for­mat it would not sur­prise to see the match go the full four in­nings.

Aradale has the bowlers to win the game in But­ler and Dowling but its bats­men will have to lift to sup­port the bowlers more.

It can­not rely on only one or two to post a win­ning score.

Buan­gor has a more depend­able bat­ting line-up and it will be re­ly­ing on slowies Jer­ram and Od­die to get it over the line.

Buan­gor will have the added spur of be­ing de­feated in last year’s fi­nal.

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