Grampians win

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY ‘ONE SHORT’

While Buan­gor is Grampians Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion A Grade premier and can jus­ti­fi­ably claim to be the best team, hav­ing de­feated the other three fi­nal­ists in their last three matches, there were also fi­nals win­ners in the other two se­nior grades.

Youth Club, which had dropped back from A Grade, had the per­fect out­come, go­ing through the sea­son un­de­feated.

Youth Club beat Navarre in a tense grand fi­nal at Cen­tral Park to win B Grade’s Hunt Shield.

Youth Club won the toss and in­vited Navarre to bat.

Navarre got to 37 be­fore the first wicket fell, but af­ter that, wick­ets tum­bled reg­u­larly to see the Grasshop­pers dis­missed for 101.

Best of the Navarre batsmen was Bradley Slo­rach with 22, and Youth Club was best served by bowlers Cam Kim­ber, 4-21, and Koby Ste­wart, 3-23.

Youth Club’s turn at the crease saw it make 155, with opener Ethan Mar­row scor­ing 33 and Koby Ste­wart and Jar­rod Il­lig both chip­ping in with 29.

Vet­eran Phil Hall was the best of the bowlers with 4-22.

Navarre’s se­cond in­nings saw the Grasshop­pers reach 154, with Bradley Slo­rach again top-scor­ing with 77 and sup­ported by Lach­lan Slo­rach, who made 44.

Kim­ber was again the best of the Club­bers’ bowlers with 5-44.

This left Youth Club with 103 to win. At 3-14 Navarre would have sensed an up­set, but vet­eran Jamie Solyom came to the res­cue with an un­beaten 58 to see the Club­bers reach 7-104 and vic­tory.

In C Grade, Willaura won the Com­mon­wealth Bank Shield with two straight wins over Halls Gap in the best of three one-day fi­nals.

In game one, Willaura scored 3-72 to de­feat Halls Gap, 65, with star of the match Ryan Townsend fin­ish­ing with fig­ures of 3-6.

In game two, Willaura, 2-112, with Scott Ford 50 not out, de­feated Halls Gap, 106, to crown its re­turn to Grampians cricket with a pre­mier­ship.

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