Mixed bag in Grampians ac­tion

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY ONE SHORT

Af­ter the open­ing day of a Grampians Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion two-day fix­ture, top spot is still up for grabs, one match is in the bal­ance and two are for­gone con­clu­sions.

Youth Club and Aradale are locked in a tense strug­gle for com­pe­ti­tion lead­er­ship and the match is poised to go either way.

Bat­ting first and with one player short last week­end, Aradale scored 158, thanks to veter­ans Cameron Ralph, 35, and Clin­ton Rodger, 36.

Youth Club dis­missed Aradale in 46 overs, Cam Kimber the best of the Club­bers bowlers with 3-26.

In re­ply the Club­bers are 5-101 with another 58 runs re­quired for a first-in­nings re­sult.

The bulk of Youth Club’s runs have come from Koby Ste­wart, 30, and Kimber, 36, in a 51-run un­beaten part­ner­ship.

Travis Horvetech has so far been the best of the Aradale bowlers with 4-28.

Youth Club will be hop­ing the Ste­wart-kimber part­ner­ship can con­tinue for a while yet and leave the tail lit­tle to do. It will be an in­tense first ses­sion that could go either way.

Swifts-great Western has some work to do if it is to chase down Pomonal’s 192.

The Com­bine is 1-38 with 155 ex­tra runs re­quired to claim vic­tory. Grady Slo­combe’s 69 and Scott Spark, 55, an­chored Pomonal’s in­nings, putting on 114 runs for the third wicket, more than half of the over­all to­tal.

Best of the bowlers was young Jay­den Mccart­ney with 3-34 off 17 overs. The other bowler to take three wick­ets was Jon Parkin with 3-45.

At the crease for Swifts-great Western is re­cruit Brady Miller and Travis Ni­chol­son.

Cap­tain and dan­ger bat­ter Sam Cocks was dis­missed for just eight.

Pop­u­lar opin­ion would say the Com­bine would make the runs, al­though his­tory would show it does not chase runs that well.

Buan­gor has al­ready se­cured six points for a first-in­nings win over Halls Gap, lead­ing by 199 runs with five wick­ets in hand, and no doubt will be con­fi­dent of se­cur­ing the ex­tra four points from an out­right win.

Ja­cob Bates sits on 96 not out, so Halls Gap can look for­ward to field­ing first as Buan­gor seeks to pro­vide A Grade’s first cen­tury maker.

Bat­ting first, the Gap­pers again dis­played their brit­tle bat­ting by be­ing dis­missed for just 81.

Best of the bowlers for Buan­gor was re­cruit Daniel Allen, who has joined the club from Don­ald, with 5-37.

In re­ply, Buan­gor was able to score at nearly eight runs an over.

In ad­di­tion to Bates’ score, cap­tain Chris Jer­ram scored 82.

Buan­gor will prob­a­bly de­clare af­ter Bates scores his cen­tury or is dis­missed, and try to win the match out­right.

Taty­oon needs to score just 16 runs to de­feat Navarre on first in­nings, and like Buan­gor will be hope­ful of an out­right de­feat.

Navarre, bat­ting first, was all out for 98 with cap­tain Tom Han­nett top-scor­ing with 33.

Best of the Hawks bowlers was young Ben Beer with 3-18.

Taty­oon sits on 1-82 with cap­tain Michael Har­ricks on 58.

An out­right vic­tory could see the Hawks climb to sec­ond spot on the lad­der.

YOU BEAUTY: Youth Club play­ers cel­e­brate Cam Kimber’s ef­forts in run­ning out Aradale’s Ri­ley Wood dur­ing Grampians Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion ac­tion at Stawell’s Cen­tral Park. Pic­tures: PAUL CAR­RACHER

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