Finals in sight
Outright Grampians Cricket Association wins are on the cards as teams press for extra points to secure a finals berth.
Both Buangor and Tatyoon have already secured first innings points and will push on towards the maximum 10 points, while Swifts-great Western is on the verge of gaining a first innings lead.
Buangor, after being asked to bat by Navarre, and being 3-11, recovered to declare at 6-274 thanks to an unbeaten century from Jacob Bates, 102no, and a whirlwind 82 from Jack Ganley.
Navarre’s turn at the crease only yielded 64 runs, with opener Nick Formosa contributing more than half the total with 37.
Chris Jerram’s spinners netted him 5-11 from nine overs with three maidens. Leading by 210 runs, Buangor will surely ask the Grasshoppers to bat again and an early finish is on the cards.
At Tatyoon, the home side once again struggled with the bat to make just 84 runs, with only Will Joyce making more than 20 runs.
Cam Kimber with 5-18 was the best of Youth Club’s bowlers.
At 0-45 the Clubbers were looking good, but the fall of opener Angus Barham saw a steady procession of wickets.
Batting one short, the Clubbers were dismissed for a paltry 70.
Michael Harricks was the destroyer with 5-19.
The Hawks’ second dig sits at 0-14, an overall lead of 28.
An outright win to Tatyoon would see it go a long way to securing a finals berth; similarly, it would dash the Clubbers’ fortunes.
Swifts-great Western must get another 24 runs with eight wickets in hand to secure first innings points against second-placed Aradale.
Aradale elected to bat and really only Scotty Turner on 43, was the only batsman to handle the Combine’s attack, led by Marc Brilliant, 3-31, and Matt Heffer, 2-13. Aradale’s innings finished on 103.
In reply, the Combine sits on 2-81 with James Devery on 33 and incoming batsman Brady Miller yet to score.
How the Combine handles the situation will be of interest, whether it attempts another outright result after passing Aradale, or will be just content with the first innings win.
The Combine is scheduled to play Pomonal the day after, in a reprogrammed match after the GCA executive ordered an earlier game failed to be played because neither club could agree to on a revised date.
On present form, the Combine would be a warm favourite to beat the Tigers.
Halls Gap is in danger of suffering yet another outright defeat, this time at the hands of neighbour Pomonal.
Pomonal batted first and declared at 5-277 with Clinton Mackley, 69, and Lyndon Brown, 63, enjoying their turn at the crease.
In reply, the Gappers are 6-62 and surely will be asked to follow on.