Fi­nals in sight

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY ONE SHORT

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.

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