Youth Club’s 11th-hour bid

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

Youth Club has a strong chance to make a dra­matic last-minute en­try into Grampians Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion’s fi­nal four at the ex­pense of Aradale.

Need­ing an out­right vic­tory over Pomonal and for Aradale to lose against Buan­gor, at the end of day one the Club­bers could not have asked for a bet­ter set of numbers.

Buan­gor recorded a sea­son-high score of 8-275 at Ararat’s Alexan­dra Oval against Aradale and the Club­bers skit­tled Pomonal for 40 be­fore knock­ing up 5-169, and now have the Tigers 2-26 still 103 runs be­hind.

In other games, Navarre has a handy lead of 165 runs and has al­ready taken four wick­ets against Halls Gap, and Swift­sGreat Western has Taty­oon on the ropes at 5-32 chas­ing the Com­bine’s 139.

At Stawell’s Cen­tral Park, the Club­bers could not have be­lieved their luck when Pomonal, af­ter win­ning the toss, de­cided to bat. Af­ter just 26.1 overs Pomonal was all out to the Club­bers’ at­tack with Cam Kim­ber and Da­mon Folkes tak­ing 5-21 and 4-7 re­spec­tively.

The Club­bers, sens­ing the urgency, belted up 5-169, de­clared thanks to Folkes, 83, and Bai­ley Tay­lor, 57.

The Club­bers are well on their way to out­right points.

At Alexan­dra Oval, Buan­gor posted an im­pos­ing score for Aradale to chase down to en­sure a spot in the fi­nals. Buan­gor won the toss and had no hes­i­ta­tion in bat­ting, and with Shaun Allen the only bats­man fail­ing to make dou­ble fig­ures, scored a cred­itable 8-275.

Lead­ing the runs was Jack Fraser with 65 and Tyson Carr with 45 in what was a for­mi­da­ble to­tal.

The best of Aradale’s bowlers was Brent Tate with five wick­ets.

Aradale’s bats­men will have to be at their best if they are to match this to­tal. Ri­ley Wood, Tate and Scotty Turner will be a big key to Aradale’s chase. Spin­ner Chris Jer­ram has turned in some great fig­ures re­cently for Buan­gor.

In the bat­tle be­tween sev­enth and eighth, Navarre has its nose well and truly in front thanks to a cen­tury from Jesse Han­nett and a 49 from Brad Slo­rach.

Navarre, bat­ting first, scored 245 and has Halls Gap at 4-80 in re­ply.

Best of the Gap­pers’ bowlers was Ben Iseppi with 3-58 from 14 overs.

The Gap­pers need an­other 165 runs and it is hard to see where these will come from.

In the bat­tle for top spot at Taty­oon, Swifts-great Western has bounced back from a dis­ap­point­ing first in­nings of 139, by tak­ing five rel­a­tively cheap Hawks wick­ets, in­clud­ing match win­ners Jar­rod Bland­ford and Michael Har­ricks.

In an in­nings that never got go­ing, the Com­bine made it to 139 thanks to cap­tain Sam Cocks and Gary Ran­ton. Best of the Hawks bowlers were Har­ricks, Bland­ford, and Aaron By­ron with two each.

The Com­bine’s best bowler in the 18 overs bowled was Matt Hef­fer with 4-20.

Taty­oon’s bot­tom half has a bit to do if it is to get the 108 runs re­quired for vic­tory.

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