Last minute shuf­fle

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Alast-minute shuf­fle of the top or­der in Grampians Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion led to Aradale be­ing bun­dled out of the fi­nals and Youth Club march­ing in due to an out­right win over Pomonal.

In other de­vel­op­ments Buan­gor grabbed sec­ond spot and Taty­oon slipped to third.

Youth Club gained its ex­pected out­right win against Pomonal by dis­miss­ing the Tigers for just 61 in the sec­ond in­nings.

This came thanks to a match win­ning 6-22 from Cam Kim­ber, fig­ures that went with his 5-21 in the first in­nings.

Buan­gor did Youth Club a favour by down­ing Aradale by 91 runs.

Again Lachie Od­die and Chris Jer­ram took the bulk of the wick­ets, cap­tur­ing six between them.

The out­stand­ing ef­fort of the con­test was young Ri­ley Wood’s maiden cen­tury, scor­ing 117 of 184 with the next high­est score be­ing 19 ex­tras.

Halls Gap fin­ished a poor sea­son with an­other loss, this time to Navarre.

Les Pyke took his score to 48 to be the only bats­man to deal with the Grasshop­pers’ at­tack of Brad Slo­rach and An­drew Sho­van.

Slo­rach’s 6-39 was his best re­turn for the sea­son.

In the bat­tle for top spot, Taty­oon was saved from a pre-fi­nal de­feat by the weather, which made play im­pos­si­ble on the day.

In semi-fi­nals on Satur­day and Sun­day, top team Swifts-great West­ern will play fourth-placed Youth Club at Stawell’s Cen­tral Park.

Sec­ond-placed Buan­gor will play third-placed Taty­oon at Alexan­dra Oval in Ararat.

Swifts-great West­ern will go into its semi-fi­nal as warm favourite, hav­ing com­fort­ably de­feated the Club­bers on the two oc­ca­sions they have met this sea­son.

Warm favourite

But a word of warn­ing for the top team – the Club­bers’ bowlers have per­formed in re­cent games with Cam Kim­ber and Da­mon Folkes among the wick­ets.

If the Club­bers’ bats­men can give them a few runs, the bowlers might just get them the win.

But Youth Club is up against the team that has scored the most runs for the sea­son.

The Com­bine’s bats­men have all scored runs at some time dur­ing the sea­son, and with the mem­ory of last sea­son’s shock semi-fi­nal loss spurring them on, should post more runs than the Club­bers. In the match at Ararat, Buan­gor will go into the game with the ad­van­tage of hav­ing played the last four games on the turf at Alexan­dra Oval.

Buan­gor’s form has been bet­ter of late than ear­lier in the sea­son, with spin­ners Lachie Od­die and Chris Jer­ram tak­ing the bulk of the wick­ets in re­cent matches.

So if Cal­lum Baker and Jack Gan­ley can take early wick­ets, Buan­gor would be well on the way to a win.

Taty­oon’s bat­ting is some­what brit­tle, the team leav­ing the bulk of run-scor­ing to Jar­rod Bland­ford and Michael Har­ricks.

Buan­gor also has a larger spread of po­ten­tial match-win­ners in Jer­ram, Ja­cob Bates, the Fraser broth­ers and Gan­ley.

A win by ei­ther team would not sur­prise, but Buan­gor might have the edge.

In B Grade semi-fi­nals, Swifts­great West­ern will play Youth Club, a mir­ror of the A Grade, and Cha­lam­bar will play St An­drews. Fi­nal A Grade lad­der: Swifts­Great West­ern 58 points, 1.89 per­cent; Buan­gor 54, 1.71; Taty­oon 53, 1.42; Youth Club 47, 1.49; Aradale 46, 1.24; Pomonal 28, 0.82; Navarre 18, 0.50; Halls Gap 0, 0.28.

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