Bowlers steal the spotlight
Bowlers dominated day one of round three in Grampians Cricket Association, with only Swifts-great Western reaching triple figures.
The best of the bowlers was Youth Club’s Cam Kimber, who took 7-28 on a day when 56 wickets fell in total.
So dominant were the bowlers that all games have a chance of an outright result.
St Andrews elected to bat after winning the toss against Buangor-tatyoon and 52 overs later had been dismissed for just 52 runs.
The main destroyer was skipper Michael Harricks, again, with figures of 16.2 overs, 11 maidens and 5-7.
Buangor-tatyoon finished the day at 4-78, 26 runs in front.
It will be interesting to see how the game unfolds. Much will depend on when Buangor-tatyoon declares or is dismissed. Harricks will play a big part in the result.
In the match between Pomonal and Youth Club wickets fell like ninepins, with the game into the second innings already.
The Tigers were invited to bat and were dismissed for their lowest score for some time, 28.
Youth Club did not fare much better scoring just 74. In their second dig, the Tigers are 4-32, still 14 runs behind, giving Youth Club a good chance of maximum points.
Best of the bowlers were Kimber, 7-28, Clint Slorach 6-28, and for the Tigers, Matt Grinham, 4-36.
In a Central Park match between Halls Gap and Swifts-great Western it was master blaster Sam Cocks’s show when he notched up 142 with 19 fours and five sixes.
The Gappers invited the Combine to bat and in just 30 overs Swifts-great Western was able to declare at 5-225. Cocks shared a 113-run partnership with Tom Eckel, 36.
The Combine’s bowlers then skittled the Gappers for 54, with Jayden Mccartney taking 5-23.
Invited to follow on, the Gappers finished the day at 3-66, a deficit of 105, and a lot of work to do to avoid a second successive outright defeat.