Vi­tal points up for grabs

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Buan­gor-taty­oon col­lected six points against Youth Club and Pomonal fin­ished with 10 against Halls Gap af­ter round eight in Grampians Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion’s A Grade com­pe­ti­tion.

Re­sum­ing at 1-6, Youth Club, which had al­ready sac­ri­ficed first-in­nings points to Buan­gor-taty­oon, bat­ted through to de­clare at 8-134 with Trent Hom­den, Nic Baird and Gary Martin all mak­ing 30s.

The dec­la­ra­tion left Youth Club 117 runs in front and with 40 overs to dis­miss its op­po­nent for a se­cond time, and a chance to win out­right.

But the Hawks bat­ted cau­tiously in their se­cond dig to fin­ish 2-82, Shaun Al­lan top-scor­ing with an un­beaten 36, which se­cured the first-in­nings re­sult.

Pomonal, mean­while, en­joyed out­right suc­cess, re­spond­ing to the Gap­pers’ 83 with an un­con­vinc­ing 7-101 de­clared and then dis­miss­ing its op­po­nents for a se­cond time for 70.

The Tigers then had an easy run chase of 52 for a se­cond-in­nings vic­tory.

Dur­ing ac­tion on Satur­day, Halls Gap’s Ar­salan Khan took 5-33 from 13 overs and Pomonal’s Lach­lan Dalkin 6-23.

This week, Swifts-great Western takes on Youth Club in a two-day match at Stawell’s Cen­tral Park, which many would see as a fi­nal pre­view.

The only time this sea­son the clubs met was in a T20 clash, where Youth Club won by two runs in pre­lim­i­nary rounds on car­pet be­fore the Com­bine pre­vailed in the fi­nal on turf by 50 runs.

Youth Club will be look­ing for a bet­ter ef­fort from its bats­men than last round where it fell for just 51 runs.

Baird and Cam Kim­ber have car­ried the Club­bers’ bat­ting and will be the key to post­ing a de­fend­able score.

The Club­bers have re­lied on bowlers Kim­ber, Clin­ton Slo­rach and An­gus Barham for their wins.

They are up against bats­men Sam Cocks, who had a good coun­try week, and Travis Nicholson who is in good form along with other handy bats.

Matt Hef­fer, Jay­den Mccarthy and spin­ner Matt Fitzger­ald will carry the Com­bine’s bowl­ing.

In other matches, Aradale trav­els to Halls Gap in an ef­fort to ob­tain the 10 points needed to join Buan­gor-taty­oon in fourth place.

Travis Hor­vatek, Haider Ali and the Ful­ton broth­ers will lead the at­tack against the Gap­pers’ Char­lie Mcin­tosh, who will be more com­fort­able on car­pet.

Luke Stevens and Khan will lead the Gap­pers’ at­tack as they at­tempt to put Tyler Cronin and the Ful­tons un­der pres­sure.

Fi­nally, St An­drews faces up to Pomonal at Ararat’s Alexan­dra Oval in what could be a dan­ger game for the Tigers.

The Saints have much to play for, be­ing in a three-way tus­sle with Aradale and Buan­gor-taty­oon for fourth spot.

The Saints have ca­pa­ble all-rounders in Tom Mills, Adam Haslett and James Laid­law, who could go a long way to win­ning this match.

In other as­so­ci­a­tion news, although be­ing com­pet­i­tive in three of its four games, Grampians failed to win a game at Bendigo Coun­try Week.

Grampians’ best bats­man for the week was Cap­tain Sam Cocks with 231 runs and the best bowler Lachie Od­die with 13 wick­ets, both of whom led the di­vi­sion for the week.

Swifts-great Western also lost its semi-fi­nal of the Sun­gold T20 to Hamil­ton on Sun­day.

Win­ning the toss and bat­ting, the Com­bine posted 7-112 to put Hamil­ton un­der pres­sure but Hamil­ton made the runs in the 14th over.

War­rnam­bool’s Bri­erly Christ Church won the com­pe­ti­tion 8-176 to Hamil­ton’s 53.


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