Com­bine snares lead

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY ONE SHORT

Swifts-great West­ern has won a bat­tle for top spot in Grampians Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion with a club-record 296run vic­tory over Youth Club.

The Club­bers were never in the hunt, chas­ing 397 for vic­tory and fin­ish­ing with just 100 runs.

Nic Baird again top-scored with 52 runs that took him past the 500-run mark to 518, which rep­re­sents a huge chunk of the 1311 runs scored by Youth Club this sea­son.

Matt Fitzgerald was again the top bowler for the Com­bine with 5-25.

St An­drews started its match against Pomonal at 2-12 and need­ing 133 for vic­tory slumped to 6-52.

But a 56-run part­ner­ship be­tween Ben Boat­man and Ri­ley Tay­lor stead­ied the in­nings and the Saints were able to pass the Tigers’ score of 132 with seven wick­ets down.

The best of Pomonal’s bowlers were Lach­lan Dalkin and Tim O’con­nor, with three wick­ets each.

The re­sult kept St An­drews’ fi­nals as­pi­ra­tions alive.

The re­main­ing game saw Halls Gap thwart Aradale’s at­tempt at out­right vic­tory through a bold sec­ond-in­nings score of 7-215.

Aradale, re­spond­ing to the Gap­pers’ first-in­nings 148, took its score to 6-255 be­fore declar­ing, Scotty Turner, 59, Matt Ful­ton, 41, and Ri­ley Wood, 37, top-scor­ing.

Faizal Butt was the pick of the Gap­pers’ bowlers with 5-93.

The Gap­pers’ sec­ond in­nings fea­tured solid con­tri­bu­tions from Luke Stevens, 40, and a 70run part­ner­ship be­tween Char­lie Mcintosh, 50, and Mar­cus El­liot, 19.

Aradale’s best bowler was Shan Chintha­palli with 3-44.

In the fi­nal home-and-away round start­ing on Satur­day, ev­ery game has an im­pact on the fi­nal make up of the top four.

Youth Club will be af­ter as many points as pos­si­ble in a two-day clash against Halls Gap, while Buan­gor-taty­oon needs to win against Swifts-great West­ern to en­sure a fi­nals berth.

Aradale and St An­drews will bat­tle for a chance to play fi­nals, with Pomonal un­able to be dis­placed from third po­si­tion.

Should the Com­bine fal­ter against Buan­gor-taty­oon it might drop back to sec­ond spot.

The Com­bine bats­men were in good form last round with all recog­nised top-or­der play­ers fir­ing. But the Taty­oon wicket has not been kind to bats­men this sea­son, which means Michael Har­ricks and Lachy Od­die will be ap­ply­ing pres­sure for the home side.

How­ever, runs have been a prob­lem for Buan­gor-taty­oon this sea­son with Har­ricks and Aaron By­ron car­ry­ing the bat­ting.

Halls Gap pro­duced its best bat­ting last week and won’t be any walkover for the Club­bers if they can carry that form to Stawell’s Cen­tral Park.

Club­bers’ Nic Baird has been the bat­ting main­stay and will be asked to do it again.

LEADER: Youth Club’s Nic Baird passed the 500-run mark at the week­end. Pic­ture: PAUL CARRACHER

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