Top-of-the-ta­ble bat­tle in bal­ance

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY ONE SHORT

Af­ter the open­ing day of the fi­nal home­and-away round of Grampians Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion the top two teams are in a com­mand­ing po­si­tion and a third game is in the bal­ance.

At Taty­oon, Buan­gor-taty­oon had to se­cure points to en­sure a spot in the fi­nals but, af­ter win­ning the toss and elect­ing to bat against Swifts-great West­ern, put in a shocker and was dis­missed for 33 runs.

Seven Buan­gor-taty­oon bats­men failed to score in an in­nings where Swifts-great West­ern used just two bowlers and 19 overs.

Lach­lan Patch­ing re­turned 7-19 and Matt Hef­fer 3-11.

In the re­main­ing 60 overs avail­able in the day, Swifts-great West­ern posted 6-185, es­tab­lish­ing a lead of 153.

Sam Cocks took his sea­son’s tally of runs to 466 with an­other cen­tury, this time clip­ping 115 in a knock that in­cluded six fours and four sixes. Hef­fer fin­ished 28 not out.

Zan­der Mcdougall took 3-53 to be the best of the Buan­gor-taty­oon bowlers.

The vis­it­ing Com­bine will look for the full 10 points avail­able be­cause Youth Club is breath­ing down its neck, also likely to win out­right against Halls Gap.

An overnight dec­la­ra­tion will leave the bowlers to dis­miss Buan­gor-taty­oon a sec­ond time and claim full points.

Cap­tain and main­stay Michael Har­ricks will re­turn for the home team to bol­ster the ranks.

At Stawell’s Cen­tral Park, Youth Club, which was hop­ing for a bet­ter ef­fort from Buan­gor-taty­oon in or­der to re­claim top spot on the lad­der, is well in com­mand over Halls Gap.

Win­ning the toss and seek­ing max­i­mum points, Youth Club put the Gap­pers in to bat and man­aged to bowl their op­po­nents out for 96 runs.

Char­lie Mcin­tosh again top-scored for Halls Gap with 38, while the best of the Club­bers bowlers were Cam Kim­ber and Jar­rod Il­lig with three wick­ets each.

In re­ply, the Club­bers have reached 5-115 and estab­lished a lead of 22 runs.

Trent Hom­den, 31, and Nic Baird, 29, were the main scor­ers in the in­nings, which fea­tured Faizan Butt as the chief wicket taker with 3-25.

The Club­bers will prob­a­bly de­clare and seek out­right points, in the hope Buan­gor-taty­oon can hold out Swifts-great West­ern.

Halls Gap will be able to judge im­prove­ment by its sec­ond in­nings.

Bat­tle for fourth

its sea­son’s

Aradale and St An­drews are locked in a bat­tle at Ararat’s Alexan­dra Oval to chal­lenge Buan­gor-taty­oon for fourth spot.

Bat­ting first, St An­drews man­aged a mod­er­ate 116 with Ned Bohner, 25, and Ri­ley Tay­lor, 27, the main run get­ters, while Tyler Cronin had the im­pres­sive fig­ures of 5-19. In re­ply, Aradale is 3-34 – 82 runs be­hind. Tom Mills al­ready has 3-11 and will be the key to a Saints vic­tory.

Scotty Turner is un­beaten on 12 and his ef­forts will prob­a­bly de­ter­mine the re­sult.

Both teams would like an out­right re­sult but this is un­likely.

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