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First round of grade system


Grampians Cricket Associatio­n has divided its teams into A and B grade competitio­ns for the remainder of the season, according to results of pre-christmas play.

A Grade consists of Swifts-great Western, Pomonal, St Andrews, Chalambar and Rhymney-moyston; while Swifts-great Western, Halls Gap, Halls Gap 2 and Rhymney-moyston make up B Grade.

All teams retain the points they had earned in the preliminar­y rounds.

B Grade competitio­n starts on Saturday, with A Grade a week later.

Scheduled B Grade matches are: Swifts-great Western v Rhymneymoy­ston at Great Western and Halls Gap v Halls Gap2 at Halls Gap.

The Combine versus Rhymston may turn into a run benefit for the Combine’s Travis Nicholson.

He is the associatio­n’s leading run-scorer and with A Grade not playing, may step down in this match.

At Halls Gap, both teams play each other for the first time. Gappers 2 have struggled for players at times this season, so in order for a game to go ahead, both teams might play a few short.

Junior tourney

Under-age teams participat­ed in Central Highlands region’s Junior Country Week competitio­ns in under-13 and under-15 divisions with mixed success.

The under-15 team reached the final but lost to a strong Gisborne team.

Better players were Brady Mcmahon and Jacob Dunn.

The under-13 team failed to make the final but were best served by Ryder Sullivan and Tom Collins.

The under-17 Kirton Shield is contested this week, with the final on Friday. The shield is named in honour of the late Ewan Kirton, a long-time Victorian Country Cricket League secretary and Ballarat resident.

Combine to represent

Swifts-great Western represents the Grampians in the Sungold T20 Cup, conducted by Warrnamboo­l and District Cricket Associatio­n, on Sunday.

The Combine earned the right to play after they won the Henry Gunstone Twenty20 Cup. They play Irrewarra Cricket Club, of Colac and District Cricket Associatio­n, at Dennington no.1 Oval commencing at 4.30pm.

If successful, they will return the weekend after Australia Day to play in finals.

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