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Grampians cricket: Swifts-Great Western only undefeated team

CAREFUL: Pomonal’s Luke Jordan gets his nose over the ball at Stawell’s Central Park during Grampians Cricket Association action.

CAREFUL: Pomonal’s Luke Jordan gets his nose over the ball at Stawell’s Central Park during Grampians Cricket Association action.

By “ONE SHORT”
After two rounds of Grampians Cricket Association A Grade, Swifts-Great Western is the only undefeated team.
With a couple of unexpected results, four teams now sit on one win each.
Last week, in bitterly cold conditions, bowlers dominated with only Pomonal scoring more than 100 runs and only Sam Cocks, with an unbeaten 40 for Swifts-Great Western, hitting any score of note.
Tatyoon defeated cross-town rival Buangor in a close tussle at the slow Gordon Street Oval after batting first and putting together only 94 runs – Arthur Armstrong top-scoring with 27.
The best of the Buangor bowlers was Chris Jerram with 3-17.
In reply, Buangor was dismissed for 85, Will Joyce being the best of the bowlers with 4-30.
Pomonal had a solid win against Aradale after batting first and again batting out its allotted 45 overs, this time reaching 7-135 with Tim O’Connor, 28 not out, the best.
Aradale could only manage 64 in reply. Best of the Tigers bowlers were Lee Oliver, 4-11, and Matt Grinham, 4-21.
In the other match, Halls Gap put in a shocker against Swifts-Great Western, dismissed for just 36 off only 19 overs.
In reply, Swifts-Great Western took just eight overs to pass the total, the whole game taking just 27 overs of the allocated 90.
Gary Ranton took 4-18 and Ricky Peters 3-2, which brings his season’s figures to 9-11.
Saturday sees the first of two-day matches with both Buangor and Aradale hoping to bounce back from last-round disappointments.
Both teams will have to improve their batting to have any chance.
Buangor’s bowlers are doing their job but its batsman must lift and give more support to captain Chris Jerram.
Jacob Bates and Paul Latham must contribute more to give Buangor any chance.
Aradale will have to forget last Saturday’s poor showing and take a positive attitude with its batting.
It has a group of capable batsmen who must ensure they take their time in order to use all the overs available to them.
The inclusion of Matt Stasse’s all-round ability will strengthen the side
In the battle of the mountain men, after last Saturday’s results, Pomonal would be at long odds to defeat Halls Gap.
Pomonal has the batting depth to cover Halls Gap’s attack.
The openers, led by Clayton Mackley and David Padley, are doing the job in setting up the Tigers innings, and with Luke Jordan and Tim O’Connor to follow, should set up a winning score.
Finally, Swifts-Great Western takes on old rival Tatyoon at Central Park.
These two teams have fought out many finals, but while the Combine has retained its strength, Tatyoon has fallen away.
With the return of a few of last week’s missing players, Swifts-Great Western, should have too much batting depth for the Hawks.

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Posted on Oct 26 2016

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