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Grampians cricket: Tatyoon forfeit shocks association

IN THE BALANCE: Buangor's Paul Latham delivers to Halls Gap's Justin Harney at Central Park, Stawell. Umpire Greg Goldsmith and fielder Shaun Allen are also pictured.

IN THE BALANCE: Buangor’s Paul Latham delivers to Halls Gap’s Justin Harney at Central Park, Stawell. Umpire Greg Goldsmith and fielder Shaun Allen are also pictured.

Grampians Cricket Association received a shock at the weekend, with Tatyoon forfeiting its A Grade match against Aradale
The former dominant team of the past two decades was forced to hand the points to Aradale because of player unavailability.
One wonders if this is a ‘oncer’ or a forerunner of things to come, as harvest descends on the district.
‘One Short’ understands the issue was discussed at executive level on Monday night along with problems concerning forfeits in the competition’s lower grades.
In other matches, Swifts-Great Western has set Pomonal a target of nearly 300 to score the points, and an interesting tussle is developing at Stawell’s Central Park between Halls Gap and Buangor, with either side capable of winning this match.
At Pomonal, the visitors won the toss and batted, and at the end of the day were 7-294.
Missing a few regulars, the Combine was forced to bring up a few B Graders. Opener Matty Delzotto was one who relished the promotion, and after asking to open the innings top-scored with 85 runs, which included 10 boundaries.
Others who impressed with the bat were Ricky Peters, 78, Jamie Bach, 46 not out, and opener Sam Cocks, 30.
Lee Oliver and Lachy Green each took two wickets for Pomonal and the Tigers will now have to plan to get the required runs; big efforts are needed to put together several worthwhile partnerships.
Pomonal will look to Luke Jordan, Clinton Mackley and Matt Grinham to form the basis of these partnerships.
The Combine will rely on Bach, Jayden McCartney, Gary Ranton, and skipper Jackson Dark to ensure the win.
Halls Gap, meanwhile, was invited to bat by Buangor – always a sign of insecurity – and after striking early with the wicket of Scott Marks, Justin Harney and Luke Stevens added 73 for the first wicket.
This enabled the Gappers to reach the handy score of 212.
In reply Buangor sits at 2-41, still requiring 171. Much will depend on Jacob Bates and Lachy Oddie, both still at the crease.
No doubt Buangor will look to sub in all-rounder captain Chris Jerram who missed the first week of the fixture.

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