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Grampians cricket | Undefeated Combine the team to beat

As Grampians Cricket Association breaks for Christmas and the new year with resumption scheduled for January 7, an examination of the season thus far sees Swifts-Great Western undefeated on 36 points.
The Combine is two games clear of Buangor and Pomonal on 24 points, followed by Aradale and Tatyoon on 12 points with Halls Gap on six.
It would seem the Combine already has enough points to ensure a finals berth and will now look to a top-two finish.
With five players in the top-10 run scorers and three in the top-10 wicket takers, the Combine is well placed as flag favourite.
Buangor, occupying second position on percentage from Pomonal, has relied on the all-round ability of skipper Chris Jerram who leads the competition run-scoring with 240 runs and sits second on the bowling list with 14 wickets.
Unfortunately for his team he is the only player in the top-10 batters, but Buangor has Peter Latham and Charlie Dyer in the top 10 bowlers.
If Harry Ganley can be lured back from East Ballarat it would greatly enhance the club’s chances of finishing second.
Pomonal has had difficulty posting decent scores which is reflected in the fact Pomonal has no batsman in the top-10 aggregates, Robbie McKinnon the top-scoring batsman with 93.
The Tigers have relied on bowlers Lee Oliver, 14 wickets, and Matt Grinham, 12, for their wins.
If Pomonal is to claim second spot, its batsmen must improve.
The battle for fourth spot appears to be between Aradale, holding that spot, Tatyoon and Halls Gap.
Only six points separate the three, with Aradale leading by reason of forfeit from Tatyoon.
This forfeit might prove costly to the Hawks and Halls Gap will be ruing the ‘one that got away’ when in a winning position against Buangor.
Aradale has relied on John Butler as the only Aradale player in the top 10 association bowlers, Tatyoon has none in the top 10, while the Gappers have turned to Dylan O’Neil for wickets.
As far as batsmen go, Aradale’s top run-getter is Brent Tate, Tatyoon has relied on Michael Harricks with 158, and Halls Gap has Justin Harney and Andrew Cameron in the top-10 batsmen.
The battle for fourth spot will be an ongoing challenge for these clubs.
With senior cricket on hold over the holiday period, the association attention will turn to Central Highlands Junior Country Week tournaments.
Grampians has teams in under-13 and under-15 grades while Ballarat Blue has already won an under-17 competition over Gisborne White.

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