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Leading teams in first two-dayer in Grampians cricket

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Grampians Cricket Association will present the first day of a two-day fixture this weekend with the feature match between undefeated Youth Club and Aradale on the turf at Stawell’s Central Park.
So far, the Clubbers’ batting has not really been tested, with the bowlers restricting the opposition to scores of just 46 and 72.
Recruit Damon Folkes has already taken seven wickets for the season.
Aradale has had to work a little harder for its wins, relying on a team effort. One of these teams will emerge as top of the table and an early favourite for the flag.
Last-round losers Swifts-Great Western and Pomonal will look to bounce back onto the winners’ list when they meet at Great Western.
To date, the Combine’s batting has held up, while Pomonal’s has been up and down, suggesting the Combine’s batting might be the key to this match.
Sam Cocks has had two reasonable scores, while Tom Eckel’s first knock produced 75. Leigh Oliver and co will have to work hard if they are to challenge Swifts-Great Western.
Buangor has had a miserable start to the season and will hope captain Chris Jerram is available for this match as his all-round ability will be required if Buangor is to record its first win.
Navarre’s Jesse Hannett has had a bright start to the season and the Grasshoppers will hope for more of the same.
This contest will be the first on the turf at Ararat’s Alexandra Oval, so low scores might be the order of the day, with a chance of an outright result on the cards.
Halls Gap takes on Tatyoon at Halls Gap and form would suggest a Tatyoon Hawks win, but much will depend on Jarrod Blandford’s efforts with both bat and ball.
If he fires, the Hawks might well walk away with outright points.
Last week’s results saw Aradale reverse last season’s final loss by defeating Buangor, thanks to a fine knock of 76 not out from Scotty Turner and 3-12 from Travis Horvateck.
Buangor’s score would have been a lot less if it had not been for a 71-run unbeaten partnership between Shaun Allan and Liam Baker for the seventh wicket.
Navarre recorded its first win of the season, defeating luckless Halls Gap by six wickets. Batting first, the Gappers made just 111 runs thanks to Jesse Hannett’s 4-22.
In reply, Navarre lost four wickets in passing the Gappers’ score, Michael Ashton top-scoring with 27 runs.
Tatyoon bounced back from its first-round loss to account for Swifts-Great Western thanks to Jarrod Blandford who opened the innings and carried his bat for an unbeaten 89.
Batting first, the Combine scored 6-162, with Tom Eckel leading the way with 75.
Next best was Cocks’ 48. In reply Blandford single-handily carried the Hawks over the line, with Andrew Maconachie next best with 39. The best of the Combine’s bowlers was the evergreen Marc Brilliant with 3-31.
Youth Club easily defeated Pomonal. The Clubbers invited Pomonal to bat first and thanks to Damon Folkes, four wickets, and Angus Barham, three, dismissed Pomonal for an uncompetitive 75.
The Clubbers had little trouble passing that score, losing just one wicket.

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