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GCA | Jostle after Grampians cricket wash-out

Grampians Cricket Association officials called off play at the weekend due to widespread rain.
The big winners from this decision were clubs that had already secured points the previous Saturday.
Swifts-Great Western was a winner, having already secured maximum points.
The 10 points allowed it to jump to the top of the ladder.
Aradale’s first-innings points allowed it to marginally advance ahead of Tatyoon, while a drawn game between Buangor and Youth Club allowed Youth Club to retain second position and leave last year’s premiers still outside the four.
A new two-day match begins this week with the star attraction being a clash between third-placed Tatyoon and fifth-placed Buangor at Tatyoon.
Neither side performed with the bat in the last round, with Tatyoon scoring just 23 and Buangor 102, so the winning edge must be gained through an improved batting performance.
Jarrod Blandford has proven the key to the Hawks innings. If he fires, the Hawks usually put together a reasonable score. If not, anything is possible.
Jack Ganley and Callum Baker will prize Blandford’s wicket above all others.
If they fail, the lot will fall on spinners Lachie Oddie and Chris Jerram.
For its part, Tatyoon will target Jerram and Jacob Bates as key wickets, and this task will fall upon Michael Harricks and again Blandford.
Another match that will hold interest is a Pomonal-versus-Aradale clash at Pomonal.
Both sides were victors last round and will be keen to keep winning.
Matt Grinham will be hoping to take his current good form into this match with both bat and ball, while Aradale will again look to Brent Tate and Travis Horvatek to repeat last week’s demolition of Tatyoon.
Luke Jordan and Scott Sparks led the way with a fine opening stand of 62 last match.
A repetition will see the Tigers well on the way to setting Aradale a challenging target.
The remaining matches see the top two teams pitted against the bottom two teams, with Halls Gap revisiting Stawell’s Central Park, where it suffered outright defeat against the Combine.
Youth Club will fancy its chances of repeating the dose and gaining the maximum points.
Halls Gap has many young players, who although outclassed at the moment, are gaining valuable experience, which will benefit them in the future.
Players such as Charlie and Rikki Mc-
Intosh and Jedd Gay are gaining valuable experience at the top level.
Youth Club also contains emerging talent, but the difference is that the Clubbers have more experienced players within their team.
Navarre hosts new ladder leader Swifts-Great Western at Navarre and will need to improve on its 121 of last match.
Navarre has the batting talent in its top order to post a competitive score, but its bottom half is letting it down, and against the association’s meanest bowling attack, the Grasshoppers too, have to concentrate or disaster might strike.

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