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CONCENTRATION: Swifts-Great Western’s Jayden McCartney bowls to Tatyoon’s Ben Deer at Stawell’s Central Park as ‘keeper Sam Cocks and slip Gary Ranton await a possible catch.
An upset, a narrow, but important win, and a come-from-behind victory highlighted the second day of round nine in Grampians Cricket Association.
The ‘upset’ was a comfortable win to Navarre over Youth Club.
Chasing 247 for victory the Clubbers fell away after the dismissal of Angus Barham, 36, and Nic Baird, 46.
Corey Wilkinson was the main destroyer for Navarre in dismissing the Clubbers for 168, which would have been less if Navarre had held its catches.
The ‘narrow but important’ win was by Tatyoon, which fell over the line by two runs against Pomonal, to keep its season alive.
Starting the day at 2-12 the Hawks quickly crashed to 4-18 before Jarrod Blandford, 25, Andrew McDougall, 50, and Michael Harricks, 42 not out, rescued the innings.
But when the ninth wicket fell at 146 and Tatyoon still needed eight runs to win, the game was there for the defending Tigers – but they couldn’t get that last wicket.
The ‘come-from-behind victory’ came when Swifts-Great Western turned a two-run first-innings deficit into an outright win after dismissing Buangor for 99 in its second innings.
The highlight of this match was Chris Jerram’s 11-68.
The penultimate round of Grampians cricket this weekend sees two games with important consequences for participants.
Tatyoon is at home to Youth Club in a match between third and fourth with a loss to either side putting a finals appearance in jeopardy.
Neither side impressed last match with the Hawks just getting over the line by two runs and the Clubbers going down to Navarre.
As Jarrod Blandford approaches 500 runs for the season, the Hawks will again look to him for a big score, with Andrew McDougall and Michael Harricks to chip in for runs. Then Harricks, Zander McDougall, and Aaron Byron will have the assignment to dismiss the Clubbers for less.
Meanwhile, the Clubbers will rely on Baird, Koby Stewart and Barham for runs and Damon Folkes and Cam Kimber for wickets.
In the other key match, ladder-leader, Swifts-Great Western takes on new second-placed Aradale at Stawell’s Central Park.
The Combine bounced back against Buangor last game, while Aradale has had its past two games against lowly Halls Gap.
Aradale’s Scotty Turner is leading the batting, assisted mainly by young Riley Wood, but has principally relied on twin spearheads Travis Horvatek and Brent Tate for wins.
The Combine has depended on bowlers Matt Heffer, Jon Parkin and Jamie Bach to take wickets and Rick Peters, Sam Cocks, and James Devery to supply the runs. Both teams sit on 46 points, but the Combine has a game in hand.
Must-win match
The remaining game features Buangor against Navarre, at Ararat’s Alexandra Oval. Buangor is outside the four and must win this match to feature in the finals; while the Grasshoppers recorded their best win of the season last game.
Tom Hannett is having his best year yet and along with Andrew Shovan will test Buangor’s bowlers, led by spinners Chris Jerram and Lachie Oddie.
Buangor would be looking at more from its batsmen this match.
Halls Gap hosts Pomonal and judging by the Tigers’ improved effort last outing will start favourite against the Gappers.
Bowlers Matt Grinham, Raine Mackley and Lee Oliver should be able to contain the Gappers batsmen.

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