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22 January 2020
A battle for second spot between St Andrews and Youth Club in Grampians Cricket Association remains well and truly alive with a win by either side still up for grabs.
St Andrews will resume on Saturday at 1-43, attempting to chase down Youth Club’s 135.
The Saints won the toss at the weekend and inviting the Clubbers to bat continued their opponents’ opening woes with both openers failing to score.
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Youth Club captain Nic Baird again scored most of the runs with a half century. Bailey Taylor provided 31 as part of an overall innings where nobody else fired.
The Saints destroyers were captain Tom Mills and James Hosking with four wickets apiece.
Being just 93 runs behind and with nine wickets in hand the Saints seem to have the edge, but a couple of quick wickets will lead to pressure on the Saints middle order.
Michael Harricks sits on 29 not out and will be a target for the Clubbers’ bowlers.
A match between Halls Gap and Pomonal, meanwhile, was moved from Stawell’s Central Park to the hard wicket at North Park because of the wear and tear to the turf wicket deemed in need of a spell.
Halls Gap batted first and chalked up 146 in an innings highlighted by a 91-run partnership between Charlie McIntosh, 62, and Josh Reid, 26.
Best of the Tigers bowlers was Lachy Dalkin, who took his seasonal tally to 14 wickets with 5-39.
In reply the Tigers have reached 117 without loss.
Lynden Brewis, 59, and Lachy Green, 47, are at the crease and will endeavour to overtake the Gappers’ score and push past to a lead of more than 100 and attempt to dismiss their opponents again for maximum points.
At Gordon Street, Chalambar is in danger of suffering successive outright defeats, this time at the hand of Swifts-Great Western.
With both teams fielding just 10 men, Chalambar, after winning the toss and batting, was dismissed in the 36th over for 87 runs with only Reece Kettle getting over double figures with 40.
The main destroyer for the Combine was Matt Heffer with 4-23 from 11 overs.
The Combine, sensing another outright opportunity, took to the ‘long handle’ and after scoring at more than a run a ball, declared at 8-216. Sam Cocks scored his second century, 104, and Rick Peters chimed in with 58.
Chalambar’s Ned Parsons was the outstanding bowler with 5-31.
In the 10 overs left to be bowled in the day Chalambar lost 3-32.
Still 97 runs in arrears, and with only seven wickets in hand, Chalambar will have to play some tough cricket to get out of this one.
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