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04 December 2019
By One Short
Youth Club and Swifts-Great Western remain locked in a battle for Grampians Cricket Association’s top spot as the action breaks this weekend for a twenty-20 Henry Gunstone Cup.
Youth Club currently holds top position by just .05 of a percent, while St Andrews has dropped from top to third and Pomonal, by virtue of defeating Chalambar, has replaced it in the four.
St Andrews journeyed to Central Park, Stawell to face a challenge from Swifts-Great Western in round six and was comprehensively defeated by 210 runs.
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Batting first, the Combine scored at more than six runs an over to notch 6-245.
The main contributors were Tom Eckel, 76, Ricky Peters, 70, and Sam Cocks, 46.
Faced with a mammoth task, the Saints innings fell to pieces and were dismissed for just 35.
The chief destroyers in the Combine attack were Lachlan Patching, 3-6, together with promoted youngsters Albert, 3-4, and Max Eldridge, 1-0.
At Halls Gap, Youth Club bounced back with a comfortable win against the locals.
Batting first, the Gappers were dismissed for 83 with only Josh Lieth, 30, making a significant contribution with the bat.
Best of the Clubbers’ bowlers was Nic Baird, who took off his keeping gloves to record 4-10.
In reply the Clubbers only took 15 overs to secure a win, with Damon Folkes, 36 not out, and Nic Baird, 41 not out, guiding them to victory.
Pomonal secured a timely win over Chalambar by 110 runs and jumped into the top four. Batting first, the Tigers reached 6-155 from their 40 overs, with Lynden Brewis and Michael Armstrong both scoring in the 40s, backed up by Clayton Mackley and Matt Peel in the 20s.
All Chalambar could muster in reply was 46, as Lachy Dalkin did most of the damage with 5-10 bowling figures.
Michael Armstrong completed a fine double by taking 3-3.
This weekend’s Gunstone cup will start with three rounds on Saturday and a final on Sunday.
Round one will begin at 10am, round two at 1pm and round three at 5pm.
Matches are scheduled for both Alexandra Oval in Ararat and Central Park, Stawell.
Each team will play two matches with a bye, and the finalists will be the top two teams from the preliminary rounds.
Swifts-Great Western has owned this competition in recent years and will start favourite, but should be challenged by Youth Club.
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