GCA - Youth Club got off to a horror start to its 2013/14 A grade Grampians Cricket Association season, suffering a heavy loss to Aradale at Aradale Oval on Saturday.
Batting first, Youth Club lost opening batsman Steve Le Gassick for two runs before Phil Hall was dismissed without scoring.
Youth Club's woes deepened when youngster Ethan Marrow was run out for no score while Jamie Solyom quickly followed on one, and the Clubbers were on the ropes at 4/6.
The Clubbers shining light was opening batsman Matt Delzotto, who smacked two fours on his way to 24 runs before becoming John Butler's fourth and final victim for the afternoon.
Butler went on a bowling rampage, finishing with 4/10 off eight overs that included four maidens.
Youth Club's innings ended on 44 runs when Brody Stewart (0) was removed by Jamie Dowling.
Dowling was also impressive for Aradale, returning 2/4 off three overs.
Despite losing three batsmen in quick succession, Aradale reached the target set with ease with Mitchell Wood hitting two fours as his side finished on 4/47.
Jarrod Illig (2/24) was best of the Clubbers bowlers while Matt Healy and Steve Le Gassick chipped in, taking one wicket each.
Tatyoon has drawn first blood against Swifts/Great Western, winning its grand final replay at Richardson Oval on Saturday.
It was a tight contest and the Combine had its opportunities, but a missed chance in the latter stages of the game saw Tatyoon take home the six points.
Swifts/Great Western got off to a promising start thanks to Sam Cocks, who reached 18 runs before being stumped by Darren Beer.
Travis Nicholson had a poor start to his 2013/14 campaign, making no runs while Cocks' opening batting partner James Devery, could only manage six.
Gary Ranton (15) and Jesse Eckel (13) did put up some resistance, but a slow run rate defeated the Combine and they limped to 7/79.
Tatyoon didn't fare much better on a tough batting wicket.
Darren Beer was removed by Marc Brilliant for one run and Ash Maconachie fell foul of Brilliant on two.
Tatyoon captain Jarred Blandford is always dangerous and once again, he led the way with 28 runs while Andrew Marx (15) and Tim McDougall (13) contributed.
Sitting at 9/77, Taty managed to ward off the Combine in the final over and end the day on 81.
Gary Ranton was Swifts/Great Western's leading bowler with 3/20, while Marc Brilliant, Tom McCord and Louis Martin picked up two wickets each.
Buangor kicked off its 2013/14 campaign with a win over Pomonal at Pomonal Recreation Reserve.
Although it's not all bad news for the Tigers, with impressive performances by middle order batsmen Scott Spark (32), Luke Roberts (30) and Robert McKinnon (29) helping them to reach 6/141.
Buangor bowlers Jarred McGuiness and Chris Jerram claimed two wickets each.
In reply, Buangor had plenty of batting firepower with Tyson Carr (50), Jack Fraser (48) and Harry Ganley (47), with the trio helping the visitors finish the day on 1/149.
Lauchie Dalgleish produced the Association's first century of the new season, making 110 runs for B grade St Andrews in their 68 run loss to Chalambar.