GCA - Travis Nicholson was back to his best on Saturday, smashing a century as Swifts/Great Western defeated Buangor in a thrilling A grade Grampians Cricket Association one-day contest.
After losing Sam Cocks for five runs and with the score at 1/7, Nicholson took to the crease, causing plenty of headaches for the Buangor bowlers before he was finally caught out by Tyson Carr on 107.
His Swifts/Great Western teammates Tom Eckel (1), Jesse Eckel (1) and Tom O'Neill (2) didn't fare too well, the trio falling victim in quick succession to Harry Ganley.
Ganley finished with 3/32 while Jack Fraser was also on fire, picking up 3/34 and Ben Hargreaves (2/18) also chipped in .
All-rounder Jackson Dark dug in his heels, making 43 runs towards Swifts/Great Western's first innings return of 8/178.
Buangor stumbled early with Chris Jerram (2) and Shaun Allen (3) sent packing.
Jack Fraser was left to pick up the pieces and he reached 82 runs before becoming Gary Ranton's third victim for the afternoon.
There were nervous moments for the Combine as Buangor's tail end kept chipping away at the run chase, however Marc Brilliant claimed two late wickets to help bowl Buangor out for 173.
Brilliant and Gary Ranton were Swifts/Great Western's leading bowlers, picking up three wickets each.
Pomonal has notched up its first win of the season after defeating Aradale on Saturday.
However, the Tigers did struggle with their bowling in Aradale's first innings with Brett Gay (2/30) the only multiple wicket-taker.
Aradale batsmen Mitchell Wood and Tyler Cronin reached half centuries, but didn't go much further, while Brent Tate (36 runs) and Mitchell Cronin (32) put up some resistance to help their side reach 6/193.
Pomonal opening batsman Adnan Rasheed bounced out of the blocks, putting on 82 runs and Scott Spark (58) continued his solid form.
Lee Oliver (21) and Luke Jordan (15) also contributed for the Tigers, who finished on 6/199 with two overs to spare.
Matthew Baldock was Aradale's leading wicket taker with 3/41 while last week's hero, John Butler returned 1/15.
Youth Club's shaky start to the A grade competition has continued following a loss to reigning premiers Tatyoon at the weekend.
The Clubbers were up and about early, with Andrew Ward, Matt Moore and danger man Jarred Blandford removed for single figures.
Darren Beer (48) and Ashley Maconachie (44), along with Tim McDougall (27) led the Tatyoon resurgence as the side finished with 9/164.
In reply, Youth Club batsmen struggled and it was left to Todd Matthews (32) and youngster Koby Stewart (31 not out) to do the work with the Clubbers limping to 9/104.
Michael Harricks (3/22) and Matthew Harris (2/8) were best of the Taty bowlers.
* Dale Moncrieff scored the first C grade century for 2013/14, finishing on 109 not out for Elmhurst in its win over St Andrews.