Bowlers dominated the opening day's play in the showdown between last year's A grade grand finalists, Swifts/Great Western and Tatyoon, in the Grampians Cricket Association on Saturday.
Transferred to the hard wicket at Willaura, the Tatyoon bowlers had the Combine batsmen on the ropes, with only Travis Nicholson offering any real resistance.
Nicholson attempted to hold the Combine innings together. When he was dismissed for 57, the Combine innings had slumped to 7/99 and soon after the Combine were dismissed for 103 runs.
Jake Williamson was the chief destroyer for Tatyoon and from his 13 overs, three of which were maidens, he finished with 5/24. Support came from Michael Harricks who finished with 3/19 from his 11.3 overs.
Tatyoon would have been delighted with their effort, but soon after their batsmen were also struggling.
Young paceman Jamie Bach led the charge for the Combine and in a period of 18 overs, Tatyoon were in trouble at 3/43. Bach from his eight overs finished with 3/13.
Jarrod Blandford (11) and Geoff Phillips (0) were the not out batsmen with Andrew McDougall, Darren Beer and Matt Harris already dismissed.
A four wicket haul from captain Matthew Baldock saw Aradale dismiss Youth Club for a score of 195 runs.
This was a big turnaround from the Clubbers as last time against Aradale they were bundled out for just 44 runs.
Cam Kimber produced his best effort with the bat this season with a score of 49, which included five fours and support came from consistent opener Matt Delzotto(34) and veteran batsman Rob Scott (28).
John Butler and Tyler Cronin picked up two wickets each for Aradale.
With 11 overs to play Aradale did struggle at the crease and at the close of play were 2/19 having lost Mitch Wood and Mitch Cronin.
Pomonal were in the runs on the turf at the Alexandra Oval with a score of 239 runs against Buangor.
Openers Jon Pollock and Adnan Rasheed made a top start for the Tigers, before Harry Ganley claimed both of their wickets, Pollock for 70 and Rasheed for 38.
When Pollock lost his wicket the Pomonal score was at 3/153.
Matt Grinham (25) and Lachie Green (24) added runs to lift the Pomonal total to 239 runs their biuggest total this season.
Harry Ganley and Chris Jerram finished with three wickets each for Buangor. Ganley 3/42 from his 19 overs and Jerram 3/41 from 17 overs.
Pomonal managed to bat out the day in the opening turf wicket match this season.
Big hitting Halls Gap batsman Ned Leithhead notched up his second century for the season with his score of 137 runs against Willaura in B grade, while in C grade Rhymney/Moyston wicketkeeper David Robinson scored a century in the clash against Pomonal.