Buangor's hopes of mixing it with the best took a turn for the worse in their A grade clash against Swifts/Great Western in the Grampians Cricket Association on Saturday.
Buangor are up there with the leading teams at present, but the Combine batsmen put on a real show and the Buangor bowlers suffered.
As a result Buangor now find themselves with a massive run chase of 245 runs when play resumes this Saturday.
The competition's top A grade run scorer Travis Nicholson led the way with another brilliant century for Swifts/Great Western.
The Combine openers James Devery and Sam Cocks set the pace early. A quick fire 25 from Cocks, before he fell to Jarred McGuiness, saw the Combine score reach 1/39.
Devery was joined by Nicholson and they took the score to 2/184 when Devery (69) also fell to McGuiness.
There was no stopping Nicholson as he blasted the Buangor attack to finish with 105 runs and saw the Combine score reach 3/244 at the close of play.
Youth Club put in another shocker with the bat and were bundled out for just 63 runs in their clash with Tatyoon.
It was a regular fall of wickets for Youth, who were sent into bat by Tatyoon with just Anthony Wilksch (16) and veteran Robert Scott (10) managing to get to double figures.
Right arm medium pacer Michael Harricks was the chief destroyer for Tatyoon with 6/19 from his 13 overs, five of which were maidens. The other wickets were shared by the Tatyoon bowlers.
Tatyoon took little time to settle into their innings and soon had first innings points wrapped up.
The first break came for Youth Club with the Tatyoon score at 39, when Steve Le Gassick trapped Andy McDougall (23) in front, but then opener Ash Maconachie (70) and Jarrod Blandford (30) took the score to 2/112 at the close of play.
Jamie Solyom claimed both of their wickets plus the wicket of Andrew Marx, to finish with 3/36 and the Tatyoon score reached 4/151 at the close of play.
Aradale have put themselves into a strong position in the clash against Pomonal.
Winning the toss and batting Aradale looked in trouble at 2/38 and then 3/52, but Matt Stasse and Tyler Cronin stepped up.
Stasse played the dominant role with his innings of 60 runs which included nine fours, while Cronin added support with his innings of 42 runs.
John Butler chipped in late in the innings to be not out 33 and the Aradale score closed at 214 runs.
Lee and Rick Oliver were the best of the Pomonal bowlers, with Lee picking up four wickets and Rick three.
Pomonal batsmen struggled when they batted late in the day.
At the close of play Pomonal was in trouble at 3/41 with opener Lyndon Brown (25), the only batsman to take on the Aradale attack.
Rick Oliver and Luke Jordon are the not out batsmen.
Brent Tate picked up two wickets and paceman John Butler one for Aradale.
Prolific C grade run maker, Chalambar's Grant LePoidevin was at it again on Saturday,
LePoidevin blasted a score of 195 runs in Chalambar's big score of 7/359 against Elmhurst.
Paul Ganley was another century maker in C grade with his innings of 105 runs for Buangor against Pomonal.
St Andrews B grade batsman Stephen Phillips was unbeaten on 127 runs in the clash against Halls Gap, which saw 454 runs amassed on the day from both teams at Halls Gap.
St Andrews finished with a score of 243 runs, but already Halls Gap are well on the way to chasing this score down with their innings closing at 3/221.