Up to the Stumps - No KenMac glory

KenMac glory has escaped the Grampians Cricket Association going down narrowly to Grenville, in what was a virtual final at the Alexandra Oval.

The final scores were Grampians 8/136 (cc) to Grenville 6/137.

The match had to be shortened to 40 overs each from the normal 50 over per side after the automatic sprinklers again came on, delaying the start by an hour.

Grenville won the toss and because they don't play on turf pitches, were wary of the damp pitch and invited the Grampians to bat.

Grampians were forced to make changes to the previous team with Jack Fraser, Chris Jerram, Brent Tate and Lee Oliver all coming into the team.

Fraser and Sam Cocks opened the batting and reached 49 before the first wicket fell, that of Cocks on 25.

Fraser was next to go when the score was 67 and at the half way mark Grampians were on a promising 2/80.

The score reached 98 when the Grampians lost 5/7 to slump to 7/105.

Thanks to Darren Beer (10no) and Michael Harricks(11no) the Grampians innings closed on 8/136.

Top scorer was skipper Travis Nicholson with 32.

After lunch it was Grenville's turn and they lost an early wicket when in the very first over Lee Oliver had one of Grenville openers caught by 'keeper Darren Beer.

At the 20 over mark Grenville were 3/66, but thanks to a 53 run partnership between captain Darren Fletcher (20) and Dave Parker (43) Grenville were able to pass Grampians score in the 38th over.

Best of Grenville batsman was Luke Jackson with 47 and Grampians bowling honours went to Harry Ganley with 2/9.

Noted was the fact that Grenville's opening bowler was former Wickcliffe/Lake Bolac player Eric Duff.

Grampians next open-age representative cricket will be the Bendigo country week commencing on Monday, January 20.

GCA cricketers and officials were saddened to learn of the death of GCUA umpire Peter Syrad.

Peter hadn't been with us all that long, but it was obvious that he was an enthusiastic and respected umpire and he will be sorely missed at our matches.

The Grampians Cricket Association has decided to donate $6,000 towards the cost of a chemotherapy chair for the new Oncology ward being constructed at the Stawell Hospital.

These proceeds were raised at the Sportsman's Night conducted in conjunction with the ACA Masters weekend.

This amount was made possible by the items donated to the charity auction run in conjunction with the night.

President 'Pancho' Martin said the GCA wanted to give something that a plaque could be placed on.

He thanked the Apex and Lions Clubs who had been such a great help in conducting the Masters match.

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