Weather likely to decide fate of cricket

GCA - Grampians Cricket Association officials may be forced to forgo a second two day round of A grade matches with extreme hot weather predicted for tomorrow.

The opening day's play in the previous two day round was abandoned because of extreme heat and bushfires in the region. The round became a one day fixture last weekend.

Any decision would have little bearing on the format of the top four in the A grade competition, with this scheduled two day round and another two day fixture to complete the season.

In whatever format, one or two day, this round could be an indication to Aradale's chances in the finals series.

Aradale are set to clash with the competition leaders Tatyoon, on the turf at Tatyoon.

After an impressive start to the season Aradale's form has fallen away.

Aradale disposed of fellow finals aspirant Buangor in the one day encounter after the Christmas/New Year break and did it again in the re-scheduled one day clash last weekend.

On both occasions it was the Aradale bowlers who set up the wins.

The first time around Buangor was bundled out for 94 with paceman John Butler grabbing a five wicket haul and then last Saturday Buangor again failed against the Aradale attack with Jamie Dowling, Matt Stasse and Geordie Wood doing the damage.

For Aradale to have a real chance in this round's encounter against the highly fancied Tatyoon, it will be vital the Aradale bowlers are again on song.

Tatyoon's Lachie Laidlaw, Ash Maconachie, Jarrod Blandford, Matt Moore and Andy McDougall will make it tough for the Aradale bowlers.

If the Aradale bowlers do manage to restrict the Taytoon batsmen, Aradale's batsman in the form of Mitch Wood, Brent Tate, Matt Stasse, Geordie Wood and Clinton Rodger must also answer the challenge to give Aradale any chance of an upset win and a real boost to their finals aspirations - Not any easy task against the bowling attack that Tatyoon will front up with.

Swifts/Great Western will be looking to continue on their winning way in this round and this will be bad news for Pomonal.

The Combine will be doing all they can to win back the top spot on the ladder from Tatyoon and will take a win at all costs attitude into this clash against Pomonal.

With the bat the Combine will be looking to set up a big first innings score through the likes of Sam Cocks, Travis Nicholson, James Devery, Rick Peters, Jackson Dark and Nick Clough and this will place a lot of pressure on the Pomonal bowlers led by Rick and Lee Oliver, Al McKay and Luke Jordan.

Pomonal does have talent with the bat and Jon Pollock, Lyndon Brown, Rasheed Adnan and Scott Spark will be out to offer plenty of resistance to the Combine bowlers.

Buangor look set to finish in fourth spot leading into the finals, but their task in this round against Youth Club will not be easy.

In their encounter earlier in the season Buangor did struggle against the Clubbers before taking first innings points, and since the break Youth Club has performed well with impressive displays against both Tatyoon and Swifts/Great Western.

Buangor also go into this clash, know that in their last two encounters their batsmen have failed.

Tyson Carr, Harry Ganley, Chris Jerram, Jack Fraser and Phil Brady will need to turn their form around with the bat against the Clubbers bowling attack.

For Youth Club to cause an upset win in this clash its batsmen must stand up early in the innings. The loss of early wickets in most matches this season have proven costly.

Tomorrow's scheduled matches:

A grade

Swifts/Great Western v Pomonal (S Hayter)

Tatyoon v Aradale (T McKinnis)

Buangor v Youth Club (AO - P Harris)

B grade

Willaura v St Andrews (D Hey)

Chalambar v Navarre (A Farish)

Swifts/Great Western v Halls Gap

C grade (One day)

St Andrews v Rhymney/Moyston

Elmhurst v Pomonal

Navarre v Chalambar

Aradale v Buangor

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