GCA - Will we see action in the Grampians Cricket Association tomorrow or will Mother Nature again have her say?
On two occasions since the return from the Christmas/New Year break the Association has forced to reschedule two day fixtures as one day matches due to excessive heat.
The opening day's play in round nine was lost when the GCA executive abandoned play in all grades because of bushfires in the region and then last week the opening day's play in round 10 was lost when the Association's heat policy was applied with the temperature exceeding 40 degrees.
Early indications are the temperature may reach 40 degrees again tomorrow, which will mean play in round 10 will again be abandoned completely.
Should the temperature reach 38 degrees the GCA guidelines allow for play to go on with drinks to be taken every 40 minutes and if a 12th man is available, bowlers can be rested off the ground.
If the temperature at 10am tomorrow is predicted by the Weather Bureau to be 40 degrees or above, play will be abandoned.
If the temperature remains below the 40 degree mark and play does go on, Youth Club will be looking to break through for its first one day win this season in the clash with Buangor.
After strong performances in its last two one day outings can Youth Club break through this weekend?
The Clubbers tested top team Tatyoon earlier this year and then last round continued their good form against Swifts/Great Western.
Buangor is set to be part of the finals' series, but it will not want to drop this match against the one day bottom team and then face up to Tatyoon in the final two day round of the season.
In contrast to Youth Club, Buangor has struggled since the break.
The team would consider this clash if there is play tomorrow to be their chance to turn their form around. For this to happen key batsmen in Jack Fraser, Harry Ganley and captain Chris Jerram would need to lead the way.
The trio needs to put a winning a score on the board against the consistent Youth Club bowling attack led by Steve LeGassick, Jamie Solyom and youngster Jarrod Illig.
Similarly the Buangor bowlers would need to support their batsmen and not let Youth Club dominate with the bat.
The possible one day encounter should do little to affect the predicted outcome of the Swifts/Great Western and Pomonal showdown.
The Combine will be looking to get away with a win in this clash with the finals looming.
Pomonal does have a young and challenging bowling attack, but to gain the upper hand against the talent of Travis Nicholson, Sam Cocks, James Devery, Jackson Dark and Rick Peters is a big ask these batsmen are more than capable of putting a winning score on the board.
Pomonal does have talent in its batting line up. Jon Pollock, Rasheed Adnan and Scott Spark are handy
batsmen, but depth with the batting line will be the main problem for the Tigers.
If there is play Aradale will be looking to repeat its last one day outing, when the side clashes with Tatyoon, but not even this may be enough to take the points against the Association’s reigning premiers.
Aradale was at its best against Buangor, but Tatyoon at full strength is a totally different proposition.
With finals just around the corner and having Swifts/Great Western breathing down their neck, Taty would not want to drop this match and sacrifice finishing on top of the ladder.
It would take a huge effort from John Butler, Brent Tate, Matt Stasse, Mitch Wood, Jamie Dowling and Clinton Rodger for Aradale to pull off an upset.
The draw for tomorrow’s matches if play does go ahead:
Swifts/Great Western v Pomonal (CP) - S Hayter
Tatyoon v Aradale (TAT) - T McKinnis
Buangor v Youth Club (AO) - P Harris
Willaura v St Andrews (WIL) - D Hey
Chalambar v Navarre (RO) - A Farish
Swifts/Great Western v Halls Gap (GW)
Pomonal - bye
Navarre v Pomonal (NAV)
Elmhurst v Rhymney/Moyston (ELM)
Aradale v St Andrews (ARD)
Chalambar v Buangor (GS)