Up to the Stumps

Getting a game of cricket in the Grampians is hard to come by as heat caused another round to be missed.

The suspended round brings the total to three days missed since Christmas, now ironically the forecast for the weekend is rain.

Clubs are so anxious for cricket that Swifts/Great Western played Navarre in a scratch match last Saturday morning.

Locally the B Grade one-day semi-final was eventually completed on Sunday with Chalambar convincingly defeating Pomonal, 373 runs to 150.

In this match Chalambar's Grant Le Poideven scored 189.

This now means that finals action in the A grade will see Swifts/Great Western v Aradale at Alexandra Oval and in the B grade Chalambar v Halls Gap at Chalambar.

In an odd quirk of fate Swifts/Great Western may play Aradale for five days running, the present two-day game, the one-day game and in all likelihood the semi-final.

Inter Association wise the Kirton Shield team suffered a heavy loss to Ballarat Blue.

Batting first at the Wendouree Oval, Grampians crashed to be all out for 54 with only Ethan Marrow (18) getting into double figures.

The umpires were queried as to whether it was good bowling or poor batting with poor batting being the unanimous reply.

The Grampians then had Ballarat 3/10 and proceeded to drop a catch which would have seen the score at 4/11, but then a 50 run partnership saw Ballarat Blue over the line.

Over at the Alfredton complex the "girls only T20" tournament for the Wendy Gray Shield was staged.

In game one Grampians, aided by a couple of players from Castlemaine, took on the strong Ballarat team and won.

In a modified set of rules, five runs are added to a team's score for every wicket they take, batsmen get to face six balls even though they may have been dismissed and for the first 19 overs, only six balls are bowled regardless of wides or no balls.

Grampians kept Ballarat to 97 and scored 135 in reply, best for Grampians were Choney Meemouser (30 ret) and the West sisters Angela and Rachel (21 &17*) respectively.

This was Grampians best win in the competition.

In the final Grampians played Gisborne and in a game that ended somewhat controversially Gisborne 143 defeated Grampians 140.

Even though Grampians scored two more runs off the bat, they lost because they had lost one more wicket.

Best batters for Grampians were Angela West who retired on 31 and Choney Meemouser 21.

The controversy arose from the fact that the scorers believed that there were two balls left in the final over not bowled.

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