Swifts/Great Western in with a chance

Despite struggling with the bat, Swifts/Great Western are still in with an outside chance of picking up outright points in the two day clash against Aradale in the Grampians Cricket Association's A grade competition.

The Combine need the maximum points to finish the season on top of the A grade ladder.

It was a disappointing start to the Combine on the turf at the Alexandra Oval when they slumped to 3/43, with openers Sam Cocks and James Devery and Jackson Dark all back in the pavilion.

Travis Nicholson (33) and Nick Clough (16) did hold firm, but when they departed Swifts/Great Western were still in trouble at 5/79.

Tom Eckel (20) and Jamie Bach (22) added important runs to the score, before the Combine were dismissed for a score of 143 in 61.3 overs.

The Aradale bowlers shared in the wickets the best of them being paceman Jamie Butler 3/39 from his 18 overs and Riley Taylor 3/21 from 4.3 overs.

While Aradale would have been delighted with their bowling performance, it all turned a little sour late in the day, when in a 13 over period occupying the crease they had slipped to be 3/11 at the close of play.

Geordie Wood and Brent Tate were victims of Jamie Bach, while Mitch Wood was bowled by Marc Brilliant.

Top team Tatyoon will be looking to steady their innings in their run chase against Buangor, after Buangor registered a score of 158 runs and then had Tatyoon struggling a little at 2/32 at the end of the day.

Buangor looked headed for a big first innings score when openers Tyson Carr (57) and Jack Fraser (20) got away to a good start, with support coming from Harry Ganley (27) and Chris Jerram (15).

The top four batsmen had all contributed, but when Ganley was caught in front by spinner Matt Harris, the Buangor innings crumbled, losing the next four wickets, for just 12 runs.

Tim McDougall 4/33 and Matt Harris 3/34 did most of the damage.

In reply Tatyoon were in trouble early. With the score at 10 Lachie Laidlaw (0) was dismissed and four runs later fellow opener Ash Maconachie (9) was also dismissed and Tatyoon was 2/14.

Matt Harris and Michael Harricks did steady the innings to see Tatyoon close at 2/32.

Pomonal batted out the day in the clash against Youth Club in the battle for the wooden spoon,

Opener Jon Pollock led the way for the Tigers with his innings of 47 runs and support came from Scott Spark (25) and late in the innings Lachie Green (29) and Matt Grinham (21) to see Pomonal reach of a score of 207 runs.

Matt Healy, Steve LeGassick and Cam Kimber all finished with two wickets for Youth Club.

In B grade Navarre went on a run spree in ther clash against Pomonal to register a first innings score of 401 runs.

Young Tom Hannett was the stand out with his 112 runs with Tom Kaye the next best with his 80 runs.

Chalambar were also in the runs with their innings of 366 against Halls Gap with Jamie Bywaters finishing with a score of 90 runs.

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