Grampians cricket's vital questions

GCA - Three vital questions will be answered when the final home and away round in the Grampians Cricket Association's A grade competition concludes tomorrow.

All three matches do have some significance.

The most important question to be answered - Will Swifts/Great Western, do what many regard as an outside possibility, grab an outright win over Aradale?

An outright win would send them to the top of the competition ladder, the place to be at finals time.

Going into day two of this match, the Combine hold a 132 run lead, having already sent three Aradale batsmen back to the pavilion.

The Combine requirement now is to dismiss the remaining seven Aradale batsmen for as few runs as possible, go back into bat and compile as many runs as possible in the shortest time possible and then dismiss Aradale a second time around.

What a task, all in one day.

No doubt the seven remaining Aradale batsmen in this first innings will have a different take on it all - They will be looking to occupy the crease for as long as possible tomorrow, to put an outright win for the Combine out of the question.

The result of this match depends on the opening overs of the day.

If the Swifts/Great Western bowlers make the early breaks an outright will be the buzz word, but if the Aradale batsmen dig in for the first hour, the match could fizzle out to a first innings result, with these two teams to clash again in next weekend's semi final.

The combine's pace attack of Jamie Bach and Marc Brilliant have done the damage so far to have Aradale reeling at 3/11, but Aradale still have capable batsmen in Travis Horvatek and Tyler Cronin at the crease, with Matt Stasse and Jon Townsend to follow and if they can hold out, the Combine first innings score of 143 runs could be within reach.

It will be a tense opening to day two tomorrow.

The second question is - Will the top team at present Tatyoon, re-group and run down the Buangor first innings total?

Chasing Buangor's first innings score of 158 runs, Tatyoon were in trouble late on day one when they were 2/14. Fortunately they did recover a little to be 2/32.

Tomorrow with eight wickets in hand Tatyoon face the task of making the required 127 runs for victory.

Matt Harris and Michael Harricks are at the crease when play resumes, with Zander McDougall, Andrew Marx, Henry Armstrong and Tim McDougall some of the listed batsmen to come.

No doubt Tatyoon will be looking to bring in two new players on the second day of play and these will be batsmen

The Buangor bowlers led by Harry Ganley, Ben Hargreaves and Phil Brady will be doing their best make life at the crease difficult for the Tatyoon batsmen.

A win for Tatyoon tomorrow will also see these two teams clash again in next weekend's semi final.

The third and final question to be answered is, who will collect the wooden spoon and face the prospect of playing in B grade next season?

Pomonal and Youth Club are the candidates in their clash at North Park and Pomonal have their noses in front to take the match points with a score of 207 runs on the board.

Scores near the 200 run mark have been rather difficult for the Clubbers this season, so it will take a big effort to finish off the season and get the 208 runs required.

It will be vital Matt Delzotto and Anthony Wilksch get Youth Club off to a steady start, while support will be vital from both Jamie Solyom, the team's highest run scorer this season, Todd Matthews and youngsters Jarrod Illig and Ethan Marrow.

The Pomonal bowling attack of Rick and Lee Oliver, Al McKay and Matt Grinham will be applying plenty of pressure to prevent the Clubbers batsmen from snatching victory.

A grade

Aradale 3/11 v Swifts/Great Western 143

Youth Club v Pomonal 207

Tatyoon 2/32 v Buangor 158

B grade

Navarre 401 v Pomonal

St Andrews 184 v Swifts/Great Western 6/69

Halls Gap 3/63 v Chalambar 366

C grade (One Day)

Pomonal v Rhymney/Moyston

Buangor v Elmhurst

Aradale v Navarre

Chalambar v St Andrews

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