Cricket Combine face Tatyoon hoodoo

GCA - It's that hoodoo, the Tatyoon hoodoo, that Swifts Great Western must overcome if they are to takeover the premiership mantle in the Grampians Cricket Association's A grade competition.

This weekend is grand final weekend and Tatyoon will host the Combine for the scheduled three days of play to decide the 2013/2014 premier team.

Why the hoodoo? - History of late suggests that Tatyoon have developed a winning culture over Swifts/Great Western.

This all started back in the 2011/2012 grand final when Tatyoon ended a three year premiership reign by the Combine and ever since Tatyoon have held sway when these two teams clash, including the last two grand finals.

History of late also shows that when these two teams clash in a grand final, it usually drags on for the three days before a result is determined.

Perhaps the only difference from the last two grand finals is that this time Taytoon will be going in as favourites this weekend.

Form is on Tatyoon's side leading up to the grand final clash, but Swifts/Great Western can never be written off. They showed this in last week's semi final.

Aradale produced an upset in the final home and away clash of the season and disposed of the Combine in rather ruthless fashion in the end, but just a week later the Combine hit back completely outplaying Aradale in the cut throat semi final.

It will be this form the Combine will be looking to take into tomorrow's grand final.

Tatyoon, after finishing on top of the ladder at the end of the home and away season marched straight into the grand final with a semi final win over Buangor.

The pressure will be on both batting line ups to perform in the grand final.

The suggestion is both have more than adequate bowling attacks, but at times this season the batting line ups in both teams have come under pressure.

After their semi final win Tatyoon will again be looking to Jarrod Blandford, openers Andrew McDougall and Matt Moore, Lachie Laidlaw, captain Ash Maconachie and allrounder Tim McDougall to make a stand against the Combine bowlers.

Left arm paceman Jamie Bach presents the biggest problem for the Tatyoon batsmen and he will be supported by veteran Marc Brilliant, youngsters Jackson Dark and Tom Eckel and spinner Tom McCord.

Swifts/Great Western captain and the competition's leading run scorer this season, Travis Nicholson has been a little off of late, so the Combine will be hoping he is back in the runs this weekend.

The Combine will also be relying on a good start from openers Sam Cocks and James Devery and back up from Jackson Dark, Rick Peters, Nick Clough and Gary Ranton.

Taytoon's front line bowlers, Tim McDougall, Jake Williamson, who has brought about the demise of the Combine batsmen on previous occasions, Andrew McDougall, Michael Harris and off spinner Matt Harris must keep the Combine batsmen in check to prevent them setting up a big first innings score.

Grand finals can present many twists and turns and this one will be no exception.

In B grade the in-form, Chalambar will clash with Navarre in the grand final.

The young Navarre line up face a huge task taking on the B grade's best performers, led by Grant LePoidevin who has stood out with both the bat and the ball this season.

C grade grand finalists Aradale and Rhymney/Moyston will line up in the best of three one day encounters over the weekend with Aradale boasting a blend of youth and experience going into the clash as premiership favourites.

Grand finals:

A grade

Tatyoon v Swifts/Great Western (Tatyoon) - P Harris, T McKinnis

B grade

Chalambar v Navarre (Richardson Oval) - S Hayter, D Hey

C grade

Aradale v Rhymney/Moyston (Gordon Street) - A Farish

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