Tatyoon appeared set to claim their third consecutive Grampians Cricket Association A grade premiership title as the grand final clash against Swifts/Great Western went into a third day yesterday.
Tatyoon were in control when they had the Combine struggling at 7/126 in their second innings at the lunch break yesterday. The Combine required a total of 272 runs in the second innings to force an unlikely victory.
It was a grand final in which Tatyoon virtually had control after the opening day.
Winning the toss and batting Tatyoon were off to a shaky start when they were 3/15. Allrounder Tim McDougall and wicket keeper Darren Beer took the score from 4/41 to 5/85 when McDougall (25) was dismissed.
Beer went on to top score with his 40 runs and some big hitting from tailender Jake Williamson to smack a quickfire 37 runs, which included six fours, saw the Tatyoon first innings score reach 181 runs.
With veteran paceman Marc Brilliant sidelined with a groin injury after bowling 11 overs, it was Tom Eckel (4/50) and Jamie Bach (3/40) who did the damage for Swifts/Great Western.
The Combine in their run chase were in trouble from the outset. Tatyoon pacemen Jake Williamson and Tim McDougall had the Combine on the run at 6/44. It was only Rick Peters who flew the flag for the Combine with his innings of 66 runs which included 11 fours, who resisted and the Combine were bundled out for 111 runs. McDougall 4/42 and Williamson 3/52 dominated.
With a lead of 70 runs on the first innings, Tatyoon soon built on this with Darren Beer again in the runs and opener Matt Moore adding support.
In Tatyoon's second innings Beer scored 73 runs and Moore 45 runs in a score of 201 runs. Jamie Bach from his 23 overs was the workhorse for the Combine and he finished with 6/68.
After losing opener Sam Cocks, the Swifts/Great Western second innings did settle a little until just before stumps.
With two overs remaining Tatyoon spinner Matt Harris made the break when he bowled Travis Nicholson (24) and then in the final over Devery (9) was run out.
Resuming day three on 3/39 the Combine faced a huge task and the task was becoming even bigger when the score struggled to be 7/126 at lunch.
Chalambar were in control of their B grade grand final clash against Navarre on day three, with a lead of 135 runs with nine wickets in hand in their second innings just before the lunch break and Aradale wrapped up C grade winning the opening two one games, in the best of three contest against Rhymney/Moyston. Details of these grand finals will be published on Friday.