Tatyoon the dominators in cricket

Tatyoon have continued their domination of the Grampians Cricket Association's A grade competition.

Tatyoon wrapped up their third consecutive A grade premiership victory on Monday, the final day's play in the grand final against Swifts/Great Western.

They had finished at the top of the competition ladder and continued this form through the finals series disposing of Buangor in the semi final and Swifts/Great Western in the grand final.

Over the three days of the grand final, Tatyoon were the team holding the edge.

There would have been some anxious moments when they were dismissed for 181 in their first innings, but then their bowlers stepped up and blasted the Combine out for just 111 runs.

Batting again on the second day, Tatyoon took advantage of the loss of Swifts/Great Western paceman Marc Brilliant, who injured a groin on day one and they added to their first innings lead with a score of 201 runs.

Into day three Swifts/Great Western, requiring 273 runs for victory, resumed their second innings at 3/39 after losing two late wickets on the previous day.

The task did not look beyond the Combine as Tatyoon were going into the final day without key strike bowler Tim McDougall, who was unavailable because of work commitments and Matthew Harricks, who was ill.

Tatyoon off spinner Matt Harris stepped up and he proved to be the key bowler in this innings.

Ricky Peters (39) and Jamie Bach (28) offered some resistance, but in the end the Combine were bundled out for 183 runs, 90 runs short of their target.

Harris finished with 5/50 from his 26.4 overs, while Jake Williamson was also in the wickets with his 3/45 from 22 overs.

With the bat the best performer for Tatyoon was wicketkeeper Darren Beer with his 40 runs in the first innings and then 73 runs in the second innings and for the Combine it was Ricky Peters, who followed up his 66 in the first innings with 39 runs in the second innings.

Harris was the key with the ball for Tatyoon with his six wickets for the match, while paceman Jamie Bach toiled tirelessly for the Combine to finish with figures of 3/40 and 6/68.

Three consecutive premierships for Tatyoon and on each occasion it has been Swifts/Great Western who have suffered.

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