Buangor chase down Halls Gap in Grampians Cricket first round

Four runs: Damian Joiner flicks the ball off his pads during his innings of 47 not out. Joiner smashed eight boundaries including one six. Picture: Peter Pickering.

Four runs: Damian Joiner flicks the ball off his pads during his innings of 47 not out. Joiner smashed eight boundaries including one six. Picture: Peter Pickering.

Buangor have successfully chased down a lacklustre total set by Halls Gap in the opening round of the Grampians Cricket Association.

Halls Gap won the toss and elected to bat and within minutes they were in trouble.

Luke Stevens was the first wicket to fall and unfortunately fail to have an impact on the scoreboard.

The wickets continued to fall with Halls Gap having lost five wickets for 40 runs.

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Damian Joiner made his way to the crease and took control for Halls Gap. Joiner smashed eight boundaries in quick time including a maximum on one occasion. Joiner was calm at the crease despite losing partners around him.

The wickets continued to fall as the tail failed to wag. Joiner was unbeaten on 46 runs.

Halls Gap was bundled out for 109 runs.

Peter Latham led the way for the Buangor bowling attack taking four wickets for 20 runs of his eight overs.

Chris Jerrum took three wickets.

In reply Buangor also lost early wickets but a handy captains knock from Jerrum steadied the ship.

Jerrum made his way to 73 runs and was left unbeaten as Buangor completed the run chase.

Buangor needed just 22 overs to defeat Halls Gap.

Halls Gap were one of the more fancied teams heading into the first round and will now have some work to do.

Sean Mantell took two wickets for Halls Gap, but it never looked likely of a victory.

Gary Martin also took two wickets, but Buangor took advantage of his pace and had no issue hitting him around the ground. Martin went for 38 runs from his six overs.

Jerrum was a big factor in the win and will no doubt play a big part if Buangor are to be successful this year. He steps up in the absence of all rounders Harry and Jack Ganley.

Sean Mantell

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