Swifts-Great Western in no rush for outright win

Sam Cocks will resume his innings at 111 not out when he takes the field for Swifts-Great Western against Halls Gap in the Grampians Cricket Association premier division.

Cocks smashed the ball to all parts of the ground last weekend in day one of the match.

He produced 18 fours and two sixes on his way to unbeaten century.

With no need to rush or panic for outright wins Swifts-Great Western captain Marc Brilliant said he would give Cocks as much time as he needed in the middle.

“We are two games clear so there is no rush for us to do anything outrageous,” Brilliant said.

“If Cocksy wants to bat all day he can do that. I think the record is around the 300 mark so we will see just how good his form is.”

Cocks has struggled to date this season with his highest previous run total being 40.

That innings was also against Halls Gap.

Halls Gap captain Sean Mantell labelled Cocks as an important wicket for his bowlers before the match commenced last week.

Halls Gap will look to send Cocks back to the sheds early then tear through the rest of the attack.

Swifts-Great Western however have plenty of batting depth with the likes of Tom Eckel, Jackson Dark, Travis Nicholson and Jamie Bach all yet to bat.

Brilliant had no plans as to whether or not he would attack the outright win.

“We are just going to turn up play cricket and see what happens,” he said.

“I honestly don’t mind if we bat all day, especially if it is hot.”

It is forecast to be mid to low 20s on Saturday.

In other matches Pomonal are in all sorts of trouble against Aradale after being dismissed for 78.

Aradale are currently leading by 71 runs.

Brent Tate will be looking to continue from where he left off after he was not out for 60 followings last weeks play.

Aradale will look to close the gap against Pomonal with a win of any sorts, but an outright win would see them over take Pomonal on the ladder.

Aradale are yet to record an outright win this season.

The match between Tatyoon and Buangor is in the balance with Tatyoon chasing 224 runs for victory.

Buangor captain Chris Jerram took the early wicket of opening batsmen Michael Harricks last week, but with nine wickets to go they will give themselves every chance of victory.

Andrew McDougall got started last weekend, but will have to start again on Saturday while Ashley Maconachie is yet to get off the mark.

If Tatyoon can successful chase down the total set by Buangor they will keep their season alive.

It was a slow start for Tatyoon having won just two games.

Front foot defence: Robert McKinnon defends a delivery on the front foot for Pomonal last weekend. Picture: Peter Pickering.

Front foot defence: Robert McKinnon defends a delivery on the front foot for Pomonal last weekend. Picture: Peter Pickering.