After a weekend of upsets in round 12, Saturday’s B Grade games went as expected with the favourites finishing ahead in all five games.
Willaura def by Rhymney-Moyston
Rhymney-Moyston’s finals hopes were once again on the line against another finals contender, but they were able to stand up to the challenge and claim an easy eight wicket win over Willaura.
Bryce Evans was Willaura’s only batsman who had any success, notching 42 of his team’s 63 runs. Daniel Taylor claimed an impressive 5-2 from 5.3 overs and top scored with 23 to lead his side to a crucial win.
Buangor def by St Andrews
Four wickets and 59 not out from country week representative Adam Haslett helped St Andrews extend an eight-round unbeaten streak.
Buangor was knocked over for 104 which St Andrews had no trouble chasing.
Haslett partnered with Ben Boatman who also brought up a half century on the way to a big nine-wicket win.
Swifts-Great Western def Pomonal
The Combine extended their lead atop the ladder with a 105-run win over Pomonal.
A century from wicketkeeper Craig Marrow helped the side set a difficult total of 200. Marrow was ruthless, smashing eight fours and four sixes in his innings of 106. After notching its first win of the season last weekend, Pomonal was unable to repeat the effort, getting bowled out for 95.
Chalambar def Wickliffe-Lake Bolac
Chalambar continues to apply the pressure on the Combine at the top of the ladder, defeating a much improved Wickliffe-Lake Bolac outfit.
Wickliffe-Lake Bolac put together its second best batting performance of the season to score 139 from the allocated 40 overs. Jake Clark’s 35 helped extend the score.
The class of Chalambar stood up with the bat however, chasing the score with six wickets in hand and 11 overs remaining.
Sam Brown continued his strong season, recording an unbeaten 19, his seventh time not out in season 2017-18. Brown leads the league for runs and has the highest average, scoring 338 runs at 112.67.
Halls Gap def by Youth Club
Finals are now a long shot for the Gappers after suffering a five-wicket loss to the Clubbers.
Halls Gap could only set a target of 112, which Youth Club had no issues chasing.
Halls Gap is now 12 points behind fourth-placed Youth Club, languishing in seventh position.