Tatyoon torments Combine again

GCA - Tatyoon's ability to produce its best against Swifts/Great Western in the Grampians Cricket Association's A grade competition continues.

Taty rallied again on Saturday and the result was first innings points against the competition leaders.

These two teams have dominated the GCA in recent times and Tatyoon has the uncanny ability to produce its best performances against the Combine, including in last year's grand final.

Tatyoon went into the second day of this clash with 43 runs on the board, seven wickets in hand and the prospect of chasing down Swifts/Great Western's first innings score of 103.

The Combine would have been feeling a lot easier when one of the not out batsmen, Geoff Phillips failed to add to his score becoming Jamie Bach's fourth victim for the innings, which left Tatyoon languishing at 4/43.

When captain Ash Maconachie added just nine runs and Jarrod Blandford (23) also fell to Bach, Tatyoon looked in trouble at 6/71.

With three wickets in hand and still 33 runs short of their target Taty were up against it, but Tim McDougall and Matt Moore stepped up.

The pair took Tatyoon's score into safe territory and when McDougall (16) was given out lbw the side was in reach of victory at 8/101.

Moore pressed on to score 25 and guide Tatyoon to the first innings win with a total of 116.

Bach was the best of the Swifts/Great Western bowlers finishing with 5/35 from 19 overs, while spinner Tom McCord chipped in with three wickets.

Pomonal put a stop to Buangor's run of form and at one stage were in sight of outright points.

Looking to chase down Pomonal's first innings score of 239, Buangor were never a chance. It was only Chris Jerram (35) who held the Buangor innings together, as the team was bundled out for just 105.

The Pomonal bowlers shared in the wickets with paceman Leigh Oliver the best of them with his 3/23.

Batting a second time around, Buangor was in trouble again when Oliver removed both openers cheaply, but youngster Harry Ganley's knock of 60no and later in the day Matt Jarrett's 27 saw Buangor reached 4/123 in its second innings to save some face.

Aradale, led by a century from all-rounder Brent Tate, was a big winner over Youth Club.

An undermanned Youth Club bowling attack was never able to gain control as Tate's 103, which included 13 fours, a hard hitting 70 not out from Tyler Cronin and Matt Stasse on 40, controlled the matched Seeing Aradale reach 5/287 before declaring.

Youth Club batted again and were 0/47 at the close of play.

Victories to both Tatyoon, Aradale and Pomonal kept plenty of interest in the A grade top four.

Chalambar's B grade batsman Grant LePoidevin added to his run tally this season with another century, this time 104 not out in Chalambar's win over Pomonal. In C grade two centuries were the highlight with Buangor's Jack Robertson finishing on 100 not out and Rhymney/Moyston's David Robinson scoring 129 not out.

A grade ladder

Swifts/Great Western - 24 pts, Buangor - 24, Tatyoon - 24, Aradale - 18, Pomonal - 12, Youth Club - 6.

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