The Grampians Cricket Association’s A Grade competition returned at the weekend after the Christmas break to play two games.
The games were between Buangor-Tatyoon and Pomonal, and between St Andrews and Youth Club.
Pomonal won the toss and opted to bat, hoping to get runs on the board and to kickstart the back-end of their season.
With neither team really knowing what the pitch was going to do – especially being the first game back – Pomonal would have liked the total they set when they finished their innings on 103, with Lynden Brewis top-scoring with 37.
Pomonal captain Clayton Mackley said that the pitch played a role with the scoreboard.
“It was just one of those wickets that no-one really looked in on, the odd one would stay low and it was a bit skiddy and you had to play straight,” he said.
“Both sides set pretty good straight fields and it was hard to get away if you bowled it on good lengths.”
Buangor-Tatyoon, on the other hand, looked set to be cruising to the 103 total after they got a fast start off the early overs. However they couldn’t continue the momentum after they lost a few key wickets.
Buangor-Tatyoon captain Michael Harricks said the team couldn’t capitalise on the early start.
“We bowled pretty well and we kept to them 100 which was good,” he said. “We just lost wickets in patches, which obviously hurts.
“We didn’t get enough partnerships and we fell 18 runs short.”
The pick of the Buangor-Tatyoon bowlers was Jack Fraser, who took five wickets for 13 runs off six overs.
In the match between St Andrews and Youth Club, it was a one-sided affair.
Youth Club opted to bat after winning the toss and made 8-142, with Nic Baird top-scoring on 67.
Youth Club captain Baird said it was a good team effort and praised the bowlers.
“We were pretty happy with 140,” he said.
“It was good bowling by our bowlers and everyone chipped in.
“The bowling was spread around, which was good to see and we are not just relying one bowler to do all the work.”
St Andrews, on the other hand, struggled with the bat and were bowled out for 93.
St Andrews captain Ben Boatman said players let their heads drop.
“We dropped a few catches early and it wasn’t a great start to the day and they took their chances,” he said. “We didn’t field that well and it probably went onto our batting as well.”
Halls Gap, Swifts-Great Western and Aradale all had the bye.
B Grade fixtures return next weekend.