The annual presentation night has been set for Monday, March 7 at the Ararat RSL starting at 7pm. All clubs are required to be represented on the night. Cricket was able to resume play last weekend after a heat policy and rain ruined the previous weekend.
In A grade, one day games were played due to the washout. St. Andrews travelled to Halls Gap and posted a big win on the back of what must be one of Adam Haslett's favourite grounds after scoring another 130 plus runs on that ground, supported by R Taylor with 91, to post a total of 6/266.
Youngster Dillon Micallef took 2 wickets for the Gappers. In reply, only Ricky McIntosh managed to get going with the bat, making 30 runs out of 113. Mick Harricks with 4/45 and P Menzies with 3/25 ensuring a big win for St. Andrews.
Youth Club took advantage of Chalambar being a couple of players short to post a comfortable win. After bowling Chally out for just 68, Chad Gilmour making 21 of that score, while Matt Healy made a mess of the batting line-up, taking 5 wickets for just 10 runs. In reply, Damon Folkes knocked up 30 runs in the short chase before Youth Club finished on 2/73.
In an interesting day, dominated by the bowlers at Alexandra Oval, Swifts Great Western managed to bowl Pomonal out for a lowly 58 runs, with 3 bowlers sharing 2 wickets each. In reply, wickets fell regularly, but veteran Travis Nicolson led the way home, with 19, runs to ensure victory for SGW, who finished on 6/63. The final four is set in A grade, just the order to be determined.
In B grade, Pomonal and Navarre have dropped behind in the race for the finals, while Rhymney Moyston was able to put a game between the lower teams fighting for a spot in the four but with two tough games to come, the final four is by no means set.
Buangor Tatyoon made a short day of its game against Navarre, bowling them out for only 68, while responding with 4/68 to ensure they stay in touch with the top two. Extras top-scored for Navarre with 19. Callum Baker took 3/12 with the ball, while young James Phillips gave good support in taking 2/1. No Batsman really got amongst the runs for B/T but managed to make enough to get past Navarre's total, Andy Shovan making sure B/T had to work hard, taking 4/26.
Rhymney Moyston gave notice that they don't want to be missing out on finals with a good win against SGW, who were on top of the ladder. Batting first, Moyston lost run machine Kris Ellis for just 1, placing pressure on the rest of batting line up. It was left to veteran David Turner 41 not out and captain Glen Cosgriff, 26 not out, to post a defendable total of 5/144. Young Albert Eldridge made sure it was difficult for the batsmen, finishing with 2/9 off his 8 overs, while young Tom Robinson took 2/34. In reply, wickets fell regularly but Albert Eldridge backed up his bowling by top-scoring with 37 not out. Gil Singh added a valuable 26 runs. David Cosgriff led the way for the bowling side to finish with 4/22, while Nathan Quick took 3/26.
Wickliffe Lake Bolac entered its game against Pomonal level on points and they didn't lose sight of the finals after posting a good win. After bowling Pomonal out for just 85, S Ford taking 4/21 and Doug Remfrey with 2/16, Bryce Evans made a quick 38, while Billy Brain got amongst some runs, finishing with 23 not out in its score of 2/104.
Aradale made its second 300 plus score against a struggling Halls Gap side. Riley Wood leading the way with 154, while B Taylor made 71 and Tyler Cronin made 41 in the total 6/316. In reply, Adam McCormack continued his recent form, making 39 in a total of 118. Mal Russell contributed 23 runs for the Gappers, while S Chinthapalli took 4/22 & Tyler Cronin took 2/35.
In the Under 16s, Tatyoon, 5/116 defeated Aradale 6/86. SGW, 77, just got home in a close game against Halls Gap, 6/70 while in the Under 13s, St. Andrews 5/85 lost to SGW, 8/64. Halls Gap didn't lose a wicket in making 0/160 to defeat a gallant Wickliffe Lake Bolac, 5/109. Pomonal 6/87 managed to defeat Buangor 2, 7/72, while Buangor 1 defeated Tatyoon, 5/44.
The last round for A grade starts this Saturday, with Youth Club taking on Halls Gap at Central Park. The Clubbers will be aiming for outright points to get close to SGW at the top of the ladder, while SGW takes on St. Andrews. The result of this game will determine the shape of the top three spots. A win to St. Andrews and an outright to Youth Club will see Youth Club finish on top of the ladder. Pomonal may be able to slip into third spot if its can defeat Chalambar outright. It makes for an interesting final round.ird and take on Rhymney Moyston who is fourth, while the two top teams take on each other, in Aradale and SGW at Great Western. Wins to Aradale and Rhymney Moyston will make it very tight in the four as three teams would then be on equal points, while Aradale would be two games clear in top spot. Navarre, currently sixth, takes on fifth-placed Wickliffe Lake Bolac in a game that will determine if Navarre can stay in the race for finals, while Halls Gap takes on Pomonal in a must-win game for Pomonal if they want a chance of playing finals.