Aradale settles for first innings points

GCA – Aradale was more than happy to secure first innings points in its Grampians Cricket Association A grade clash against Tatyoon on Saturday.
Nanjing Night Net

All of the hard work for Aradale had been done on day one of this contest. After bundling Tatyoon out for just 91 runs, the Aradale batsmen set up the first innings points finishing the opening day off at 3/96.

Had Aradale been interested in going one better and chasing outright points, it could have declared its innings closed at the break in play, but captain Matt Baldock opted to bat on and settle for first innings points.

Brent Tate who resumed on 36 runs managed to push his score along to 47 before he was bowled by Matt Harris, leaving the Aradale score at 5/116.

Despite facing defeat the Tatyoon bowlers stuck to their task.

A score of 20 runs from Baldock did hold them up, before Aradale was dismissed for 147 runs and a lead of 56.

The disappointment of Tatyoon’s first innings was not eased any as its batsmen struggled again the second time around.

At the close of play Tatyoon was 6/82 with only captain Ash Maconachie (24 not out) and Andrew Ward (18) resisting the Aradale attack.

Buangor started the second day’s play in the clash against Youth Club requiring 19 runs for first innings points, with just three wickets in hand.

When not out batsman James Ives was trapped in front by Steve LeGassick after adding just one more run to his score, Buangor appeared to be in trouble.

However, the other resuming batsman Jamie Vernon (0) and his new partner Liam Cavanagh took up the challenge.

Youth Club’s bowlers were desperate for another wicket, with Buangor to bat one player short, but it couldn’t break through.

When Vernon (17) was finally dismissed the Buangor total had reached 140 runs – 10 runs better than the Youth Club score and good enough for first innings points.

While Buangor had taken the match points, the highlight of the day came in Youth Club’s second innings when batsman Jamie Solyom went on a run spree.

The hard hitting Solyom belted the Buangor bowlers to all parts of the North Park oval. He was finally run out for a master score of 170 runs, which included 28 fours and two sixes.

With support from youngster Jarrod Illig (40), Solyom took the Youth Club second innings score to 7/282 at the close of play.

The huge task of running down Swifts/Great Western’s first innings of score of 9/277 was always going to be a challenge for Pomonal, but the Tigers’ batsmen gave it their best shot.

John Pollock (40) and Alex Malligan (24) led the chase early with support coming from Luke Jordan (24) and down the bottom of the order Brett Gay (21 not out) as the Pomonal total reached 191 runs.

It was hard work for the Combine bowlers, the best of them being Jamie Bach with his 4/53 from 21 overs, while Jackson Dark and Travis Nicholson picked up two wickets each.

A highlight in the C grade one day round was a score of 111 from Rhymney/Moyston’s Robbie Wilde in the clash against St Andrews.

Aradale’s John Butler is clean bowled on Saturday during the clash against Tatyoon at the Moyston Cricket Ground. Picture: PETER PICKERING.

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