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18 November 2020
After rounds three and four of Grampians Cricket Association’s Henry Gunstone Cup, three teams – Buangor-Tatyoon, St Andrews and Swifts-Great Western – are locked on two wins each.
Unfortunately for St Andrews, Buangor-Tatyoon and Swifts-Great Western have a game in hand and a much better percentage, so it is difficult to see either of these sides losing to such a degree that their percentage will drop below that of St Andrews.
This will leave a Hawks-Combine clash for the cup, with Stawell’s Central Park the most likely venue for a 1pm start on Sunday.
Saturday will feature round five of the cup, with Swifts-Great Western taking on Youth Club at Central Park and Buangor-Tatyoon against Pomonal at Tatyoon. St Andrews has the bye.
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Round-three games resulted in the Saints, 3-93, having a solid win over the Combine, 5-91.
The Saints’ victory was on the back of a Tom Mills 63. It took until the last over, but the Combine had not made enough runs.
Best of the Saints bowlers was James Hosking, 2-8 off his four overs.
At Gordon Street, an undermanned Youth Club, 82, was comfortably beaten by Buangor-Tatyoon, 3-94.
The match highlight belonged to Zander McDougall with 3-14.
Round four featured anticipated finalists Buangor-Tatyoon and Swifts-Great Western facing off at Gordon Street, which resulted in a big win to the Combine, 1-157, over the Hawks, 8-96. The feature of this match was the batting of the respective captains, Sam Cocks, Swifts-Great Western, 82, with four fours and three sixes, and Jarrod Blandford, Buangor-Tatyoon, 54 not out.
In the other match, Saints captain Tom Mills again fired with the bat, scoring 47 to lead his side to 6-126 to easily defeat Pomonal, which batted one-short to reach 58.
Leading bowler for the Saints was Sam Summers with 3-9.
Looking at round five it is difficult to see Pomonal overcoming the Hawks.
Pomonal has so far disappointed with the bat and runs is the name of the game in T20 cricket. Looking at the other match, it is a replay of last year’s season final, although in a vastly different format – 20 overs instead of three days.
Youth Club’s Nic Baird is yet to really fire, and if he does, it will be game on.
This week: T20 Henry Gunstone Cup, Swifts-Great Western v Youth Club at Stawell’s Central Park, Buangor-Tatyoon v Pomonal at Tatyoon, St Andrews, bye.
Last week: St Andrews 3-93 (T. Mills 63no) d Swifts-Great Western 5-91 (J. Seeary 25, N. Sibson 21), Buangor-Tatyoon 3-94 (J. Bates 27, J. Phillips 26) d Youth Club 82 (B. Taylor 26, N. Baird 22no; A McDougall 3-14), Swifts-Great Western 1-157 (S. Cocks 83, J. Seeary 35no, R. Peters 35no) d Buangor-Tatyoon 8-98 (J. Blandford 43no), St Andrews 7-126 (T. Mills 47, R. Taylor 25) d Pomonal 9-58 (S. Summers 3-9).
– One Short
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