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25 November 2020
By ONE SHORT
Grampians Cricket Association’s T20 Henry Gunstone Cup has this year gone to Swifts-Great Western, which beat St Andrews on Sunday.
The match should have been between the Combine and Buangor-Tatyoon, as the top two teams, but immediately after Saturday’s round, Buangor-Tatyoon notified association officials it would be forfeiting Sunday’s final.
Pennant committee members put their heads together and decided there must be a final, so they invited St Andrews – who had just missed the final by percentage – to fill the vacancy.
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To their credit, the Saints jumped at the chance.
Earlier, in round five, matches went as expected with Buangor-Tatyoon, 2-105 defeating Pomonal 6-94. Pomonal’s innings started with promise with Lynden Brewis, 32, and Matt Peel, 36, getting the Tigers a good start, but it fell away after that thanks to 3-16 from Henry Armstrong.
Buangor-Tatyoon chased down the score with four overs to spare, thanks to an anchoring innings of 31 not out from James Phillips and 43 not out from Tyler Cronin.
At Stawell’s Central Park, the Combine added to Youth Club’s poor start to the season with a 53-run victory.
Batting first, the Combine was in a bit of trouble at 6-60. But an unbeaten 56-run partnership from Matt Heffer, 34, and Jay Moody, 24, saw the innings become a run-a-ball affair, with the team reaching 6-112.
In reply, the Clubbers were always in trouble after the top-order failed, with the exception of Nic Baird, 22. The best of the bowlers were Jamie Bach with 4-5 and Moody 3-13.
Sunday’s final looked in doubt with early rain but the weather fined up to see the Combine bat first to reach 7-114, with main contributors being Charlie Neild, 24, and Matt Heffer, again, with 26 not out.
Best of the Saints bowlers was Adam Hasslett with 3-26.
In reply, the Saints were always in trouble, after Jay Moody dismissed batting mainstay Tom Mills for one. Fellow opener Ned Bohner went on to top score with 24. Best of the Combine’s bowlers was Jayden McCartney with 3-17 to keep the Saints to 8-86.
Officials are still disappointed that Buangor-Tatyoon, with first, second and under-16 teams, couldn’t field a team.
The next round of cricket has games reverting to one-day 40-over format for the rest of the season as per Cricket Victoria guidelines.
There will be a re-run of the first-round Pomonal v Youth Club match at Central Park and St Andrews v Buangor-Tatyoon, at Alexandra Oval in Ararat.
Pomonal, so far winless, has a chance for points against an out-of-sorts Clubbers. Swifts-Great Western has a bye.
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