DELIVERY: Marc Brilliant Swifts-Great Western sends one down during his sides’ match against St Andrews. Picture: PETER PICKERING
BUANGOR currently occupies fourth place on the Grampians Cricket Association A Grade ladder, but will need to outlast Aradale at the weekend if it is to remain in the top quartet of sides.
Both teams have claimed one win each in the opening two weeks of the season.
The duo have also been beaten once, with mere percentage points separating the two sides from being inside or outside the top echelon of the competition.
Aradale was dispatched by Tatyoon in round two and will be desperate to bounce back on Saturday.
It will need a much more polished performance from openers Andrew and Mitchell Wood, who combined for just two runs in the heavy loss to Tatyoon.
Buangor accounted for Halls Gap in a low-scoring match and will look to its strong bowlers again.
Harry Ganley, Ben Hargreaves and Chris Jerram combined beautifully with the ball in round two.
Chalambarand Halls Gap will be searching for their first wins of the season on Saturday when they face off in a match that could loom as season-defining for both clubs so early in the year.
Chalambar sat out round two with a bye and will face a Halls Gap side that was monstered by Buangor in its round-two clash.
Halls Gap offered little with the bat and provided no resistance to its opposition when in the field.
The likes of Sean Mantell and Ben Iseppi will need to step up at the top of the order and make a good start with the bat.
Newly added A Grade side St Andrews will have a tough task when it takes on in-form Tatyoon in Stawell.
St Andrews was competitive in its round-two loss to Swifts-Great Western, largely thanks to a half-century from opener Brayden Ferguson.
But he had little help from a batting line-up that slumped in the latter half of their innings.
The key to victory for St Andrews will be a more consistent performance with the bat, while the task of quelling Tatyoon’s opening batsmen could prove pivotal.
Jarrod Blandford made a brilliant 131 in round two and his side could be vulnerable if he is dismissed early.
Swifts-Great Western is one of three clubs unbeaten through two weeks of the season, and will aim for its third-straight win when it takes on fellow undefeated side Youth Club on Saturday.
It is likely at the conclusion of round three, the number of sides without a loss will be reduced from three to two.
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