Grassmere Cricket Association fighting for top honours at Bendigo Country Week

GRASSMERE Cricket Association will fight for Bendigo Country Week honours today.

It booked its division three grand final spot with a 123-run win against Grampians yesterday.

Grassmere was the only undefeated side in preliminary games, winning its four matches.

The Chris Bant-led combination scored a five-wicket win against Maryborough on Monday, posted a 131-run belting of Northern District Colts on Tuesday and escaped with a 15-run victory against Red Cliffs on Wednesday on its way to a grand final berth.

All-rounder Braden Hotker said the association was “stoked” to make the decider.

“It’s awesome — hopefully we’ll get a win tomorrow,” he said after the Grampians win.

“It’s been good. Everyone’s done their part and we’ve won every game.”

Grassmere was sent in to bat against Grampians and posted 282.

Skipper Chris Bant led by example, top scoring with 72 in what was an even batting display.

Aaron Peterson (43), Ben Julius (33), Jason Elliott (30), Tom Mahony (30) and Murray Habel (25) chimed in with worthwhile contributions.

Hotker said Bant played an important role as the side built a “par” score.

“He batted really well, batted for a while and kept it together,” he said.

“Everyone has done their part when needed to (throughout the week).”

Grassmere bowled Grampians out for 159.

Hotker led the charge with 5-42.

“It was good to snag a few,” he said.

“We got a few wickets early so that helped the cause.”

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