West Wimmera set for grand final rematch

WEST Wimmera Cricket Association kicks off its first one-day round since October on Saturday with Nhill hosting Jeparit and Rainbow travelling to Kiata.

The Kiata-Rainbow match is the first time the teams have met since Rainbow beat the Highwaymen in last season’s grand final in March.

Kiata is in third place on the ladder, while Rainbow is second.

Rainbow comes into the match with form on its side after mounting a successful run-chase against Jeparit at the weekend.

The reigning premier’s batsmen plundered 240 runs on Saturday – 110 of which came from the bat of opener Brett Jensz.

Aaron Glenn also played a large role in the victory, bowling well to remove Jeparit opener Adrian King and recording four maidens from his 12 overs.

He also made 21 runs before retiring.

Kiata has not played since November 16 after having a bye the previous round.

Jeparit has struggled to kick-start its season with four losses from its first five matches and its task will not be any easier when it travels to Nhill on Saturday.

Jeparit’s 19-run victory over Kiata remains its only win this season, while the Tigers are atop the ladder with four wins from as many matches.

Heath Preston showed good form with the bat and ball the previous round, while Brad Keller’s 68 runs was almost enough to get his team a second win.

Nhill made short work of Winiam as Mitch Dahlenburg starred with 87 runs.

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