Rainbow eyes off top spot 

RAINBOW has a chance to finish round seven even with Nhill on points at the top of the West Wimmera Cricket Association ladder.

In the final round before the association's Christmas break, the reigning premier faces bottom-of-the-ladder side Winiam at Winiam.

It has been an up-and-down season for Rainbow, with three wins and two losses, but a strong performance in tomorrow's one-day match could see them challenge for top spot on the ladder again.

The team lost to Kiata at the weekend after their bowling attack, which started brilliantly, struggled against the Highwaymen's middle order.

There were also strangely subdued performances from star batsmen Heath Clugston and Brett Jensz, but Brodie Cramer almost dragged the team back into the match.

Winiam will be fresh from a bye and hoping to resurrect a season that started with plenty of promise but has faded in past weeks.

Nhill, which has a bye this round, slipped up for the first time at the weekend in a shock loss to Jeparit.

While still boasting a dominant percentage, the Tigers suddenly look more vulnerable than they have at any other point this season.

Rainbow remains a threat to close the gap and surpass the Tigers if it posts a big win against the Wolves.

Tomorrow's other match will be played between Jeparit and Kiata.

Both teams are suddenly resurgent after slow starts to the year.

Kiata's Nathan Alexander had the best bowling average in the competition last year but helped the Highwaymen to a win with the bat on Saturday.

He made 75 runs after Kiata's first three batsmen made a combined total of 12 and ultimately helped guide the team to a winning score.

Kiata will be hoping for more runs from its openers to take the pressure off the middle order.

Jeparit is also on a hot streak with two wins from its past two games after starting the season 0-3.

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