SAINT Arnaud are on course to a big grand final win after a dominant fielding, bowling and batting performance on day one of the two-day grand final on Saturday.
The contest is being played out at Birchip.
Donald made 48 in 41 overs while Saint Arnaud made 5-115 in 37 overs.
Donald won the toss and opted to bat first.
The side had a dreary start to the contest with opening batsman Dylan Ruurds going out for a duck.
This proved to deplete the spirits of the Donald outfit while St Arnaud pounced on the opportunity with haste.
Donald’s Keelan Westerland was the highest scorer for the first day making 17.
It was down hill from the dugout from there on with Brent Gilmour, ninth in the pecking order, making nine, the second highest for Donald.
It wasn’t Donald’s day with Jack Landwehr also going out for a duck.
Final batsman Reece Murray made two runs to round out the sides innings.
It was a masterclass in bowling from Saint Arnaud with Jacob Patching taking four wickets.
Patrick Gregory and Bruce Hando took three a piece.
Saint Arnaud opened with the partnership of Harley Durward and Carl Torney.
The two made nine runs each.
Gregory and Hando proved to be a lethal partnership with Gregory making 25 while Hando made 34.
James Coloe and Daniel Needs are set to resume the batting on day two with a combined run effort of 25.
Dion Hawkes and Jack Landwehr took two wickets each for Donald.