Whirlwind century for Morgan
Watch out, here comes Rupanyup-minyip in Horsham Cricket Association! Or should that be – don’t forget that Paul Morgan is part of the Rupanyup-minyip team?
While many young players in the Horsham district cricket fraternity are still trying to come to grips with Morgan’s incredible century from last week, older players can’t help but simply nod in acknowledgement.
The books from last week’s A Grade clash at Minyip show Morgan, a year shy of his 50th birthday, not only helped himself to 137, but did it while batting at number eight in relatively few overs in a knock punctuated with 15 sixes and seven fours. Anyone familiar with the Minyip ground would know it is far from small, yet Morgan constantly cleared the boundary, peppering a trotting track on the perimeter.
Team-mate and fellow veteran Nick Mcintyre said the knock was astonishing.
“It is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen in cricket. You would swear he was at the golf practice range,” he said.
“There were no miss-hits – he middled everything. He hooked, pulled and drove to all points of the boundary.
“At one stage he was caught out on the fence but the young bloke who took it was between five and 10 metres behind the boundary.
“Leigh Funcke was batting with him at the other end and shared a 202-run partnership, but spent most of the time standing up the other end watching the ball go over his head.”
Morgan went in with Laharum having done well to restrict the home side to 6-165, but leg injuries to bowlers Brad Brotherton, Mal Adams and Damien Bunworth proved costly.
The Mountain Men had gone into the game with good form and carrying potential as a finals spoiler.
But, after Morgan’s knock and also runs to Matt Downer, 76, Travis Hair, 52, and Funcke, 30no, the visitors this Saturday now face a 340 run chase for victory. The contest is set to provide Rupanyup-minyip with its first win since the Christmas break.
While runs flowed at Minyip, wickets tumbled at Horsham City Oval where Homers have already secured first-innings points against Jung Tigers.
Finger-spinning all-rounder Chris Hopper snared a hat-trick as the Pigeons, who had clipped 179 earlier in the day, routed the Tigers for 86.
Left-armer Hopper’s around-thewicket hat-trick included two leg-before decisions and a bowled.
He ultimately returned amazing figures of 4-1.
He had earlier made 38 behind top-scoring Jarred Combe, 82, while Tigers youngster Josh Leith snared 3-18.
Brett Jensz was the only Tigers batsman to offer legitimate resistance with 28 as Combe followed his work with the ball, capturing 4-46.
At Coughlin Park in Horsham, an upset appears well and truly on the cards with Blackheath-dimboola only 21 runs away from scoring first-innings points against Horsham Saints with eight wickets in hand.
Elliot Braithwaite, 4-33, conspired with bowling team-mates to rattle through the Saints for 121 before replying with 46 and having his team 2-101.
Earlier, opener Justtin Combe led the Saints batting effort with 30.