Whirl­wind cen­tury for Mor­gan

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY DEAN LAW­SON

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.

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