Pi­geons reign supreme

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY DEAN LAW­SON

Homers will en­ter a Hor­sham Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion Christ­mas break in a prime po­si­tion to claim both ma­jor ti­tles up for grabs this sea­son.

The un­beaten Pi­geons are clear lead­ers on over­all and one-day lad­ders, with their big­gest chal­lenge likely to come from reg­u­lar grand-fi­nal ri­val and sec­ond-placed Ru­pa­nyup-minyip.

The re­spec­tive lad­ders mir­ror each other, with Hor­sham Saints sit­ting third and La­harum fourth with Jung Tigers and Black­heath-dim­boola out­side the top four.

With games set to re­sume af­ter the break with one-day clashes on Jan­uary 13, Hor­sham Saints ap­pear to have put them­selves in a pow­er­ful po­si­tion to fea­ture promi­nently come fi­nals.

The Saints beat Jung Tigers in a oneday thriller that went to the line at Hor­sham’s Com­mu­nity Oval, sur­viv­ing long enough to make a Tigers’ score of 152.

The Saints were all-out af­ter sneak­ing only three runs ahead of the tar­get. All-rounder Just­tin Combe, back from sus­pen­sion, was the pri­mary de­stroyer for the win­ners, in­sti­gat­ing a col­lapse by land­ing slow seam­ers on a length and cap­tur­ing an in­cred­i­ble 5-9.

Fel­low all-rounder Tony Cac­caviello then top-scored with an im­por­tant 56 as the Saints, de­spite wick­ets fall­ing, clipped their way to an im­por­tant vic­tory. Vet­eran Tiger Marty Knight col­lected a con­so­la­tion 5-16 in what rep­re­sented the Tigers’ fourth nar­row loss for the sea­son.

Jung Tigers, with two one-day and three two-game fix­tures re­main­ing, find them­selves three points out­side the top four on over­all and one-day lad­ders.

Homers con­sol­i­dated their vice-like hold on the com­pe­ti­tion with another com­pre­hen­sive win, this time against Black­heath-dim­boola in a twi­light match at Hor­sham City Oval. The Pi­geons bowled the Bulls out for 106, off­spin­ner Si­mon Hop­per snar­ing 5-34 and left-armer Ed­die Landwehr 3-20.

Matt Everett, 34, and Brodie Cramer, 27, of­fered the main re­sis­tance in Black­heath-dim­boola’s mid­dle or­der.

Homers then re­sponded by los­ing only one wicket, opener Michael Lang­ford out for 67 and Sandy Hodge, 27, and Paddy Mills, 10, un­beaten when they passed the tar­get.

La­harum, mean­while, ap­pears set as the main ri­val with Jung Tigers for a swing­ing spot in the top four.

The Moun­tain Men would have gone a long way to con­sol­i­date a top-four po­si­tion had they man­aged an up­set vic­tory over Ru­pa­nyup-minyip at La­harum. But the home side could man­age only 148, which was prob­a­bly never go­ing to be enough against the Blue Pan­thers’ po­tent top or­der.

Ru­pa­nyup-minyip re­sponded with 2-156 in 33 overs, re­li­able all-rounder Ryan Metel­mann lead­ing the way with a first-drop 81. Daniel Schaper was next best with 23. Ear­lier in the day Daniel Grif­fiths top­scored with 47 for La­harum and young Blake Turner cap­tured 4-31 for the win­ners.


Re­sumes with one-day round on Jan­uary 13.

Ru­pa­nyup-minyip 2-156 (R. Metel­mann 81no) d La­harum 148 (D. Grif­fiths 47; B. Turner 4-31), Homers 1-120 (M. Lang­ford 67, S. Hodge 27no) d Black­heath-dim­boola 106 (M. Everett 34, B. Cramer 27; S. Hop­per 5-34, E. Landwehr 3-20), Hor­sham Saints 155 (T. Cac­caviello 56; M. Knight 5-16) d Jung Tigers 152 (B. Jensz 25; Just­tin Combe 5-9, M. Combe 3-32).

Over­all: Homers 45 points, 3.19 per­cent; Ru­pa­nyup-minyip 36, 1.21; Hor­sham Saints 30, 1.00; La­harum 18, 0.61; Jung Tigers 15, 1.17; Black­heath-dim­boola 0, 0.40. Cor­nell-schwedes one-day: Homers 33, 2.25; Ru­pa­nyup-minyip 24, 1.34; Hor­sham Saints 18, 0.18; La­harum 18, 0.77; Jung Tigers 15, 1.38; Black­heath-dim­boola 0, 0.45.

Oneday round, Navarre v Buan­gor, Taty­oon v Halls Gap, Pomonal v Swifts-great Western, Aradale v Youth Club.

Youth Club 182 (A. Barham 41, M. Healy 37, T. Hom­den 34; A. Mccor­mack 3-33, B. Iseppi 3-35) d Halls Gap 101 (L. Pyke 43no, J. Gay 28; M. Healy 4-19, C. Kim­ber 3-10), Swifts­great Western 5-194 (S. Cocks 49, T. Ni­chol­son 44, J. Dev­ery 44) d Navarre 125 (T. Han­nett 31, A. Sho­van 29no; J. Parkin 3-12), Aradale 1-108 (R. Wood 54no, B. Tate 33no) d Pomonal 9-102 (B. Hose­mans 37, L. Jor­dan 28; C. Ralph 3-18), Buan­gor 4-95 (J. Gan­ley 38no) d Taty­oon 92 (J. Blandford 27; L. Od­die 6-5).

Over­all: Swifts-great Western 34, 2.43; Youth Club 31, 1.84; Aradale 30, 1.22; Buan­gor 25, 1.39; Taty­oon 22, 1.54; Pomonal 12, 0.80; Navarre 6, 0.48; Halls Gap 0, 0.23. One-day: Youth Club 18, 3.22; Aradale 18, 1.71; Swifts-great Western 12, 1.59; Buan­gor 6, 1.05; Navarre 6, 0.84; Taty­oon 6, 0.53; Pomonal 6, 0.52; Halls Gap 0, 0.44.

Re­sumes Jan­uary 13 with one-day round.

St Ar­naud 7-115 (J. Patch­ing 37, C. Mcgre­gor 4-15) d Marnoo 7-106 (S. Macpher­son 37no; J. Til­lig 3-18), Jef­f­cott 3-153 (L. Jones 52, M. Grif­fiths 49, L. Sarre 29; D. Hawkes 3-17) d Don­ald 4-134 (C. An­der­son 45no, D. Ru­urds 31), Birchip 6-93 (R. Lehmann 4-19) d St Marys 7-83 (B. Cheney 41; J. Reid 3-5).

Brim-kel­lalac Sheep Hills 42, 1.81; Jef­f­cott 36, 1.57; Don­ald 27, 1.09; Birchip 27, 0.82; St Ar­naud 27, 0.70; Marnoo 24, 1.08; St Marys 9, 0.40.

Re­sumes on Fe­bru­ary 3 with two­day round.

SEARCH­ING FOR RUNS: Black­heath-dim­boola’s Matt Everett gets down on one knee to ca­ress a ball through mid-on dur­ing a Hor­sham Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion twi­light match at Hor­sham City Oval.


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