Pi­geons tip for one-day sil­ver­ware

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY DEAN LAW­SON

Homers will start short-priced favourites to win a Cor­nellschwed­es one-day crown in Hor­sham Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion on Sun­day as play­ers get their first taste of grand-fi­nal ac­tion this sea­son.

The Pi­geons will take on Jung Tigers in a twi­light en­counter at Hor­sham City Oval in what prom­ises to be a rip­per clash that fin­ishes un­der lights.

The Pi­geons and Tigers will have to back up for the early dip at sil­ver­ware af­ter com­plet­ing fi­nal-round home-an­d­away two-day games the day be­fore.

The Tigers, sit­ting fourth on the sea­son-proper lad­der with a 6-6 win-loss record, fin­ished se­cond on the one-day lad­der hav­ing won five and draw­ing one of their nine one-day games.

Homers on the other hand, have a 10-2 over­all record and won six oneday games to sit atop both ta­bles.

One of the big ques­tions sur­round­ing the twi­light ac­tion sur­rounds whether the Tigers have enough bowl­ing fire­power to un­set­tle the Pi­geons’ en­vi­able bat­ting list.

The Homers top-or­der reads like a rep­re­sen­ta­tive line-up with Sandy Hodge, Si­mon and Chris Hop­per, Lachie Jones and Jarred Combe fill­ing the top five spots.

Then there’s Adam At­wood, Michael Lang­ford, Craig Brit­ten and co down the or­der.

And the big worry for the Tigers is that they will be with­out re­li­able vet­eran pace man David Puls, who will be hol­i­day­ing over­seas.

That places huge re­spon­si­bil­ity on the shoul­ders of play­ers such as Jeremy Pi­etsch and young left-arm­ers Tyler Puls and Josh Leith and vet­eran Marty Knight. Eyes will also be on the Tigers’ spin-bowl­ing crew headed by An­gus Adams and emerg­ing offie Jake Mclean.

Leg-spin­ner Adams fol­lowed up a cen­tury the week be­fore with a hat-trick in his team’s grip­ping arm-wres­tle with Hor­sham Saints last Satur­day.

The Tigers’ young bat­ting list will also be un­der the mi­cro­scope against the pace of Combe, ac­cu­racy of Ed­die Landwehr and the high-qual­ity finger spin of the Hop­per brothers and Jones.

Adams, Conor Law­son, Sam Leith, Knight, Brett Jensz and skip­per Tyler Neville all have huge as­sign­ments.

But be­fore the one-day ac­tion starts on Sun­day, play­ers will have to con­cen­trate on first try­ing to win two-day games on Satur­day.

On Hor­sham’s Sun­ny­side turf, Homers will de­fend 6-242 against Ru­pa­nyup-minyip, a score com­ing mainly from the blade of Hodge, 96, Jones, 48 and Jarred Combe, 46. Hodge’s knock in­cluded five fours and three sixes.

The Blue Panthers will con­sider the chase well and truly on if the likes of Matt Downer, Dan Clark, Clint Mid­g­ley and Dan Schaper can set a foun­da­tion for Travis Hair, Ryan Metel­mann, Paul Mor­gan and Leigh Funcke.

At Hor­sham City Oval, Hor­sham Saints are in the box seat with runs on the board against the Tigers, their 242 mainly com­ing from a de­fi­ant Just­tin Combe cen­tury.

The Saints at one stage were 5-111 but Combe, with help down the or­der from Clint King, 25, res­ur­rected the in­nings to place the con­test on an even keel. His mea­sured in­nings of 104 in­cluded 16 bound­aries. The Tigers are 0-7 in re­ply. The clash at Dim­boola be­tween Black­heath-dim­boola and La­harum is also in the bal­ance with the vis­it­ing side 5-175 in a 209-run chase for vic­tory.

At the crease for the Moun­tain Men are Ben Peucker, un­beaten on 20, and Damien Bun­worth, 8, af­ter solid knocks from Daniel Grif­fiths, 67, Brad Brother­ton, 38, and Mal Adams, 31.

Ear­lier on Satur­day, the Bulls, with Lachie Watts mak­ing 48, El­liot Braith­waite 47, Sam Po­lack, 36, and Dar­ren Jones, 34 not out, de­clared with seven wick­ets down.

Mibus and Brother­ton cap­tured wick­ets each.

Hor­sham as­so­ci­a­tion semi-fi­nals are sched­uled for next week. six

SAFE: Sandy Hodge, bat­ting for Homers, squeezes one past Ryan Metel­mann, Ru­pa­nyup­minyip, at Sun­ny­side on Satur­day. Pic­tures: PAUL CAR­RACHER

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