Tigers, Pi­geons in one-day bat­tle

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY DEAN LAW­SON

Early lad­der lead­ers in Horsham Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion’s A Grade com­pe­ti­tion will touch gloves in a sig­nif­i­cant show­down on Horsham’s Sun­ny­side Oval turf on Satur­day.

Un­beaten Jung Tigers and Homers will meet for the first time in a one-day clash, with the Tigers hold­ing a nar­row lead on the Pi­geons and the rest of the com­pe­ti­tion.

The Tigers have notched up wins against La­harum and Black­heath-dim­boola, their vic­tory over the com­bine at Dim­boola punc­tu­ated by a cen­tury from skip­per Tyler Neville.

Neville’s un­beaten mid­dle-or­der cen­tury, fea­tur­ing 11 fours and three sixes, and Brett Jensz’s 50 pro­vided the back­bone to a Tigers score of 6-234, which proved too tough a task for the home side to top­ple.

Black­heath-dim­boola re­sponded with only 113, Lachie Watts the sole re­sis­tance with a first- drop 57 as medium-pacer Pat Laffy, 4-8, did most of the dam­age with the ball.

De­spite the solid bat­ting ef­fort, the Tigers will need more of their top-or­der play­ers in­clud­ing An­gus Adams and Conor Law­son to find form and luck against the Pi­geons.

Homers were too good for Ru­pa­nyup-minyip, mainly based on the con­sis­tency of their top-or­der bats­men.

Si­mon Hopper toped the list with 67 and Chris Hopper made 57 not out.

Four oth­ers made it into dou­ble fig­ures as Homers clipped 6-222 at Ru­pa­nyup.

The home side could not find enough runs, re­spond­ing with 6-152, Ryan Metel­mann hit­ting 40 and Matt Downer and Scott Mccurdy both hit­ting 32.

The Homers at­tack fronted by Jarred Combe, Ed­die Landwehr and Craig Brit­ten will again at­tempt to dry up the runs this week.

This Satur­day, Ru­pa­nyup­minyip will try to re­bound at Minyip against Tony Cac­caviello’s Horsham Saints who recorded a solid win over La­harum.

The Saints bowl­ing at­tack, with Matt Combe, 3-16, and Just­tin Combe, 5-16, shin­ing with the ball, set up vic­tory by re­strict­ing the Moun­tain Men to 9-129.

Matt Combe, 59, and Austin Smith, 25 not out, then led the suc­cess­ful chase.

For La­harum, Ge­orge Mac­duff top-scored with 43 and Daniel Grif­fiths hit 33.

The Saints will find Ru­pa­nyup-minyip a tough op­po­nent, es­pe­cially if Brent Hud­son can get go­ing with bat and ball.

La­harum and Black­heath need wins and have an op­por­tu­nity against each other at La­harum.

While La­harum sits in the four with one win against its name, Black­heath-dim­boola has yet to open its ac­count.

La­harum has play­ers who can lay knock-out blows and the visi­tors will need to stay on task and oc­cupy the crease for as long as pos­si­ble to score a much-needed win away from home.

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