Moun­tain Men shine

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY DEAN LAW­SON

Steadily build­ing La­harum will at­tempt to im­pose back-to-back A Grade win­ning form on Ru­pa­nyupMinyip in the first of Hor­sham Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion two-day rounds start­ing on Satur­day.

The Moun­tain Men fol­lowed up one-daygame suc­cess against Black­heath-dim­boola with an im­por­tant win against Jung Tigers and are now siz­ing up the Blue Pan­thers.

But Ru­pa­nyup-minyip is un­likely to be a will­ing vic­tim, es­pe­cially at Ru­pa­nyup, where last week the home side put on a mighty bat­ting chase with Travis Hair blud­geon­ing his way to an un­beaten cen­tury.

La­harum, which boasts an of­ten underrated bat­ting list, com­fort­ably over­took a Tigers score of 149 at Hor­sham City Oval last week.

Af­ter a col­lec­tion of bowlers con­spired to limit the Tigers’ scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, La­harum re­sponded with 8-151, pass­ing the tar­get in the 38th over.

Ben Peucker again proved a ma­jor cat­a­lyst to the La­harum bat­ting ef­fort, hit­ting 59 in the mid­dle order, and Damien Bun­worth 35 not out, and Ge­orge Mac­duff, 19, also made runs. Tigers leg-spin­ner An­gus Adams snapped up 3-19.

Ru­pa­nyup-minyip’s suc­cess came against an again luck­less Black­heath-dim­boola, which must have surely be­lieved its 2-232 and un­beaten cen­tury to Harry Young, 113, and runs to Lachie Watts, 55, and Tom Magee 35 not out, were enough to de­fend.

But 34 to Blue Pan­thers opener Vic Loth­ian and 47 to Daniel Schaper paved the way for the ir­re­press­ible Hair to hit 102, a knock in­clud­ing nine fours and seven sixes.

The home side passed the tar­get with four wick­ets down and two overs to spare.

Surely for­tunes are due to change for Black­heath-dim­boola, which now has the omi­nous task of tak­ing on top team Homers on the turf at Dim­boola.

Homers con­tin­ued their solid run of form by beat­ing Hor­sham Saints at Sun­ny­side oval.

Hor­sham Saints posted 4-165 with opener Just­tin Combe hit­ting 66 and his first­drop brother Matt next best with 54.

But the Pi­geons showed off their di­ver­sity with bat and ball by pass­ing the tar­get with five wick­ets down and an over to spare.

Opener Sandy Hodge was un­beaten, 49, as was Craig Brit­ten down the order with 44. Jarred Combe made 27.

The Saints will be on the hunt for a scalp and will see Jung Tigers as po­ten­tial prey on the turf at Cough­lin Park.

Word is that both sides will need to swing changes to over­come player in­juries and un­avail­abil­ity for at least the first day of the con­test.

The Tigers’ hunt for bat­ting con­sis­tency con­tin­ues with Steve Leith, 41, Brett Jensz, 27, and Sam Leith, 21, mak­ing the only se­ri­ous im­pres­sion with the wil­low last week.

Sam Leith and Homers’ Ed­die Landwehr also rep­re­sented Western Waves in a Vic­to­rian Coun­try Cricket League un­der-21 match against Gipp­s­land Pride at Footscray’s Merv Hughes Oval on Sun­day.

Pride won the con­test by 53 runs but left-armer Landwehr starred, cap­tur­ing 5-57 from his 10 overs. Leith, bat­ting at num­ber six, made 16. The un­der-21 com­pe­ti­tion con­tin­ues this Sun­day with the Waves tak­ing on Bar­won at Cam­per­down.

CHASE: La­harum’s Ge­orge Mac­duff made 19 runs. Pic­ture: PAUL CARRACHER

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