Saints siz­ing up Bulls

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY DEAN LAW­SON

If mo­men­tum is any­thing to go by, then Hor­sham Saints can ex­pect to start se­ri­ously climb­ing Hor­sham Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion’s A Grade lad­der.

The Saints would be bub­bling with con­fi­dence for their clash against Black­heath-dim­boola start­ing this week af­ter record­ing one of the best wins of the sea­son.

They will also be full of re­al­i­sa­tion that they will now be tak­ing on a team that copped a ham­mer­ing from premiershi­p favourites Homers and are per­haps ripe for the pick­ing.

With thun­der­clouds and hot and hu­mid con­di­tions press­ing in on the ac­tion at Hor­sham City Oval, the Saints nav­i­gated their way to the 296 runs re­quired to beat Jung Tigers.

In a game where a flat bat­ting wicket ul­ti­mately coughed up al­most 600 runs, it was vet­eran left-han­der Gary Davidson who steered the Saints to vic­tory with five overs to spare.

Opener Davidson, who gave chance to gully early in his knock, made the Tigers pay by car­ry­ing his bat and fin­ish­ing the game un­beaten on 153.

His knock was punc­tu­ated with pow­er­ful drives and pun­ish­ing square-of-the-wicket shots and while clearly spent at the end of his in­nings, ap­peared in con­trol un­til the end.

The Saints were only five wick­ets down when they passed the score, em­pha­sis­ing just how much the bat dom­i­nated the ball.

Oth­ers to make runs in­cluded Matt Combe, 55, Corey Smith, 27, and Brad Sproule, a care­free 22.

The Tigers at­tack toiled with­out luck and didn’t take cru­cial chances, al­though medium-pacer Pat Laffy fin­ished with 3-60.

The vic­tory put the Saints within three points of the top four and they will now be eye­ing off an­other win, this time against bot­tom side Black­heath-dim­boola.

If runs were on the spe­cials board at Hor­sham City Oval then they rep­re­sented the whole menu at Dim­boola.

Homers, in a fix­ture switched to one-day con­di­tions af­ter rain washed out play the pre­vi­ous week, cap­i­talised on a wafer-thin home side with a mon­ster of a bat­ting per­for­mance.

First drop Jarred Combe, 127, Chris Hop­per, 119, and Craig Brit­ten, 58, dom­i­nated pro­ceed­ings as the Pi­geons scored at al­most nine runs an over to fin­ish with 6-402.

The vis­i­tors then col­lected the only eight wick­ets re­quired to beat the Bulls, rolling them out for 104.

Amid the car­nage, where Jarred Combe col­lected 4-22, Lachie Watts made 66 and Dar­ren Jones, 23.

Homers will now turn their at­ten­tion to La­harum at home at Hor­sham Sun­ny­side where they will start a two-day clash on Satur­day.

La­harum just couldn’t put to­gether enough pro­duc­tive part­ner­ships to reel in Ru­pa­nyup-minyip’s 202 at Ru­pa­nyup, mak­ing only 166 in re­ply.

Wick­ets fell reg­u­larly and it was only an 86 from Damien Bun­worth, who had to re­tire on 86 dur­ing the af­ter­noon, who made a se­ri­ous im­pres­sion in the score­book.

Medium-pace all-rounder Brent Hud­son was the de­stroyer for the Blue Pan­thers, cap­tur­ing 6-38.

Ru­pa­nyup-minyip will now size up the young Jung Tigers out­fit more than a lit­tle an­noyed by last week’s nar­row loss to Hor­sham Saints.

The clash at Hor­sham City Oval is set to be an­other in­trigu­ing clash be­tween bat and ball.

Hor­sham Saints 5-299 (G. Davidson 153no, M. Combe 55, C. Smith 27; P. Laffy 3-60) d Jung Tigers 9-295 (J. Pymer 100, S. Leith 79no; H. Smith 6-59), Homers 6-402 (Jarred Combe 127, C. Hop­per 119, C. Brit­ten 58, M. Lang­ford 28) d Black­heath-dim­boola 8-104 (L. Watts 66; Jarred Combe 4-22); Ru­pa­nyup-minyip 202 (A. Carter 86; D. Bun­worth 4-44, M. Adams 3-24, J. Ma­honey 3-54) d La­harum 166 (D. Bun­worth 86; B. Hud­son 6-38).

Grampians

Buan­gor 102 (C. Slo­rach 3-27) v Youth Club 4-54, Navarre 121 (A. Slo­rach 40, C. Wilkin­son 26, J. Han­nett 25; M. Grin­ham 4-13) v Pomonal 3-136 (L. Jor­dan 36, B. Thomas 34no, M. Grin­ham 30), Swifts-great Western 2-177 dec (R. Peters 100no,

Wimmera-mallee

Jef­f­cott v Brimkel­lalac-sheep Hills, Marnoo v Birchip, St Ar­naud v St Marys, Don­ald, bye.

Marnoo 5-71 d St Marys 66 (D. Lang 3-14), Birchip 2-72 (A. Clark 29no, J. Boyle 27no) d St Ar­naud 70 (J. Falvey 4-13, A. Beacham 3-14), Brim-kel­lalac-sheep Hills 8-110 (M. Mcpherson 48no; N. Holmes-brown 4-22, D. Hawkes 3-14) d Don­ald 8-95 (C. An­der­son 52; C. Mcpherson 3-14). SCHUBERTS PEST SER­VICES

MAK­ING A MOVE: Colts all-rounder Dy­lan Arnott leaps into his de­liv­ery stride dur­ing a Hor­sham Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion B Grade clash against Jung Tigers. Colts, work­ing to­wards re­claim­ing a spot in the as­so­ci­a­tion’s A Grade com­pe­ti­tion, were far too good...

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