Big fin­ish for Homers’ Combe

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY DEAN LAW­SON

Homers all-rounder Jarred Combe capped off a match­win­ning premier­ship per­for­mance by win­ning Hor­sham Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion’s most pres­ti­gious in­di­vid­ual tro­phy.

Combe won the as­so­ci­a­tion’s Cec Hop­per Medal as the best all-round crick­eter in the com­pe­ti­tion, fresh af­ter dom­i­nat­ing in a Pi­geons premier­ship win over Ru­pa­nyup-minyip.

The medium-pace bowler and mid­dle-or­der bats­man also won an A Grade bat­ting ag­gre­gate award, hit­ting 570 runs for the year, and col­lected an um­pires tro­phy.

It was a big night for the Pi­geons, with Combe’s team-mate and fel­low all-rounder Simon Hop­per win­ning a bowl­ing-aver­age award, with 21 wick­ets at 12.62 with his off-spin­ners.

An as­so­ci­a­tion bowl­ing-aver­age award went to Hor­sham Saints vet­eran left-han­der Gary David­son, who de­spite play­ing few A Grade games, scored 235 runs at 78.31.

Ru­pa­nyup-minyip might have fallen short of match­ing Homers in a grand fi­nal at Hor­sham City Oval but it had some suc­cess at the week­end.

Front-line bowler Brent Hud­son cap­tured 27 wick­ets to win a bowl­ing-ag­gre­gate tro­phy and fel­low all-rounder Ryan Metel­mann col­lected a best-op­po­si­tion player award. Homers were sim­ply too good for Ru­pa­nyup-minyip in the A Grade sea­son fi­nale at Hor­sham City Oval in a game dom­i­nated for much of the con­test by the ball.

Af­ter rain pre­vented play on the open­ing day for an hour and a half, Ru­pa­nyup-minyip, which had won the toss, limped to 8-132 in 82 overs be­fore bad light stopped play.

Combe was a pri­mary de­stroyer for the bowl­ing side, tear­ing the heart out of the Blue Pan­thers’ mid­dle or­der and fin­ish­ing with 4-18.

Left-armer Ed­die Landwehr also chimed in with im­por­tant wick­ets, while the main re­sis­tance came from Dan Clark, 26 and Hud­son, 22, and Clint Mid­g­ley, 19.

The score was never enough, de­spite the wicket of­fer­ing some as­sis­tance to bowlers, and Homers’ bat­ting depth even­tu­ally pre­vailed.

Ru­pa­nyup-minyip did well to at one stage have Homers 4-60, but Combe and Adam At­wood nav­i­gated their side past the tar­get with five wick­ets down.

Hud­son again worked hard for the Blue Pan­thers, cap­tur­ing three wick­ets.

In B Grade, Lubeck-mur­toa suc­cess­fully de­fended 165 by bowl­ing out Hor­sham Saints for 141 and in C Grade Quan­tong re­sponded to Ru­pa­nyup-minyip’s 9-153 with 7-156.

Other as­so­ci­a­tion awards

B Grade: Alan Mcrae Medal, Brad Sproule, Hor­sham Saints; bat­ting aver­age, Nathan Koenig, Colts, 239 at 79.67; bowl­ing aver­age, Jor­dan Mcdon­ald, Bul­lants, 20 wick­ets at 15.65; um­pires award, Graeme Red­die, Lubeck-mur­toa. C Grade: Ivan Mor­ri­son Medal, Jeremy Tyler, La­harum; bat­ting aver­age, Rod­ney Wei­de­mann, Ru­pa­nyup-minyip, 227 at 56.75; bowl­ing aver­age, Jeremy Tyler, 22 at 6.86; um­pires award, Nathan Hill, Quan­tong. Spe­cial awards: El­lie Flack Memo­rial Award for ser­vices to cricket, Trent King; Hall of Fame in­ductees, Marty Knight, David Puls and Leigh Funcke.

GONE! A di­rect hit from an Ed­die Landwehr throw prompts an ap­peal from Homers wick­et­keeper Adam At­wood and slip­pers Simon and Chris Hop­per dur­ing Hor­sham Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion’s A Grade grand fi­nal. The throw found Ru­pa­nyup-minyip’s Ryan Metel­mann short...

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