Teams set an early pace

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY DEAN LAW­SON

La­harum will at­tempt to con­sol­i­date a po­tent start to Hor­sham Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion on Satur­day when it takes on Jung Tigers at La­harum.

The Moun­tain Men have had a rip­ping start to the sea­son, a roundtwo win over West Wim­mera com­ing off an­other out­stand­ing bat­ting per­for­mance led by Daniel Grif­fiths.

All-rounder Grif­fiths backed up an 81 from the open­ing round with 60 against the War­riors, and in the process shared a 113-run un­bro­ken part­ner­ship with Ben Peucker, 58.

The per­for­mance came as La­harum ate away at a War­riors tar­get of 136 at La­harum’s Cameron Oval, pass­ing the score in the 40-overa-side game well within 30 overs.

Grif­fiths, Peucker and the likes of fel­low bats­men Josh Ma­honey, Brad John­son, Dan Mibus, Damien Bun­worth and Brad Brother­ton, with their tails up, are sure to make life tough for the Tigers.

Jung has had two losses in a row, last week com­ing un­stuck against Homers.

The Tigers made 5-154, Si­mon Mock, 56, and Sam Leith, 19, pro­duc­ing a 67-run open­ing stand and son-father com­bi­na­tion Tyler and David Puls get­ting runs down the or­der.

But the side ran into Homers’ spin­ners led by Chris Hop­per, 3-18.

Homers re­sponded with 8-157, get­ting the runs at the game’s death­knock and hand­ing the Tigers an­other nar­row loss.

Jarred Combe top-scored for Homers with 42 in the mid­dle or­der, opener Adam At­wood made 35 and Ja­son Kan­nar 29.

Homers, also sit­ting on two wins, meet an­other un­beaten side in Hor­sham Saints.

The Saints proved too good for Ru­pa­nyup-minyip at Ru­pa­nyup last week, chas­ing down a 110-run tar­get in 35 overs.

New-ball bowler Haydn Smith, 3-19, con­spired with oth­ers in­clud­ing Austin Smith and Jon Car­roll to do most of the dam­age for the Saints.

Gary David­son, 40, then led the Saints with the bat.

Ru­pa­nyup-minyip’s Travis Hair, with a mid­dle-or­der 46, and Jor­dan Wei­de­mann, 3-19, were the Blue Pan­thers’ best per­form­ers.

Ru­pa­nyup-minyip now ven­tures to Nhill’s Davis Park to take on West Wim­mera, which is also chas­ing its first win.

West Wim­mera will be search­ing for more break­throughs with the ball but has shown the bat.

Mick Pre­ston led the way with a mid­dle-or­der 45 against La­harum, which fol­lowed a solid first-round plenty with knock, and sev­eral oth­ers made starts with­out go­ing on to get sig­nif­i­cant scores.

An ice-break­ing win might be around the cor­ner.

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