War­riors in test against Pi­geons

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sports - BY DEAN LAW­SON

West Wim­mera will start its first two-day A Grade test in Hor­sham Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion on Satur­day when play­ers walk onto Hor­sham’s Sun­ny­side oval.

Four rounds into the sea­son and the War­riors are yet to se­cure an elu­sive win in their first foray into Hor­sham cricket. And if they are go­ing to win this game, they are go­ing to have to beat reign­ing pre­miers Homers.

The War­riors, de­spite the lack of suc­cess so far, have shown plenty and will be fa­mil­iar with the Homers game hav­ing played the Pi­geons in the open­ing round.

They are also meet­ing Homers on a usu­ally bat­ting-friendly Sun­ny­side turf, al­though they will need to be cau­tious against an ac­cu­rate spin at­tack or if there is mois­ture in the wicket.

Last week the War­riors, at home at Nhill’s Davis Park, failed to match Jung Tigers, re­spond­ing to a 40-over tar­get of 4-181 with 9-137.

West Wim­mera failed to gain any se­ri­ous trac­tion with the bat in the chase with wick­ets fall­ing reg­u­larly around opener Brodie Cramer, whose 33 stood out in the in­nings like a bea­con.

Mick Pre­ston man­aged 19 in the mid­dle or­der and Ash Dick­in­son made an un­beaten 22 down the list, but runs were hard to find. Homers, mean­while, ap­peared to have few con­cerns track­ing down Ru­pa­nyup-minyip’s 96 at Minyip and will be hard for the War­riors to beat.

Homers made 2-107 in 26 overs, opener Adam At­wood mak­ing 33 and Jarred Combe, 28, and Luke Deutscher, 20, un­beaten at stumps.

Ear­lier in the game the Homers bowl­ing at­tack shared in the spoils, off-spin­ning all-rounder Si­mon Hop­per hav­ing the best re­turn of 3-10.

Ru­pa­nyup-minyip will be keen to bounce back in its game start­ing this week­end against La­harum at Ru­pa­nyup.

The Blue Pan­thers had lit­tle to cel­e­brate last week­end, Dan Clark’s 24 at first drop a lonely en­try on a sparse score­card.

The team ap­pears more than handy on pa­per con­sid­er­ing Adam Carter, Daniel Schaper and Travis Hair are in the mid­dle or­der with Clint Mid­g­ley and Brent Hud­son at the top of the list.

La­harum will also be chas­ing a win af­ter giv­ing a Hor­sham Saints’ tar­get of 3-218 a mighty shake.

The Moun­tain Men fell 22 runs short of the mark af­ter open­ers Josh Ma­hony and Daniel Grif­fiths, both 71, shared a 150-run stand.

The vis­i­tors will be con­spir­ing to get more break­throughs with the ball this game.

Hor­sham Saints take on Jung Tigers at Hor­sham City Oval full of con­fi­dence af­ter a fine bat­ting per­for­mance led by Austin Smith, who made an un­beaten 89 at first drop.

Left-han­der Gary David­son, 36, shared an open­ing part­ner­ship of 68 with Mark Crafter, 38, be­fore Smith and Josh Hedt, 38, had a 116-run stand.

The Saints also pro­duced solid ef­forts with the ball, Jon Car­roll snar­ing 3-35 and Haydn Smith and Brad Sproule also key wicket-tak­ers.

The Saints meet the Tigers in what looms as an in­trigu­ing bat­tle.

The Tigers have had two wins in a row af­ter a slow start and on Satur­day it was Si­mon Mock, 85, and Tyler Puls, 45, who stole the show against West Wim­mera.

Vet­er­ans David Puls and Ja­son Pymer also showed they con­tinue to have plenty to of­fer with the ball, shar­ing five wick­ets be­tween them.

GOTCHA! West Wim­mera War­riors wicket-keeper Mick Pre­ston runs out Jung Tigers’ Tyler Neville at Nhill’s Davis Park. Pic­ture: PAUL CARRACHER

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