Chal­leng­ing run chases

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY DEAN LAW­SON

Bats­men have mighty jobs ahead when Hor­sham Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion A Grade games re­sume this week­end.

7HDPV SRVWHG PRQVWHU VFRUHV LQ WKH ¿UVW of the as­so­ci­a­tion’s two-day games on Satur­day, set­ting a mas­sive test for their op­po­nents.

7KH ELJJHVW VFRUH FDPH RII WKH ÀRZLQJ blades of Homers bats­man on the turf at Hor­sham Sun­ny­side, but Hor­sham Saints weren’t too far be­hind at Hor­sham City Oval.

La­harum was fur­ther back in the score­card, but it too en­joyed plenty of runs at Ru­pa­nyup.

Cen­turies were ma­jor high­lights of week­end bat­ting, with Homers open­ing left­hand all-rounder Si­mon Hop­per clip­ping 162 and open­ing team-mate Adam At­wood mak­ing a neat 100 against West Wim­mera.

The pair en­joyed a 236-run stand, Hop­per hit­ting 22 fours and a six and At­wood hit­ting 14 fours. Craig Brit­ten un­leashed with an un­beaten

DW ¿UVW GURS DQG -DUUHG &RPEH ZDV DOVR un­beaten with 25.

The score at the com­pul­sory clo­sure of the in­nings at stumps was 2-375, a pro­found score con­sid­er­ing West Wim­mera had won the toss and had elected to bowl. Hor­sham Saints also made the most of high-qual­ity bat­ting con­di­tions, clip­ping a KHIW\ DJDLQVW -XQJ 7LJHUV

Hard-hit­ting opener Mark Crafter topped the scor­ing list with a knock of 113, which in­cluded 15 fours and two sixes, and shared a 205-run stand with Gary David­son.

Left-han­der David­son made 98 in a knock fea­tur­ing 14 fours and Brad Sproule, 51 not out, and Austin Smith, 41, also made im­pres­sions.

7KH 6DLQWV KLW WKHLU ZD\ WR D À\LQJ VWDUW and few Tigers en­joyed suc­cess with the EDOO DOWKRXJK RII VSLQQHU -DNH 0F/HDQ had good spells. La­harum’s mid­dle or­der played a piv­otal role in the Moun­tain Men notch­ing up 8-274 against Ru­pa­nyup-minyip.

/DKDUXP RSHQHU -RVK 0DKRQH\ VWRRG ¿UPO\ LQ D VKDN\ VWDUW IRU WKH YLVLWRUV EXW Damien Bun­worth, 54, Ben Peucker, 58, and Mal Adams, 40, con­sol­i­dated the in­nings.

&OLQW 0LGJOH\ DQG -RUGDQ :HLGH mann, 3-56, were the most suc­cess­ful of the Blue Pan­thers’ bowlers.

Ru­pa­nyup-minyip’s line-up in­cludes ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers who will give them­selves a big chance of chas­ing down the tar­get.

Hor­sham

LET­TING FLY: Jung Tigers leg-spin­ner An­gus Adams in ac­tion.

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