Challenging run chases
Batsmen have mighty jobs ahead when Horsham Cricket Association A Grade games resume this weekend.
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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
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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.
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Rupanyup-minyip’s line-up includes experienced players who will give themselves a big chance of chasing down the target.
LETTING FLY: Jung Tigers leg-spinner Angus Adams in action.