Saints, Tigers to rekin­dle ri­valry

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY DEAN LAW­SON

Hor­sham Saints will at­tempt to con­tinue shoring up sec­ond place on Hor­sham Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion’s A Grade lad­der when it re­sumes pleas­antries against Jung Tigers at the week­end.

The Saints, who only a few weeks ago watched the Tigers chew up a mighty score at Hor­sham City Oval, have since con­tin­ued to make runs and will now be af­ter Tiger blood.

The Saints scored a mighty win over Ru­pa­nyup-minyip at city oval last week­end, cen­turies to Mark Crafter and Tim Bell the high­light of 5-334 in re­sponse to the visitors’ 163.

Opener Crafter’s ton was his sec­ond in as many games, his knock in­clud­ing 22 fours.

All-rounder Bell’s pun­ish­ing and un­beaten in­nings down the list in­cluded 15 fours and seven sixes.

Fel­low opener Gary Davidson re­tired on 66 and Austin Smith made 30 as the Blue Pan­thers watched the Saints gob­ble up WKHLU ¿UVW LQQLQJ VFRUH

The Tigers, de­spite mak­ing runs against the Saints, could not fol­low up the ef­fort against com­pe­ti­tion pow­er­house Homers who en­joyed a rel­a­tively easy win at Hor­sham Sun­ny­side.

Homers were de­fend­ing 276 when play re­sumed on Satur­day and quickly had the Tigers on the back foot.

Jung Tigers lost a string of top-or­der wick­ets through the joint ef­forts of medium-pac­ers Craig Brit­ten and Jarred Combe be­fore col­laps­ing com­pletely and be­ing all out for 103.

Only veteran David Puls, 48, in the mid­dle or­der, pro­vided le­git­i­mate re­sis­tance to the Homers at­tack.

Jung Tigers will now need to re­group for what looms as an in­trigu­ing con­test against the Saints.

Homers are sit­ting pretty at the top of both over­all and one­day-game lad­ders and take on West Wim­mera in a twi­light clash un­der lights at Hor­sham City Oval.

The War­riors broke though for WKHLU ¿UVW ZLQ RI WKH VHDVRQ ODVW week, de­fend­ing 147 by bowl­ing La­harum out for 61.

Brad Keller proved the de­stroyer for the War­riors, cap­tur­ing an im­pres­sive 5-8.

The War­riors will be back un­der the griller against the com­pe­ti­tion yard­stick on Satur­day night.

La­harum and Ru­pa­nyup-minyip have a chance to re­turn to the win­ners list when they meet at La­harum.

Both are in need of con­sol­i­dat­ing per­for­mances in a count­down to a Christ­mas break.

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