Saints primed to launch of­fen­sive

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY DEAN LAW­SON

Hor­sham Saints will en­ter a Christmas-new Year’s break in Hor­sham Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion as the pri­mary chal­lenger to Homers’ dom­i­na­tion of the com­pe­ti­tion.

The Saints are a clear sec­ond to the Pigeons on over­all and one-day lad­ders and ap­pear poised to make a se­ri­ous run to the fi­nals when play re­sumes on Jan­uary 12.

The out­fit from Cough­lin Park was the only A Grade out­fit to se­cure vic- tory in rain-af­fected one-day games last week, suc­cess­fully de­fend­ing 7-226 by hav­ing the home side 7-137 at stumps.

The inclusion of all-rounder Tim Bell, who joined the se­nior list in round six, has had a sig­nif­i­cant im­pres­sion on the Saints’ for­tunes.

Bell has in three games made un­beaten scores of 107, 69 and 64 and also cap­tured 7-78 at an av­er­age of 12.3.

He joins the likes of bats­men Mark Crafter, 388 runs at 67, in­clud­ing two cen­turies, Gary David­son, 357 at 71.4, and Austin Smith, 290 runs at 48.3, who have also made their mark so far this season.

The Saints have also had a win­ner with the ball with medium-pacer Jono Car­roll so far hav­ing fig­ures of 59.310-222-15 at an av­er­age of 14.8.

Last week, in the win over the War­riors, Smith top-scored with 80 at first drop and Bell made 64 not out.

Jung Tigers, with just three first-in- nings vic­to­ries, trail the Pigeons and Saints in third spot and Ru­pa­nyup-minyip, also three first-in­nings wins, makes up the four.

La­harum, two wins, and West Wim­mera, one, com­plete the lad­der.

At the half­way point of the season, Homers left-hand opener and rightarm fin­ger spin­ner Si­mon Hop­per leads the com­pe­ti­tion bat­ting.

Hop­per has 396 runs at 66, with a high­est score of 162.

Crafter, David­son and Smith are next, ahead of La­harum’s Daniel Grif­fiths, 286 at 40.86, Ru­pa­nyup-minyip’s Travis Hair, 254 at 42, Jarred Combe, Homers, 246 at 82 and Adam At­wood, Homers, 245 at 40.83.

Jarred Combe and Josh Ma­honey from La­harum are close to match­ing Car­roll’s wicket to­tal, Combe with 14-136 at 9.71 and Ma­honey with 14186 at 13.29.

Jung Tigers veteran David Puls, hav­ing bowled a hefty 68 overs so far this season, has 13-206 at 15.85.

ACROSS CRICKET Hor­sham

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