Saints primed to launch offensive
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.
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