Adaptation critical this week
Areturn of skills in mental application and patience will be paramount when Horsham Cricket Association’s flagship A Grade competition resumes on Saturday.
After the crash and bash of T20 games, fixtures will return to one-day-game conditions and teams that quickly adapt to a need to occupy the crease will have an advantage.
This has particular relevance considering three two-day games before finals will follow one-dayers in the next fortnight.
The big question in the competition is whether Jung Tigers or Rupanyup-minyip, sitting third and fourth respectively, have the games to trouble either leader Homers and Horsham Saints.
The Tigers and Panthers take each other on at Horsham City Oval tomorrow, both secured important T20 wins at the weekend.
Rupanyup-minyip did enough to overcome West Wimmera and the Tigers responded to disappointment against Homers the week before to outgun Laharum.
The Blue Panthers are three points ahead of the Tigers on both overall and one-day ladders and the gap between the two is set to go under the microscope.
Last week, players such as all-rounder Mark Mbofana, Blake Turner and Pat Brooks did the job with the bat and Brent Hudson and Mbofana were damaging with the ball.
For the Tigers it was openers Brett Jensz, 40, and Sam Leith, 34, and first drop Tyler Neville who led the way with the willow and spinner Angus Adams, who had his best return of the year with 4-16, was best with the ball.
The game is set to be high- ly competitive with both sides needing to build on pre-finals confidence stocks.
In other games, Laharum will attempt to bounce back against Homers at Laharum and West Wimmera meets Horsham Saints at home at Davis Park.
Daniel Griffiths, 40, and Jake Hinton, 38, were primary performers with the bat for Laharum last week while Lou Preston, 38, and Mick Preston, 34, were West Wimmera’s best run makers.
Both sides will struggle to win on Saturday.
The Saints, despite Aiden Laffy and Trent King getting in the 20s, won’t take kindly to making only 92 in a loss to Homers and will bounce back hard. And Homers, with a batting top order destroying all-comers – Adam Atwood and Jarred Combe, making unbeaten 48 and 34 respectively last week, appear invulnerable.
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FRONT FOOT: West Wimmera’s Josh Lees drives solidly against Rupanyup-minyip during a T20 clash at Horsham City Oval. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER