Adap­ta­tion crit­i­cal this week

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY DEAN LAW­SON

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.

ACROSS CRICKET Hor­sham Grampians

FRONT FOOT: West Wim­mera’s Josh Lees drives solidly against Ru­pa­nyup-minyip dur­ing a T20 clash at Hor­sham City Oval. Pic­ture: PAUL CAR­RACHER

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