Saints in with a sniff

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY DEAN LAW­SON

Hor­sham Saints are in a strong po­si­tion to se­cure valu­able psy­cho­log­i­cal points when they re­sume their Hor­sham Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion clash against Homers on Satur­day.

The Saints will de­fend a solid 223 against the rag­ing A Grade premier­ship favourites and if they win are sure to fin­ish off the sea­son with a strong sense of be­lief.

Hor­sham Saints have al­ready es­tab­lished them­selves as the main chal­lenger to Homers’ supremacy and it was again vet­eran opener Gary David­son who threw down the gaunt­let at the week­end.

The left-han­der al­most played a lone hand, mak­ing 129 at Hor­sham Sun­ny­side Oval af­ter Homers won the toss and asked the vis­i­tors to bat.

David­son was the only player to score past 20, but his knock, in­volv­ing a va­ri­ety of part­ner­ships and fea­tur­ing 15 bound­aries, proved crit­i­cal. It also took his sea­son run tally to 593, with an av­er­age of 74.13, with two home-and-away rounds and fi­nals re­main­ing af­ter Satur­day.

Homers, boast­ing a di­verse bowl­ing at­tack, con­sis­tently took wick­ets through­out the af­ter­noon, left-arm opener Ed­die Landwehr do­ing early dam­age and spin­ner Ja­son Kan­nar pick­ing up 4-19.

The tar­get should, at least on form so far this sea­son, pose few prob­lems for the po­tent Pi­geons’ bat­ting list.

But the score might be enough to ap­ply rare pres­sure on a Homers side, which has can­tered through much of the sea­son.

At the same time, Ru­pa­nyup-minyip is in a pow­er­ful po­si­tion to col­lect a bag of win­ning points against West Wim­mera at Minyip.

A Daniel Schaper cen­tury pro­vided the mo­men­tum for the Blue Pan­thers who skipped along to 5-203 be­fore declar­ing and bowl­ing 20 overs to the vis­i­tors at the end of the day.

The tac­tic worked a gem with the War­riors ca­pit­u­lat­ing to fin­ish 5-32 at stumps.

All-rounder Clint Mid­g­ley snared a late 4-14 for the Blue Pan­thers and when the con­test re­sumes it will be Josh Lees and Brad Keller with the ini­tial job of keep­ing their op­po­nents out.

Ru­pa­nyup-minyip will be on the hunt for out­right suc­cess.

Jung Tigers are also in a good po­si­tion against La­harum at Hor­sham City Oval, but would have their sights sim­ply on win­ning in the first in­nings.

The Tigers, with Brian Jensz, 41, and An­gus Adams, 26, un­beaten at the wicket, are 2-87 in re­ply to La­harum’s 139.

Early in the game La­harum lost four cheap wick­ets, putting it on the back foot, and it was only runs to Ben Peucker, 25, and Damien Bun­worth with 62 in the mid­dle or­der that pro­vided any re­lief. Vet­eran David Puls pro­vided the bedrock for the col­lapse, cap­tur­ing 3-24.

Com­pe­ti­tion in­ten­sity is heat­ing up teams count down to the fi­nals. as

LET’S PARLEY: Hor­sham Saints cen­tu­rion Gary David­son, left, dis­cusses tac­tics while shar­ing a part­ner­ship with his son Jack­son dur­ing a Hor­sham Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion A Grade clash in Hor­sham. Pic­ture: PAUL CARRACHER

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