Saints in with a sniff
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.
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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