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Occupying crease key to Horsham Cricket Association finals chances

Homers all-rounder Simon Hopper has dominated with the bat in Horsham Cricket Association. The left-hander, fresh from a century last hit, has an opportunity in the last home-and-away game starting this weekend to take his season tally beyond the 800-run mark. The Pigeons, premiership favourites, play Lubeck-Murtoa at Sunnyside Oval before launching into the finals series. Picture: WILLAMY IMAGES

Homers all-rounder Simon Hopper has dominated with the bat in Horsham Cricket Association. The left-hander, fresh from a century last hit, has an opportunity in the last home-and-away game starting this weekend to take his season tally beyond the 800-run mark. The Pigeons, premiership favourites, play Lubeck-Murtoa at Sunnyside Oval before launching into the finals series. Picture: WILLAMY IMAGES


By DEAN LAWSON
Runs! That’s the simple formula set to decide whether Jung Tigers or Rupanyup-Minyip will fill the last position available in Horsham Cricket Association’s A Grade top four.
A swinging fourth place has come down to the wire with the Tigers hanging on grimly to fourth place by six points, equivalent to a first-innings win, from the Dunmunkle combine that has superior percentage.
The teams clash in a two-day home-and-away finale on what has so far this season been a flat Horsham City Oval deck, which has oozed runs for any batsman who found themselves ‘in’ and playing with confidence.
The Tigers are vulnerable and Blue Panthers in with a show of making an 11th-hour charge after results last week loaded the gun for an all-or-nothing showdown.
Homers, defending more than 400 at the city oval, crushed the Tigers but spared them the indignity of pursuing a second-innings win.
Rupanyup-Minyip produced a boil over against premiership aspirants Horsham Saints.
The toss of the coin will be crucial and only a torrential downpour would prompt either skippers to contemplate anything except batting first.
A key aspect leading into the clash is the Blue Panthers beat the Tigers when the teams last met, with the Tigers struggling to establish batting partnerships against the likes of Clint Midgley, Ryan Metelmann, Glenn Morgan and Brent Hudson.
Corey Morgan is also in good form, taking five wickets in the upset over the Saints last week.
TOUGH TASK: Bowlers, such as Sam Leith face a challenge at the weekend. Picture: WILLAMY IMAGES

TOUGH TASK: Bowlers, such as Sam Leith face a challenge at the weekend. Picture: WILLAMY IMAGES

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Posted on Feb 24 2016

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