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Horsham cricket: Pigeons flying high

GUILE: Blackheath-Dimboola all-rounder Lachie Watts sends down an off-break against Jung Tigers at Horsham City Oval on Saturday. Picture: WILLAMY IMAGES

GUILE: Blackheath-Dimboola all-rounder Lachie Watts sends down an off-break against Jung Tigers at Horsham City Oval on Saturday. Picture: WILLAMY IMAGES

By DEAN LAWSON
Homers A Graders, who again loaded up their scorebook with a lot of red ink, will attempt to score another big two-day-game win when Horsham Cricket Association matches resume on Saturday.
The Pigeons, fresh from a big score and win against Blackheath-Dimboola, have this time taken a heavy toll against Laharum bowlers, smashing 7-382.
Opener Sandy Hodge backed up with another century, this time making 134 in a knock that included 16 fours and two sixes.
His partner in crime on Saturday was fellow opener and left-hander Simon Hopper, who quilted 127 with 19 fours and a six, as the pair shared a 231-run opening stand at Sunnyside oval.
First drop Michael Langford was also in the runs with 62.
Amid the runs, Laharum all-rounder Damien Bunworth sneaked 5-66 from 16 overs in an otherwise long day in the field for the Mountain Men.
Homers now have an opportunity to push for outright points, although might simply be content with a first-innings result such as in their previous game. Ball had a closer battle with the bat at Horsham City Oval where a match between Jung Tigers and Blackheath-Dimboola is in the balance, with the Tigers set to defend 223 on Saturday.
Conor Lawson and young Sam Leith set a platform for the Jung side with a 69-run opening stand before a middle-order hiccup, which left veteran Steve ‘Smiley’ Leith to consolidate the innings with a back-to-back half-century.
The Blackheath-Dimboola medium-pace attack toiled well with accurate line-and-length bowling before imaginative off-spinning all-rounder Lachie Watts applied pressure with his arsenal of variation. Watts eventually finished with 3-22.
Blackheath-Dimboola will have to produce a solid batting effort to make the runs while the Tigers need to take their chances.
A contest at Minyip meanwhile, has Horsham Saints in the box seat against reigning premier Rupanyup-Minyip.
The Saints rocked through the home side for 180, with Jon Carroll leading a spirited team effort with the ball, and openers Justtin Combe and Mitch Martin have already chipped eight runs from the target.
Strong-hitting Travis Hair top-scored for the Blue Panthers with a middle-order 76 and opener Matt Downer was next best with 29.

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Posted on Nov 30 2016

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