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Grampians look to turn the tables against Horsham in T20 clash

All-rounder Jarred Combe shows off the batting style that steered him to an unbeaten century in a comprehensive Horsham win over Grampians during a 50-over-a-side twilight challenge match at Horsham City Oval. Grampians has a chance to turn the tables when the teams meet in a return T20 bout at Stawell’s Central Park on January 27. The T20 fixture will be part of Grampians Cricket Association’s 50-year anniversary celebrations. Cricket review, see page 64.  Picture: WILLAMY IMAGES

All-rounder Jarred Combe shows off the batting style that steered him to an unbeaten century in a comprehensive Horsham win over Grampians during a 50-over-a-side twilight challenge match at Horsham City Oval. Grampians has a chance to turn the tables when the teams meet in a return T20 bout at Stawell’s Central Park on January 27. The T20 fixture will be part of Grampians Cricket Association’s 50-year anniversary celebrations. Cricket review, see page 64.
 Picture: WILLAMY IMAGES

By DEAN LAWSON
Grampians will attempt to turn the tables on a visiting Horsham cricket team next month after falling well short of a target in a 50-over-a-side challenge match at Horsham City Oval.
Representative teams from both associations will again draw swords on January 27, this time at Stawell’s Central Park in a T20 clash.
Next month’s game is scheduled to correspond with Grampians anniversary celebrations. Horsham, led by century-making all-rounder Jarred Combe, successfully defended 5-258 in a Saturday twilight clash by bowling its neighbour out for 122.
Combe came to the rescue of a Horsham team that, after winning the toss, was quickly in all sorts of trouble at 3-16.
Grampians’ Lee Oliver and John Butler conspired to remove openers Justtin Combe and Lachie Watts and then first drop and in-form Mathew Combe cheaply. But the bearded Jarred Combe and Angus Adams, 29, steadied the Horsham ship and then runs to Daniel Griffiths, 48, and slashing Nathan Koenig, 49 not out, ensured a strong Horsham position.
Combe’s knock on a placid city oval track was punctuated with powerful drives and pull shots and he reached his milestone shortly before the close of the innings.
Grampians, missing several key players, was always going to have to work hard to chase down the runs under lights and became crippled after losing 5-28.
Horsham’s Craig Britten, 3-20, teamed with Tony Caccaviello to crash through the visiting top order.
Sean Mantell, 29, and Michael Harricks, tried to lead fight-backs down the order but Grampians was all out with 10 overs to spare.
The game was the result of Horsham throwing down the gauntlet to Grampians in an attempt to rekindle inter-association cricket in the region.
It provided spectators with an entertaining contest and might be the catalyst in regenerating a rivalry between the associations.
Results: Grampians Challenge: Horsham 5-258 (Jarred Combe 100no, Nathan Koenig 49no, Daniel Griffiths 48, Angus Adams 29; Lee Oliver 2-15) d Grampians 122 (Michael Harricks 39, Sean Mantell 29; Craig Britten 3-20, Tony Caccaviello 2-13, Lachie Watts 2-19).

UNDER LIGHTS: Grampians fell short against Horsham at an inter-association match under lights at Horsham City Oval. Picture: WILLAMY IMAGES

UNDER LIGHTS: Grampians fell short against Horsham at an inter-association match under lights at Horsham City Oval. Picture: WILLAMY IMAGES

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