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Horsham cricketers to open season

LEADER: Travis Hair is likely to call the shorts for Rupanyup-Minyip this season. The Blue Panthers will host Horsham Saints at Rupanyup on Saturday.

LEADER: Travis Hair is likely to call the shorts for Rupanyup-Minyip this season. The Blue Panthers will host Horsham Saints at Rupanyup on Saturday.

By DEAN LAWSON
Horsham Cricket Association powerhouse Homers again appear the team to beat as players prepare for an A Grade season opener this weekend.
But while the Pigeon player stocks appear healthy, the team will have to defend its premiership without top-order batsman Lachie Jones.
Jones has gone back to his original club Donald after playing for Homers for several seasons.
Homers have decided to share leadership duties between all-rounders Jarred Combe and Craig Britten this season and still have Simon Hopper to lead the way, alongside the likes of Adam Atwood, Sandy Hodge, Eddie Landwehr and Chris Hopper.
The Pigeons will welcome back left-arm orthodox spinner Jason Kannar.
Homers first up play a Jung Tigers team that will again call on stocks of willing young players, all the better for good seasons last year.
Tyler Neville is back at the Tigers’ helm and looking good in the nets and has a reliable core group of players including spinning all-rounders Jake McLean, Conor Lawson and Angus Adams and others including Brett Jensz, Sam and Josh Leith and Tyler Puls in his list. Veteran David Puls will also be back for another tilt.
The clash between the Pigeons and Tigers will be on the turf at Horsham Sunnyside.
Rupanyup-Minyip takes on Horsham Saints where the big talking point will be about a Blue Panthers team without retired Paul Morgan.
Travis Hair is again likely to call shots for Rupanyup-Minyip, which will have greater firepower with the return of Corey Morgan and Brent Hudson.
Clinton Midgley is doubtful for much of the season as he recovers from a broken hand, but others including Matt Downer, Dan Schaper and Dan Clark appear right to play.
Word is that key all-rounder Adam Carter is also putting his hand up to play this season.
The Blue Panthers take on Horsham Saints at Rupanyup where the competition will get an early feel about how the Saints will shape up this season.
Matt and Justtin Combe again appear as the primary batting backbone for the visitors, although Cory Smith is a year older and likely to play a more significant role.
The Saints are also likely to throw either bat or ball to Stuart McGuckin and many in the competition are hoping to see frontline bowler Tony Caccaviello back in action.
Laharum will play Blackheath-Dimboola at Laharum in what looms as a critical first game for both sides.
Blackheath-Dimboola will want to simply get more wins on the board this year and ultimately threaten for a spot in the finals.
All-rounder Lachie Watts will be back in action, although only for the first half of the season before moving away for family and work commitments.
Top batsman Hamish Exell will try to squeeze cricket into busy work commitments, which means Al Braithwaite, Chris Ross and young players such as Trent Polack and Trent McGough will have to shoulder much of the load.
Blackheath-Dimboola will score a major coup if it can lure batsman Matt McKinnon back to the club.
Laharum again looms as a team with potential to upset the leaders if it can get the cards to fall its way.
Daniel Griffiths, Ben Peucker, Brad Brotherton, Mal Adams, Dan Mibus and Josh Mahoney can be fiercely competitive in a team that tends to grow in stature if Damien Bunworth is in it.

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