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HCA | Another chase looms for Jung Tigers

Travis Hair in action for Rupanyup-Minyip.

Travis Hair in action for Rupanyup-Minyip.

By DEAN LAWSON
Jung Tigers will need to score at an average of 3.7 runs an over in the latest Horsham Cricket Association run-chase to emerge at Horsham City Oval this season.
The Tigers’ lengthy batting list has the talent to make Rupanyup-Minyip’s target of 282 for victory, but whether it has the discipline, patience and purpose needed for the assignment remains to be seen.
Rupanyup-Minyip’s experienced duo Travis Hair, 129, and Adam Carter, 79, settled in on the batsman-friendly track last week to set the foundations for the big score.
Jung Tigers won the toss and bowled, hoping to extract life from a greener-than-usual wicket, and had early reward with Pat Laffy appearing particularly dangerous coming downwind.
But Carter settled the ship with his trademark laconic and defiant style, opening the door for his big-hitting team-mate to make the most of the stiff breeze and short straight boundaries.
Hair’s knock was an example of controlled power hitting and included several sixes that either smashed into the grandstand or sailed over the top.
His outstanding partnership with Carter appeared set to rocket the score well beyond the 350-run mark.
Tigers skipper Tyler Neville, running out of options, then called on rarely used leg-spinner Conor Lawson to bowl into the wind, and the plan worked.
With pace off the ball the runs suddenly became harder to find and Hair holed out trying to maintain his domination over the attack.
The Tigers, despite veteran Leigh Funcke holding them up with an important 37, then clawed their way back into the game.
Downwind leg-spinner Angus Adams removed the dangerous Carter and off-spinner Jake McLean and David Puls cleaned up an inexperienced tail.
Rupanyup-Minyip clearly remains in the driver’s box seat with runs on the board, but if recent results are any gauge, the Blue Panthers’ attack, headed by workhorse Brent Hudson, Ryan Metelmann and Corey Morgan will need to bowl well.
Other round-seven games appear foregone conclusions with Horsham Saints already 1-49 in chasing a Blackheath-Dimboola score of 104 and Homers on track to win outright against Laharum.
Blackheath-Dimboola ran into an eclectic Horsham Saints attack on the turf at Dimboola and struggled to establish enough meaningful partnership.
Josh Carroll, 4-14, Tony Caccaviello, 2-5, and Zac Hamerston, 3-24, did most of the damage for the visitors, while Luke Werner, 23, Lachie Watts, 19, and Ash Clugston, unbeaten on 18, offered the main resistance for the Bulls.
Carroll, 17 and Matt Combe, 6, will resume the Saints’ chase on Saturday, with Corey Smith, 23, the only wicket so far to fall.
Horsham’s Sunnyside Oval is so far a scene of demolition after Laharum limped to 58 off 44 overs before Homers responded to be 0-105 off 28 by stumps.
Joint skippers and new-ball operators Jarred Combe, 5-13, and Craig Britten, 2-4, and Eddie Landwehr and Simon Hopper, 3-23, caused all sorts of problems for the Mountain Men.
Glenn Doyle, in only his second hit for Laharum, top-scored with 20 and Ben Peucker made 19.
Sandy Hodge, 36, and all-rounder Jason Kannar, 53, will resume unbeaten at the crease on Saturday in a contest likely to involve a declaration.
Homers are sure to fully test the mettle and nerve of the Laharum players who face a huge task of keeping the bleeding to a minimum.

ACROSS CRICKET
Horsham

How they stand: Rupanyup-Minyip 281 (T. Hair 129, A. Carter 79, L. Funcke 37; D. Puls 4-41, J. McLean 3-54), v Jung Tigers, Homers 0-105 (J. Kannar 53no, S. Hodge 36no) v Laharum 58 (Jarred Combe 5-13, S. Hopper 3-23), Blackheath-Dimboola 104 (J. Carroll 4-14, Z. Hamerston 3-24) v Horsham Saints 1-49.
Grampians
This week: Two-day round, Halls Gap v Youth Club at Central Park, Stawell, Navarre v Swifts-Great Western, Tatyoon v Buangor, Pomonal v Aradale.
Last week: Buangor 102 (C. Slorach 3-27) drew with Youth Club 4-54, Pomonal 3-136 (L. Jordan 36, B. Thomas 34no, M. Grinham 30) d Navarre 121 (A. Slorach 40, C. Wilkinson 26, J. Hannett 25; M. Grinham 4-13), Swifts-Great Western 2-177 dec (R. Peters 100no, D. Joiner 43no) d Halls Gap 53 (H. Heffer 7-17, M. Brilliant 3-20) and 49 (J. Parkin 4-23, M. Heffer 3-9, R. Peters 3-9), Aradale 9-132 dec (R. Wood 27, S. Turner 26; J. Blandford 3-23) d Tatyoon 23 (B. Tate 6-11, T. Horvatek 4-10).
Ladder: Swifts-Great Western 28 points 2.33 percent; Aradale 24, 1.04; Youth Club 22, 1.91; Tatyoon 22, 1.88; Buangor 16, 1.27; Pomonal 6, 0.75; Navarre 6, 0.58; Halls Gap 0, 0.18.
West Wimmera
This week: Competition resumes on February 3.
Last week: Kiata 132 (J. Cramer 64; B. Pollock 3-31) d Nhill 113 (M. Delahunty 20, R. Dodds 20no; L. Albrecht 4-27), Winiam 8-139 (J. Gurry 102no; J. Preston 4-26) d Jeparit 121 (A. King 40, B. Keller 24, T. Inkster 22; A. Merrett 5-18).
Ladder: Nhill 30, 1.19; Jeparit 24, 1.01; Kiata 18, 1.01; Winiam 12, 0.75.
Wimmera-Mallee
This week: Birchip v Donald, Jeffcott v St Arnaud, Marnoo v Brim-Kellalac-Sheep Hills, St Marys, bye.
Last week: Jeffcott 146 (D. Atkins 72, B. Haddow 60no) d Brim-Kellalac-Sheep Hills 143 (L. Somers 45, M. McPherson 28; O. Hier 3-11), Marnoo 4-150 (L. Whitbourne 56no, S. Lang 32, B. Cameron 26) d Birchip 8-147 (J. Boyle 68no; D. Lang 4-34).
Ladder: Brim-Kellalac-Sheep hills 40, 2.32; Jeffcott 30, 1.41; Marnoo 24, 1.28; Donald 21, 1.17; Birchip 21, 0.76; St Arnaud 15, 0.53; St Marys 3, 0.36.

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