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Batsmen have mighty jobs ahead when Horsham Cricket Association A Grade games resume this weekend. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER

Batsmen have mighty jobs ahead when Horsham Cricket Association A Grade games resume this weekend. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER

By DEAN LAWSON
Batsmen have mighty jobs ahead when Horsham Cricket Association A Grade games resume this weekend.
Teams posted monster scores in the first of the association’s two-day games on Saturday, setting a massive test for their opponents.
The biggest score came off the flowing blades of Homers batsman on the turf at Horsham Sunnyside, but Horsham Saints weren’t too far behind at Horsham City Oval.
Laharum was further back in the scorecard, but it too enjoyed plenty of runs at Rupanyup.
Centuries were major highlights of weekend batting, with Homers opening left-hand all-rounder Simon Hopper clipping 162 and opening team-mate Adam Atwood making a neat 100 against West Wimmera.
The pair enjoyed a 236-run stand, Hopper hitting 22 fours and a six and Atwood hitting 14 fours.
Craig Britten unleashed with an unbeaten 75 at first drop and Jarred Combe was also unbeaten with 25.
The score at the compulsory closure of the innings at stumps was 2-375, a profound score considering West Wimmera had won the toss and had elected to bowl. Horsham Saints also made the most of high-quality batting conditions, clipping a hefty 9-343 against Jung Tigers.
Hard-hitting opener Mark Crafter topped the scoring list with a knock of 113, which included 15 fours and two sixes, and shared a 205-run stand with Gary Davidson.
Left-hander Davidson made 98 in a knock featuring 14 fours and Brad Sproule, 51 not out, and Austin Smith, 41, also made impressions.
The Saints hit their way to a flying start and few Tigers enjoyed success with the ball, although off-spinner Jake McLean had good spells. Laharum’s middle order played a pivotal role in the Mountain Men notching up 8-274 against Rupanyup-Minyip.
Laharum opener Josh Mahoney, 38, stood firmly in a shaky start for the visitors but Damien Bunworth, 54, Ben Peucker, 58, and Mal Adams, 40, consolidated the innings.
Clint Midgley, 3-48, and Jordan Weidemann, 3-56, were the most successful of the Blue Panthers’ bowlers.
Rupanyup-Minyip’s line-up includes experienced players who will give themselves a big chance of chasing down the target.

Gary Davidson, STS, Jung Tigers vs Horsham Saints.

Gary Davidson, STS, Jung Tigers vs Horsham Saints.

Jung Tigers' Angus Adams bowling his leggies. Jung Tigers vs Horsham Saints.

Jung Tigers’ Angus Adams bowling his leggies. Jung Tigers vs Horsham Saints.

Gary Davidson congratulates Mark Crafter after bringing up his hundred. Jung Tigers vs Horsham Saints.

Gary Davidson congratulates Mark Crafter after bringing up his hundred. Jung Tigers vs Horsham Saints.

Mark Crafter brings up his hundred. Jung Tigers vs Horsham Saints.

Mark Crafter brings up his hundred. Jung Tigers vs Horsham Saints.

Simon Mock tries to take a catch in the outfield.  Jung Tigers vs Horsham Saints.

Simon Mock tries to take a catch in the outfield. Jung Tigers vs Horsham Saints.

Mark Crafter on his way to a hundred. Jung Tigers vs Horsham Saints.

Mark Crafter on his way to a hundred. Jung Tigers vs Horsham Saints.

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