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PHOTOS | Mixed bag as finals near in Horsham cricket

OFF THE BACK FOOT: Horsham Saints opener Corey Smith unleashes with a powerful stroke while batting against Laharum. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER

OFF THE BACK FOOT: Horsham Saints opener Corey Smith unleashes with a powerful stroke while batting against Laharum. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER


By DEAN LAWSON
A mixture of predictability and intrigue surrounds Horsham A Grade cricket as teams enter the last weekend of home-and-away competition.
On one end of the scale, Homers appear in the box seat to complete a premiership double, having secured a Cornell-Schwedes one-day title on Sunday night.
At the other end of the table, third-placed finalists Jung Tigers appear in all sorts of trouble and are in danger of recording an inglorious end to the minor season against bottom-placed West Wimmera.
Before the twilight one-day showdown at Horsham City Oval on Sunday night, Homers took on Rupanyup-Minyip in a regular two-day clash at Horsham Sunnyside.
The Pigeons clipped 212 with Adam Atwood top-scoring with 77 and Jarred Combe making 34, as Mark Mbofana and Jordan Weidemann collected three wickets each.
The Blue Panthers responded with 1-25 by stumps and will resume the chase on Saturday with Jamie Byrne and Braydon Ison at the wicket.
When Homers pulled the whites on again on Sunday they ran through the Saints for 99 before responding with 5-100.
Medium-pacer Craig Britten did much of the damage in the final, capturing 3-22, but a variety of bowlers shared in the spoils.
Chris Hopper and Eddie Landwehr were at the crease when the Pigeons passed the target.
Saturday represents the last opportunity for finalists to build form before the season finale and the rest of the competition to have one last hurrah.
West Wimmera appears on track to upset Jung Tigers’ applecart, a big Mitch Dahlenburg century steering the Warriors to 7-311 at Horsham City Oval.
Opener and joint team leader Dahlenburg made 153 and shared a 214-run partnership with Adrian King, 91, as they made the most of good batting conditions.
It was a long day in the field for the Tigers but a hat-trick to young left-armer Josh Leith gave the home side something to cheer about.
Saturday represents a major test for the Tigers’ batting depth and perhaps the perfect opportunity for batsmen to find form under pressure.
Horsham Saints’ disappointing effort with the bat on Sunday hardly reflected a strong effort with the willow a day earlier.
The Saints took on Laharum and made 234, Jackson Davidson, 62, Tim Bell, 59, and Cory Smith, 56, leading the way.
Brad Brotherton was the primary wicket-taker for Laharum with 4-51 and Josh Mahoney collected three.
Laharum is 1-3 in reply but still well and truly in the game.

Josh Mahoney, Laharum, Horsham Saints vs Laharum.

Josh Mahoney, Laharum, Horsham Saints vs Laharum.

Tim Bell, Sts, Horsham Saints vs Laharum.

Tim Bell, Sts, Horsham Saints vs Laharum.

Corey Smith, Sts, Horsham Saints vs Laharum.

Corey Smith, Sts, Horsham Saints vs Laharum.

Tim Bell, Sts, Horsham Saints vs Laharum.

Tim Bell, Sts, Horsham Saints vs Laharum.

Damien Bunworth, Laharum, Horsham Saints vs Laharum.

Damien Bunworth, Laharum, Horsham Saints vs Laharum.

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Posted on Mar 13 2019

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