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22 January 2020
By DEAN LAWSON
The rapid-fire flurry of runs and tumbling of wickets in T20 cricket will continue this weekend as Horsham association’s experimentation with the short form of the game enters a second week.
The second of three weeks of T20 action is adding a new dimension to the game across the Wimmera and already heavily influencing season standings.
Results from last weekend’s eight-game A Grade fixture tightened up circumstances for teams chasing a place in an overall ladder’s top four, while establishing Rupanyup-Minyip as the early T20 pacesetter.
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Rupanyup-Minyip finished the opening T20 games unbeaten with two wins, against Jung Tigers and Homers respectively, and now confronts Noradjuha-Toolondo and Colts at Horsham’s Cornell Park.
Mark Mbofana, with scores of 65 and 23, was particularly destructive for the Blue Panthers last week and again looms as a trump with bat and ball when action resumes.
Laharum is in the T20 top-four, on the fringe of an overall top-four and still celebrating a double hat-trick for medium-pacer Adam Barber against Colts.
Barber snared an impressive 6-11, including a remarkable four wickets in a row in what rates as the best individual A Grade effort with the ball so far this season.
All teams except Colts registered a T20 win in the first round of the carnival series, which features two games at each fixtured venue.
The weekend’s action also raised $1250 to support bushfire-affected communities, courtesy of players hitting 25 sixes.
The association and PRP Property Valuers donated $25 for each six hit during the competition.
The T20 post-Christmas fixture is designed to expose Horsham district cricketers to all formats of the game in an effort to generate broad interest in the competition.
To ensure the T20 series supports season-long credibility, points accumulated during the three weeks go towards teams’ overall results.
Horsham association now has traditional two-day, one-day and now 20-over-a-side games.
With points generating separate ladders as well as influencing overall standings, two-day, one-day and T20 titles are also up for grabs.
Homers continue to be runaway leaders overall with Rupanyup-Minyip, Horsham Saints and Noradjuha-Toolondo all next in line on equal points.
Laharum is six points outside the four and Jung Tigers appear to be slipping from the finals race with Colts and Blackheath-Dimboola making up the rest of the field.
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