BLACKHEATH-DIMBOOLA is on top of the Horsham Cricket Association A Grade ladder following a four-wicket win over Horsham Saints at Coughlin Park on Saturday.
The Bulls’ bowlers were impressive on the new turf wicket, with Oliver Young, 3-29, Elliot Braithwaite, 2-39, Lachie Watts, 2-48, and Matt McKinnon, 2-22, all claiming multiple wickets.
Aside from Clint King, who notched up his second consecutive half-century, and skipper Gary Davidson’s opening knock of 40, Horsham Saints struggled with the bat on their way to 146 all out.
King and Davidson got the Saints to 4-119 before the home side crumbled, losing 6-27.
Blackheath-Dimboola was in early trouble with the bat at 2-4, but solid contributions from Watts, 42, McKinnon, 28 not out, and Tom Magee, 25, saved the day.
Youngster Josh Carroll was the pick of the Saints’ bowlers, taking 2-38.
Homers are the only other undefeated team after round two, with a Lachie Jones and Simon Hopper-inspired victory over Jung Tigers at Sunnyside.
Jones scored a magnificent 103 and Hopper an unbeaten 53, with the pair putting on 144 for the third wicket, as the Pigeons chased down Jung’s 7-153 with ease.
Jones, the Homers captain, finished the day on 92, but was credited 11 runs after a scorebook error.
Earlier in the day, Marty Knight top-scored for the Tigers with 44, but it was good fielding from Homers that was a catalyst in restricting the total.
Angus Adams was in solid touch before a direct hit ended his stay on 31 – it was one of three run outs in the innings.
Captain Leigh Marklew was run out for 22 after suffering a knee injury mid-pitch.
South African speedster Siphe Mzayidume, 2-41, was the Pigeons’ best with the ball.
Rup-Minyip opened its 2013-14 account with a 44-run victory over Laharum at Cameron Oval, despite a five-wicket haul from Brad Johnson.
Johnson took 5-15 for the Mountain Men, but it was the late hitting from Jamie Byrne, 38 not out, and Ryan Metelmann, 11 not out, getting the Blue Panthers to a respectable 8-184.
Adam Carter, 37, and Paul Morgan, 31, also made valuable contributions.
Laharum never really looked in the hunt, losing regular wickets on its way to 140 all out.
Mal Adams top-scored with 31 and Daniel Griffiths was handy with 23.
Craig Morgan, Paul Morgan, Clinton Midgley and Brent Hudson all picked up two wickets.
A depleted Noradjuha-Toolondo outfit easily accounted for Colts by eight wickets at Dudley Cornell Park.
Josh Colbert was the Bullants’ bowling hero, taking 4-31 to help dismiss the home side for 110.
Justtin Combe, 2-26, and David Combe, 2-13, also bowled well.
Rowan Scott was on song in the chase, with the classy opening batsman scoring 49 not out.
Kyal Murray chimed in with 24, while Colbert finished with 14 not out.