Season on the line for Saints

HOMERS and Horsham Saints will headline Horsham Cricket Association A Grade round seven action with the first home and away match under lights at Horsham City Oval on Saturday.

The match will start at 5pm and run into the night, marking the first time home and away points have been awarded for a game under lights.

The association has previously played one-day finals at night.

It shapes as a season-defining clash for the Saints, who sit third on the ladder but are separated only by percentage from three other teams.

They are sitting just outside of the top four in the one-day standings and a win would see them move up into a finals position.

Saint Clint King said the team was excited about the night fixture.

"It definitely makes the match a bit more interesting," he said.

"It puts more excitement into the game and as players it's great playing with the lights on because it's something a bit different. On the other side of that, it makes catching harder when the lights are in your eyes."

King said the team was playing well and genuinely believed it could upset the undefeated Pigeons.

He said the Saints would focus on bowling a consistent line to the Homers' batsmen and would value their wickets when at the crease.

The city oval will host two matches tomorrow, with Noradjuha-Toolondo and Laharum starting at the early time of 11am to accommodate the Homers-Saints match.

The Bullants are fourth on both the overall and one-day ladders, and a win would help strengthen their finals ambitions.

Laharum is languishing at the foot of the one-day ladder but a win tomorrow could put it on the cusp of a place in the top four on the overall ladder.

Rup-Minyip will be at home for tomorrow's match against Jung Tigers.

The Blue Panthers are one of the form sides of the competition and will start as favourites against a Tigers side that has lost its past five matches.

Colts and Blackheath-Dimboola will battle at Dudley Cornell Park, with the Bulls looking to preserve top spot on the one-day ladder.

While the Bulls have slipped in the overall standings, they remain atop the one-day competition as one of two undefeated teams along with Homers.

This is the first of four consecutive one-day rounds for the A Grade competition, with two before the Christmas break and two after.

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