Horsham Saints through to Twenty20 grand final

HORSHAM Saints were waiting on last night’s final round results of Horsham Cricket Association’s Carr McRae Twenty20 Cup to determine their grand final opponent for Sunday.

The Saints are guaranteed to play in the final, which pits the top two finishers on the ladder against each other.

With an unbeaten record through the first three matches, the Saints guaranteed themselves a top-two finish.

Blackheath-Dimboola was in second place entering the round with two wins and a loss, but either Homers, Jung Tigers, Arapiles or Colts could have displaced the Bulls if results fell their way.

The Saints played Homers at Sunnyside Oval, Jung Tigers and Arapiles met at Horsham City Oval and Colts met Blackheath-Dimboola in the final round.

The matches were still being played when the Mail-Times went to press last night.

Horsham Saints have yet to be seriously challenged in the competition.

They defeated Jung Tigers by a convincing 56 runs in the opening match and chased down Blackheath-Dimboola’s 6-114 in only 13 overs a week later. 

The team then held off Arapiles one week ago to cement a grand final position.

The rest of the competition has been remarkably even.

Blackheath-Dimboola’s only blemish entering last night was the loss to the Saints, but it had reasonably tight encounters with Arapiles and Homers.

Those two teams along with Jung Tigers and Colts each had one win from three matches.

Competition organiser Tim Hopper said the idea of the Carr McRae Twenty20 Cup was to generate interest in the competition among junior players.

He said the cup final would cap off a huge round for Horsham Cricket Association with one-day matches set to be played under lights and the under-16s competing on Sunday.

“It’s just going to be a massive round of cricket because you’ve got the Twenty20, then on Saturday you’ve got the day and night one-dayers and Sunday there’s the under-16s and then the final at the city oval,” he said.

“Horsham City Council’s ground staff have been awesome and accommodating.”

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