Blackheath-Dimboola set for a battle

RUP-MINYIP will host Blackheath-Dimboola in Horsham Cricket Association’s A Grade match of the round on Saturday at Minyip Oval.

In the final round before the Christmas break, the match will go a long way towards shaping the top four in both the one-day and two-day ladders.

The Blue Panthers have lost just one match all season, while the Bulls have form on their side.

Blackheath-Dimboola tops the one-day ladder and is yet to lose in the short form of the game.

On Sunday, the team beat Horsham Saints in the final of the Carr-McRae Twenty20 Cup, further enhancing its short-form credentials.

Rup-Minyip is third on the one-day ladder and sits just behind Homers in second place on the overall ladder.

Blue Panther Daniel Schaper said his team would be in for a fight against the Bulls tomorrow.

“If they potentially beat us they would go two games clear on the one-day ladder and on the two-day ladder they’re back in contention for first or second spot,” he said.

“They’ll be taking in some pretty good form but hopefully we’ll be able to get a bit more luck on the day and get the job done.”

Rup-Minyip’s Adam Carter has been in devastating form with two centuries to his name this season.

Schaper said Carter was suited to the short form of the game because he could score quickly.

“Batting with him at the weekend, I think his last 50 runs only came from the final five or six overs,” he said.

“For him to get his hundred, it was really good to watch from the other end.”

Schaper said the explosive Travis Hair would be a danger man for his side, as would Lachie Watts and Oliver Young, who could do damage with both bat and ball.

Jung Tigers’ slim finals hopes will be on the line against Noradjuha-Toolondo at Horsham City Oval tomorrow night.

For the second consecutive week, an A Grade match will be played under lights.

The Bullants are hoping to shore up a place in the top four of both the one and two-day ladders.

The Tigers have just one win and are second-last on the two-day ladder.

With only six matches left after the Christmas break, they need a win to stay in touch with the top four.

Horsham Saints will start as favourites against Colts at Coughlin Park.

The Saints are on the cusp of the top four on both ladders and could potentially break into both with a win against the lacklustre Colts.

Laharum will struggle to shed its poor one-day form against Homers at Cameron Oval.

The Mountain Men have two wins from three two-day matches this season but have lost all four of their one-day clashes. Homers are yet to drop a match in either form of the game.

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