Horsham cricket teams gear up for final six matches

WITH just six rounds remaining in Horsham Cricket Association's A Grade home and away season, each game carries finals implications and it all starts tomorrow.

In the early one-day match at Horsham City Oval, fourth-placed Noradjuha-Toolondo will take on fifth-placed Horsham Saints, with just percentage separating the two sides.

When the two teams met earlier this season, it was the Bullants who prevailed in a two-day match, with Mat Combe, Jordan Huff and Rowan Scott all claiming three wickets.

Scott also top-scored with 42 runs, as the Bullants secured an 81-run win despite a four-wicket haul

from Saint Thilan Kariyawasam. Saints all-rounder Ben Sawyer said his team would be looking to end a string of losses to the Bullants tomorrow.

"I think we've lost the past three times we've played them," he said.

"We'll be pretty competitive this round.

"It's fairly big being fourth versus fifth so it's a pretty important game for both sides."

At Dimboola Oval, Homers will look to continue their undefeated season against likely finals challengers Blackheath-Dimboola.

In round three, Homers spearhead Siphe Mzaidume and spinner Simon Hopper picked up four wickets each as the Bulls were dismissed for just 123 runs.

Skipper Lachie Jones scored 61 to carry his side to a five-wicket win.

An in-form Bulls outfit will be hoping for a better showing tomorrow. The Laharum-Jung Tigers match at Laharum will be an interesting duel, with a win vitally important for both sides' final aspirations.

The Mountain Men prevailed last time the two teams met, on the back of big scores from Glenn Doyle and Ben Peucker.

Both sides will be keen to add to their two wins for the season.

Under the Horsham City Oval lights, Colts will be looking to turn their fortunes around from 2013, but it will not be easy against second-placed Rup-Minyip.

When the two teams last met, Colts skipper Brad Millar played a lone hand with the bat at Minyip Oval, scoring 70 and 21, as a near full-strength Blue Panthers outfit won outright.

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