Horsham goes back to back in Nhill Country Week cricket

HORSHAM Cricket Association has won the Nhill under-14 Country Week for the second year in a row after going through this year's tournament undefeated.

In the 40-over split innings format, Horsham had a win against Wimmera-Mallee One in the opening round, before recording victories against West Wimmera and Wimmera-Mallee Two on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.

Horsham coach Glenn Carroll said it was good to see his whole team contribute across the three games.

"It was always the objective that the boys would get plenty of opportunity, and that's really important," he said.

"All bar one of them took a wicket, and they all bowled about 10 overs each, apart from the two keepers."

"They valued their wickets, and all contributed at some point with the bat."

In Wednesday's matches, opening batsmen Josh Hedt, 37 retired, and Will Barber, 25, with support from Dalton Clough, 30 not out, led Horsham to a commanding total of 6-217.

Jordan Murray played a superb innings at the top of Wimmera-Mallee Two's order in reply, retiring on 36, while Hedt and Brock Hamerston both picked up two wickets as Wimmera-Mallee Two were restricted to 11-101.

Sam Vivian top-scored with 25 retired and claimed 2-3 for West Wimmera, leading his side to a narrow 14-run win over Wimmera-Mallee One. 

Jack Tillig and Charlie Dean both claimed two wickets to help keep West Wimmera to 8-119, but James Paley, 20 runs, and Ben Hogan, 13, were the only batsmen to reach double figures as Wimmera-Mallee One were bowled out for 105. 

Tuesday saw Wimmera-Mallee One win a close contest against Wimmera-Mallee Two at Nhill College, on the back of an undefeated 35 from Tom Letts and tight bowling from Hogan, 2-3, and Bill Lee, 2-2.

At Davis Park, Josh Lees scored 31 as West Wimmera reached 9-101, with Dalton Clough, Seb Dalgleish and Brock Hamerston all picking up two wickets.

Horsham reached 9-157 in reply, with Dalgleish retiring on 33, and Zac Hamerston reaching his highest score in cricket, 32.

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