Homers, Blackheath-Dimboola set for one-day grand final

HOMERS and Blackheath-Dimboola will go head-to-head on Sunday night for the Horsham Cricket Association Cornell-Schwedes one-day trophy.

The undefeated Pigeons will go in as favourites, with the A Grade minor premiers looking to collect back-to-back one-day titles.

However, the Bulls have peaked at the right time and will look to add to their season's silverware after winning the association's Twenty20 competition before Christmas.

Bulls skipper Matt McKinnon said his side, which has won five of the six one-day matches this season, would be ready to give the Pigeons a run for their money.

"We're pretty excited," he said.

"It's a good thing for our club to be playing in a grand final.

"Everyone's fit for a change, which is good -  we haven't really played Homers at full-strength this year."

McKinnon said having opening bowlers Ollie Young and Ollie Braithwaite back sharing the new ball was a big boost.

The pair will also come into the match with batting form, having contributed half-centuries against Jung Tigers at Horsham City Oval in round 13.

Lachie Watts, who has scored 475 runs this season at an average pushing 80, will undoubtedly be the Bulls' key batsman, while contributions from all-rounder McKinnon and top-order batsmen Travis Hair and Hamish Exell will also be important.

Homers won the teams' two previous meetings this season.

Skipper Lachie Jones believes his team is ready to fire.

"We've got a pretty settled side and everyone's pretty keen to have a crack," he said.

"We've been going pretty well. We're playing some good cricket and hopefully we're up to the challenge."

"We've been going pretty well. We're playing some good cricket and hopefully we're up to the challenge." - Lachie Jones

Some of the Pigeons' stars include South African import Siphe Mzaidume and Simon Hopper with the ball, and Chris Hopper, Sandy Hodge and Jones with the bat.

Opening bowler Mzaidume and off-spinner Simon Hopper have combined for 65 wickets this year, while Chris Hopper has scored consecutive centuries.

Hopper, Hodge and Jones have proven a handful for opposition sides this season and are all averaging more than 58 runs an innings.

Jones said if his side stuck to its plan it could taste success at the weekend.

"Our strength has been bowling tightly and fielding well," he said.

"If we can do that it definitely helps -  bowling tight lines and taking catches."

The match at Horsham City Oval starts at 5.30pm on Sunday, with the lights to be switched on later in the evening.

Horsham Cricket Association secretary Darren Chesterfield encouraged people to head to city oval for an exciting night of cricket.

"Playing games under lights this year has been a success," he said.

"I think most people have enjoyed the experience and we've had some positive feedback from players.

"It's a different atmosphere and it creates a bit of interest."

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