Bullants, Horsham Saints ready to fire

NORADJUHA-TOOLONDO and Horsham Saints have everything to play for in their respective two-day clashes starting on Saturday.

Fourth place and a finals berth are up for grabs, with the Bullants taking on bottom side Colts at Dudley Cornell Park and the Saints meeting third-placed Blackheath-Dimboola at Dimboola oval.

The Bullants have the edge on percentage and arguably have the easier assignment on paper, but Saints skipper Gary Davidson believes there is still hope for his side if it can rebound from heavy defeats against the league's top two teams Homers and Rup-Minyip.

"We've got to win to give ourselves any hope of playing finals," he said.

"We've had a number of players put scores together this season, so I think we've got the capability, but we just have to put the runs on the board when it counts.

"Hopefully we've improved since the first time we played them earlier in the year."

Saints opening bowlers Thilan Kariyawasam and Josh Carroll have impressed in the past two matches collecting 13 of a possible 20 wickets between them but Davidson said the side needed to put more runs on the board to give itself a chance of winning.

It will be a tough ask against an in-form Bullants side that has won its past two matches comfortably, and is nearing full-strength in the lead-up to finals.

If the Bullants beat Colts, it will ensure they will participate in their fourth consecutive finals series.

All-rounder Josh Colbert has been the Bullants' key player post-Christmas, with two half-centuries and two four-wicket hauls in four matches.

But Colts will be determined to finish their season on the right note and with its 2002-03 A Grade premiership reunion on Saturday night, Brad Millar's men will have added incentive to produce an upset.

Minor premiers Homers can finish the home-and-away season unbeaten if they beat Jung Tigers at Sunnyside.

Pigeons all-rounder Chris Hopper has scored back-to-back centuries, while opening bowler Siphe Mzaidume has claimed nine wickets in the past two matches, taking his season tally to 37.

It will be a tough task for the Tigers, who have lost their past three matches and are yet to win a two-day match this season.

Second-placed Rup-Minyip will continue its finals preparations when it takes on Laharum at Horsham City Oval.

Blue Panthers star Paul Morgan has led the charge with knocks of 76 and 80 in his past two innings, while Jamie Byrne has also been in form, scoring 160 runs in his past three innings.

The Mountain Men scraped over the line courtesy of an unbeaten Ben Peucker half-century at the weekend, but if the side's potent top-order fires it could be a high-scoring contest.

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