Saints, Bombers fight for B Grade finals

HORSHAM Saints and Quantong are locked in a tight tussle for fourth place and a B Grade finals berth at Coughlin Park.

The Bombers won the toss and batted first on Saturday, but were dismissed for 136 inside the 40th over.

Saints medium pacer Matt Friedlieb was the star for his side, claiming 5-35.

However, the Bombers fought back to have the Saints in trouble at 5-39, before an unbroken 50-run partnership from Simon McKinnon and Damian Bryan guided the home side safely to stumps. McKinnon, 41 not out, and Bryan, 13 not out, will look to chase down the 48 runs needed for a finals berth, while opening bowler Sam Weddell is set to return to boost the Bombers' hopes of taking the remaining five wickets.

At Dimboola Road oval, Tyler Neville smashed his third century of the season as Jung Tigers posted a mammoth 3-371 against Rup-Minyip.

Neville found the fence on 21 occasions and cleared it seven times on his way to 188 runs.

The third-placed Tigers will head into finals as the in-form side they have won their past four matches and will look to make it five at the weekend against the competition's top team.

In C Grade competition, Homers have jumped to the top of the table with a seven-wicket win over Laharum.

Mark Hallam's 75-run innings helped the Pigeons chase down the Mountain Men's 4-154 inside the 25th over at Laharum. Noradjuha-Toolondo beat Natimuk-Goroke, however a Colts win closed the door on the Bullants making the finals.

In other matches, Horsham Saints batsman Jaye Macumber reached triple figures, but was not enough to get his side over the line against Colts at Dudley Cornell Park, while Blackheath-Dimboola had a seven-wicket win over Quantong.

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