Blackheath-Dimboola claims one-day title

BLACKHEATH-DIMBOOLA will be targeting a trifecta of trophies after its upset Cornell-Schwedes one-day final victory over Homers at Horsham City Oval on Sunday night.

The Bulls batted first and posted a competitive 5-218 on the back of half-centuries from man of the match Travis Hair and opener Hamish Exell, before dismissing the Pigeons for 169.

It is the Bulls' second major triumph this season after they beat Horsham Saints in the Twenty20 final in December.

Bulls skipper Matt McKinnon said his side was now setting its sight on having an impact in the two-day finals.

"We're playing pretty good cricket and hopefully we can take that into our semi-final against Rup-Minyip," he said.

"We're not getting too far ahead of ourselves.

"The one-day and Twenty20 wins are good, but the two-day is definitely the one we are wanting to win."

Bulls openers Exell, 50 runs, and Tom Magee, 38, set the platform with a 71-run opening partnership after McKinnon won the toss and elected to bat, but tight bowling from spin-bowling duo Simon and Chris Hopper through the middle overs helped pull the Pigeons back into the game.

However, Hair provided a late assault, smashing six sixes in his undefeated 71. The aggressive right-hander cleared the grandstand off medium-pacer Shannon Waterworth, before launching three sixes in an over from left-armer Chris Hopper towards the end.

"The game was set up to send Hairy in at five," McKinnon said.

"We thought 220 might be a little bit short of what we needed, but with more than 200 we thought we were always in the game.

"The spinners were hard to get away, it wasn't that easy - they bowled well."

In reply, a well-judged catch from Elliot Braithwaite at fine leg removed Pigeons opener Jason Templeton early, before Sandy Hodge and skipper Lachie Jones combined for a steadying partnership.

Hodge's wicket brought the in-form Chris Hopper to the crease.

He joined Jones for an important 63-run stand, lifting the run-rate and taking the score to 2-108.

McKinnon said breaking that partnership was the turning point, with Jones falling for 48 and Hopper for 26.

"I think they got back to even money when those two got going," he said.

"I thought, we need to get one of these guys - but once we got them it swung and we got on top."

Homers proceeded to lose 3-0, with Lachie Watts taking a brilliant catch running back with the flight of the ball to dismiss Simon Hopper for nought.

Bull James Lawson finished with four wickets.

McKinnon praised an all-round bowling and fielding performance under lights for the win.

"Our two opening bowlers bowled brilliantly, they built a lot of pressure and the fielding was unbelievable - there were a lot of good catches," he said.

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