Horsham Cricket Association: Semi finals ahead

ALL four finals-bound A Grade sides will head into their semi-final clashes full of confidence on Saturday after round 14 victories at the weekend.

Homers fought back with the ball to dismiss Jung Tigers for 153 at Sunnyside, after being bowled out for 193 on the opening day.

Star all-rounder Simon Hopper was the pick of the Pigeons' bowlers, claiming 5-23 off 15 overs.

The left-arm spinner received support from fellow spinner Chris Hopper and Jason Templeton, who both chipped in with two wickets apiece.

The win means the Pigeons have finished the regular season undefeated along with finishing 12 points clear of nearest rival Rup-Minyip at the top of the table.

At Dimboola oval, a blazing century from Horsham Saints opener Ben Sawyer was not enough to carry his side to victory over Blackheath-Dimboola.

The Saints were dismissed for 195 in the 48th over, chasing the Bulls' 279.

Sawyer smashed seven sixes in his 118-run innings, which was his maiden A Grade ton.

The match was in the balance when the visitors were 2-108, but they lost four quick wickets for just four runs with five Saints batsmen failing to trouble the scorers.

Bulls Tom Magee, 3-35, and James Lawson, 2-12 made multiple breakthroughs in an attack that was missing opening bowlers Oliver Young and Elliot Braithwaite.

The Bulls have now won four matches in a row but they will be sweating on the fitness of big-hitting batsman Travis Hair, who was sidelined with a leg injury on Saturday.

Rup-Minyip has not been beaten since before Christmas, and the team continued on its winning way against Laharum at Horsham City Oval at the weekend.

After dismissing the Mountain Men for just 136 on day one, the Blue Panthers made valuable use of their time at the crease, reaching 7-158 from 50.4 overs.

Promising keeper-batsman Dan Clark brought up a half-century at the top of the order, while Craig Morgan also found form at number four.

Clark was bowled for 62, while Morgan fell for 41 after the Blue Panthers had secured the points.

Brad Johnson and Nathan Griffiths both collected two wickets for the Mountain Men. 

Noradjuha-Toolondo sealed fourth place on the ladder with a win against Colts at Dudley Cornell Park.

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