McKinnon secures Horsham Saints' finals berth

AN undefeated century from Simon McKinnon led Horsham Saints to fourth place and a Horsham Cricket Association B Grade finals berth at Coughlin Park on Saturday.

McKinnon scored 119 not out as the Saints chased down Quantong's 136 runs, with three wickets in hand.

The keeper-batsman combined with Damian Bryan, 15 runs, for a 94-run partnership that took the Saints from 5-39 to 6-133.

Bombers Jordan McDonald, Tim Brand and Ken Mayers all collected two wickets, with the Saints being dismissed for 198.

The Saints finished on top of the B Grade ladder last season, but were defeated by fourth-placed Rup-Minyip in a semi-final.

Now they have the opportunity to reverse their fortunes against ladder-leader Rup-Minyip in a semi-final at the weekend.

Jung Tigers are primed for finals action after crushing the Blue Panthers at Dimboola Road oval.

Defending 371 runs, the Tigers dismissed the minor premiers for 190.

Four bowlers claimed multiple wickets Frank Marklew finished with three, while Marty Knight, Dale Dridan and Joel Pymer all chipped in with two.

Only two Blue Panthers batsmen passed 20 runs second-drop Leigh Funcke remained undefeated on 60 and Jordan Tegelhuter chipped in with 37.

In C Grade competition, Homers made certain of the minor premiership, defeating Natimuk-Goroke by 85 runs at Holy Trinity Lutheran School in Horsham.

Barry Hopper scored 52 as the Pigeons reached 6-172 from their 40 overs, before multiple wickets from Ash Hopper, three, Mark Hallam and Terry Arnel, both two, saw the visitors dismissed for just 87 in reply.

The loss sees Natimuk-Goroke slip to third place, after Jung Tigers scored a comfortable six-wicket win over Laharum at Laharum.

Nobody passed 20 for the Mountain Men in their 94-run innings.

Left-armer Tyler Puls was destructive, claiming three wickets.

The Tigers chased down the total with 13 overs in hand. Opening batsman Lachlan Campbell top-scored with 43.

Colts will go into finals full of confidence after a 174-run thumping of Quantong at Quantong Park. The visitor piled on 4-201 from its 40 overs, before dismissing the Bombers for just 27.

Colts bowlers Robert Millar, Kevin Purchase and Darcy Couch all claimed three wickets, as did Eric Freeman for Quantong.

Noradjuha-Toolando forfeited against Blackheath-Dimboola.

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