Horsham Cricket Association A Grade: Round one

Tony Caccaviello bowls to Dan Clark in the Horsham Cricket Association Pennant grand final against the Horsham Saints. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Tony Caccaviello bowls to Dan Clark in the Horsham Cricket Association Pennant grand final against the Horsham Saints. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

THE Horsham Cricket Association will return for the first round of the 2016-17 A Grade competition on Saturday. 

Six teams will clash in three one-day games to kick off the new season. 

Starting off the round, Rup-Minyip will battle with the Horsham Saints at Coughlin Park. 

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The Panthers side will have its work cut out as it attempts to start off the season well against one of the strongest teams in the competition. 

The Saints finished in second position on the one-day ladder in the 2015-16 season on 36 points. 

Saints managed five wins in eight games, with just two draws and one loss for the season.

The Panthers sat at the other end of the ladder in fifth position on 12 points. 

The team will look to make a comeback after just one win, two draws and five losses in the 2015-16 season. 

Saints will also look to take an early lead after a disappointing grand final loss against a Homers side which secured its third consecutive premiership. 

In the other games, Jung Tigers will host the Blackheath-Dimboola Bulls in an all important round one game at Dimboola Road. 

The Tigers finished last in the 2014-15 season but made some improvements in 2015-16, finishing in fourth position on the league ladder. 

The Tigers side will work to continue improving off the back of last season and make its way into the top three this year. 

The Tigers managed two wins, two draws and four losses in 2015-16. 

The association welcomes the Bulls back into the A Grade competition this season, as the Lubeck-Murtoa Mudlarks return to the B Grade competition. 

In the final match, spectators are likely to be on the edge of their seats with an enticing clash between Laharum and Homers at Laharum. 

The Homers Pigeons had a successful 2015-16 season with six wins, one draw, one loss and an epic grand final victory, finishing on top of the league ladder on 39 points. 

In the grand final, Homers bowled the Saints out for 135 after posting 218 in the first innings at Horsham City Oval. 

Laharum also showed its strength securing third spot, just six points behind the Pigeons. 

The Mountain Men will look to make this year’s grand final after five wins, one draw and two losses saw them narrowly miss out on a grand final spot last season. 

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