2017 Horsham Cricket Association A Grade semi-final day two: review | Photos

RUP-MINYIP will return to the Horsham Cricket Association grand final to defend its title after defeating the Horsham Saints in the two day semi-final clash.

It was a good day of bowling for the wining side that ultimately shut-out the opposition. 

Rup-Minyip made 207 while the Horsham Saints failed to make a big impact with the bat with 144. 

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Clint Midgley and Paul Morgan both starred taking four wickets a piece. 

The Saints opening batsman Stuart McGukin made 25 and was bowled by Morgan. 

Saint Clint King was the highest scoring batsman for his side managing 57 run out. 

Rup-Minyip captain Travis Hair said the side owed the victory to its bowlers. 

“It was a really good performance by the bowlers,” he said. 

“We did drop a couple of catches but we bowled exceptionally.” 

Hair said the Saints were aggressive with the bat. 

“Clint King smacked 50 up and it didn’t look like we would be getting him out,” he said. 

“I really do think we owe it to how well we have been bowling lately and I think we have a pretty good fielding side.

“Paul Morgan chipped in and Midgley put in a huge effort bowling for a lot of overs.” 

It was Jarrod Combe who got the Homers across the line in the semi-final clash with the Jung Tigers on day two. 

Combe hit for 118 to help the Homers to a minuscule victory. 

Homers made 8-228 while the Tigers made 9-224. 

Lachlan Jones was notable at bat for the Homers with 33. 

Jake McLean for the Tigers held the losing side in the tie taking five wickets on day two. 

Homers player Simon Hopper said he knew the chase would be hard work. 

“We were hoping for a couple of good partnerships but we didn’t really get that at all,” he said. 

“Instead we had one outstanding individual effort by Jarrod. 

“He was very composed with how he went about it and kept ticking over on the scoreboard. 

“Jones looked good early too.”  

Hopper said it turned into a very good game. 

“They bowled very well and also fielded well,” he said. 

“They put a bit of finals pressure on us.” 

Hopper didn’t expect to cut it that close to making the grand final. 

“I don’t think we batted as well as we could have, especially with how we have been batting in previous games,” he said.

“It was our bowling and fielding that was really good on Saturday, which is probably what set us up.

“Finals are a very funny thing, anything can happen.”

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