Horsham Cricket Association A Grade 2017-18: First two day games set to test top sides

CHANGE: Homers have started in strong A Grade form and want to carry that form into the first two-day games. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI
CHANGE: Homers have started in strong A Grade form and want to carry that form into the first two-day games. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

TWO-DAY cricket will present a new challenge for Horsham Cricket Association A Grade sides at the weekend after five one day games to open the season.

Rup-Minyip will take on a resurgent Laharum side that surprised Jung Tigers in round four.

Laharum captain Dan Griffiths said it was pleasing to get a win against a quality side.

“Hopefully we can continue that momentum at Rupanyup,” he said. “We fielded better and bowled better – we just need to do that again at the weekend.”

An agreement made between the sides prior to the season means that the game will be played on Saturday and Sunday instead of across two weekends.

Griffiths said he did not think two consecutive days would change the game much but Rup-Minyip captain Travis Hair was not as sure.

“Some of us old blokes could be very sore on the Sunday,” he said. “I don’t think it will matter too much if we bat or bowl first. We are really hoping Jordan Weidemann will be right to go because there will be a lot of overs for the young players to bowl.”

Homers will be without Simon Hopper and Zac Noonan for the first two-day game of the season as the side travels to Dimboola. The pair will likely be replaced by Brody Smith and Jake Hinton.

Pigeons’ captain Jarred Combe said his side needs to be wary of a threatening Blackheath-Dimboola top order.

While the Blackheath-Dimboola side has not managed a win so far this season Harry Young and Lachie Watts were in ominous form in round five.

“They scored really well last week so we need to restrict their top order,” Combe said. “It is about us carrying on our strong one day form into the start of the two day games.”

Eddie Landwehr will likely be a handful at Dimboola Oval despite disappointing figures against the Horsham Saints. The left-arm seamer picked up five wickets for the Western Waves under-21 side on Sunday and could prove a handful against a fragile middle order.

A host of changes will be made to both teams as Jung take on the Horsham Saints at Horsham City Oval.

Tony Caccaviello, Clint King and Jono Carroll as well as Matt and Justtin Combe will all be unavailable for at least the first week of the game.

Tigers captain Tyler Neville confirmed that his side would also be missing key players.

“There will be a few changes between weeks as well,” he said. “I’m yet to nail down just how I’m going to make it work at this stage.”