IT LOOKS as though it will go right down to the final round of the Horsham Cricket Association A Grade season to decide which team will finish in fourth spot and play a part in finals.
It was some familiar names that stood up for Jung Tigers with everything on the line for the side against Laharum at Horsham City Oval.
Josh Mahoney and Todd Heynen allowed the Laharum to work into the contest with the bat with a 26-run opening partnership before David Puls had Mahoney caught behind.
Just as the side side looked like it had recovered from the loss of Mahoney, Puls struck again to remove Heynen for 12 and George MacDuff was trapped in front shortly after without scoring.
Jeremy Tyler then strode to the crease to join captain Dan Griffiths at 3-44.
Jung Tigers captain Tyler Neville said they moved the score along quickly from that point.
“They both scored at a reasonable rate and I was a bit worried at that stage when they’d gotten to 3-100,” he said.
“But then we managed to get a few more wickets to peg it back.”
Tyler and Griffiths both fell to Angus Adam with their team’s score on 106, as did Ben Peucker.
“The pitch certainly had a bit in it,” Neville said.
“Both Angus and Jake McLean got it to a spin a lot.”
A 40-run partnership between Matt Farr and Mal Adams looked to bring Laharum back into the contest before Puls broke through for his fourth wicket.
The final three wickets then fell swiftly as Laharum finished on 167, Puls claimed 5-48 while Adams had 4-24.
Marty Knight, 30 not out, was thrown in at the top of Jung’s batting lineup and ensured his side was in a strong position a 1-62 by the end of the day.
Ryan Metelmann and Dan Schaper were both in the runs for Rup-Minyip against Blackheath-Dimboola.
Metelman hit a big 111 while Schaper fell six runs short of his own century.
The pair put on a 134-run fourth-wicket partnership before Metelmann was run out.
Schaper was dismissed in the same fashion later on as the Blue Panthers compiled a formidable 291 runs from their 75 overs.
Blackheath-Dimboola tried everything to stop their opponents with 10 bowlers rotated through the attack.
Homers are also in a commanding positions against the Horsham Saints after the opening day at Sunnyside.
Sandy Hodge made an ever-patient 88 at the top of the order after Homers opted to bat first while Chris Hopper hit 80 before being dismissed by Austin Smith.
The pair put on 140 runs for the fourth wicket after Jarred Combe had hit a brisk 54. The Saints will need to bat well in order to chase down a target of 277.