Horsham Cricket Association’s under 14 competition was called off due to the heat last week, but the under 16.5 round went ahead as planned.
At Murtoa, the Homers team nearly pulled off a remarkable victory as they bowled the Dunmunkle Renegades out for 92, after having them 4/86 at the start of the day.
The Homers then recovered from being 6/40 at the start of play to make 91 and fail by just two runs.
It was a great effort from the young Homers.
At Davis Park in Nhill, the Horsham Saints amassed a huge score of 5/241 to record a big win over West Wimmera, who scored 101.
After Mitch Martin's score of 53 (retired) on the first day, it was Jye Walter and Dylan Thompson who took to the bowling with scores of 43 and 44 not out.
Good knocks of 19, 20 and 18 from Jackson Davidson, Corey Smith and Aiden Laffy contributed to the Saints’ large score.
There were four single wicket takers for West Wimmera, with Jayson Brown, Jarryd Dahlenburg, Levi Mock and Elena James getting one each.
Josh Lees played a lone hand in the West Wimmera innings with a very mature dig of 64.
Jye Walter, with 3/21, was the pick of the Saints’ bowlers.
With the home and away season now finished, the semi-finals will get under way this Saturday.
After winning the minor premiership, the Horsham Saints will play the Homers, while second-placed West Wimmera will take on the Dunmunkle Renegades.
Both venues are yet to be decided but will be available on the Horsham Cricket Association website once a decision is made.
The games will be played over the next two Saturdays, while the final will be played on March 12.
There have been many terrific performances by individual players and teams this season, so expect to see some fantastic cricket during the finals.