The first round of the Horsham Cricket Association has closed off with an upset taking place for the Saints

Horsham Saints v Rup/Minyip 

VICTORS: Brandon Campbell batting for the Jung Tigers when they took on Blackheath-Dimboola. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

VICTORS: Brandon Campbell batting for the Jung Tigers when they took on Blackheath-Dimboola. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

RUP/MINYIP started the Horsham Cricket Assocation’s season off with a bang, causing an upset, defeating the Horsham Saints by 55 runs. 

The toss was won by Rup/Minyip who elected to open the batting. 

Leigh Funcke was the star player for the Panthers who struck 11 fours, making 86 runs not out. 

Ryan Metelmann was strong for the Panthers, making 51 runs including one boundary and six fours. 

Paul Morgan was another handy batsman with 24 runs not out, hitting one boundary and three fours. 

Saints captain Tony Caccaviello had three wickets in Panthers’ Dan Clark, Travis Hair and Metelmann. 

Caccaviello continued his fine form as he stepped up to bat with 54 runs, including five fours and one boundary, not out. 

Mark Crafter was also strong off the bat, making 41 runs and seven fours. 

Laharum v Homers

Laharum were dealt a heavy defeat on home turf to a relentless Homers who won by 147 runs. 

Laharum were the winners of the toss but decided to bowl first. 

This proved to be a mistake with Homers running away with the game early on. 

Homers’ Sandy Hodge and Jarred Combe both made 46 runs each. 

Hodge was caught by Daniel Griffiths and Combe by Brad Johnson. 

Michael Langford also did well for the Homers making 44 runs and not getting bowled or caught out.

Laharum had a miserable day with the bat with their highest hitter Mal Adams making 22 runs before being caught out by Chris Hopper. 

Jarred Combe was an outstanding player on the day bowling for eight overs making four maidens and taking three wickets. 

Jung Tigers v Blackheath-Dimboola

Jung Tigers kept their form from last season on a high defeating Blackheath-Dimboola in fine fashion. 

The Tigers were the first to bat and made good use of their time. 

Tyler Puls was a Tiger on form making 31 runs for his side with four fours. 

Tyler Neville also established himself making 30 runs with four fours and one six. 

Elliot Braithwaite was Blackheath-Dimboola’s best bowler taking four wickets. 

Braithwaite was the only player for Blackheath-Dimboola to make double digit runs when it was his sides chance to take to the bat. 

Brandon Campbell of the Tigers bowled Braithwaite out. 

Jeremy Pietsch took four wickets for the Tigers. 

The Tigers won 169 to Blackheath-Dimboola 47.