2017 Horsham Cricket Association semi-final day one: review

STEVEN Leith made 70 for a Jung Tigers side which looked sluggish off the first bat to end the first day 9-224 in the two-day semi-final.

SAVES THE DAY: Steven Leith makes 70 on day one for Jung Tigers in the A Grade two-day semi-final. Picture: OLIVIA PAGE

SAVES THE DAY: Steven Leith makes 70 on day one for Jung Tigers in the A Grade two-day semi-final. Picture: OLIVIA PAGE

The Tigers won the toss and opted to bat first.  

Angus Adams opened the batting being partnered by Samuel Leith. 

Adams made 46 caught out. 

Steven Leith was sixth out of the dugout and was caught after the 217 mark. 

Tigers captain Tyler Neville said said he is happy with the day one score. 

“We would rather 224 than less,” he said. 

“They are a confident team but we are also confident.” 

Neville expects it to be a hard slog on day two. 

“They have an aggressive batting line-up, we will have to get a couple wickets early,” he said. 

Homers player Simon Hopper had a field day on day one taking four wickets in 23 overs.

Hopper said he is happy with the sides day-one efforts. 

“We were pretty sure it was going to be a 250 plus wicket so we are reasonably happy with it,” he said. 

Hopper said he is confident with his side. 

“The wicket hasn’t shown signs of deteriorating, it will be down to the first hour,” he said.

“It’s a pretty quick ground and they had a couple good partnerships.

Hopper expects the Tigers to push on day two.

“They will push hard to break through our top order but all we will try and do is capitalise in the first hour,” he said.

“We fielded well, they might have made an extra 20 so it was good to stop them there.” 

Rupanyup-Minyip struggled against Horsham Saints after opening the batting on day one making 207 in 62 overs.

Paul Morgan was the best for the side making 62. 

Captain Travis Hair said the side didn’t reach its day one goal. 

“We didn’t bat as good as we hoped,” he said. 

“It will take a good effort to bowl them out. 

“In saying that we have been bowling well lately.” 

Hair believes the Saints rely on Matt Combe and Tony Caccaviello when batting. 

“We got Justtin Combe early yesterday which was good,” he said. 

“I think they rely on what Matt does with the bat too much and if we can get him out I think we are a good chance.” 

The Saints sit on 1-29 after day one. 

Hair said Clint Midgley will be key to success on day two. 

“Glen Morgan will be a bit of a smokey on day two,” he said. 

Saints captain Caccaviello said the tie is evenly poised. 

“Hopefully we can bat in some good partnerships and then hopefully win the game,” he said. 

“I think we are a good chance to win.”