Jung, Homers and Rup-Minyip come out on top | 2017-18 Horsham Cricket Association A Grade

JUNG Tigers and Homers showed they were not affected by missing their round one encounter, with commanding round two wins on Saturday, while Rup-Minyip also managed to come up with the goods.

Strong individual batting performance by Sam Leith, Brett Jensz and Tyler Puls were enough to set up a win for the Tigers against Laharum.

After winning the toss and batting Jung were in some early trouble at 2-20 as Cameron Rattray and Angus Adams both departed for ducks before Leith was joined at the crease by Jensz. 

The pair steadied the ship with a 34-run partnership before Leith was dismissed for 37. 

Two quick wickets briefly brought Laharum back into the contest prior to a game-defining 117-run partnership between Jensz and Tyler Puls that was broken on the last ball of the innings. 

Jensz finished on 81 while Tyler Puls had an unbeaten 50.

Laharum’s chase never got going as David Puls claimed three wickets before the side had reached 20. 

Josh Mahoney, 51, played a lone hand at the top of the order with Mal Adams, 35, the only other batsmen to reach double figures. 

Both fell to spinner Jake McLean as he claimed figures of 5-22. The side was eventually dismissed for 115, 67-runs behind Jung’s total.

Familiar names led the way for Homers in its 101-run win against Horsham Saints. 

Jarred Combe made the most of an early life to blast 96 runs while steadfast opener Sandy Hodge played an equally important role in his innings of 58. 

Matt Combe picked up two early wickets to give the Saints confidence but a partnership of 145 between Jarred Combe and Hodge allowed Homers to set an intimidating target of 214 for the Saints to win.

Tight bowling from co-captains Craig Britten and Jarred Combe restricted the Saints early in the chase as the side struggled to score at the required rate. 

A host of spin bowlers, led by Simon and Chris Hopper, then made it difficult for the Saints to bridge the gap as regular wickets fell.

Rup-Minyip are the only side to have two wins after two rounds but the result did not come easily against Blackheath-Dimboola. 

Brent Hudson’s 35 and Leigh Funcke’s 30 stood out on the Blue Panthers scorecard after the side opted to bat first. 

Elliot Braithwaite, 3-16, and Sam Polack, 2-21, ripped through the top order before Rup-Minyip managed to scramble its way to a total of 8-131 off its 45 overs. 

Blackheath-Dimboola made a promising start and looked well set at 3-81 before losing its final seven wickets for 14 runs. 

Ryan Metelmann, 3-21, and Hudson, 2-19, led the Rup-Minyip attack