A STRONG top order and a miserly bowling attack has Homers sitting pretty on top of the Horsham Cricket Association’s A grade ladder with five rounds remaining.
The association’s cricketers are currently enjoying the mid-season break and the Pigeons are well positioned to defend both their one-day and two-day titles. The side is yet to lose a game and has conceded nearly 500 fewer runs than any other side in eight rounds of play.
Simon Hopper, Jarred Combe and Eddie Landwehr have all chimed in with more then 10 wickets so far.
Jarred has also led the way with the bat and the more than capable Sandy Hodge has often proved to be a rock at the top of the Homers batting lineup as others play aggressively around him.
Rup-Minyip sit second on both ladders having lost games to Homers in round three and the Horsham Saints in round four. Captain Travis Hair has battled back complaints early in the season but has been able to stay on the park long enough to play a guiding role.
Prior to the season Hair spoke about how his side would likely be stronger in the back half of the season as players become more readily available. Brent Hudson and Ryan Metalmann had had to shoulder much of the side’s bowling workload and the pair will be relieved by the return of Clint Midgley following the break.
The Horsham Saints came the closes to upsetting Homers when the sides played in round five. The side’s main downfall to this point of the season has been its lack of consistent batting depth but the Saints will be a threat comes finals if they can pull it all together. Gary Davidson has been in and out of the side despite strong batting form while Matt and Justtin Combe show class at the crease.
Whereas the Saints have struggled with their batting depth it has been a lack of bowling depth which has proved the biggest thorn in the side for fourth-placed Laharum. The side boasts a lineup of players more than capable of hitting a winning score but lacks penetration in its attack.
Brett Jensz has so far starred for Jung Tigers with the willow in hand but he requires more support if his side is to push back into a finals position with five rounds to play.
Blackheath-Dimboola have been struggling to field a consistent 11 to this point of the season but will hope to break through for a first win in the second half.