Horsham Saints and Jung Tigers will battle for second spot on the ladder in round seven’s headline Horsham Cricket Association A Grade match-up.
They have already played each other twice this season, winning one each in two exceptionally close matches.
Jung turned the tables in round five, chasing down the Saints first innings total of 343 with three wickets to spare in an impressive batting performance.
Tigers’ captain Angus Adams said he expects another challenging encounter.
“They’re second on the ladder for a reason,” he said. “It will probably be another close game I’d imagine.”
In both of their previous matches, it was the Saints formidable opening pair of Gary Davidson and Mark Crafter that did the damage, combining for 86 runs in round one and 213 in round five.
Adams said those two – along with the returning Tim Bell – were the key wickets.
“The big one for us is their batsmen. Gary (Davidson) and Cheddar (Crafter) made the majority of their runs both times, so hopefully we can knock them over for a little less this time around,” he said.
“They’ve got Tim Bell back too who is an important player with bat and ball. He was pretty big for them last weekend – 102 of his 107 runs came from boundaries which is pretty unheard of.”
Adams said the side will need to tighten up their bowling against such a stellar batting lineup.
“You just have to bowl consistent line and length,” he said. “We’re letting ourselves down with one or two poor bowls an over that let the pressure off the batsmen. We have to bowl to the same spot and build the pressure.”
In other matches, both LAHARUM and RUP-MINYIP will be hoping to get their seasons back on track in an exciting battle.
Laharum started the season with two wins but haven’t won a game since, most recently losing to the Warriors last weekend. Rup-Minyip meanwhile scored their first and only win of the season against Laharum in round five when Travis Hair (70 not out) and Victor Lothian (21 not out) guided them to a five wicket win.
The two teams seem evenly matched, and with fourth place up for grabs they have a lot to play for.
The WEST WIMMERA WARRIORS will be buoyed by their first win of the season last week but face a difficult task against ladder-leading HOMERS at City Oval. Homers won by 272 runs last time they played, but the Warriors have been in good form recently and will be hoping to stay competitive on Saturday.