The Horsham Cricket Association’s weekend of twenty20 cricket was a surefire success, with players and organisers enjoying the unique day of cricket after the mid-season break.
Horsham Cricket Association secretary Darren Chesterfield said the initial response to the first ever round of twenty20 cricket for points in the league was positive.
“I think everyone enjoyed themselves, the feedback I got was pretty good,” Chesterfield said. “It’s a totally different sort of cricket. People have to get used to it but I think they enjoyed how it moves so quickly.
“We’ll look for feedback from the players and the clubs after next weekend to see what they think and we’ll provide them with what they think suits them the best.”
Every A Grade match was played at City Oval on Saturday, with Homers securing an incredibly tight victory against Jung Tigers in the first match of the day.
Jung batted first and made upward of 150. Homers were put into a good position with a half-century from Simon Hopper in the run chase before a clump of wickets late ensured an exciting finish.
With three wickets to spare, Homers needed eight runs off the final over. A wicket to Jung added pressure but Zac Noonan withstood the pressure, hitting a four and a two off to earn Homers the win with two balls to go.
The exciting finish illustrated the strengths of twenty20, something Homers captain Jarred Combe enjoyed.
“It’s pretty exciting and it’s pretty fast-paced, it all happens in a short period,” Combe said.
“It’s a good challenge and it’s pretty exciting that the league has put it in.”
Rup-Minyip had a terrific victory against the Horsham Saints, with a terrific bowling performance putting them in the box seat. The Saints were all out for 79 after 15 overs, with Jordan Weidemann taking 4-6 off two overs.
A new recruit then took the helm for Rup-Minyip, with Mark Mbofano scoring an unbeaten half-century as they chased down the Saints total with eight wickets to spare.
Mbofano also added two wickets with the ball in an impressive debut for the side.
Laharum secured their first victory since round three in the day’s final match under lights, chasing down West Wimmera’s first innings total of 132 with seven wickets to spare.
It was a crucial victory for Laharum and one that they would hope will get their season back on track after a lean period. They are still within touch of fourth place and a finals berth, currently sitting equal on points with Rup-Minyip.