The second day of Jung Tigers and Laharum clash at the City Oval was an entertaining spectacle as round six of the Horsham Cricket Association A Grade competition was completed.
Continuing their innings at 3/44 and in pursuit of a further 161 runs to win Jung started the chase with a quiet confidence. Their goal was to get through the first hour unscathed.
With Jung adding 41 for the day hopes were rising until Jung captain Angus Adams hit a return catch to Adam Barber and was out for 39. Tyler Neville walked to the crease at 4/75 and the first ball he was bowled by Barber, and all of the sudden the good work of the first hour had been dented.
Steve Leith joined Dale Dridan on the placid City Oval wicket and survived the hat trick ball. Dridan was batting with the dogged determination of the batter enjoying the opportunity to bat higher than normal.
The Dridan and Leith partnership saw the score tick over 100 and the balance of the game was starting to change when Laharum brought veteran Damien Bunworth into the attack.
Bunworth had an instantaneous impact, capturing Dridan in front of the stumps for 30. At 6/101 the game was still anyone's to be won as Chris Walter partnered with Leith.
A call for a quick single to mid-wicket by Walter resulted the twang of his hamstring. The call for a runner soon followed, along with the obligatory debate about whether a runner is allowed. The unusual sight of three fielders about eight metres from the bat on the leg side soon disappeared as Walter, who was the only batter to look comfortable against Bunworth, hit hard through mid-wicket. The momentum was swinging towards a Jung win and even when Leith departed for a solid 39 at 7/161 they were still in with a chance. A miss hit by Walter was dropped at point by Laharum captain Daniel Griffiths and but Walter didn't survive the next chance he gave and was comfortably caught on 43 by Shane Wouters. There wasn't much sting in the Jung tail and at 181 their innings was ended. The two English imports Barber and Anthony Molloy were the pick of the bowlers taking seven wickets between them as Laharum won by 23 runs.
At Dimboola Oval Blackheath/Dimboola were invited to have a second innings with the goal of avoiding an outright loss. The nuggetty Chris Hauselberger and Brent Tough did their best to at least make Homers have to bat a second time making 30 and 39 respectively. Robbie Sommers chimed in for 28 but it wasn't enough to avoid a Homers victory by an innings and 71 runs. For Homers it was Craig Britten 4/35 and Jason Kannar 5/27, who led the destruction.
Noradjuha Toolondo Bullants had a tough task chasing Rup/Minyip's 402. An opening partnership of 42 between Kent Hair and Justtin Combe was a modest starting point but 1/42 was soon 3/58 and victory was not on the Bullants' radar. Dave Combe put together an innings off 44 and in the 53rd over Bullants were all out for 167, a victory for Rup/Minyip of 235 runs. Jordy Weidemann was the pick of the bowlers taking 2/4 off eight overs, including picking up the main scalp of Justtin Combe.
At Dudley Cornell Colts made a patient start in their pursuit of the target of 239 set by Horsham Saints. Colts' openers Dylan Arnott and Nathan Keel both took to the task of knocking the shine off the new ball putting a partnership of 34 before Arnott was dismissed for 21. 1/34 became 4/65 and it was obvious that Colts were lacking batting depth. Damiano Boddi and Mark Thomas set about restoring the run chase with a partnership of 65 until Thomas was dismissed for 31, bowled by Aiden Laffy. Ross Frew came and went for one run off the bowling of Jono Carroll and it was all on in Boddi's hands. Laffy struck again, bowling Boddi for an entertaining 51 with the score on 8/149. The best bowler for Saints were Jackson Davidson 4/5 off seven overs. Colts losing by 85 runs.
Homers and Laharum/Bullants met at the Lutheran college, with Homers imposing their will on the young visitors. Openers Will Drummond and Will Goudie both notched up half centuries. Jett Grambeau and Gus Geue (on debut) both took two wickets to keep the homers score in check. In reply, many Laharum/Bullants batters got starts without going in with it. Deegan McKenry batted well for 15. Connor Chivell took three wickets in a comfortable win for Homers.
Saints met Dunmunkle at Taylor's lake. Dunmunkle won toss batted first, making 3/82 which was dominated by Lachlan Weidemann, who retired on 30. In reply Saints passed the target with four overs to spare. Codi Kenny leading the way with 37. Saints had a mini collapse after score was passed losing 6/14. Saints finished on 7/94. Cameron Newell led the charge with 3/9 off three overs.