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18 November 2020
By DEAN LAWSON
A confidence-flushed West Wimmera team will continue to pursue a strong start to Horsham Cricket Association’s A Grade season when it meets Rupanyup-Minyip on Saturday.
The Westerners have set the early pace in the competition with two straight wins and are now chasing a third.
West Wimmera scored a crushing one-day-game win over Horsham Saints last week, clipping 6-195 at Horsham’s Coughlin Park turf before routing the Saints for 66.
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Mitch Dahlenburg, 76, and Nathan Alexander, 24, set the tune with a 45-run opening stand and then overcame the cheap loss of Austin Smith, with Brady Alexander, 46, joining Dahlenburg at the wicket.
The Westerners then shared the spoils as they rattled home to victory.
Only Shefat Rahman proved defiant for the Saints with an unbeaten 17. The result followed West Wimmera’s first-round win over Homers and it now meets a Rupanyup-Minyip team licking its wounds from a loss to Jung Tigers.
The Blue Panthers’ 112 at Rupanyup, despite 30 from opener Jake Leith, was never enough to defend and the young Tigers took full advantage.
Tigers captain Angus Adams captured three wickets and then helped set the platform for response, making 26 in a 62-run opening stand with Josiah Mock.
Mock, 39, and Brett Jensz, 44, were unbeaten when they passed the target.
The Tigers, who lost to Noradjuha-Toolondo in the season opener, now meet old rival Homers at Horsham City Oval.
Homers bounced back from a first-round loss to beat Noradjuha-Toolondo on Saturday, responding to the Bullants’ 100 at Horsham Sunnyside with 5-103.
The Pigeons shared in the bowling spoils, regularly capturing wickets with only Brendan Ward providing defiance down the list with 26 for the Bullants.
Chaminda Gamage, 38, and Nathan Koenig, an unbeaten and dashing 45 in the middle order, then steered the Pigeons to victory.
This week: Jung Tigers v Homers, Horsham City Oval, Noradjuha-Toolondo v Horsham Saints at Noradjuha, West Wimmera v Rupanyup-Minyip, Davis Park, Nhill.
Last week: Jung Tigers 1-118 (B. Jensz 44no, J. Mock 39no, A. Adams 26) d Rupanyup-Minyip 112 (A. Adams 3-12), Homers 5-103 (N. Koenig 45no, C. Gamage 38) d Noradjuha-Toolondo 100 (B. Ward 26), West Wimmera 6-196 (M. Dahlenburg 76, B. Alexander 46) d Horsham Saints 66.
Ladder: West Wimmera 12 points, 2.25 percent; Jung Tigers 6, 1.47; Homers 6, 1.21; Noradjuha-Toolondo 6, 0.93; Rupanyup-Minyip 6, 0.80; Horsham Saints 0, 0.30.