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27 November 2019
By DEAN LAWSON
Runs aplenty at Rupanyup have set up Rupanyup-Minyip for an important points haul as Horsham Cricket Association’s A Grade competition ramps up in a run to Christmas.
The Blue Panthers will defend a hefty 400-plus score against Noradjuha-Toolondo on Saturday after a century and two near centuries dominated results on the first day of a two-day fixture.
A precarious 4-78 and then 5-162 evolved into 9-402 as Daniel Schaper, 101, Dan Clark, 99, and Brayden Ison, 83, conspired to put the game on its head.
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Ison at first drop held up an end while wickets fell around him early and ultimately his knock provided a platform for a willing middle order.
Schaper, in at six, and Young, seven, then added 162 to ultimately put the home side in what appears an unassailable position.
Rupanyup-Minyip will initially be on the hunt for first-innings points but team leaders would have a second-innings result brewing in the back of the mind.
An outright result at this time of the year against what has been an in-form team would be a massive bonus for the Blue Panthers, sitting third on the ladder behind Homers and Noradjuha-Toolondo.
The Bullants face an enormous challenge, but it’s a scenario that would have batsman Justtin Combe licking his lips with anticipation. Combe feeds off pressure and it might be a case of which of his team-mates can stick with him at the crease.
A second-innings result is certainly on the cards in a game at Dimboola where Homers have already secured first-innings points against Blackheath-Dimboola.
Another century, this time from the blade of all-rounder Jason Kannar, 122 not out, dominated a Homers scorecard, which showed the Pigeons making 6-267 against the home side’s 65.
Simon Hopper, 46, and Brenton Hallam, 36, were also important contributors while Robert Somers, 4-55, and Brodie Cramer, 3-85, were the most successful bowlers for the Bulls.
Earlier in the afternoon, Blackheath-Dimboola batsmen struggled to stay at the wicket with only Sam Polack, 22, and Somers, 10, getting into double figures.
Debutant John Officer was the most successful Homers bowler with 3-15.
There were also plenty of runs but fewer wickets at Cornell Park in Horsham where Horsham Saints set Colts a target of 239 for victory.
A variety of Saints batsmen contributed to the healthy score and only seven wickets fell.
Simon McKinnon top-scored down the order, clipping 10 fours in his 65, Matt Currill made 44 and opener Corey Smith 43.
Tony Caccaviello, 26, and Ben Stephens, 25, also chimed in with runs.
Liam Jakobi was the leading wicket-taker with 3-57 for Colts, who now have to work hard to chase down a difficult target.
At Horsham City Oval a game likely to influence how hard teams have to work to secure a spot in the finals come next year is in the balance.
Laharum, desperate for a pre-Christmas win, needs seven cheap wickets for victory when play resumes on Saturday, while Jung Tigers require 162 runs.
Laharum made 205 last week with Anthony Molloy scoring a season-high 71 in the middle order, Ben Peucker hitting 34, Mal Adams, 29, and Sean Wouters 25 despite David Puls clinching 4-38 for the Tigers.
Jung will resume on Saturday at 3-44 in reply, having lost Simon Mock, Marty Knight and Tyler Puls.
Angus Adams, 19, and Dale Dridan, 11, will resume the innings.
Weather might still yet play a part in results, especially on turf-wicket games, with showers predicted for Saturday.
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