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    Justtin Combe.

Bullants set pace in Horsham cricket

By DEAN LAWSON

Noradjuha-Toolondo Bullants have revealed a potent sting in the tail in Horsham Cricket Association and appear the team to beat this summer.

The Bullants outplayed Jung Tigers in a dramatic encounter at Horsham City Oval last week and now turn their attention to Homers at Horsham’s Sunnyside Oval.

A variety of stars shone with bat and ball as the Bullants, confronted with a more-than-competitive 200 from the Tigers in the 45-over-a-side game, hauled in the target with little more than two overs to spare.



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Profound games from opener Justtin Combe, who chanced his arm and remained unbeaten on 91, all-rounder Tony Caccaviello, who followed up a 5-32 with a 33, and Shane Oakley, 30, heavily influenced the outcome.

So too did the number of grassed chances the Tigers provided the Bullants in clear and sunny conditions.

The Bullants, as a result, were unforgiving, punishing the Tigers as they exploited deteriorating confidence of the fielding side.

Jung Tigers were missing speedster Joel Pymer with work commitments, but had batted themselves into a strong position courtesy of classy first-drop Grant Connelly, who in sharing a 115-run partnership with Tyler Puls, 57, finished 95 not out.

The Bullants might have been chasing an even bigger target had the slippery Caccaviello failed to rip through the Tigers’ middle order.

The Bullants, nestling into top spot on the ladder, now front up against a Homers side that bounced back strong to beat West Wimmera.

Homers showed off their rising depth through the ranks, making 9-202 on their home deck at Sunnyside before running through the Warriors for 128.

Luke Deutscher, 39, Logan Miller, 33 not out, and Simon Hopper and Jet Hopper, both with 31, provided partnerships behind Adam Atwood, 23, to ensure Homers could post a handy score.

They did the job despite having to contend with West Wimmera new-ball operator Nathan Alexander, 4-23, and Tim Braendler, 3-35.

West Wimmera was in trouble early in the chase and found itself behind the eight-ball with Austin Smith, 30, and Liam Preston, 33, trying to keep their team in the game.

Homers spinner Chaminda Gamage ensured the Pigeons maintained the advantage after miserly spells from opening bowlers, capturing 4-29.

This week: Homers v Noradjuha-Toolondo at Horsham Sunnyside, Rupanyup-Minyip v Jung Tigers at Minyip, West Wimmera, bye.

Last week: Noradjuha-Toolondo 4-202 (Justtin Combe 91no, S. Oakley 40, T. Caccaviello 33) d Jung Tigers 200 (G. Connelly 95no, T. Puls 57; T. Caccaviello 5-32, M. Combe 3-34), Homers 9-202 (L. Deutscher 39, L. Miller 33, J. Hopper 31, S. Hopper 31; N. Alexander 4-23, T. Braendler 3-35) d West Wimmera 128 (L. Preston 33no, A. Smith 30; C. Gamage 4-29).

Ladder: Noradjuha-Toolondo 18 points, Jung Tigers 12, Homers 12, Rupanyup-Minyip 9, West Wimmera 3.

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