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07 February 2024
By Abby Walter
Bullants and West Wimmera remain undefeated in Horsham Cricket Association A Grade two-day competition.
On the back of Jobe Dickinson’s 116 not out, the Warriors made short work of Horsham Tigers on day two.
The Tigers had set West Wimmera a 226 target, which they reached with eight wickets in hand.
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Brad Alexander made 57 before being run out by Tigers’ Tyler Puls.
Liam Albrecht, 3, was caught by Dom Rose off a Prabath Bandara delivery, while Liam Preston finished 42, not out.
While the Bullants had Horsham Saints all out for 81, considerably shy of their first innings’ 195 target, the Bullants elected to bat again in the second innings.
At 5-105, the game came to an end and the Bullants won on first innings.
Matt Combe made a significant dent in the Saints’ batting order, taking 5-33, including three ducks.
Troy Dumesny was also effective in the field, taking three catches.
Saints’ Mark Crafter managed to stay at the crease long enough to make 25 runs off 32, while Dezi Carter’s 15 was the only other double-figure score.
While the second innings was meaningless to the final score, it was a chance for Garrett Liston to show what he can do with a bat as an opener, going 63 not out.
Ben Sawyer took two wickets for Saints, while Jono Carroll continued his first-innings form, also taking two wickets.
Homers missed an outright win by one wicket after making a quick 350 runs before sending Blackheath-Dimboola back into bat.
Homers had the Bulls all out for 115 and then set out to leave a mark during their 75 overs.
Logan Miller was 129 when he went out for LBW on a Jake McLean delivery, while Luke Deutscher made 58 before being caught by Sam Leith off an Albert Schorback ball.
It was one of three catches for Leith for the game, although Homers still had four wickets in hand at the end of the innings.
Homers were in with a chance for an outright win when it had Blackheath-Dimboola on the ropes at 9-126.
McLean, 3, and Nathan Schorback, 30, were able to hold onto the 10th wicket when stumps were pulled.
The Bulls made 150 runs, still 85 runs short of Homers’ total.
Chaminda Gamage took three wickets for the innings.
Lubeck-Murtoa was too strong for Laharum, winning in the first innings by 37 runs.
Only three Laharum batters, Daniel Griffiths, 18, Josh Mahoney, 21, and Max Bunworth, 26, were able to make double-figure scores.
Nic Ballagh was crucial for the Mudlarks’ win with five wickets and was well supported by Thomas Barrand’s three.
Horsham Tigers and Lubeck-Murtoa are set for a competitive game in round 11, while Blackheath-Dimboola is set to take on Horsham Saints.
West Wimmera will play Homers, and Laharum will have its work cut out for it against the Bullants.
Results: Round 10, Lubeck-Murtoa 10-125 d Laharum 10-88; Homers 6-350 d Blackheath-Dimboola 10-115 and 9-150; Bullants 10-195 and 5-105 d Horsham Saints 10-81; West Wimmera 2-227 d Horsham Tigers 5-226.
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