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    Bill Norton gets bowled by Lloyd Ilett. Horsham Cricket Association Over 40 vs Hamilton Over 40 at Horsham City Oval.
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    Heath Lang. Horsham Cricket Association Over 40 vs Hamilton Over 40 at Horsham City Oval.
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    David Puls. Horsham Cricket Association Over 40 vs Hamilton Over 40 at Horsham City Oval.
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    Bill Norton gets bowled by Lloyd Ilett. Horsham Cricket Association Over 40 vs Hamilton Over 40 at Horsham City Oval.
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    Bill Norton gets bowled by Lloyd Ilett. Horsham Cricket Association Over 40 vs Hamilton Over 40 at Horsham City Oval.
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    Nic Cullinane congratulates Lloyd Ilett on a wicket. It was Ilett's first game of cricket in 22 years and he took 2-21. Horsham Cricket Association Over 40 vs Hamilton Over 40 at Horsham City Oval.
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    Rowan Scott edges a catch to Nic Cullinane, Horsham Cricket Association Over 40 vs Hamilton Over 40 at Horsham City Oval.
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    Ash Hopper, Horsham Cricket Association Over 40 vs Hamilton Over 40 at Horsham City Oval.
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    STILL GOT IT: Horsham representative Rowan Scott clips a ball to the onside during a knock of 70 in an over-40s inter-association match at Horsham City Oval on Sunday. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

PHOTOS: Wimmera Mallee shines in rep cricket opener

Wimmera Mallee drew first blood against Horsham in the opening round of a Western cricket region inter-association Festival of Cricket competition.

Wimmera Mallee successfully defended 141 against the visiting Horsham team at Brim on Sunday by bowling the visitors out for 90.

The winning side’s opening bowler Jacob Patching was clearly the difference between the teams, capturing 7-41.

West Wimmera player Nathan Alexander produced the best results for a Horsham representative, making 25 and collecting 3-27.



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Riley Doran, 38, Chris McPherson 28, and Isaac McPherson, 21, also did well for the winners.

Horsham, Wimmera Mallee and Hamilton District are playing in a northern pool of the competition and South West, Warrnambool and Portland and District, a southern pool. A southern pool game between South West and Warrnambool and District will be at Terang on Sunday.

Horsham will play a round-two game against Hamilton District at Horsham City Oval on December 12.

The competition continues into the new year, with a final scheduled for February 6. 

Inter-association action also includes an over-40s competition, with a Horsham representative side beating Hamilton Gold at Horsham City Oval on Sunday.

Former Horsham star Rowan Scott produced an innings of 70, all-rounder Marty Knight, 40, and Ash Hopper, 20, as Horsham set Hamilton Gold a target of 198 for victory.

The Hamilton Gold side was out for 161, Tony Dumesny top-scoring with 34 down the order while Adam Carter returned the best figures for Horsham with 4-25.

Horsham will play a Hamilton Green side in a round-two game at Horsham’s Coughlin Park on December 12.

South West plays Warrnambool and District in a southern pool this week to complete round one.

Festival of Cricket details – 

North pool, open: Wimmera-Mallee 141 (R. Doran 38, C. McPherson 28, I. McPherson 21; N. Alexander 3-27, L. Weidemann 3-30) d Horsham 90 (N. Alexander 25, D. Schaper 17; J. Patching 7-41).

Over-40s: Horsham 197 (R. Scott 70, M. Knight 40; A. Read 4-34) d Hamilton Gold 161 (T. Dumesny 34, R. Cook 23, A. Read 22).

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