Bullants upset Blue Panthers in Horsham Cricket Association

YES: Horsham Saints batsman Craig Klemm calls through a run after hitting the ball against Homers in the A Grade. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER
Nanjing Night Net

NORADJUHA-TOOLONDO scored an upset win against ladder leader Rup-Minyip in Horsham Cricket Association’s A Grade competition at the weekend.

In a low-scoring game, the Bullants were bowled out for 138.

In reply, Rup-Minyip could only manage 115 runs in 42 overs.

Justtin Combe top-scored for the Bullants, making 39 at the top of the order, while Josh Colbert, 28, and Ben Anson, 26 not out, chimed in with handy performances.

Four Rup-Minyip bowlers took two wickets each, with Corey Morgan, 2-13 off six overs, and Craig Morgan, 2-19 off 10, the pick of the bowlers.

Rup-Minyip took regular wickets and would have liked its chances heading into its innings with the bat.

However, in-form Bullants bowler Jordan Huff took four wickets and Justtin Combe took three to skittle Rup-Minyip’s powerful batting line-up.

Adam Carter, 34, and Craig Morgan, 32, were the only batsmen for Rup-Minyip to reach double-digit scores as the team fell short of the required total.

In another low-scoring affair, Horsham Saints defeated Homers to take second place on the ladder.

Saints captain Tony Caccaviello said it was a great effort by the team, which made 7-131 to take victory.

‘‘We bowled very well against a good batting side, with Karl Goodwin taking six wickets,’’ he said.

‘‘Sebastian Dalgleish played his first game in A Grade at only 14 years old and he did quite well, keeping pressure on at one end to allow Karl to take the wickets.

‘‘Pat Niehus batted brilliantly in the end to get us home.’’

Niehus, 32 not out with the bat, was part of a 63-run partnership with Caccaviello, 29, and also took two wickets with the ball.

Homers captain Lachie Jones said the team played poorly and put itself in a tough position with a total of 125.

‘‘We were always going to need to take early wickets, which we did, but they had a couple of guys who hung around at the end,’’ he said.

‘‘It was always going to be pretty tough to defend that total.

“We would have liked to win but credit is due to them, they outplayed us.’’

Homers’ Adam Atwood top-scored for the team with 30, while Chris Hopper was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2-17 off 10 overs.

In the final game, Jung Tigers drew level with Laharum on the ladder after a comprehensive victory.

The Tigers batted first, with David Puls, 98, and Nathan Neumann, 43, making an opening partnership of 124 runs, to put them in the box seat.

Captain Tyler Neville said the pair batted brilliantly to help get over Laharum.

‘‘Any time you have both openers still in the middle at drinks, you’re setting yourself up for a big innings,’’ he said.

‘‘Pulsy unluckily couldn’t get the final two runs to reach 100 but he played very well.’’

Laharum had a good crack at chasing down the Tigers’ score of 7-249, but ultimately fell short of the total, all out for 172.

Captain Dan Griffiths said it was good to see most batsmen make starts, but lamented they could not go on to make big scores like the Tigers did.

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