Only one match completed in Horsham Cricket Association B Grade

NOT ENOUGH: Brad Sproule notched a century at the weekend but it wasn’t enough to get Horsham Saints across the line against Lubeck-Murtoa. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI
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LUBECK-MURTOA defeated Horsham Saints in the only Horsham Cricket Association B Grade match to achieve a result through play at the weekend.

The game between Jung Tigers and Colts at Horsham’s Dudley Cornell Park was drawn because the pitch was saturated with water on Friday night after a sprinkler malfunction.

Blackheath-Dimboola forfeited its match against Rup-Minyip last week due to a lack of players.

A century from in-form Horsham Saints player Bradley Sproule was not enough to seal an upset win for the Saints against Lubeck-Murtoa.

The Saints batted first and made 9-179, with their score being chased down by Lubeck-Murtoa in the 39th over.

Lubeck-Murtoa batsman Heath Callaby made 55, while wicket-keeper Hamish Gawith was not out on 47, to steer the side to 6-184.

Lubeck-Murtoa’s Heath Lang finished with 5-6 off seven overs and made 29 with the bat.

Sproule’s century included eight sixes.

In the C Grade, there was a massive upset as ladder leader Homers lost to Colts, who were in ninth place heading into the round.

The Colts batted first and made 167, with Michael Rothery making 61 not out and openers Daniel Collins, 20, and Josh Eldridge, 29, chipping in.

In reply, Homers managed to bat out their 40 overs but could not reach the required total, finishing 8-154.

Jung Tigers did their finals chances no harm as they defeated Quantong.

The Tigers made 8-139 after batting first, before bowling Quantong out for 91.

Lubeck-Murtoa also stayed in the finals hunt by beating Laharum by 43 runs, while Noradjuha-Toolondo had a close game against Natimuk, winning by 18 runs.

Both Horsham Saints teams played yesterday at Coughlin Park, Horsham.

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Labor’s transport policy: less of the same

ALP’s modest transport policy: Opposition Leader Luke Foley. Picture: ANDY ZAKELILabor’s transport policy isn’t really one.
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There is nothing in the positions unveiled by Opposition Leader Luke Foley to suggest the party has spent much of the past four years giving serious thought to how to make Sydney or NSW better places to move around.

There was plenty of criticism of the government’s agenda.

But what was Labor’s vision? Less of the same.

Two main differences emerged on Thursday between Labor’s transport policy and the Coalition’s, neither of them based on principle.

Labor, denying itself the funding boost of electricity privatisation, would delay construction of another rail crossing of the harbour for four years.

In other words, the public transport priorities of both major parties are aligned. The Coalition would just hustle harder and deliver quicker.

The second major difference is that Labor would scrap one section of the WestConnex motorway – a tunnel under the inner west – and lengthen two others.

These are the M5 East tunnel, which Labor says should run closer to the port at Botany.

And the M4 East tunnel, which, absurdly, the party says should run to the city.

Does that mean the central business district, Foley was asked on Thursday.

“We should want to get – yes –the M4 to the city,” he replied.

Foley, naturally enough, wouldn’t commit to a route.

Does he want the tunnel to emerge at Hyde Park? The Domain?

What about the basement of James Packer’s casino?

Presumably Foley doesn’t want a motorway in Martin Place. But he would leave the planning to the experts at Infrastructure NSW – the same “experts” who came up with the route he spent much of Thursday decrying.

Foley is not the first politician to suggest the M4 motorway should run to the city. When Julia Gillard did at 2013 election, even the toll-road industry thought it was weird.

“The big need is not to dump people into the CBD,” Scott Charlton, the chief executive of toll-road operator Transurbansaid at the time.

“Public transport is really the most efficient way to deliver people into the CBD.”

But Foley didn’t have much to say about public transport.

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Enthusiastic turnout for DA Global CF Swim Macarthur swimathon

Enthusiastic turnout for DA Global CF Swim Macarthur swimathon Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.
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Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

Swimmers taking part in the 2015 DA Global CF Swimathon at Picton.

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Fashion for FilliesSocial Networks

Fashion for Fillies | Social Networks Launceston Cup fashion preview event Fashion for Fillies was held at the Mowbray Racecourse on Sunday. Picture: Phillip Biggs
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Launceston Cup fashion preview event Fashion for Fillies was held at the Mowbray Racecourse on Sunday. Picture: Phillip Biggs

Launceston Cup fashion preview event Fashion for Fillies was held at the Mowbray Racecourse on Sunday. Picture: Phillip Biggs

Launceston Cup fashion preview event Fashion for Fillies was held at the Mowbray Racecourse on Sunday. Picture: Phillip Biggs

Launceston Cup fashion preview event Fashion for Fillies was held at the Mowbray Racecourse on Sunday. Picture: Phillip Biggs

Launceston Cup fashion preview event Fashion for Fillies was held at the Mowbray Racecourse on Sunday. Picture: Phillip Biggs

Launceston Cup fashion preview event Fashion for Fillies was held at the Mowbray Racecourse on Sunday. Picture: Phillip Biggs

Launceston Cup fashion preview event Fashion for Fillies was held at the Mowbray Racecourse on Sunday. Picture: Phillip Biggs

Launceston Cup fashion preview event Fashion for Fillies was held at the Mowbray Racecourse on Sunday. Picture: Phillip Biggs

Launceston Cup fashion preview event Fashion for Fillies was held at the Mowbray Racecourse on Sunday. Picture: Phillip Biggs

Launceston Cup fashion preview event Fashion for Fillies was held at the Mowbray Racecourse on Sunday. Picture: Phillip Biggs

Launceston Cup fashion preview event Fashion for Fillies was held at the Mowbray Racecourse on Sunday. Picture: Phillip Biggs

Launceston Cup fashion preview event Fashion for Fillies was held at the Mowbray Racecourse on Sunday. Picture: Phillip Biggs

Launceston Cup fashion preview event Fashion for Fillies was held at the Mowbray Racecourse on Sunday. Picture: Phillip Biggs

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Dean vents his frustration with an unbeaten 145

DAMAGING: Bathurst cricket product Jono Dean hit an unbeaten 145 opening the batting for Weston Creek-Molonglo on Saturday.CRICKET
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JONO Dean might have been disappointed that his name didn’t even get to the stage of being offered up as a potential Indian Premier League buy at the auction last week.

But not as disappointed as the North Canberra Gungahlin bowlers, who felt the brunt of Dean’s frustration during their match against Weston Creek-Molonglo in Canberra first grade on Saturday.

The Bathurst cricketing product hit an unbeaten 145.

The result wasn’t the one either side would have wanted as the match petered out to a draw due to torrential rain, but there was no doubting the impact of the Bathurst opener as he played a brilliant solo hand to give his team a chance.

North Canberra declared their innings closed at 9-344, setting their opponents a formidable target at Stirling Oval.

Weston Creek’s best chance was for Dean to tee off, their dependence on him even greater given the absence of his brother Blake, who missed the game through injury.

Dean duly delivered on his end of the bargain, taking charge against the new ball and putting on a clinic.

The problem was that at the other end, there wasn’t an ounce of support in the initial stages. It forced Dean to exercise a little more caution than he otherwise would.

Weston Creek slipped to 3-14 before Harry Medhurst came to the party and offered some good support with 43 from 90 balls in a partnership of 107.

Once he fell, the responsibility fell back onto Dean to try and prop things up and he obliged.

From the moment Medhurst fell, 97 runs were added and Dean’s batting partners Michael Delaney and Warren Clunes contributed just 20 of those.

When stumps were drawn after 63 overs, Dean was still unconquered on 145, his second century of the summer for his club.

Weston Creek finished on 5-218 when the heavens opened, needing another 127 at around a run a ball.

“We were three for nothing which didn’t help things much, then a couple of guys got a bit of a start and we put together some partnerships to give ourselves a chance,” Dean said.

“I hit them pretty well, but had to take a bit more time than maybe I normally would because of the early wickets. I think we were still in a pretty good spot when it all ended, it would have been a close finish.

“It just hosed down though, so there was no chance of us getting back out there.”

So far in 2014-15 Dean has racked up 439 at first grade level at an average of almost 63, while those numbers go up to 672 at 67.2 when the Regional Cup is included.

Team-wise, a win in the final round against ANU will guarantee Weston Creek fourth spot.

“I think if we could get into fourth that would be a great outcome given the first half of the season, the lead-up to Christmas was very disappointing,” Dean said.

“We just have to make sure we turn up ready to play. Hopefully we’ll have Blake back from his hamstring problem and make sure of what we have to do to get through.”

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Saturday at Party in the PaddockSocial Networks

Saturday at Party in the Paddock | Social Networks Party in the Paddock revellers soaked up the Saturday sun at the Burns Creek music festival. Picture: Mark Jesser
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Party in the Paddock revellers soaked up the Saturday sun at the Burns Creek music festival. Picture: Mark Jesser

Party in the Paddock revellers soaked up the Saturday sun at the Burns Creek music festival. Picture: Mark Jesser

Party in the Paddock revellers soaked up the Saturday sun at the Burns Creek music festival. Picture: Mark Jesser

Party in the Paddock revellers soaked up the Saturday sun at the Burns Creek music festival. Picture: Mark Jesser

Party in the Paddock revellers soaked up the Saturday sun at the Burns Creek music festival. Picture: Mark Jesser

Party in the Paddock revellers soaked up the Saturday sun at the Burns Creek music festival. Picture: Mark Jesser

Party in the Paddock revellers soaked up the Saturday sun at the Burns Creek music festival. Picture: Mark Jesser

Party in the Paddock revellers soaked up the Saturday sun at the Burns Creek music festival. Picture: Mark Jesser

Party in the Paddock revellers soaked up the Saturday sun at the Burns Creek music festival. Picture: Mark Jesser

Party in the Paddock revellers soaked up the Saturday sun at the Burns Creek music festival. Picture: Mark Jesser

Party in the Paddock revellers soaked up the Saturday sun at the Burns Creek music festival. Picture: Mark Jesser

Party in the Paddock revellers soaked up the Saturday sun at the Burns Creek music festival. Picture: Mark Jesser

Party in the Paddock revellers soaked up the Saturday sun at the Burns Creek music festival. Picture: Mark Jesser

Party in the Paddock revellers soaked up the Saturday sun at the Burns Creek music festival. Picture: Mark Jesser

Party in the Paddock revellers soaked up the Saturday sun at the Burns Creek music festival. Picture: Mark Jesser

Party in the Paddock revellers soaked up the Saturday sun at the Burns Creek music festival. Picture: Mark Jesser

Party in the Paddock revellers soaked up the Saturday sun at the Burns Creek music festival. Picture: Mark Jesser

Party in the Paddock revellers soaked up the Saturday sun at the Burns Creek music festival. Picture: Mark Jesser

Party in the Paddock revellers soaked up the Saturday sun at the Burns Creek music festival. Picture: Mark Jesser

Party in the Paddock revellers soaked up the Saturday sun at the Burns Creek music festival. Picture: Mark Jesser

Party in the Paddock revellers soaked up the Saturday sun at the Burns Creek music festival. Picture: Mark Jesser

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All style for GMAS ballPhotos

All style for GMAS ball | Photos Emmani Hayward and Brendan Clark.
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Gues leaders from Busselton Senior High School Tahlia Lyle and Reagan Bell.

Emmalee Millar and Mathew Taylor-Hawkins.

Head Girl Isabella Hancock and Jalen Hoffman.

Harry Andrews and Ruby Treloar.

Bailey Holgate and Thomas Hancock.

Piper Bradley and Mitchell Button.

Isaac Muir and Nell Van.

James Robinson and Jessica Miles.

Nicholas Stokes.

Ryan Hopkins and Ellie Wotherspoon.

Blake Carr and Emma Leigh-Cooper.

William Holt and Abbey Agostino.

Rohan Hayward and Holly Fandry.

Jake Flood and Brook Pearce.

Matilda Pittard and Ryan Smith.

Campbell Cuthbert and Kiara Page.

Brittany Peters and Connor Niehaus.

Student Representative Council president Amy Bolton and Mitchell Blakers.

Tate Strudwick and Flynn Armstrong.

Riley Brighouse and Mackenzie Bourgoure.

Alicia Day and Cameron Criddle.

Dylan Bowman and Jake Dugan.

Jack Evans and Emily Wood.

Kristy Pearse and Thomas Neill.

Head Boy Charles Fedor and Georgia Murray

Thomas Macpherson and Blyss Murtagh.

Sarah Hollett and Rosalie Holman.

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Land-holder to be prosecuted over fire

A policeman keeps watch on the fire zone from the access road to Port Germein Road near the turn-off from Augusta Highway on Saturday.A LOCAL land-holder will be prosecuted after sparks from a welder caused a 20-hectare scrub and grass fire near Port Germein Gorge on Saturday.
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The land-holder was allegedly working with the welder when the fire started about 1.30pm in sweltering conditions that reminded fire-fighters of the devastating Bangor blaze in the area last year.

A Country Fire Services spokeswoman said the land-holder would be charged over the incident.

She reminded farmers of the dangers of using tools and implements that could ignite tinder-dry grass and scrub land.

The fire was contained about 5pm by 16 fire trucks from Jamestown, Melrose, Wirrabara, Crystal Brook, Port Germein, Wilmington, Booleroo Centre, Mambray Creek and Stirling North.

Four water bombers dumped retardant on the fireground after taking off from Stirling North airstrip.

“We are still monitoring the area. We will just keep our eyes on it for the next couple of days,” the spokeswoman said.

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BREAKING NEWS: Shaolin cheque to be presented Monday afternoon

Then Opposition Leader Tony Abbott meets Venerable Abbot Shi Yongxin, accompanied by Shoalhaven Mayor Joanna Gash and her deputy John Wells in 2012.A bank cheque for $4,162, 723.99 will be handed to Shoalhaven Mayor Joanna Gash by Abbot Shi Yongxin at 3.30pm on Monday afternoon – the day the deadline was set to call in the mortgage in the event the money for the purchase of Comberton Grange was not forthcoming.
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Cr Gash said she had received a text message about the final payment, which includes rates and interest payments, on Monday morning.

“I’ve never doubted the Abbot. In discussions over the weekend he saidhe had been very concerned about the animosity about the payment and so had decided to present the cheque in person.

“I am absolutely excited about the prospect of the Shaolin temple and am thrilled the Abbot can come and present the cheque himself.”

Cr Gash took aim at critics of the sale process, which made headlines when one of the cheques for the sale of the land was dishonoured.

“I think the people who have ridiculed council and the Shaolin over this will take a second look at themselves and learn to have a bit of faith.”

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Saints to miss Wimmera-Mallee finals

OUT: Tim Germano and the rest of the St Mary’s team missed the Wimmera-Mallee Cricket Association finals, ending their run of three consecutive premierships. St Mary’s and St Arnaud will each miss the finals for the first time since 2011. Picture: FILE PHOTO
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FOR the first time since 2011, the Wimmera-Mallee Cricket Association A Grade finals will not feature St Arnaud or St Mary’s.

Instead, the finals will be contested by minor premier Brim-Kellalac-Sheep Hills, Donald, Jeffcott and Charlton.

The Eagles, the premiership favourite lost only one match for the year on its way to finishing on top of the ladder.

It breezed by St Arnaud on Saturday in the final game of the home and away season.

Set a target of 148 by the Saints on day one, the Eagles had little trouble chasing down the total after early missteps.

Openers Chris McPherson, four runs, and Matt Crisp, 13, fell cheaply to leave Brim-Kellalac-Sheep Hills at 2-19, but Leigh Dovaston, 44, and Mark McPherson 46 not out, guided the Eagles to 4-160 from 31 overs.

Harley Durward was the most effective of the St Arnaud bowlers, taking 2-15 from five overs.

Wychproof-Narraport defeated Donald to end its season on a high note.

The Demons held Donald to 9-122 from its 40 overs to win by 32 runs. Demon Jonathan Grylls’ knock of 70 set up his team’s innings of 6-154.

Cody Turner provided a match-winning four-over spell of bowling for Wycheproof-Narraport, taking 3-8.

Marnoo’s bid to win a game fell just short against Jeffcott.

Facing a 256-run target, Marnoo openers Brylie Cameron, 40, and Stuart Lang, 36, had a 58-run partnership, but a middle-order collapse doomed Marnoo, bowled out for 220.

St Mary’s defeated Charlton outright in the last match of the round.

The final scorecard was not supplied before the Mail-Times went to press.

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