Horsham Saints lose to Rup-Minyip

SHOT: Noradjuha-Toolondo’s Jordan McDonald works a ball away to the leg side in his team’s win against Jung Tigers on Saturday. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRIHORSHAM Saints slipped from second on both A Grade ladders after a narrow loss to Rup-Minyip at the weekend.

Noradjuha-Toolondo’s win against Jung Tigers saw the Bullants rise to second on the overall ladder.

The Bullants are also tied with the Saints in third on the one-day ladder. Homers moved to second on the one-day ladder after a win against Laharum.

Rup-Minyip’s win against Horsham Saints put it in an almost unassailable position on top of the overall ladder, with a three-game lead over the Bullants.

The Saints started well, reaching 0-32 before opener Ben Sawyer was dismissed off the bowling of Ryan Metelmann.

Shortly afterwards, number three batsman Gary Davidson was out after making just four runs, and the Saints were 2-41.

From there, they lost 3-4, including their other opener Mark Crafter, who had himself in on 26 runs.

Rup-Minyip bowler Brent Hudson took 2-0 in a devastating patch, dismissing Josh Carroll and Mark O’Beirne.

The Saints were in a perilous position at 7-63 before wicket-keeper Simon McKinnon and Patrick Niehus joined to make a much needed 72-run partnership.

McKinnon made 54 not out, topping his previous high score of 32 in round one.

Niehus was the last man out for 26, as the Saints made it to 8-144 at the end of their 50 overs.

The Saints were off to a good start with the ball, as captain Tony Caccaviello dismissed opener Leigh Funcke and number three Jamie Byrne for five runs each.

However, from there, things started to go Rup-Minyip’s way, with Clinton Midgley and Adam Carter making a fourth wicket partnership of 43.

Brent Hudson and Daniel Schaper guided Rup-Minyip to victory on 7-156.

Noradjuha-Toolondo’s win against Jung put it into second place on the overall ladder.

The Bullants batted first and made 5-205.

Josh Colbert and Jordan Huff combined to take the game away from Jung, with Colbert making 65 and Huff 59 not out.

Huff starred with the ball as well, dismissing Jung’s first five batsmen before brothers Justtin and Matt Combe finished off the rest.

Jung’s lower-order batsmen Martyn Knight and Michael Lienert both scored 32 in an attempt to salvage the innings.

Tight bowling from the Bullants proved too much and Jung was all out for 137.

Homers was too strong against Laharum, making 2-216 in a comprehensive victory at Cameron Oval.

Openers Adam Atwood and Sandy Hodge made 72 runs each and combined for a 122-run opening wicket partnership.

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