SHOT: Horsham wicket-keeper Nick Duxson watches the ball intensely as Swan Hill’s Daniel Cruickshank plays a shot during their Bendigo Country Week match. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY, BENDIGO ADVERTISERHORSHAM Cricket Association’s Bendigo Country Week campaign unravelled on the final two days of competition, costing it a finals berth.
The team needed to finish in either of the top spots at the end of Thursday’s play to make Friday’s division two final.
To qualify, Horsham needed to beat Bendigo and District Colts, however a strong performance from the Colts crushed Horsham’s chances.
The final was won by Gisborne and District Cricket Association, which defeated Grassmere Cricket Association.
Horsham co-captain Lachie Jones said he thought the side had a good week at the tournament.
‘‘I was pretty happy with the way we went. We were right in there with a chance to be in the final on the last day,’’ he said.
‘‘It is the first time we went there in a few years and, look, we really mucked up on Wednesday and it probably cost us a spot in the finals.’’
In Thursday’s game against the Colts, Horsham batted first and made 124, which the Colts chased down easily.
Jones top scored for Horsham with 42, but no one else was able to put up a score, with Josh Mahoney’s 16 the next highest.
Jones said an extra 40 runs might have put Horsham in a position to win the game, but the team could not make the most of its opportunities.
‘‘At one stage we were looking in an all right spot and thought we could reach 170, which we thought we might be able to defend,’’ he said.
‘‘We ended up losing too many wickets and never got a chance to go on and make a competitive score.’’
Jones said the Colts chased down Horsham’s total and then tried to up the run rate to give themselves a chance of a finals berth.
Going into the tournament, Jones said the team planned to win games on the back of a talented batting line-up.
However, he said it was the team’s batting, not its bowling, that cost it games.
‘‘You need your top order to make at least 150 at country week, so top scoring with 30 or 40 runs it is not ideal,’’ he said. Jones thanked the off-field support staff for their help.
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