In a big day of Twenty20 cricket in the Horsham Cricket Association, the Blackheath-Dimboola Bulls nearly pulled off a win over one of the leading teams in the competition and fell a little short under the lights at the City Oval.

The first game was played on the Sunnyside ground and saw the Bulls bat first and set the challenging target of 142 for the loss of 5 wickets, with Harry Young making the innings high score of 56, but enjoyed useful support from Daniel Polack (24), Nathan Schorback (22) and Sam Polack (21).

Although Homers got their innings off to a flying start with an opening partnership of 53, and a second innings partnership of 43 which took their total past the century in the 15th over a flurry of wickets in the last few overs took the game into the last few balls.

Unfortunately, Homers passed the target, but the Bulls were not disgraced.

The leading bowler was Ben Miller who took two wickets and Robert Somers and Archie Watts took one each.

Their second game for the day was the twilight game at the City Oval against Jung Tigers, and the opportunity to bat first was taken upon winning the toss.

Some big hitting commenced the innings, taking advantage of the last of the natural light with Sam Polack (24) getting the team off to a good start, and Peter Wren (29), Ben Miller (23), and Nathan Schorback (12 not out) keeping the momentum going to finish with 113 for the loss of 5 wickets by the end of their twenty overs.

The Jung Tiger’s opening batsmen adapted to the artificially lit conditions quickly and it took until the Bulls tried the wily spin of Anand Sasidharan, playing in his first day of cricket with the club, to break the first partnership with the score just under the century.

The wicket came from a skyed ball confidently caught by wicketkeeper Davo Elliott which set off wild scenes of jubilation at Sasidharan’s first wicket.

This proved to be the only joy for the Bulls in the innings as the Tigers passed their target in the 16th over.

View some photos from this game here.

The last two rounds of Twenty20 matches will be played next Saturday with the Bulls returning to the City Oval to take on Rupanyup-Minyip at 10.00 am and they will follow this with a clash with Horsham Saints at Dudley Cornell Park at 1.15 pm.

With only one win in this format, this season Blackheath-Dimboola is out of the running for the final, but as both opponents would fancy themselves for a top-two finish, the Bulls have the chance to shape the final placings.

Horsham Cricket Association - A Grade - Round 13 - Twenty20 Game


H Youngrun out 56
N Schorback b. J Hopper  22
B Toughrun out 1
D Polackct. C Gamage  b. C Britten24
S Polacknot out 21
B Miller b. C Britten0
L Hutchinson  not out 5
Sundries  13
TOTAL 5 for 142

Homers Bowling

     O    M    R    W
C Britten40222
M Bandara  30320
J Kannar40270
B Perry1070
C Gamage40240
J Hopper40201


S Hopperct. A Sasidharan  b. B Miller55
J Hopperct. P Wrenb. A Watt13
C Britten b. R Somers  44
J Kannarct. b. B Miller2
C Gamage  run out 2
A Atwoodnot out 13
B Perrynot out 1
Sundries  14
TOTAL 5 for 144

Blackheath-Dimboola Bowling

     O    M    R    W
R Somers40271
S Polack40250
B Tough40200
B Miller40332
A Watt  40311

Horsham Cricket Association - A Grade - Round 13 - Twenty20 Game


S Polackct. C Gamage  b. J Pymer24
D Polackct. T Nevilleb. S Smith  6
D Elliottrun out 0
P Wrenst. J Mockb. A Adams29
B Milernot out 23
L Hutchinsonct. T Pulsb. A Adams3
N Schorback  not out 12
Sundries  15
TOTAL 5 for 113

Jung Tigers Bowling

     O    M    R    W
D Puls40130
S Smith  20221
J McLean30240
J Pymer40141
A Adams40182
T Puls20100
M Knight10120

Jung Tigers

T Neville  ct. D Elliott  b. A Sasidharan  66
S Leithnot out 27
A Adamsnot out 11
Sundries  14
TOTAL 1 for 118

Blackheath-Dimboola Bowling

     O    M    R    W
R Somers40300
S Polack20320
D Polack40190
A Watt20140
A Sasidharan  2.10181