|The A grade West Wimmera Warriors fell short of their target on Saturday, but not before they gave the second placed Horsham Saints a scare in the penultimate round of Horsham District Cricket action on Saturday.
The Saints had set the target of 273 last week and the Warriors came out onto Davis Park on Saturday with determination which saw the openers put on 80 runs in the first 26 overs before Michael Preston (27) was the first wicket to fall.
Fellow opener and co-captain, Mitch Dahlenburg continued with a 37 run partnership with Adrian King (14), and then a 10 run partnership with Josh Lees (3) before he fell two balls before the scheduled time for afternoon tea for a well compiled 71 runs, but most importantly he had set his team up for a genuine crack at the target in the last session.
Needing just under six runs per over after the break, the Warrior batsmen continued to be defiant and whittle away the total, but the Saints were also chipping away at the wickets and eventually dismissed the home team for 215.
Jordan Gurry contributed 23 in the middle order and Trevor James remained not out on 15 at the end of the allotted overs.
Above - West Wimmera Warriors A grade co-captain Mitchell Dahlenburg scored the highest of his three half centuries in his last five innings, with 71 against Horsham Saints on Davis Park in Nhill on Saturday.
Although they did not reach the target, a promising sign was that eight of the batsmen made ten or more runs, and with most of the younger players contributing either with the bat this week or the ball last week, this team could be one to watch next season.
In their final outing for the season next weekend, the Warriors will meet the inform Jung Tigers on the turf wicket on the Horsham City Oval in the first day of a two day game.
Whilst unfortunately out of contention for a place in the finals, this is still an opportunity for the players to finish the season with a good personal performance, which could even contribute to an unexpected victory.
The B grade Warriors were unable to field a side over the last two weekends and were forced to forfeit their encounter with Blackheath-Dimboola, but next Saturday they will have their last opportunity for the 2018/19 season when they travel to the Horsham College Dimboola Road oval to take on Jung Tigers.
Despite this opponent currently sitting in seventh place on the B grade ladder, the eighth-placed Warriors can only play for pride after the Tigers scored their second win for the season last weekend which places them too far ahead for the Warriors to overtake even with an outright win.
With nothing to lose, this is the perfect opportunity for the Warriors to earn their first win in this competition.
Horsham Cricket Association - A Grade
Horsham Saints 2 for 273
West Wimmera Warriors Innings
|M Preston|| ||b. D Thompson||27|
|M Dahlenburg ||ct. C Smith||b. A Smith||71|
|A King ||ct. J Hedt||b. A Laffy||14|
|J Lees||lbw||b. A Laffy||3|
|Liam Preston||ct. G Davidson ||b. D Thompson ||12|
|J Gurry||ct. J Hedt||b. J Davidson||23|
|L Smith||ct. C Smith||b. G Davidson||13|
|A Dickinson||ct. J Hedt||b. B Sproule||9|
|B Keller||st. J Hedt||b. D Thompson||10|
|T James||not out|| ||15|
|J Crowhurst||not out|| ||2|
|Sundries|| || ||16|
|TOTAL|| ||9 for 215|
Horsham Saints Bowling
| || O || M || R || W |
|J Davidson ||9.5||1||26||1|
Horsham Cricket Association - B Grade
Blackheath-Dimboola defeated West Wimmera Warriors by forfeit