|The Blackheath-Dimboola Bulls enjoyed their trip to Quantong on Friday evening where they took on Jung Tigers and scored a resounding nine-wicket victory in round nine of the Horsham Cricket Association season.
This was the second of four rounds that will decide the two teams to progress to the Twenty20 final in mid-February, and after a win last week, the Bulls went into this game looking for another win to remain amongst the leaders.
The Jung captain took the initiative by choosing to bat first upon winning the toss, but this did not pay off as their opening batsmen was caught off the second ball of the game, which set the tone for the rest of the innings.
His replacement was run out off the next ball to see the Tigers slump to 2 for 0 before the end of the first over.
The next partnership proved to be their best for the innings, but it only yielded six runs before three wickets fell with the total on 7, and some tight bowling and enthusiastic fielding resulted in the last Tiger wicket falling with just 24 on the board after 16.2 of their twenty overs. No batsman made it into double figures, with sundries the equal top score with 8.
The leading bowler was Justin Knorpp with three wickets. Sam Polack took two, and Elliot Braithwaite, Robbie Somers, and Justin Beugelaar took one each.
The other two bowlers used, Brendon Andison (below) and Brodie Cramer, both also bowled well.
Small run chases can be tricky, and despite losing an early wicket with the total on 7, the target was passed off just three and a half overs with no further mishaps.
Opener Luke Hutchinson dominated the innings with his highest score for the season so far when he finished not out with 18 runs at better than a run per ball. Brodie Cramer was also not out with 6, and Beugelaar made one.
This result has the Bull in second place on the Twenty20 ladder as one of three undefeated teams after two of the four scheduled games in this format.
Their biggest challenge will come next weekend when they travel to the Cameron oval at Laharum to take on the locals who currently occupy the top spot on the ladder, with the will almost be assured a place in the final.
The last of the Bull’s regular games in this format will also be a big test when they take on the currently fourth-placed Homers on the Sunnyside ground the following week.
Horsham Cricket Association - B Grade - Round 9 - Twenty20 Match
Blackheath-Dimboola won by 9 wickets
|C Maybery||ct. D Polack ||b. S Polack||0|
|C Eagle||run out|| ||1|
|D Thompson||run out|| ||1|
|L Sonego|| ||b. E Braithwaite ||4|
|P Bandara|| ||b. S Polack||0|
|T Iredell-Burke || ||b. J Knropp||0|
|J Frost|| ||b. R Somers||8|
|D Garner||ct. D Polack||b. J Knropp||0|
|N Binney|| ||b. J Knropp||0|
|D Dridan||not out|| ||2|
|F Marklew|| ||b. J Beugelaar||0|
|Sundries|| ||b. ||8|
| || O || M || R || W |
|E Braithwaite ||3||1||4||1|
|L Hutchinson ||not out|| ||18|
|J Beugelaar||ct. D Garner||b. C Meybery||1|
|B Cramer||not out || ||6|
|Sundries|| || ||0|
|TOTAL||(3.3 Overs)||1 for 25|
Jung Tigers Bowling
| || O || M || R || W |
|T Iredell-Burke ||1||0||9||0|