The West Wimmera Warriors faced the daunting task of taking on the undefeated Homers in the grand final of the Horsham Cricket Associations Under 16.5 competition on the Horsham City Oval on Monday afternoon.

In two previous encounters this season, Homers registered a win in round three, and more recently, they played out a tie in round eight a month ago.

Overnight rain forced the start of this game to be delayed by three hours, but the players still approached the game with enthusiasm.

Batting first, the Warriors posted a competitive total of 8 for 98, built around 45 by Xavier Bone (above), who carried his bat after opening the innings and remaining not out at the end. Along the way, Lochlyn Hahne hit two big sixes in his score of 14, a six off Murphy Leach bat was his only scoring shot, and Tyson Mitchell contributed seven runs.

Bone opened the bowling and conceded a miserly twelve runs from five overs, and Wallace Wheaton took one wicket for 13 runs from three overs. Brodie Foster took the other wicket to fall when he bowled Homers’ opening batsman for 34.

The fielding was crisp, with wicketkeeper Mitchell taking the catch off Wheaton’s bowling, and some other impressive saves slowed down the Homers scoring rate.

In the end, once the Homers’ batsmen got settled, their big-hitting was hard to contain, and they reached the target in the 17th of their 22 overs.

(Scorecard appears below photo)

The 2020/21 West Wimmera Warriors Under 16.5 Grand Final team.

Horsham Cricket Association - Under 16.5 2020/21 Grand Final

Homerswon by 8 wickets

West Wimmera Warriors First Innings

K Kuchelct. ?b.J Officert4
X Bonenot out 45
W Wheaton  run out (J Officer)    2
L Hahne b.J Kemp14
T Mitchellct. ?b.C Chivell7
M Leach b.B Salter6
L Colect. G Baker-Millerb.J Hopper4
J Dickinsonct. C Chivellb.J Nagorcka  0
B Foster b.J Hopper0
R Jamesnot out 1
Sundries  15
TOTAL(22 Overs)8 for 98

Homers Bowling

     O    M    R    W
J Officer41181
J Nagorcka3131
S Peachey2090
A Van10130
J Hopper4092
J Kemp2181
C Chivell20131
G Baker-Miller  20110
D Hastings1101
B Salter1090

Homers Innings

P Mills b. B Foster34
J Officerct. T Mitchell   b. W Wheaton  8
W Goudie  not out 54
J Hoppernot out 6
Sundries  4
TOTAL(17 Overs)2 for 106

West Wimmera Warriors Bowling

     O    M    R    W
X Bone  51120
L Hahne40280
R James20170
W Wheatonb30131
L Cole10100
B Foster10111
Z Dickinson10140