Horsham impresses at Bendigo Country Week


FOCUS: Simon Hopper bowls for Horsham in the team’s division two match against Swan Hill at Bendigo Country Week yesterday. Pictures: Picture: JIM ALDERSEY, BENDIGO ADVERTISERHORSHAM Cricket Associationhad a flying start toits Bendigo Country Weekcampaign with a big winover Portland on Monday.

Horsham batted firstand made 8-205 beforebowling Portland out for123 runs.

Horsham co-captain LachieJones said his teamhad a good performanceall-round.

‘‘We batted sensibly as ateam. The wicket had a lotof life and sideways movement,’’he said.

‘‘I thought we might nothave made enough runs,but when we went intobowl we put the ball in theright area early on andtook wickets.’’

Horsham elected to batand lost opening batsmanSandy Hodge for a duck inthe first over.

Jones and other openerJosh Mahoney then ralliedwith a partnership of 46before Jones fell.

Mahoney continued onwith Adam Atwood beforeAtwood fell to the bowlingof Troy Warburton for 15,but not before the pair hadadded another 45 runs.

Mahoney was the nextman out, going for 53 runs,but again contributing to a44-run partnership withBrent Hudson to put Horshamat 4-135.

Hudson, the last man tofall for 65 runs, had ahandy lower-order partnershipof 45 runs withDavid Puls, 23 not out, tobring Horsham to 8-205.

Jones said before goingin to bowl, he was concernedthe team was about30 runs short of what heconsidered a defendabletotal.

But he said solid bowlingperformances from SimonHopper and Puls got Horshamover the line.

‘‘We took early wicketsand put them on the backfoot from the start of theinnings,’’ he said.

Hopper had a five-wicketinnings with theball, which included thewicket of Portland’s top scorerJake Wilson.

Wilson made 34 with thebat, followed by PaulYoung with 20 runs.

Jones said the bowling ofHopper and Puls ensuredPortland was never able toget its run chase going.

Set 209 runs to win,Portland needed to scorefour runs an over; however,when bowled out in the47th over the team hadmanaged only two-and-a halfruns an over.

Portland started its inningsthe same way Horshamdid, losing a wicketbefore earning a run.

Opener Matthew Paynewas dismissed off thebowling of Puls, beforePuls struck again 12 runslater, dismissing numberthree batsman StephenO’Brien for just three runs.

The highest partnershipof Portland’s innings was29 runs between Wilsonand Young.

Jones said it was great tohave a win on the first dayof the tournament.

Horsham faced SwanHill on Tuesday and will play Grassmere on Wednesday.

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