13 February, 2024
Schorback provides spark for Bulls
Albert Schorback provided a spark for Blackheath Dimboola in their two-day match against Horsham Saints at Coughlin Park.
The Bulls won the toss and elected to bat and got off to a steady start with Sam Leith, Malcolm Barry and Daniel Polack all getting starts. When they fell, so did the wickets with Sam Polack getting a duck and Nathan Schorback, three runs.
Albert Schorback came to the crease and was a rock, scoring 24 (83) whilst playing some beautiful shots that helped guide the Bulls to 10/135.
In reply, the youngster trapped Brock Hamerston for LBW early and the Saints are 2/59 heading into day two. Jake McLean was the other wicket-taker for the Bulls.
For the Saints, Brody Devlin claimed 2/20 and Gary Davidson is unbeaten on 40 with Dezi Carter yet to score.
Bulls captain Sam Leith praised Albert.
"He batted well. The two-day batting suited him," Leith said.
"After the confidence he gained with the bat, I decided to give him a bowl and it paid dividends.
"He is maturing and getting bigger and stronger."
Next week the Bulls will get back Archer Laverty and Elliot Braithwaite which will help.
"With getting them back we will look to make early inroads and put pressure on them. Anything can happen," Leith said.
At Davis Park, West Wimmera is in the box seat against Homers. After winning the toss and batting, the Warriors were bowled out for 244 with Brad Alexander, 56, and Luke Smith, 69 leading the way. Baxter Perry, 3/61 was the pick of the bowlers for the Homers.
In reply, Homers are 2/9 with the dangerous Patrick Mills and in-form Logan Millar back in the shed. Luke Miller and Adam Atwood are both unbeaten and face an uphill battle when their innings resumes.
An unbeaten 75 by Ben Peucker has put Laharum in the box seat in their match against Bullants at Noradjuha Recreation Reserve.
The Demons finished on 195 with Joshua Mahoney, 26, Daniel Griffiths, 39, and Jim McInnes, 23 all chipping in.
Justtin Combe, 3/45 and Jordan McDonald, 3/50 were the best bowlers for the Bullants.
Demons captain Daniel Griffiths was thrilled with the score.
"It was good for a change. We got off to a steady but slow start," Griffiths said.
"Considering our recent form with the bat the score was good and it gives us something to bowl at and you never know."
They will be without Joel Pymer for the rest of the season as he is playing for Beaufort and whilst it's a loss, Griffiths believes they have the bowling to defend the score.
"Whilst we don't have lightning bowlers, we have consistent line and length bowlers, and that will hopefully trouble the Bullants," he said.
Brenton Hallam's 96 and David Puls' 3/14 have put the Tigers in the box seat to win outright against Lubeck Murtoa at Horsham City Oval.
The Mudlarks won the toss and elected to bat and were bowled out for 118 in 32 overs. Blake Downer, 40, and Dylan Eats, 26 were the best batters for the Mudlarks.
In response, the Tigers finished the day at 9/221 with a lead of 103. Levi Mock and David Puls both remain unbeaten on 41 and 11 runs respectively. Blake Turner, 4/61 was the pick of the Mudlark bowlers.
In C-Grade, a six-wicket haul to Lubeck Murtoa's Albie Kingston saw the Bulls bowled out for 87. The Mudlarks chased the total down in the 15th over scoring 3/88. Cameron Newell top-scored for the Mudlarks with 53.