HORTON Cricket Club will be hoping to do to Gravesend what Gravesend did to Horton a couple of seasons ago when the two clubs resume their Bingara District Cricket Association grand final battle at Gravesend Recreation Ground today.
Horton was undefeated entering the grand final two seasons ago but was rolled by a Gravesend side which also won last season’s grand final against Horton.
“We were minor premiers last year but lost to Gravesend,” Horton skipper Jason Mack said.
“We were unbeaten the season before that too and they beat us. Hopefully we can do the same to them.”
Gravesend goes in as favourite on its unbeaten record this season and playing at home.
Gravesend skipper Kurt Daley has a strong side with batting and bowling depth.
Horton, too, has a good bowling lineup and batting depth.
The return of top-order bat David Kelly is one of the positive changes for Horton after its eight wicket win over Bingara RSL in last Saturday’s final.
He could join either Tony Groth or Dougal Cameron in an opening role today.
Cameron was in great form last week, smacking an unbeaten 91 in the victory over Bingara RSL.
Groth (14), Richard Todd (27no) and Mack himself (17) also enjoyed time in the middle.
Mack also captured 4-10 last week and, with Scott Gillogoly (2-21), will be the bowling spearheads today for Horton.
Tony Groth and Baden McDouall will also be key men with the ball.
‘That was a very good win last week,” Mack said.
“We had a great start (3-1) but they got away from us a bit. Clive Hulbert (91no) batted very well for them.
“Gravesend have been going good all year. They are unbeaten but the pressure will be on them.”
GRAVESEND: Max Gill, Mitchell Rigby, Jayden McClymont, Tom Barwick, Warwick Storm, Clayton Daley, Kurt Daley, Phil O’Keefe, Kim O’Keefe, Matt McRae, Brayden Robinson.
HORTON: Jason Mack (capt), Baden McDouall, Tony Groth, Scott Gillogoly, Phil Mason, Tom Wauch, Peter White, Richard Todd, Nick Kelly, Dougal Cameron, David Kelly.