Upper Horton win Bingara cricket title

Champions: Upper Horton defeated Warialda by eight runs to win their third Bingara District Cricket Association title in eight years on Saturday.
Champions: Upper Horton defeated Warialda by eight runs to win their third Bingara District Cricket Association title in eight years on Saturday.

Upper Horton and Warialda reversed roles as Upper Horton won their third Bingara District Cricket Association major premiership in eight years on Saturday.

Last year they finished minor premiers but were rolled by Warialda in the grand final. This year Warialda went in as minor premiers only for Upper Horton to upstage them and claim the silverware.

“I said to them at the end I was glad to be swapping trophies,” Upper Horton skipper Jason Mack said.

Playing in their eighth grand final in a row, Upper Horton batted first and posted 7-142. It was their best score against Warialda this season but Mack thought probably about eight short.

“After losing a few at the start I thought 150 would be good,” he said.

From a promising start with Jarrad Kelehear and Dougal Cameron putting on 30 for the first wicket, the visitors were looking a bit shaky after losing 5-46.

But Cameron (50) held things together before Tony Groth (29no) and Peter White (15) provided a late boost.

Sam Egan (2-9) was the only multiple wicket-taker for Warialda, who then after losing Matt Cleal early were travelling along nicely at about 3-70 at drinks.

“We knew if we got Mitch (Porter) out we were in with a bit of a chance,” Mack said.

Cameron, who finished with 4-19, bowled him for 39 about 30 runs later, but Warialda kept pressing.

“With three overs to go before we bowled them out someone told us they only needed 12 or 14 runs,” Mack said.

A few overs later he bowled Egan (17) to dismiss Warialda for 133.