Horan sees Gracemere through in Cap Challenge victory
CRICKET: Gracemere's Kade Horan featured at both ends of his team's hard-fought victory in Round 8 of the Cap Challenge at the weekend.
The opening bowler tore through The Glen's top order to finish with 3-19 from his eight overs and was in the middle when the winning runs were scored in the 39th over.
Gracemere was in the box seat after dismissing The Glen for 124 in the 37th over.
Horan was outstanding with the ball and was well-supported by fellow opener Rion Banks (2-12) and Thomas Shackleton (2-4).
The competition front-runners made hard work of the run chase and lost eight wickets before surpassing The Glen's total.
Gracemere skipper Aaron Harmsworth said while it ended up being a little too close for comfort, he was happy to get the points against a quality opposition.
He praised the efforts of his bowling unit and said batting would definitely be the focus for the team in the countdown to the Cap Challenge grand final on December 18.
"I thought we bowled really well, particularly in the first 20, 30 overs. Our opening bowlers didn't go for any more than 2.5 an over each and got a couple of wickets each in Kade Horan and Rion Banks,” he said.
"We knew they've got a lot of strength up top so to have them 4-31 at the first drinks break I was very pleased and then we had them seven for at the second drinks break.
"It would have been nice to keep them under the 100, which is probably what we should have done, but full credit to them to get over 120 and then they bowled well and made it into a tight game.”
Harmsworth scored 26 runs, as did talented young opener Byron Gale who batted well into the innings.
"That was a bit of a plan to have Byron go in early and see off the new ball and he did that job. Batting for 100-odd balls will give him some confidence,” Harmsworth said.
"I thought our running between wickets was really good and that's probably what got us home in the end, turning those ones into twos and stealing a few singles.”
In other results, Frenchville scored a 120-run win over BITS, while a century from captain Jason Batchelor led Yaralla to its first win of the competition against Cap Coast-Parkana.