All-rounder?s return a boost


THE return of all rounder Peter Hickey should further bolster premiership front runners Harwood Hilton when they take on Brothers Post Office Hotel at Iluka Oval today.

Hickey, a top line spin bowler and adept batsman, missed Harwood's stunning first innings win over Westlawn last week.

"It's always hard to go into a game on a good wicket without some one like Peter Hickey," Harwood captain Tim McMahon said. "He's a plus for us.

"Mark Ensbey will also be in the side and Andrew Davidson and Matt Peterie will make way for them."

McMahon said his team had built in confidence following last week's win.

"We're going into tomorrow's game confident, I think we've got a good side," he said. "I don't know much about Brothers this season, but they have some talented players."

Opening bowler Craig Moran will again be a key player for Harwood after taking 4-33 against Westlawn. Kane Aeschlimann continues to take a bag of wickets with his fastmedium pace and has been a good recruitment for Harwood.

Brothers captain Corey Bertalli has elevated Pat Vidler to the first grade side after the medium pacer took 5-20 against Westlawn in Monday's Daily-Examiner-South Grafton Ex-Services Club night cricket competition.

Highly talented Troy McLaren will also play first grade this week.

"We haven't been lucky enough to win games yet, but we've been competitive," Bertalli said. "Hardwood will certainly be tough."

"We're a young team and improving all the time. The likes of Michael Summers and Matt Ryan have been amongst the runs and hopefully that can rub off on some of the other young kids and they follow with some runs."

Bertalli said the side's major problem had been in the bowling department.

"Troy and Pat coming in addressed that and attempted to strength the bowling," Bertalli said. Expectations are the Iluka wicket will favour batsman.

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