Bowlers exploit some tricky conditions at Iluka
By Tony White
FANCY sundries being top score in Harwood Hilton's first innings.
In an amazing first day match against South Services at Barry Watts Oval, the ball was clearly the big winner.
After electing to bat first on a difficult strip, Harwood were routed for 166 with 44 sundries the biggest score of the day.
And to continue the bizarre day, South, in 25 minutes batting time, struggled to 4-18 at the close of play, Harwood fast bowler Craig Moran ripping through the South top order snaring 4-1.
For Harwood its total could have been far worse had it not been for Matt Young. Young mounted a great rearguard action to post 35no, top score for Harwood's hapless batsman.
Mark Ensby was next best with 21 and No.10 batsman Andrew Davison gave good support to Young posting a valuable 17.
It was seamer friendly wicket and South bowlers took full advantage.
Jason Thompson and Ryan Lynch were the chief early destroyer's, Thompson getting dangerous Geoff Simmons for 1 and Luke Harradine for 3.
When Nathan Ensby fell to Lynch for 6, Harwood were in deep trouble at 3-23.
"There was plenty of grass on the wicket and hard to score runs," Harwood's captain Tim McMahon said. "We had no partnerships of any note.
"All South bowlers bowled a good line and length on the seamer friendly wicket, particularly Jason Thompson."
Thompson finished with 3-18 from 14 overs including five maidens. It was vintage stuff from the South stalwart.
Brendan Taylor snared 2-33, Lynch 2-17 and Zac Page 2-10 and wicket keeper Matt Hartmann took two great catches behind the stumps to remove Peter Hickey (11) and McMahon (2).
When South went into bat with under half an hour's play left, Moran and Kane Aeschlimann ripped into proceedings with a fiery and deadly accurate spell.
Tom Kroehnert, returning after injury, was clean bowled by Moran for a duck and South captain Brett Woods elected to send Ryan Lynch in as a night watchman.
However, more drama followed, Hartmann and Brad Robertson were both bowled by Moran for duck's and Woods was also cleaned up by the paceman for 12.