Catch us if you can: Harwood
By TONY WHITE
CATCH us if you can.
That was the message from the Harwood Hilton players in the final Premier League game of 2005.
Harwood confirmed its favouritism for the minor premiership and trophy with a strong one-day win over South Services at Ellem Oval yesterday.
And the win didn't come easily going right down to the final over.
South captain Brett Woods won an important toss and elected to bat first.
South gave early indications of its intentions scoring a formidable 8-231 in its first innings.
Woods was in fine touch with 52, Matt Kroehnert, continued his solid form by top scoring with 67 and Steve Laybutt added a fine contribution with 33.
Spin bowler and all rounder Peter Hickey showed his value to Harwood by stemming a flambouyant run flow to finish with 1-36 from nine overs at a time when Harwood needed someone to half the run flow.
But as he has so often done in the past, opening bowler Craig Moran, wayward during his first spell returned to net four valuable wickets in his second dig from just three overs.
Moran finished with overall figures of 4-49.
Harwood inform opener Geoff Simmons, already with a century to his name this season, was the backbone of his team's innings top scoring with 53.
His opening 53-run stand with Ed Munday (26) provided the platform Harwood needed to secure victory.
Nathan Ensbey (36) and Greg Firth (35) ensured Harwood remained within reach of South's total.
Like the Westlawn-Brothers game which finished in a tie, the match went right down to the final over.
Needeing three runs from the last over, Mark Ensbey (8no) and Luke Harradine (35no) steered the Premier League favourites home scoring the necassary runs after just three balls to finish the day's play at 6-233.
Harwood captain Tim McMahon had a near immaculate day behind the stumps.
Harwood allowed only 6 sundries compared to South's 20.
South newcomer Brendan Taylor finished with 2-36 and Matt Kroehnert 3-62 off eight overs.