Harwood hand out hiding to South
By ADRIAN MILLER
SOUTHS Services suffered a mammoth 110-run loss to Harwood on Saturday after they were bundled out for 55 in their first-innings in their Bananacoast Community Credit Union Premier League clash at Iluka.
Chasing 166 for first-innings points, Souths had it all to do when they resumed their innings at 4/18 after Craig Moran tore through the top order in the final half hour of last week's play.
Souths lost their 5th wicket without adding to their overnight total, and when star batsman Matt Kroenhert was dismissed for a duck, things were looking grim for last year's beaten grand finalists.
Wickets fell at regular intervals, and it was only a fighting 25 not out from number 8 batsman Brendan Taylor that got Souths up to 55.
They were bowled out in the 26th over, with Moran the chief destroyer.
He took 7 for 27 off 12.2 overs, while Kane Aeschlmann, the only other bowler used, took 3 for 27 off 13.
Six batsmen failed to trouble the scorers, with Souths captain Brett Woods, 12, the only other hitter to make double figures.
Souths were forced to follow on, and with an outright win and bonus points on offer, Harwood captain Tim McMahon kept them under pressure.
However it appeared the first-innings performance was an aberration, and they batted for the rest of the day to be all out for 284 at the close.
Kroenhert and Hartman were equal top scorers with 59, Kroenhert's coming off only 40 deliveries, while Stuart Jonkers chipped in with 35.
Moran couldn't back up his superb earlier performance, going wicket-less off only two overs after straining a hamstring, but Matt Young, while expensive, picked up three second-innings scalps.
Woods said he couldn't explain the team's first-innings display, but was happy with the way they batted out the day.
"We just got rolled -- they just bowled really well," he said
"A few of the boys reckoned it was moving around a bit, but it wasn't anything unplayable."
Woods said the team would bounce back in their clash tonight.
"It's not a good thing to be bowled out for only 55, but the second innings will give us a bit of confidence going into Monday night and next week," he said.
Harwood are on top of the ladder and a win against Westlawn this weekend will assure them of the minor premiership, while Souths remain mid-table and in line for a finals spot.
SOUTHS v HARWOOD Harwood 1st innings 166 Souths 1st innings: B WOODS b Moran12 T KROEHNERT b Moran0 R LYNCH c Firth b Aeschlimann4 M HARTMANN b Moran0 B ROBERTSON lbw Moran0 M KROEHNERT c McMahon b Moran0 M FLETCHER c McMahon b Aeschlimann8 B TAYLOR not out25 S JONKERS c Firth b Moran4 J THOMPSON b Aeschlimann0 Z PAGE c N Ensby b Moran0 Sundries2 TOTAL55 Fall: 9, 14, 18, 18, 18, 22, 29, 36, 40, 55. Bowling: C Moran 7/27, K Aeschlimann 3/27.
Souths 2nd innings: B WOODS stp McMahon b Hickey27 T KROEHNERT c M Ensby b Hickey24 M KROEHNERT stp McMahon b Young59 M HARTMANN run out 59 B ROBERTSON c Young b M Ensby19 M FLETCHER c Young b Simmons13 S JONKERS c Simmons b Harradine35 B TAYLOR c Firth b Young29 R LYNCH run out (Harradine)1 T THOMPSON lbw Young0 Z PAGE not out4 Sundries14 TOTAL 284 Fall: 47, 96, 129, 192, 207, 213, 270, 273, 279, 284. Bowling: C Moran 0/2, K Aeschlimann 0/35, L Harradine 1/38, G Firth 0/35, P Hickey 2/42, M Young 3/45, N Ensby 0/18, M Ensby 1/41, G Simmons 1/23.