Harwood put to acid test
By TONY WHITE
HARWOOD Hilton's claim to premiership favouritism will be put to the acid test at Barry Watts Oval today when their Bananacoast Community Credit Union Premier League match against Westlawn Grafton Hotel continues.
Westlawn posted a respectable first innings total of 203 and Harwood begin the run chase with all wickets intact.
Harwood beat perennial premiers Westlawn when they clashed in round two at McKittrick Oval and Harwood's wily captain Tim McMahon is keen to maintain a psychological edge.
One of Harwood's strengths this season has been the depth in its batting line up.
Westlawn's bowling attack could be without young tearaway Rohan Hackett who hurt a disc in his back in Thursday's game for the Clarence River Cricket Association XI against the touring Canterbury Colts.
Hackett had to retire after five overs and sought medical treatment.
Westlawn captain Tony Blanch will undoubtedly have his bowlers fired up and looking for a quick breakthrough to put pressure on Harwood's middle and lower order batsman.
This is a must-win game for Westlawn, currently third on the premiership ladder behind Harwood and a rejuvenated South Services.
The Ellem Oval match between South and Grafton Services Brothers is evenly poised.
South scored 192 in its first innings and Brothers resume at 2-43.
Bill Wynn Jnr will be a key player for South with his ability to bowl at speed and move the ball off the pitch.
Wynn has already snared the wickets of Trevor White and Jim Summers in a fine spell of 2-9.
GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst batsman Scott Amos will have four overs to crack a century against East Royal Tavern at McKittrick Oval.
Amos was unbeaten on 90 and Tim Gallagher 27 at the close of play last Saturday.
Whatever happens East are in for a massive run chase with Tucabia posting 8-322.