Harwood set for an attack
By Tony White
Attack, attack, attack.
The Harwood Hilton bowling artillery are certain to rein a blitz on Brothers Post Office Hotel's top order batsman at Iluka today.
Brothers resume at 0-16 chasing Harwood's mammoth first innings total, two declared for 311.
You don't need to be Einstein to figure out Brothers have the job ahead of them, chasing the biggest first innings total of the season to date.
However, Harwood's wily captain Tim McMahon believes it is not a cut and dried situation.
"It should be a good batting wicket again and I expect Brothers to get a few runs," McMahon said. "Fortunately we've got a lot of runs to play with.
"We'll be attacking as much as we can but won't be over attacking.
"It's a matter of keeping the pressure on and taking wickets."
Harwood play a regimented game of cricket. The men from down river are travelling sweetly this season atop of the Bananacoast Community Credit Union Premier League competition. They remain premiership favourites.
New recruit Geoff Simmons' superb 155no last Saturday set the platform for Harwood's big first innings total.
McMahon expects bowling spearheads Craig Moran and Kane Aeschlimann to lead the way but predicted spinner Peter Hickey to play a major role.
"Hickey will probably bowl a lot of overs and I think do very well," McMahon said.
Ed Munday will miss the game with Matt Young coming into first grade for his first game of the year. Work commitments have curtailed Young's involvement with the side this season.
Brothers will rely heavily on the likes of opener Troy McLaren and young guns, representative player Matt Ryan and Mick Summers.
"Ryan and Summers keep scoring runs and have to be watched," McMahon said. "And Trevor White and Troy McLaren are good on their day.
"We just hope to keep things tight, field well and hold our catches."
McLaren and Peter Reives will resume at eight and seven not out respectively.
Prior to last week, Brothers captain Corey Bertalli admitted the young teams major problems had been in the bowling department and despite toiling last week, the bowlers had trouble breaking through the Harwood top order, although dropped catches ultimately proved most costly.
McLaren and Reives will need to get Brothers off to a solid start to lay siege to the big total.
And if Ryan and Summers get among the runs, Bertalli will be hoping the other youngsters follow suit and make a real fist of the run chase.