Harwood?s batsmen sink South
By TONY WHITE
AN 81-run partnership be- tween star batsman Nathan Ensbey and new recruit Geoff Simmons proved a match winner for Harwood Hilton over South Services at Barry Watts Oval, Iluka, on Saturday. Ensbey, 26, also combined with Greg Firth in a 62-run partnership wth the pair safely overhauling South's first innings total of 158 with an over to spare in the rain-reduced 40-over match. Ensbey remained 77no and Firth 22no at stumps. "It was probably the best I've ever seen Nathan bat," Harwood captain Tim McMahon said. "His stroke play and run- ning between the wickets was first class. "Geoff (Simmons) also bat- ted very well. The pair of them really got into it. "And Greg Firth, after a slow start when he sensiblly played himself in, hit some big drives at the end and
carried us home." After winning the toss South elected to bat on a good strip, "the best down river," McMahon said. They were soon in trouble with Tom Kroehnert out for a duck in the first over, caught McMahon bowled Luke Harradine. Kroehnert's brother Matt followed soon after for one, caught Ensbey off Kane Aes- chelmann's bowling. Thereafter South had trou- ble sustaining partnerships and wickets continued to tumble. Captain Brett Woods bat- ted well for 26, Brad Rober- ston top scored with 33 and down the order, new recruit Stuart Jonker added some respectability to the score with 27. South were all out with four overs to spare. Firth was the best of Har- wood's bowlers snaring 3-44. Harradine, Aeschelmann and all rounder Peter Hick- ey each two two wickets. Like South, Harwood's in- nings began slowly.
"We were one for three after six overs," McMahon said. "But Nathan Ensbey and Geoff Simmons steadied the ship." Ed Munday (caught and bowled Jonker) was the first wicket to fall. McMahon said shot place- ment and running between the wickets was a feature of the Simmons-Ensbey partner-
ship. Simmons was eventually dismissed caught and bowler South spinner Matt Kroeh- nert for a well complied 40. Andrew Davison fell to Kroehnert for a duck and Harradine was run out for six. "We've got so much more depth in bowling and bat- ting this year," McMahon said.