Harwood?s ominous warning
By TONY WHITE
HARWOOD Hilton are back and over the weekend sent an ominous warning they covet this season's Premier League major trophy.
After falling to G I Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst in the final round, Harwood bounced back with an emphatic win over Grafton Services Brothers at Yamba Oval.
It was a professional victory, the team's batting and bowling strength coming to the fore.
After batting first Harwood amassed 246 after ending Saturday at 7-211.
Openers Ed Munday (57) and Andrew Whiteside ensured a solid platform with a 50-run partnership.
When Whiteside (27) was dismissed Harwood suffered a mini-collapse, with star bat Nathan Ensbey (12), Craig Moran (2) and Mark Ensbey (0) falling cheaply to leave Harwood at 4-91.
All-rounder Peter Hickey (49) steadied the ship and was ably assisted by Matt Young (27) and Luke Richardson (20).
"Brothers bowled and fielded very well. They put in a full-hearted effort," Harwood captain Tim McMahon conceded.
Veteran Ron Chaffey bowled 27 overs and finished with 3-69, including seven maidens.
Brothers innings started like a house on fire. Trevor White and Chaffey blasting nearly seven runs an over.
Apart from Matt Ryan (32), the remainder of Brothers batsman failed.
Brothers were dismissed for 148.
However, just to make the semis was a triumph for the club after earlier struggling for a first grade line up.