Lucky Simmons blasts Brothers
By TONY WHITE
MACLEAN accountant Geoff Simmons finished on the right side of the ledger at Iluka Oval on Saturday when he blasted a calculating 155 not out for Harwood Hilton against Brothers Post Office Hotel.
Making the most of two dropped catches before he reached 30 in the Bananacoast Community Credit Union Premier League match, the 36-yearold's hard-hitting innings enabled Harwood captain Tim McMahon to declare at a formidable 2-311.
"It was a great innings. When Geoff got to 100, he just teed off on every ball," McMahon said. "His powerful driving, pull shots and running between the wickets was a feature."
Simmons, having his first season with Harwood after mostly playing in the Lower Clarence competition including for Iluka last season, was typically modest of his mammoth achievement.
"Mate I had a fair bit of luck," he said. "It's just good from the team's point of view that we got some runs."
Of the dropped early chances, Simmons said he didn't let it worry him.
"You've just got to put your head down and get on with it," he said. "I don't worry about those sort of things.
"I'm really enjoying my cricket with Harwood. We're going all right and they are a good bunch of blokes."
Simmons said he had scored four or five centuries in his first-grade career and rated Saturday's 'ton' highly.
"It's always good to get 100 but this one rates up there with my best," he said.
After opener Ed Munday was out for seven, bottom-edging Holmes onto his stumps, Simmons and Nathan Ensbey took to Brothers bowlers combining for a 165-run partnership before Ensbey was out for a classy 80 trying to cut Sam Jackson.
Craig 'Bones' Moran entered the fray and the onslaught continued in earnest.
Simmons and Moran added 125 runs before McMahon called a halt to the innings after facing 69 overs.
Harwood had managed to accelerate the scoring rate to better than a run a ball over the final hour.
Moran's scoring run rate was exceptional. He smashed six fours and two sixes during his unbeaten knock of 57.
"The boys really batted well and we're in a good position," McMahon said.
Best of Brothers bowlers was John Holmes with 1-29 from 17 overs which included five maidens.
Jackson (1-60) was the other wicket-taker.
At stumps, Troy McLaren was 8no and Peter Reives 7no.