Move over Gilly
By TONY WHITE
A MOB of weekend warriors in the Lower Clarence second grade competition have made Ricky Ponting, Andrew Symonds and the Australian cricket team's run feasts against Sri Lanka in Sydney and Brisbane look second rate.
During a 'runfest' of improbable proportions, the match between Iluka and Harwood last Saturday at Iluka Oval synthetic wicket ignited the score board.
Over 80 incredible overs a remarkable 764 runs were scored for the loss of just nine wickets.
Batsman on both sides smashed a combined 30 sixes and 73 fours during the sublime match.
"One bloke fielding at what they call the service station end spent more time on the road chasing balls than in the field," The Daily Examiner's spy 'Harwood Hawk' revealed.
"He deserved a finder's fee for retrieving ball after ball after ball."
And who said low scores have been the order of the day in the Lower competition after one second grade team was steam rolled, all out for 12 runs?
Iluka, captained by former Harwood Premier League player, fast bowler Dave Cowan, opened the amazing onslaught scoring 2-431 off its 40-overs.
There were records galore in the innings.
Iluka's Callum Lenard hit 213 and Dean Bartlett 195. The pair combined for a 373 run partnership!
"Both players were dropped," said Harwood captain Garry Anderson, of Lower Clarence Magpies fame.
"And to think we were off to a good start, having them one for one."
Lenard hit a massive 34 runs off one over and al la Sir Garfield Sobers, pulverised six consecutive sixes during his double ton.'
Every Harwood player, including the wicketkeeper bowled.
"To keep dented reputations intact I don't want to disclose the bowling figures, but the worst was 1-88," Anderson said.
"It wasn't nice getting flogged all around the park, but believe it or not is was a real fun game. Entertaining."
Anderson said a couple of startled onlookers parked on the outskirts of the boundary were forced to move their car on two occasions to avoid smashed windows and panel dents from cricket missiles launched by Lenard.
"There was this white Land Rover with two passengers in it parked on one of the shorter boundaries," Anderson said.
"It got hit while they were parked, then another ball missed them by one metre as they decided to move.
"Then they were just missed again after they had moved. It was quite funny to watch."
Before coming out to bat, chasing 342 for victory, Anderson had a pep talk with his shell shocked troops.
"I came up with the old rugby league cliche - 'okay guys if they can score that many so can we,'" Anderson said.
"I just said go out with the long handle and attack.
"We gave it a good chase."
Unfortunately for Harwood they couldn't haul in the total finishing its 40-overs at 7-333.
Steve Hogan, who had the misfortune to drop Lenard when he was only 60, top scored with a brilliant 152 and Joel Peterie got 79.
"I think the scorer's used a box of pencils," Anderson said.
"I've been playing cricket all my life and I've never come close to seeing anything like what happened."
At the end of the match the Harwood Hawk gave a grateful Lenard the battered and bruised game ball to keep as a memento.
And there is a bit of history between these two teams.
Whe the two entertaining sides last met the final score was Iluka 240, Harwood, 239.
Talk about close encounters of the unreal kind.