Simmons at home in premier league comeback
LOWER Clarence veteran Geoff Simmons returned to premier league cricket in style on Saturday in Harwood Hilton's season opener against GI Tucabia-Copmanhurst.
In sapping heat and blustery conditions, Simmons made 47 against a Tucabia attack, which despite a lapse late in the day, looked pretty sharp for so early in the season.
Harwood battled to 5-122 when play was stopped at 4.40pm due to bad light, with 21 of those runs coming from sundries.
Simmons, who has been playing in the Lower Clarence first grade competition for some years, opened the batting and was involved in a 41-run partnership with Ed Munday.
Tucabia captain Damien Rouse broke the partnership when he dismissed Munday for 12.
Brett Paxton was the next to strike for Tucabia when he had Nathan Ensby trapped in front for a duck.
Paxton bowled superbly without a great deal of luck, getting through 15 straight overs to finish with 1-24.
Simmons and Craig Moran steadied Harwood's innings with a 32-run partnership. Their stand was broken by fill-in quick Nathan Adamson who claimed the valuable wicket of Simmons.
Adamson struck again immediately removing Kane Aeschlimann before he could trouble the scorer.
Moran and Mark Ensby kept the score ticking over before Scott Amos claimed Ensby's wicket just before umpires halted play.
Moran will resume next week on 24, while Peter Hickey added just two runs before stumps.
Adamson finished with 2-37 from his 14 overs.