South?s uphill battle
By TIM HOWARD
HARWOOD go into the second day of the Bananacoast Community Credit Union Premier League cricket match against South Services at Iluka Oval today with all the momentum behind them.
After battling for most of the day to score 166 on a juicy wicket, Harwood tore the top of the South batting order open with four wickets in the final half hour of play.
And with regular rain falling through the week Harwood captain Tim McMahon predicts there will be similar wicket again this Saturday.
"I hope so," said McMahon yesterday.
"The only thing that's different was last week we had to leave the covers on until 10am on Saturday.
"If it's dry in the morning the covers can be taken off early and the wicket will dry out."
South are resuming today at 4/18 with night watchman Ryan Lynch on 4 and Matt Kroehnert the likely next batsman in.
Kroehnert is the form batsman in the South lineup, hitting a matchwinning 151 against Brothers in the previous game.
"Matt's the big wicket for us, for sure," McMahon said.
Harwood will look to opening bowler Craig Moran, who took all four South wickets last week, to continue where he left off.
"He really used the conditions well last week and he's picked up a yard or two of pace," McMahon said.
"He's been working on his action with Mick Morris which seems to have added the extra speed.
"He's bowled really well all season."
McMahon has cautioned his team not to get carried away with its good position.
"Ideally we would like another 50 runs," he said.
"The four wickets we got last week were handy ? one more than we expected really.
"But we have to win. I'm not thinking any further ahead than that."
First innings points are vital for both teams.
Harwood has stumbled to surprise losses in its past two games, loosening its hold on the minor premiership, which seemed certain at the halfway stage.
"If we can win this one and beat Westlawn in the last game, we're sure of it," McMahon said.