Young?s screamers set the tone for Harwood
By TONY WHITE
HARWOOD Hilton allrounder Matt Young, making his Bananacoast Community Credit Union Premier League debut this season, provided a valuable contribution to Harwood's first innings win over Brothers Post Office Hotel at Iluka Oval on Saturday.
Young snared 2-24 from just eight overs but he took two catches described as 'screamers' by Harwood captain Tim McMahon that helped alter the course of the match.
Work commitments have previously curtailed Young's appearance for Harwood but McMahon must be happy the cane hauler has added yet another string to the Harwood bow.
After being set a massive 311, Brothers were all out for 207 but they didn't go down without a fight.
Iluka curator Alan Farrell had done a marvelous job to prepare a good wicket after heavy rain over the past few days threatened to ruin proceedings.
Brothers began the run chase at 0-16. However, Kane Aschlimann had an immediate impact snaring the wicket of opener Paul Grieves for 7 in his first over.
Not long after Greives brother Brad was caught at second slip for 7 off Craig Moran.
Brothers looked in trouble at 2-32 but when Matt Ryan joined opener Troy McLaren at the crease, the pair knuckled down with some great stroke making.
On a good batting strip and with the shine off the new ball, McLaren and Ryan scored with ease and both looked capable of big scores.
Ryan was eventually lbw to off spinner Peter Hickey for a well compiled 43 and McLaren a tremendous 70. McLaren was brilliantly caught in mid wicket by Young.
Ryan and McLaren put on an 87-run partnership.
Some tight bowling by Greg Firth swung the match back to Harwood's favour.
Firth took 3-38 off 17 overs and picked up the wickets of Ryan and McLaren.
After a wayward first spell Hickey returned at his best, tieng up the batsman and finishing with figures of 2-42.
When Ryan and McLaren headed to the pavilion, Brothers mustered arms with captain Corey Bertalli and John Holmes providing a gritty rear guard action.
Bertalli turned in a real captain's knock remaining 43 not out and Holmes a steady 28.
McLaren, Ryan, Bertalli and Holmes were the only Brothers batsman to score double figures.
Brothers batted for 78 overs.
Best for Harwood was Firth whose three wickets came at a vital stage of the match.
Hickey and Young finished with two wickets a piece and Aeschlimann, Moran and Andrew Whiteside the other wicket takers.
After dismissing Brothers, Harwood batted for just under 30 minutes with Luke Harradine not out 24 and Andrew Whiteside not out 12. Harwood closed the day's play at 0-36.
Over two days 554 runs were scored with the loss of 12 wickets.
Harwood sit atop of the Premier League table and even at this early stage of the season, the first grade outfit have signalled they are entitled to premiership favouritism.