Harwood captain says hope is lost if batting doesn't improve
HARWOOD cannot win the Lower Clarence Cricket Association premiership unless its batting improves radically, says injured skipper Scott Johnson.
Although his team beat Lawrence at Harwood Oval in a thriller, he believed his batsmen fell short of the standard needed to be crowned premiers. Harwood bowled Lawrence out for 82, but was in trouble at 9/59 in the run chase.
He said it was only a last-wicket partnership between veterans Peter Hickey, 11no, and Dave Cowen, 8no, that scrambled the last 25 runs to get the team across the line.
"Peter's been filling in for us for a couple of games, but he'll be right for the semi-finals," Johnson said.
"He batted really well on Saturday. He didn't look like getting out."
Johnson was more charitable towards his team's opposition.
"Lawrence bowled well, you can't take that away from them, but our batting was pathetic," he said.
"We will not go past the first week of the semis if we bat like that."
Johnson said the contrast between the Lawrence attack and Harwood's was stark. "Dave Cowen is back after a hamstring injury and picked up 3/6," he said.
"Lawrence have three young blokes there who all bowled well and got most of the wickets for them.
"Young Ryan Johnson I would say is one of the quickest young bowlers in the competition."
Josh Cormick, 3/11, and John Hayward, 2/7, were the other main wicket-takers.
In the other LCCA first grade game, Wanderers had a comfortable win over Yamba in a low-scoring game at Barry Watts Oval.
Chasing Yamba's disappointing total of 74, Wanderers passed them four wickets down. Laurie Urquhart top-scored with 24 and skipper Kallen Lawrence managed 15, but the rest of the batting fell away.
First-change bowler Noah Green made the only impression on the Wanderers batting, taking 4/20 from eight overs.