Brothers stumped by slick keeper
NEEDING 11 runs for victory in the final over, Brothers succumbed to the wicketkeeping skills of Harwood’s wily captain Tim McMahon.
Standing up to the stumps to medium-fast bowler Kane Aeschlimann, McMahon whipped the bails off to dismiss Ryan Lynch to give his side a crucial win against a side tipped to be prominent come semi-finals time
Batting first, Harwood scored 8-174 with both openers getting their side off to a flier. Geoff Simmons (35) and Nathan Ensbey (41) bludgeoned the Brothers attack before some accurate bowling from Brett Paxton and Sam Jackson put the brakes on.
“We got off to a quick start through our openers, then their left-arm bowler, Sam Jackson, pegged us back with some tight bowling,” McMahon, the Harwood captain, said.
“I was impressed with young Mitchell Johnson (35 not out) and the way he went about his innings. He is only 16 and has made the number four spot his own in the batting order.” Off-spinner Troy McLaren, with 3-24, and Brett Paxton (2-47) were Brothers’ main destroyers with the ball.
The Brothers run chase got off to an indifferent start, losing Sam Jackson and Mick Summers cheaply before Jarrad Lynch provided stoic resistance with a defiant knock of 20.
Batting at number six in the order, McLaren belted 45 to give his side a glimmer of hope, however, Brothers’ tailenders failed to hang about long enough due to fine bowling from Harwood’s unheralded seamers Greg Firth (2-27) and Mark Vallette (3-28)
Aeschlimann, who finished the day with 3-32, handled the pressure of bowling at the death with ease picking up the last two Brothers wickets – both featuring stumpings by McMahon.
“Tim is always prepared to stand up at the stumps to me ... but as an opening bowler it’s not exactly what I want on my resume,” Aeschlimann said.