IF CLOCKTOWER Hotel Brothers had the same crystal ball as Coutts Crossing captain Tim Tilse they probably wouldn't have made the trip to Harwood Oval on Saturday.

Tilse summed it up best when on Friday he said, "If Geoff Simmons scores a few runs then Harwood will smash them".

He also gave Harwood a 100-run head start in his prediction for the game at Harwood Oval.

Tilse's predictions proved true when Harwood Hilton defeated Brothers by 193 runs.

Harwood captain Tim McMahon said it was a good to get back in the winner's circle.

"Geoff batted superbly and Ben (McMahon) had a brilliant innings as well," McMahon said. "Ben stepped up and hit 60-odd which went a long way in helping our total."

Simmons put on a master class to score 118 on what umpire Jeff Hackett described as a "batsmen's paradise".

He found the fence 14 times and cleared it a further five times as he propelled Harwood to a mammoth 5-281 from its 40 overs.

McMahon said Brothers bowler Billy Weatherstone performed well but, like the team, was let down by a poor performance in the field.

"Billy bowled well but they dropped too many catches," McMahon said.

"Geoff was hitting them to all parts of the ground and their missed opportunities seemed to make them lose heart."

Brothers' captain Ryan Lynch said it was a game his team would much rather forget.

"It was a pretty ordinary effort," Lynch said.

"There wasn't much in it for the bowlers, so we had to take our chances when they came.

"Unfortunately we probably dropped eight catches throughout the innings and they made us pay."

Despite the loss there were some positives for Brothers including Weatherstone's performance and Wilson Petrushnko's debut.

Lynch said both players would be key to future success this season.

"Billy's been bowling well for the last few weeks and deserved a few wickets today," he said.

"He's in good form at the moment and going by Saturday's effort Wilson could be a big player for us for the rest of the year.

"He said he got a little impatient towards the end of his knock but he looked solid out there."



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