Catches snatch Brothers match
IT’S an old cricket adage: Catches win matches.
At Harwood on Saturday Brothers’ Andrew Lancaster pulled off three screamers fielding at short-cover as Harwood fell 24 runs short of victory.
“Andrew Lancaster took three really good catches and changed the game,” Harwood captain Tim McMahon said yesterday.
“Young Jake Kroehnert also took a blinder at mid-off... catches certainly win matches.”
In reply to Brothers’ first innings of 212 which featured a splendid knock of 97 by Mick Summers, Harwood lost early wickets and was immediately under the pump.
“We lost six wickets for about 60 which was not the ideal start,” McMahon said.
“Brothers bowled well and made batting difficult.”
Harwood’s star opening batsman Geoff Simmons failed to add to his score from last week and Nathan Ensbey fell cheaply for eight.
Three quick wickets in succession kept Harwood on the back foot as they struggled against accurate bowling from Ryan Lynch (3-57) and captain Brad Robertson (2-42).
Matt Young, batting at number six, gave his side a glimmer of hope until Lancaster snagged his second gem in the field off the bowling of Sam Jackson, who ended the day with 2-27.
“The lower-order batted well and got us back into the game. There was rain around which made the outfield slow. We actually batted the last couple of hours in light drizzle,” McMahon said.
Kane Aeschlimann made a resilient 23 and McMahon remained 11 not out.
Harwood’s batting has been a concern in their last two matches. Too many experienced players have shown a lack of patience at the crease
which was highlighted by last Monday’s game against Coutts when they were bowled out for 77.
Harwood however have the uncanny ability to deliver when the pressure is on - something I’m sure captain McMahon is well aware of.