Ben McMahon was on fire with ball in hand as Brothers collapsed at Harwood Cricket Ground.
Ben McMahon was on fire with ball in hand as Brothers collapsed at Harwood Cricket Ground. Debrah Novak

Batting collapse costs Brothers at Harwood

HARWOOD V BROTHERS: Harwood secured victory with just two overs to spare in the GDSC Premier League top of the table clash against Clocktower Hotel Brothers at Harwood Oval.

While their first innings of total of 6 for 258 was rarely in danger throughout the contest, Harwood was made to work to avoid a draw against a stubborn Brethren tail.

Rain delays the previous week meant the match was reduced to 61 overs per side, with Harwood given another 17 overs after resuming on 2 for 169. Utilising ideal conditions, Harwood was able to add another 89 runs.

Captain Nathan Ensbey (97) and Ben McMahon (34 not out) kept the run rate ticking over at almost six an over to add a further 89 runs to the total to finish 6 for 258. Ensbey (97) fell just shy of triple figures, taking his season tally to 434 runs at an average of 86.80.

Brothers captain Jake Kroehnert (2 for 110 off 26) continued to shoulder the workload but felt the brunt of the attack off his eight overs in the second week, conceding 59 runs.

Billy Kerr, who scored a duck three days earlier against Coutts Crossing in Cleavers Mechanical Night Cricket, continued his run of poor luck, nicking a seaming ball from Daley Durrant for another nought.

But captain Kroehnert (34) and the classy Mick Summers (39) mounted a controlled fightback with a handy 79-run second-wicket stand to wrestle momentum back the way of the visitors.

But there was a twist in the tale for the Harwood side, when Summers was adjudged caught and bowled, deemed to have spooned a full-pitched delivery back to Luke Many (3 for 26 off 11). The dismissal turned the match on its head, as Brothers lost six wickets for nine runs to be suddenly reeling at 6 for 88.

Ben McMahon had Jamie Firth trapped in front for a duck before Kroehnert was also given out caught short mid on by Doug Harris off another yorker length ball. The rot continued, with the visitors losing another clump of three only four runs later. Ben Jurd (2), Jarrod Lynch (2) and Mitch Kroehnert (0) all followed in quick succession.

Despite a fight for survival from Josh Bender (15) and Jack Weatherstone (26), it was again Ben McMahon (4 for 31 off 15.1) who had the last word, dismissing Andy Kinnane (5) caught and bowled to secure the first innings points with the ball of the second last over of the match.


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At Harwood Oval

Toss: Harwood

Umpires: Jeff Hackett, Tim Kinnane

Harwood 1st Innings

LD Johnson c Kerr b M Kroehnert 4

N Ensbey b M Kroehnert 97

D Harris c & b McLaren 58

MA Ensbey b J Kroehnert 36

BG McMahon not out 34

HJ McMahon c Lynch b J Kroehnert 3

L Many run out (J Kroehnert) 9

MN Young not out 0

Extras (b 8, lb 2, w 4, nb 3) 17

SIX wickets 258

Overs: 61

FoW: 1-7(LD Johnson) 2-104(D Harris) 3-177(MA Ensbey) 4-227(N Ensbey) 5-234(HJ McMahon)

Bowling: M Kroehnert 16-1-58-2, JS Weatherstone 5-2-20-0, J Kroehnert 26-2-110-2, BJ Weatherstone 4-0-23-1, T McLaren 10-0-37-1

Brothers 1st Innings

W Kerr c Many b Durrant 0

MJ Summers c & b Many 39

J Kroehnert c Harris b Many 34

J Firth lbw b BG McMahon 0

BL Jurd c Johnson b Many 2

JT Bender lbw b Young 15

J Lynch b BG McMahon 2

M Kroehnert b BG McMahon 0

JS Weatherstone c Young b Harris 26

AJ Kinnane c & b BG McMahon 5

BJ Weatherstone not out 0

Extras (b 5, lb 6, w 2, nb 0) 13

ALL-OUT for 136

Overs: 58.1

FoW: 1-0(W Kerr) 2-79(MJ Summers) 3-80(J Firth) 4-80(J Kroehnert) 5-84(BL Jurd) 6-88(J Lynch) 7-88(M Kroehnert) 8-110(JT Bender) 9-136(JS Weatherstone) 10-136(AJ Kinnane)

Bowling: DD Durrant 14-8-20-1, HJ McMahon 7-0-14-0, JT McMahon 4-1-12-0, BG McMahon 15.1-7-31-4, L Many 11-4-26-3, MN Young 4-1-8-1, D Harris 3-0-14-1.

* HARWOOD win first innings by 122 runs.

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