DETERMINED: Harwood batsman Doug Harris refused to give up his wicket in a fight to make 111.
DETERMINED: Harwood batsman Doug Harris refused to give up his wicket in a fight to make 111. Debrah Novak

Trip up the order will be permanent fixture for finals

CRCA CRICKET: You could not fault Harwood captain Nathan Ensbey for baring the biggest grin after his ploy to move Doug Harris up the batting order came off perfectly at the weekend.

The Harwood captain believes this plan will stick for the upcoming finals series after Harris plundered 111 against Tucabia Copmanhurst.

"I thought a bit of extra responsibility would do his game well," Ensbey said. "We had Matt Young filling in the opening role in the one-dayers after Luke Harradine's departure at Christmas but now the two-dayers are back I have moved up to open and Dougy is in at first drop.

"He showed everyone on the weekend what he's able to do up the order. He got a bit of luck early on getting dropped on about three - but you need a bit of luck to get runs."

Ensbey said he hoped the innings heralded a change in form for the all-rounder who had struggled to convert good starts most of this season.

With this being the last round before the finals, Ensbey said it could not have come at a better time.

"It was only going to be a matter of time before Dougy grinded out a good score," Ensbey said. "He has gotten decent starts all year and now he is cashing in.

"It worked out well for us to score 380-odd runs against the best bowling attacks on the river."

Harris' dogged century has earned him the CRCA Cricketer of the Week award, earning him a $20 voucher at Toast Espresso in Grafton.



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