Crestfallen all-rounder assumes role of ‘official scorer’
LCCA CRICKET: Harwood has a major hole to fill for today's major semi-final clash against Wanderers at Iluka Oval without the services of Matt Farrell.
The wicket-keeper batsman is nursing a broken upper arm he sustained in a mid-air collision goalkeeping in a soccer trial for Maclean Bobcats.
Farrell has emerged as a genuine all-rounder in the second half of the cricket season, as one of the major contributors with the ball as well as the bat. But he will now take up a permanent position with pen in hand for the duration of Harwood's finals campaign.
"I'm head of scoring now," Farrell quipped.
"We're otherwise full strength so I think we should get the job done.
"We've won twice out of three times we've played Wanderers this year which is one thing in our favour."
Kris Churchill will take on the keeping duties, having deputised on the occasions when Farrell has bowled.
Meanwhile brothers Matt Peterie (Harwood) and Todd Peterie (Wanderers) will face off as opposing captains in this clash.
The Harwood skipper said any contrasts in captaincy styles would reflect the contrast of the two sides. In his case, the Harwood 'brand' shines through.
"It all depends on the personnel at your disposal," Matt Peterie said.
"With their bowling attack Wanderers can afford to be a lot more attacking.
"We've got a lot of experienced blokes who have played in big games.
"No matter what Harwood side you're playing, it's usually the same philosophy; when you bat your overs out, take your catches and bowl the right lines you win games of cricket."
The minor semi-final at Yamba Oval sees Maclean United take on Iluka, who had the bye in the last round and haven't played for three weeks.
Interestingly, Iluka has not won a home game this season, so they are more happy to play away from home.