BACK IN FORM: Harwood batsman Dane Mitchell has enjoyed a successful rerturn to the Lower Clarence pitches this season hitting some form against Maclean United.
BACK IN FORM: Harwood batsman Dane Mitchell has enjoyed a successful rerturn to the Lower Clarence pitches this season hitting some form against Maclean United. Debrah Novak

Dane on dream return to the crease

LCCA CRICKET: Harwood opener Dane Mitchell is experiencing a triumphant return to the crease after spending the past four years watching from beyond the rope.

After bringing his son into junior cricket through the Harwood system this year, the former Yamba first grader mentioned to club captain Matt Peterie he was keen to get on the field occasionally. But after a dominant 82 against Maclean United those occasions could be coming thick and fast.

"He asked me for a game and I had played against him a couple of times in the past so I knew what he could do," Peterie said. "I was happy to see him hitting the ball so well out there.

"He has really been putting in the hard yards, getting to every training session and working on his batting. So it is good to see it pay off in the game situation."

After starting the innings well with a 40-run opening stand alongside Carly Leeson, Mitchell continued the rot notching a 107-run second wicket stand alongside Stephen Timms to kick on the flow of runs.

Despite a late batting collapse of 4 for 9, Harwood posted a highly competitive 8-201 off their 40 overs against a United attack led by veteran Andrew Whiteside (3 for 17 off 6).

Chasing a big total on the Yamba Oval deck and with overcast conditions rolling in overhead, the run chase started terribly for United losing Whiteside for a duck.

But the experience of opener Deane Moran (35 not out) and Alex Moffitt (33 not out) took control of the match as they worked toward the Harwood total.

When play was prematurely called off due to bad light and encroaching thunderstorms during the drinks break the match was evenly poised with United building nicely at 1 for 70.

Peterie was not chalking it up as a done deal by any means.

"I would never say that against United," he said. "They bat all the way down and can easily turn a clash.

"Everyone was very disappointed when the storm rolled in.

"The weather definitely robbed us of a good finish."

Peterie said he was happy to see his side finally playing some good cricket and expects the results will follow.

"It is feeling like a few little things are coming together," he said.

NEXT ROUND: Maclean United v Wanderers at Yamba Oval turf; Lawrence v Harwood at Barry Watts turf; Iluka v bye. All clashes begin at 1pm next Saturday.

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At Yamba Oval Turf

Toss: Harwood

Umpires: Bill McCarron, Jimmy Simmons

Harwood Innings

C Leeson c McColl b G Clark 13

D Mitchell c McColl b Essex 82

S Timms run out (a whiteside) 33

S Hogan st J Moran b whiteside 2

J Ensbey lbw b D Clark 10

T Anderson st J Moran b D Clark 19

K Richards lbw b whiteside 2

M Vallette c Rose b whiteside 1

M Peterie not out 9

A Moss not out 4

Extras (b 0, lb 3, w 19, nb 4) 26

EIGHT wickets for 201

Overs: 38

FoW: 1-41(C Leeson) 2-148(D Mitchell) 3-151(S Timms) 4-161(S Hogan) 5-167(K Richards) 6-167(J Ensbey) 7-170(M Vallette) 8-195(T Anderson)

Bowling: A Whiteside 6-0-17-3, D Clark 4-0-36-2, G Clark 6-0-27-1, M Essex 8-0-45-1, N Williams 8-0-47-0, D McColl 5-0-27-0, B Rose 1-0-5-0

Maclean United Innings

A Whiteside st Peterie b Vallette 0

D Moran not out 35

A Moffitt not out 33

Extras (b 1, lb 2, w 3, nb 1) 7

ONE wicket for 75

Overs: 20

Bowling: M Vallette 7-2-21-1, K Richards 3-1-5-0, M Niemiec 4-0-16-0, C Leeson 3-0-13-0, T Anderson 3-0-17-0

MATCH abandoned due to inclement weather. Match drawn.

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