HARWOOD cricket club's opening bowlers Kane Aeschlimann and Mark Vallette have destroyed the Westlawn batting line-up to claim first innings points at the Ulmarra Showground last weekend.
Aeschlimann and Vallette both grabbed five wicket hauls as Westlawn failed to deliver on its promising position of 0/33 at the start of the day.
Returning batsmen Brendan Purser (39) and Jason Chevalley (10) were only able to add ten runs to the score before the Aeschlimann (5/41) and Vallette (5/42) show claimed its first victim.
Daniel Amos added another 14 runs but it was just a band-aid on a leaking pipe as Westlawn's middle order collapsed under a barrage of wicket-taking deliveries.
Indeed, Aeschlimann and Vallette's dominance of the Westlawn batsmen was so complete, Harwood's other bowlers failed to have a shot at the crumbling Westlawn batsmen, with the opening duo claiming 33 of the 41 overs.
“I really only used the two opening bowlers because they were bowling really well,” Harwood captain Tim McMahon said.
Eddie Gordon (10) and John Blanch (10) stood out from their lower order peers by pushing their inning into double figures but they too were unable to stand in the path of the deadly duo.
Westlawn eventually posted a total score of 103 but it was 79 runs short of Harwood's opening salvo.
Harwood's second innings started slowly with Geoff Simmons caught and bowled for 15 runs by Matt Lobsey (2/56), but a 97 run partnership between Nathan Ensbey (62) and Greg Firth (100no) quickly sparked the innings into life.
Mark Ensbey (46no) rounded out the perfect day for Harwood, which will now watch from the sidelines as next weekends round decides its finals fate.
“We've been playing good cricket and we can't do any more,” McMahon said.
“We've done all we can and we will just see what the results are.”