Tucabia bowler Brad Chard takes over the captasincy of the DEX Team of the Week.
Tucabia bowler Brad Chard takes over the captasincy of the DEX Team of the Week. Debrah Novak

DOUBLING UP: Two timers at forefront of Team of the Week

CRCA CRICKET: Two of the Premier League's leading captains and one of the brightest emergent talents in the local competition have earnt back-to-back selections in the DEX GDSC Premier League Team of the Week.

Harwood leader Nathan Ensbey will once again steer the side from the top of the order while gallant Tucabia seamer Brad Chard slips the DEX captain's arm band on for the first time.

Meanwhile Jackson Grieve had the ball ripping out the back of the hand nicely to secure four wickets on the way to handing GDSC Easts their first victory of the season and in turn earned a second selection in our hand-picked outfit, having scored a half-century in the same match a week earlier.

Read on below to find out who will be joining the three second starters.

THE DAILY EXAMINER'S GDSC PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM OF THE WEEK

NATHAN ENSBEY - Harwood

AFTER rain the week before reduced the clash to 61 overs per side, Ensbey walked to the crease with intent as he looked to push the run rate in Harwood's remaining 17 overs.

Ensbey added another 36 to his personal total as he fell three runs short of his second century this season. The Harwood side set Brothers a challenging run rate of just over 4.2 runs per over as they scored what proved to be a winning total of 6-258.

 

Harwood batsman Nathan Ensbey (left) with partner Doug Harris were influential as the side surpassed 250-runs at Harwood Cricket Ground.
Harwood batsman Nathan Ensbey (left) with partner Doug Harris were influential as the side surpassed 250-runs at Harwood Cricket Ground. Debrah Novak

JAKE KROEHNERT - Brothers

BROTHERS captain Jake Kroehnert will join Ensbey at the top of the order after he played a determined captain's role at the top of the order for Brothers.

Kroehnert (34) came to the crease earlier than expected after an early Harwood scalp but steadied the proceedings along with Mick Summers (39).

But it was in vain as the dismissal of the two battlers to led to a major collapse losing 6 for 9 and leaving Brothers to battle toward an unlikely draw at Harwood Cricket Ground, eventually all out for 136 just two overs away from stumps.

JASON RAINBOW - Westlawn

THE experienced batsman has proven a true leader of the developing junior players this season and was already rewarded with a Clarence River Country Cup side earlier this season.

Despite chasing a historic GDSC Easts' total of 367, Rainbow showed his dogged determination at the crease for Westlawn as he featured in a 48-run partnership with Rohan Hackett (19) and a 67-run stand with Brad Inmon (39) on his way to scoring 55.

 

Westlawn batsman Jason Rainbow has been an experienced injection for the side this season.
Westlawn batsman Jason Rainbow has been an experienced injection for the side this season. Debrah Novak

BRAD INMON - Westlawn

THE other feature of Westlawn's dogged middle order stand was Brad Inmon who showed a surprising cool head at the crease as he plugged away at the tough Easts' total.

Inmon scored a defiant 39 runs at McKittrick Park before succumbing to the spin of young gun Jackson Grieve. It was a welcomed return to form for the middle-order hitter after posting several low totals since his early starts back in Round 1 against Harwood.

ANDREW McLACHLAN - Coutts Crossing

A SURPRISINGLY collected Andrew McLachlan was determined to see out the overs alongside bowler Zac Page as Coutts batted to save an outright result from Tucabia.

An early top order collapse in the second innings turned what had been an unbelievable victory for the Coutts side into a potential nightmare before 'Macca' (14) and 'Zacca' (13 not out) got to the crease.

As they batted through a number of overs through the hot afternoon, the pair added a match-winning 30-run partnership giving Tucabia an insurmountable 8.25 runs per over for victory.

LUKE MANY (wk) - Harwood

MANY has proven he is as reliable with the gloves on as he is with them off this season for the Harwood Premier League side as he trades roles constantly with Hayden McMahon.

Many was safe behind the stumps for Harwood snaring two catches before he took the swinging old ball after drinks to rock the Brothers middle order taking three wickets for 26 off 11 overs.

BEN McMAHON (all-rounder) - Harwood

BEN MacMahon found his rhythm with the ball and as such also found his way on to the DEX Team of the Week in the all-rounder role.

McMahon was instrumental in continuing the Harwood dominance with the stick as he scored an unbeaten 34 to help lift the home side beyond the 250-run mark.

McMahon backed up his effort in the middle order with the ball in hand as he snared a match-high four wickets for 31 runs of 15.1 overs snaring a catch off his own bowling to dismiss Andy Kinnane and end the contest.

 

Hawood bowler Ben McMahon during a CRCA Premier League clash late last season.
Hawood bowler Ben McMahon during a CRCA Premier League clash late last season. Debrah Novak

BRAD CHARD (c) - Tucabia-Copmanhurst

TUCABIA'S leading firebrand has taken on the Team of the Week captaincy after he showed an unrelenting determination in the side's tough loss to Coutts Crossing.

Chard was unstoppable as he rattled through the Coutts top-order to put his side in with a shot at an outright victory at Ellem Oval. Chard took his second five-wicket-haul of the match as he dismantled Coutts taking 6 for 47 off 15 overs.

The captain then came to the crease with his side staring at an academic result but refused to lay down to the Coutts attack showing a customary dogged fight to finish the second innings with 34 not out.

ZAC PAGE - Coutts Crossing

ZAC Page was the unmistakable hero for Coutts Crossing at Ellem Oval. With Tucabia resuming on 3 for 72 chasing 110, the 2015/16 GDSC Premier League leading wicket taker showed lethal accuracy to take four more wickets to finish with 5 for 43 off 25 overs and deliver Coutts an unbelievable four-run first innings victory.

Page (13no) was then involved in a valiant rescue mission alongside Andrew McLachlan (14) as the pair batted for about an hour to put on 30 runs for the 10th wicket and save the side from an outright defeat.

Page took another 3 for 35 off 6 overs to finish the see-sawing clash with figures of 8 for 78 across the two innings.

JACKSON GRIEVE - GDSC Easts

THE baby-faced tweaker was on the top of his game as he bowled the lion share of GDSC Easts' overs as they bowled Westlawn out for their first victory of the 2016/17 season.

Grieve showed his radar was on the improve as he snared an innings high four wickets for 45 runs off 16 overs as Easts captain Ben Hill looked to attack the Westlawn middle order.

Grieve broke up the two key partnerships for Westlawn snaring the wickets of fellow DEX Team of the Week members Rainbow and Inmon as he snuffed out any final chance of a shared result.

 

Jackson Grieve bowls for Grafton High in the CHS Open Boys Cricket North Coast final played at Lower Fisher Turf, Grafton on Monday, 12th December, 2016.Photo Bill North / Daily Examiner
Jackson Grieve bowls for Grafton High in the CHS Open Boys Cricket North Coast final played at Lower Fisher Turf, Grafton on Monday, 12th December, 2016.Photo Bill North / Daily Examiner Bill North

ADAM ELLIOTT - Coutts Crossing

IN WHAT was a toss of the coin between the reliable foil seamers Adam Elliott and Chris Adamson, the former just gets the nod over his counterpart as he helped his team to the victory.

Elliott was persistent as he nagged away at a good line minimising any scoring opportunities and frustrating the Tucabia batting line-up on his way to taking another three wickets to finish the first innings with 4 for 26 off 19.5 overs.

Elliott was then involved in a valiant 28-run partnership 5th wicket partnership with Eli Fahey (12), top scoring with 20 runs as Coutts did just enough to avoid an outright defeat in the second innings.

MATTY DALTON - 12th man - South Services

The DEX Team of the Week will be utilising the 12th man role to showcase up and coming talent in the CRCA lower grades who are likely to make an appearance in Premier League in the near future.

The first of the future stars to appear in this spot is South Services' prodigal son Matty Dalton who bowled a tenacious line and length against Brothers at the weekend.

Dalton bowled without luck missing the edge by millimetres on several occasions as he racked up miserly figures of 0 for 7 off 8 overs.

Dalton backed up his effort with the ball for Services when he took the field in Clarence River's 'fairytale' Inter-District Under-16 Shield win at Ellem Oval taking 2 for 25 off 5 in a devastating spell of opening bowling alongside Dylan Lucas.

 

ON THE RISE: Young South Services firebrand Matty Dalton.
ON THE RISE: Young South Services firebrand Matty Dalton. Bill North


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