PRACTISING DECEPTION: Teenage spinner Lachlan Johnson recorded his best bowling figures, taking 6 for 20 in the Premier League major semi-final at Harwood against Brothers. He also scored 52no in a 162-run partnership with Ben McMahon.
PRACTISING DECEPTION: Teenage spinner Lachlan Johnson recorded his best bowling figures, taking 6 for 20 in the Premier League major semi-final at Harwood against Brothers. He also scored 52no in a 162-run partnership with Ben McMahon. Bill North

Dream performance from Harwood teenager

CRCA CRICKET: Harwood premier league cricketer Lachlan Johnson has enjoyed a weekend of cricket most sports people only dream about.

The 17-year-old Maclean High School student came to the wicket with his team 7/114 in the major semi-final against Brothers Clocktower Hotel at Harwood Oval and scored 52 not out in the decisive partnership of the innings with top scorer Ben McMahon (145).

The pair took the total to 276 before McMahon was dismissed. The last two wickets added just four more runs, highlighting the size of the rescue job the pair put on.

But that was not enough for the all-rounder who then put the Brothers' batting to the sword, taking 6/20 from 17.1 overs with his left-arm orthodox spinners.

"I came in after Nathan Essex was out for a third-ball duck and Brothers were right on top," Johnson said.

"Ben was in and going along well, so I just tried to block a few and stay in with him.

"He was hitting the fours, I just tried to rotate the strike. It just took off from there."

The pair were together at stumps on Saturday and put the finishing touches to the innings on Sunday morning.

When Harwood's faster bowlers failed to make inroads, skipper Nathan Ensbey turned to his young spinner.

"There was a bit of turn in the wicket," Johnson said. "I had them coming out pretty well and was hitting some good areas.

"The other bowlers were bowling well and we were bowling maidens and building pressure."

It was the Brothers' batting line up that cracked first, with Johnson spinning out the big three of Jake and Mitch Kroehnert and Mick Summers.

"I was pretty happy getting the two Kroehnert boys," he said.

"Having Mick Summers stumped was the one that pleased me the most.

"The ball came out really well, with good seam position. It spun past the edge and Mick just lifted his foot. Hayden (McMahon) capped it off with a quick stumping."

The talented teen has some more surprises in store for batsmen.

In the nets he is working on a variation that spins the other way, but he is saving his real shock weapon for left-hand batsmen.

"I've been working at bowling right hand offies to the left handers, so I can spin the ball away from them as well as the right handers," he said.

"When I was younger I bowled right arm medium pace, like my brothers, then decided to try the ambidextrous thing."

For his efforts Johnson is this week's CRCA Player of the Week and has earned a $20 voucher to spend at Toast Espresso in Grafton.



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