Tucabia Blue’s Matt Kroehnert will test the Harwood bowlers at Yamba.
Tucabia Blue’s Matt Kroehnert will test the Harwood bowlers at Yamba.

Harwood focused on securing win

THE PREMIER League ladder is one of the most congested seen in recent years and with two competition games remaining teams will be desperate to maintain a top-four position.

Only 10 points separate first from fourth, with bonus points to play an important role in coming weeks.

This week’s game between Harwood and Tucabia Blue will be crucial for both teams. Harwood are sitting in second place behind Westlawn with Tucabia Blue just out of the four after their loss last week to Westlawn.

Tucabia Blue were in a winning position against the competition front-runners but fell at the last hurdle with some panic batting.

They have named a strong side to take on Harwood at Yamba and like most opposing captains this season Tim McMahon has singled out Tucabia captain Matt Kroehnert as the danger man.

“Matt is the batsmen we have to remove cheaply,” McMahon said.

“They (Tucabia) have an enthusiastic bunch of players who can’t be underestimated.”

McMahon added his side is fully focused and his players, in particular his batsmen, need to go back to basics.

“We trained well during the week and the guys are determined to do well. Tucabia beat us last outing in a one-dayer,” he said.

“We need to do the simple things right and our top-order need to show more respect with their wickets...our top-order need to fire and get us off to a positive start.”

Harwood will again be without Peter Hickey who is still struggling to get back on the field due to a persistent hamstring injury

As Tucabia’s Greg Mears stated last week-Tucabia are not a one-man team and have the players to step up to the mark.

Matt Dougherty and Brett O’Connor are capable of a big score and with the ball Josh Gorman is one of the League’s leading wicket-takers this season with 26.

The only question mark surrounding Tucabia Blue is their ability to play ‘hard’ cricket over two days, something Harwood are renowned for.

• It will be a quick turn around for Brothers today after featuring in the night competition final against Westlawn last night.

Pitted against South at McKittrick Park Brothers, who last week snuck into the four with a win against Harwood, will be looking to maintain that winning feeling.

The weekend’s other clashes will see Tucabia White and Coutts Crossing expecting a run feast at Ulmarra and leaders Westlawn playing Easts at Ellem Oval.

Standings

Westlawn: 91.79

Harwood: 87.56

Tucabia White: 83.52

Brothers: 81.30

Tucabia Blue: 78.32

South Services: 58.90

Easts: 57.09

Coutts Crossing: 40.49



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