Harwood batsman Doug Harris during the CRCA premier league match between Harwood and Tucabia at Harwood Oval on Saturday, 21st January, 2017.
Harwood batsman Doug Harris during the CRCA premier league match between Harwood and Tucabia at Harwood Oval on Saturday, 21st January, 2017. Debrah Novak

Harris 'lethal' down the order for Harwood

HARWOOD V TUCABIA: In life they say a change is as good as a holiday, and for Harwood Hilton batsman Doug Harris, the proof is in the numbers.

Harris has relished a recent move down the order and proved why he can be so lethal with the bat in Harwood's dominant 54-run victory over Tucabia- Copmanhurst GI Hotel.

After electing to bat, Harwood got off to a strong start thanks to an effortless knock of 34 from captain Nathan Ensbey, before Harris walked to the crease with the side at 3-74.

Harris showed his ability as a middle-order run machine, as he worked the field, turning as many ones into twos, on his way to a well-earned half century.

Harris combined well with the tail-enders, including a frustrating 50-run seventh wicket stand with paceman Daley Durrant (14) as Harwood kept the run-rate moving to score 8-168 from their 40 overs.

"Dougy is an experienced fella and it was good for him to step up when we needed it most,” Ensbey said. "It was a bit of a slower wicket, not your typical Harwood pitch and runs were really hard to come by all day.

"Doug was the mainstay of our innings, he and Daley put in a really good partnerhsip. The 50 they put on was probably a match-winning effort.”

It probably ended being the real difference

While a couple of the Tucabia bowlers, including recently re-elected captain Brad Chard (20) and Tyson Blackadder (22), attempted to resurrect the run chase late in the piece, Tucabia never looked like chasing down the total, losing wickets at a continuous rate.

Despite battling a shoulder injury heading into the clash, fast bowler Mark Vallette led the way with the ball for Harwood, running through the Tucabia top order and finishing with 3 for 20 off 8 overs.

"He ended up bowling his eight overs despite the complaint which was good,” Ensbey said. "He was unlucky not to get a hattrick.

"He ended up getting the third wicket two balls later. Between Mark and Daley, it was one of the best opening spells I have ever seen from our bowlers.”

Luke Many (3 for 31 off 8) also bowled well.

HARWOOD HILTON v TUC-COP GI HOTEL

Venue: Harwood Oval

Toss: Harwood

Umpires: Bruce Baxter, Paul Ensby

Harwood 1st Innings

MA Ensbey c TA Cootes b DJ Cootes 14

N Ensbey c DJ Cootes b Blackadder 34

H Nicholson c Woods b TA Cootes 12

BG McMahon c TA Cootes b Buchanan 14

D Harris c Woods b Pardoe 53

MJ Farrell run out 13

L Many b TA Cootes 1

DD Durrant not out 14

JT McMahon c Woods b Pardoe 0

A Moss not out 1

M Vallette not out 0

Extras (b 0, lb 1, w 11, nb 0) 12

EIGHT wickets for 168

Overs: 40

FoW: 1-39(MA Ensbey) 2-54(N Ensbey) 3-74(H Nicholson) 4-88(BG McMahon) 5-113(MJ Farrell) 6-117(L Many) 7-167(D Harris) 8-167(JT McMahon)

Bowling: B Chard 8-0-29-0(2w), BR Pardoe 8-1-32-2(2w), DJ Cootes 8-0-22-1(3w), TJ Blackadder 5-0-31-1(2w), AJ Buchanan 4-0-17-1(2w), TA Cootes 7-0-36-2

Tuc-Cop 1st Innings

DJ Cootes lbw b Vallette 11

B Ryan c Moss b Durrant 0

T Bultitude lbw b Many 15

BJ McKenzie c N Ensbey b Vallette 0

AJ Buchanan c Farrell b Vallette 0

BR Pardoe run out 12

DW Woods lbw b JT McMahon 1

BR Blanch lbw b Many 4

TA Cootes b BG McMahon 10

TJ Blackadder c N Ensbey b Many 22

B Chard not out 20

Extras (b 0, lb 0, w 17, nb 2) 19

ALL-OUT for 114

Overs: 37.1

FoW: 1-1(B Ryan) 2-21(BJ McKenzie) 3-21(AJ Buchanan) 4-21(DJ Cootes) 5-38(T Bultitude) 6-48(BR Pardoe) 7-52(DW Woods) 8-59(BR Blanch) 9-84(TJ Blackadder) 10-114(TA Cootes)

Bowling: M Vallette 8-1-21-3(2w), DD Durrant 8-3-13-1(2w), BG McMahon 5.1-1-12-1(3w), L Many 8-0-31-3(10w), JT McMahon 3-0-17-1(2w), D Harris 5-0-20-0



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