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
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
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
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