SOLID: Former Harwood Premier League opener Geoff Simmons has been solid at the top since making the jump to LCCA cricket
SOLID: Former Harwood Premier League opener Geoff Simmons has been solid at the top since making the jump to LCCA cricket Debrah Novak

Harwood and Wanderers to face off in LCCA grand final

LCCA CRICKET: Despite being a replay of last season's Lower Clarence first grade decider, today's grand final will look a lot different to a year ago.

Harwood are fielding only two players from that same side in Carly Leeson and captain Matt Peterie while the Wanderers have a rejuvenated pace attack spearheaded by Brandon 'Bear' Honeybrook who joined from Coutts Crossing this season.

Harwood and Wanderers have met four times this season with the sides split evenly at two wins each, but Wanderers will be riding the momentum from their last clash in the major semi-final two weeks ago.

But Harwood captain Matt Peterie is confident that his side can reverse their semi-final fortunes against the Wanderers juggernaut.

"We have learnt a lot of things from the major semi-final clash and I am still confident we can beat Wanderers," Peterie said.

"They have the best bowling attack in the competition and they have very powerful batsmen in their side so take nothing away from Wanderers.

"We have got to show up and just play the team like we always try to.

"It will be the same mindset, everyone has their individual role to play in our team and if we do those things right it should be a good match."

One man who will make the day difficult for the Harwood side is Honeybrook, who has been a strike force for the Wanderers side this year.

Honeybrook leads the wicket column for the Wanderers this season with 22 wickets at an average of 8.27 balls per wicket.

"I am expecting a pretty tight game," Honeybrook said.

"I think it will come down to who wins the toss on the day. Harwood bat fairly differently when they bat first compared to second.

"When they bat first they conserve wickets and block out the good balls and are less likely to play their shots whereas if we can get them in second there may be a few chances.

"I think our biggest key is to get Geoff Simmons out. If we can get Simmo for cheap and keep Carly Leeson quiet with the ball we should be in for a good game."



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