Harwood claims another Cleavers Night Cricket title
NIGHT CRICKET: A strong all-round performance saw Harwood rise above Coutts Crossing to lift the Cleavers Mechanical Night Cricket Neil & Coral Frame Shield for the second year in a row.
A dogged bowling performance from Harwood left Coutts scrambling to set a target. In trouble at 7 for 59, Corey Kempshall (19), Adam Elliot (22) and Brenden Cotten led the Coutts recovery to set a respectable 9-134 off its 30 overs.
Opening bowlers Hayden McMahon (1 for 17 off 5) and Zac Honeybrook (1 for 7 off 5) bowled two maidens each to put the early squeeze on Coutts and give their side the early momentum.
Harwood youngster Harry Nicholson laid a solid foundation for Harwood in the run chase scoring 29 and being involved in a 30-run partnership with Nathan Ensbey (23) before falling victim to Israel Simpson.
The man of the match Honeybrook arrived at the crease to see the defending-premiers home bookend another title win under lights at McKittrick Park.
"It was awesome to win the competition again," Honeybrook said.
"I was on the ball with my bowling early on and I think everyone really chipped in and done their roles for us.
"At the start Coutts really struggled, they were just getting hammered with dot balls. I think Hayden and I bowled very well together, we just backed each other up."
A late flurry of wickets for the Coutts side brought the match close, but a 13-run over off the blade of Honeybrook took it away.
"We were always confident," Honeybrook said.