Two wins in the one weekend sees Harwood gain momentum
THE Clarence Valley cricket pitches saw more GDSC Premier League action over the weekend than the past four weeks combined.
After a series of rain-affected matches, two full rounds reached completion across Saturday and Sunday.
Once the dust settled, Harwood Hilton proved to be most productive, with wins over GDSC Easts and GI Tucabia-Copmanhurst.
With only one win on the board prior to rounds five and six, it was an important points haul for the 2012-13 grand finalists.
On both occasions Luke Many was instrumental, firstly with the ball on Saturday, the bat on Sunday.
Many took 6 for 15 as Harwood successfully defended 6 for 221 at Yamba Oval. Doug Harris (85) was a one-man show in Easts' 148.
"Dougie hit the ball so clean and didn't give a chance," Many said.
"Our young fellas Harry Nicholson and Hayd McMahon set it up, getting the top order for cheap. It could've been a different story if it wasn't for them."
Then on Sunday, Tucabia found themselves defending a low total for the second day in a row.
Chasing 136, Harwood was in all sorts of bother at 6 for 53 when Many (24no) joined Ben McMahon (57no) at the crease.
After Many survived a sharp chance at second slip first ball, he soaked up the pressure and the pair put on 84 unbeaten to guide the side to victory and get revenge on last year's premiers.
"The grand final loss still hurts a bit, so the win was good for our confidence," Many said.
"I didn't feel nervous until we needed about 30 to win and the hard work had been done."