Batsmen take Harwood to top
HARWOOD leap-frogged Westlawn into first place in the Premier League competition with a resounding 57-run victory against Tucabia White on Saturday.
Batting first on a ‘belter’, Harwood reached 4-266.
Once again Harwood’s Geoff Simmons rubber-stamped his status as one of the competition’s premier batsman with a masterful display.
He fell agonisingly short of a century and was involved in a first-wicket 94-run stand with Nathan Ensbey.
“Geoff and Nathan got us off to a good start; they went for it from the first ball. The pitch was a belter and the outfield was lightening,” Harwood captain Tim McMahon said.
“I thought if we can get around the 200 mark it would be enough but to get over 250 was a bonus,” he said.
McMahon said it was not until the 30-over mark when he thought his side were in the box seat. Tom Cootes (65) and Matt Pigg (34) got Tucabia off to a solid start but once they departed their side lost momentum.
“Luke Harradine (4-56), who is probably the quickest bowler in the side, did a good job as we were a bowler short with Kane (Aeschlimann) unavailable. Luke doesn’t bowl much but he stepped up,” McMahon said.