Harwood in the groove
HARWOOD Hilton showed it will again be a force to be reckoned with in the CRCA Premier League this season.
The 2012-13 runner-up was yet to show its true colours with the bye in round one followed by a loss to MI Organics Westlawn.
That all changed on Saturday and not a moment too soon, claiming first innings points against South Services shortly before rain forced the match to be abandoned.
Defending 283, Harwood took advantage of the conditions at Lower Fisher Turf to skittle Souths for 105. Souths batted another 14 overs to be 2-49 in their second innings before play was halted.
Luke Many (5-22 off 12.3) and Glenn Scarfe (3-45 off 16) were the main destroyers for Harwood, including a spell in which Souths lost five top-order wickets for just nine runs.
Before round three, South Services had enjoyed a dream start as competition leaders.
In Souths' defence, 283 was always going to be a tough assignment on a rain-affected batting surface. But another hour of batting may have salvaged a draw.