Harwood just in front

RAY Barnett and Matt Blanch have helped Tucabia-Copmanhurst white reach a 191-run first innings total against Harwood in their cricket match at McKittrick Park on Saturday.

Both premier league heavyweights have been in decent touch lately and last weekend's play could do nothing to separate the two clubs.

Tucabia White opener Ray Barnett (42) started the day well but lost his opening partner, Tom Cootes (9), after 16 runs.

Tucabia white captain Matt Pigg (6) could not hang around either, but in Matt Blanch (45), Barnett found a willing partner and together they scored a 66-run partnership.

Bob Mackenzie (25) added another vital score to the innings and by the time he departed Tucabia white were in the promising situation of 4/133.

“We had some good partnerships ... but we didn't play at our best,” Pigg said

Harwood had toiled hard in the field, but was its own worst enemy, letting slip eight catch-able chances.

However, three wickets in 31 runs to Greg Firth (5/29) stalled Tucabia White's progress and Harwood were able to regain some control of the match.

Pigg said Harwood was in the better position going into next weekend's finale, but warned his team were far from buried.

“They have got the upper hand ... but we have a competitive score,” he said.

“If we get a few quick wickets we'll be quickly back into a good position.”

Harwood captain Tim McMahon said his bowlers had done the job, but lamented the wickets which got away.

“There were some hard catches ... but I'm happy we were able to get them out for 190 in some pretty hard conditions,” he said.

“I'm pretty confident we can get a result.”

Harwood openers Nathan Ensbey (10no) and Geoff Simmons (13no) saw out the close of play with Harwood at 0/24.

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