Harwood part timer Young at heart
WESTLAWN V HARWOOD: Harwood part-timer Matt Young struggled to get himself up for the second innings on Sunday after captain Nathan Ensbey called upon the tweaker to bowl the lion share of the overs on a flat Ellem Oval wicket.
But it was a move that paid off in a big way for the lower river outfit as Young (5 for 72 off 14) snared both defiant Westlawn opening batsmen on his way to his first five wicket haul as Westlawn were bowled out for 229.
But as Young slept off the effects of the non-stop stretch of overs on Sunday it was not hard to see the toll they had taken.
"It was a long day for me at my age” the 47-year-old said. "It would be a few years since I last bowled that many overs in a day.
"It has been a fair while (between five-wicket-hauls) so I was pretty happy but you don't back up from that effort.”
There was not much else for the visitors to cheer about on Saturday as a defiant Westlawn batting attack made full use of the paradise pitch to blunt the Harwood pace attack.
While opening pair Simon Wilson (41) and Kallen Lawrence (42) struggled for early runs they were steady behind the ball and worked their way into the innings setting a strong platform with a 81-run opening stand.
But it was the efforts of Rohan Hackett (79) with the bat that impressed onlookers at Ellem Oval as he batted with confidence and ease against the Harwood bowling attack.
Hackett steadied the ship alongside Charlie Amos (14) after Harwood dismissed Lawrence and Brad Inmon in successive overs before then pushing on toward a big total.
The powerful middle order hitter was safe behind the ball rarely offering a chance while also hitting out with a few massive sixes.
"Rowan batted really well,” Young said. "He hit the ball as sweet as I have seen.”
But it was a tale of two pitches in the clash after an overnight thunderstorm blew the covers off, soaking the pitch to give it new life.
Harwood resumed their innings after a three hour delay in hopes of drying up the pitch, but extra seam and turn was clearly evident from ball one.
WESTLAWN V HARWOOD
At Ellem Oval
Umpires: Terry Brien, Steve Millar
Westlawn 1st Innings
SM Wilson c JT McMahon b Young 41
K Lawrence c HJ McMahon b Young 42
JP Rainbow c HJ McMahon b JT McMahon 0
BJ Inmon lbw b JT McMahon 4
R Hackett c BG McMahon b Johnson 79
D Amos c HJ McMahon b Young 14
PJ Vidler c N Ensbey b Young 9
N Green c Farrell b Young 6
C Buggy c HJ McMahon b Harris 16
K Wilson lbw b Johnson 0
N Blanch not out 0
Extras (b 10, lb 5, w 3, nb 0) 18
ALL-OUT for 229
FoW: 1-81(SM Wilson) 2-85(JP Rainbow) 3-93(K Lawrence) 4-93(BJ Inmon) 5-129(D Amos) 6-166(PJ Vidler) 7-181(N Green) 8-221(R Hackett) 9-229(C Buggy) 10-229(K Wilson)
Bowling: HJ McMahon 8-4-15-0, DD Durrant 12-2-37-0, BG McMahon 5-0-8-0, L Many 11-3-33-0, JT McMahon 13-0-33-2, MN Young 14-1-72-5, LD Johnson 4.2-1-12-2, D Harris 1-0-4-1
Harwood 1st Innings
N Ensbey not out 9
D Durrant not out 0
ZERO wickets for 9
Bowling: N Blanch 4-2-2-0, N Green 3-0-7-0