Harwood top order mounts pressure on Coutts
CRICKET: A dominant start to the innings from the top order has put helped Harwood into a strong position against Coutts Crossing in the GDSC Premier League round four clash.
The opening pairing of captain Nathan Ensbey (48) and Harrison Nicholson (29) were clinical in their patient 62-run stand.
When Nicholson fell to a sharp effort from Justin Inskip off the bowling of young gun Eli Fahey (2 for 20 off 12), teenage counterpart Lachlan Johnson had no trouble picking up where his opener left off.
Johnson (66) batted most of Saturday afternoon taking full advantage of the dry conditions to work the ball around the Ellem Oval outfield to bring up his second half century of the season.
With a weakened pace attack missing the likes of Taj Dosanjh, Nick Wood and Israel Simpson as well as Adam Elliott, who played but didn't bowl in his return from a hamstring injury, Coutts seamer Zac Page (3 for 91 off 31) was called upon to get through a mountain of work as the hosts went looking for wickets.
Page, who missed Coutts round two victory against Westlawn due to a recurring elbow injury, was rewarded for his workrate picking up the two key scalps of Johnson and Hayden McMahon (2) in his second spell.
Daley Durrant (22) and Matt Young (27) led a late innings resurgence as the last five wickets added 107 for Harwood to finish all out for 252.
With Coutts Crossing openers Tim Tilse and Brenden Cotten both leaving Ellem Oval early due to evening commitments, it was left to nightwatchmen Jesse Boffey and Zac Page to face the Harwood onslaught for two overs.
Page saw off the first over from Hayden McMahon but was undone by a straightening delivery from legspinner Jacob McMahon to have Coutts troubled at 1 for 1 at stumps.
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COUTTS CROSSING V HARWOOD
At Ellem Oval
Umpires: Jeff Hackett, Terry Hickson
Harwood 1st Innings
N Ensbey c Inskip b Fahey 48
H Nicholson c Tilse b B Cotten 29
LD Johnson c Cox b Page 66
MA Ensbey c Tilse b Fahey 8
BG McMahon c McLachlan b Inskip 3
HJ McMahon c Cox b Page 2
DD Durrant lbw b Munro 22
MN Young c Cox b Page 27
L Many c Elliott b Munro 6
MJ Farrell not out 21
JT McMahon c B Cotten b Inskip 5
Extras (b 2, lb 5, w 5, nb 3) 15
ALL-OUT for 252
FoW: 1-62(H Nicholson) 2-103(N Ensbey) 3-119(MA Ensbey) 4-133(BG McMahon) 5-145(HJ McMahon) 6-191(LD Johnson) 7-201(DD Durrant) 8-213(L Many) 9-233(MN Young) 10-252(JT McMahon)
Bowling: Z Page 31-7-91-3, E Fahey 12-5-20-2, E Munro 11-2-29-2, L Cox 1-1-0-0, B Cotten 7-0-58-1, J Inskip 8.2-0-24-2, A McLachlan 4-0-23-0
Coutts Crossing 1st Innings
J Boffey not out 1
Z Page lbw b JT McMahon 0
ONE wicket for 1
FoW: 1-1(Z Page)
Bowling: HJ McMahon 1-1-0-0, JT McMahon 0.4-0-1-1