LONG HANDLE: Mark Ensbey hit five fours and five sixes on his way to 79 at McKittrick Park.
LONG HANDLE: Mark Ensbey hit five fours and five sixes on his way to 79 at McKittrick Park.

Heavy-hitting Ensbey helps Harwood to final berth

NIGHT CRICKET: After two weeks away from the crease, Mark 'Dickie' Ensbey marked his return in fitting fashion for Harwood in their Cleaver's Mechanical Night Cricket final round clash against South Services.

While admittedly "scratchy” at the start of his innings against young spinner Brad Scott (1-18 off 5), Ensbey soon flicked the switch hitting the ball with power including a six, one of five for the innings, out of McKittrick Park and on to Ryan St.

After losing Dane Mitchell early in the innings to the spin of Scott, Harwood appeared to be going along slowly at 45 runs after 12 overs but with a change in bowler and change in attitude with the bat Ensbey quickly turned that around.

"I think we went from the 40-odd mark to about the 70-odd mark in one over there,” he said. "You just never know what will happen with a change in bowlers and the runs just came rapidly after that.

"They didn't quite bowl the right areas there, Benny (McMahon, 44) and I got to free the hands more and have a bit of a crack at them.”

On target for a rare Cleaver's Night Competition century, Ensbey was disappointed when he chopped on a delivery off the bowling off Dylan Cleaver to finish with 79.

Harwood's middle order continued to fight with Luke Many (23 not out) and Matt Farrell (20) helping push the score to 220 off 30 overs.

Despite South Services experienced batsmen Tom Kroehnert (18), Chris Cole (10) and Justin Rainbow (31) attempting to build toward a score, the regular loss of wickets had South Services on the ropes early in the chase.

"Daley Durrant (3-20 off 5) bowled really well at the start and then the spinners (Hayden Ensbey and Jacob McMahon) really worked them over in the middle overs,” Ensbey said.

Even 'Dickie' got a chance to throw down his slow-mediums snaring two wickets to improve the average as Harwood cruised to victory, also clinching the night cricket minor premiership and a grand final berth for next Friday.

CLEAVERS NIGHT COMPETITION

Round 18

SOUTH SERVICES V HARWOOD

At McKittrick Park

Toss: Harwood

Umpires: Steve Millar, Jeff Hackett

Harwood 1st Innings

MN Young b Peady 14

D Mitchell st Sullivan b 3

MA Ensbey b DW Cleaver 79

BG McMahon b Warren 44

B Honeybrook c & b C Cleaver 7

L Many not out 23

MJ Farrell c Green b DW Cleaver 20

DD Durrant not out 17

Extras (b 0, lb 3, w 8, nb 2) 13

SIX wickets for 220

Overs: 30

FoW: 1-14(D Mitchell) 2-24(MN Young) 3-141(BG McMahon) 4-156(B Honeybrook) 5-160(MA Ensbey) 6-185(MJ Farrell)

Bowling: DW Cleaver 5-0-30-2, J Peady 5-0-30-1, C Cleaver 5-0-40-1, BG Scott 5-1-18-1, B Warren 5-0-31-1, J Amos 3-0-40-0, J Kelleher 2-0-28-0

South Services 1st Innings

T Kroehnert c Honeybrook b JT McMahon 18

CA Cole b Durrant 10

DW Cleaver lbw b Durrant 0

R Green c Farrell b Durrant 0

J Peady b HJ Ensbey 14

J Rainbow lbw b Mitchell 31

LJ Sullivan c Farrell b JT McMahon 4

J Amos b MA Ensbey 24

C Cleaver c BG McMahon b Mitchell 11

J Kelleher b MA Ensbey 3

BG Scott not out 0

Extras (b 0, lb 2, w 14, nb 4) 20

ALL-OUT for 135

Overs: 29.4

Bowling: B Honeybrook 4-0-16-0, DD Durrant 5-0-20-3, L Many 1-0-4-0, JT McMahon 5-0-26-2, HJ Ensbey 5-0-28-1, D Mitchell 5-0-25-2, MA Ensbey 4.4-1-14-2

  • HARWOOD won by 85 runs.


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