Home final hopes in the balance
HARWOOD find themselves under the pump against a rejuvenated South Services after Matt Peterson produced an inspiring six-wicket haul.
Peterson claimed 6-58 and in doing so may have placed Harwood’s hopes of a home major semi-final in jeopardy.
In a rare failure to post a reasonable score, Harwood were dismissed for 139 and at stumps South were 1-22.
A loss to South and victory to Westlawn next week could see Harwood slip to second place on the Premier League ladder, something Harwood captain Tim McMahon is well aware of.
“It will be a bonus to play the first final at home and I still think we can roll South next week and take first innings points. I’m still pretty confident,” McMahon said.
“We won the toss and I decided to have a bat even though the wicket had a bit in it.
“Peterson bowled well and got a lot of lift and cut.
“For our guys, Greg Firth was a standout top scoring with 34.”
South’s nemeses all season has been their ability to occupy the crease for long periods and build an innings.
With only one wicket down and 20 runs on the board there should be no excuses why South’s batsmen can’t knuckle down and get the job done.