Injury casts shadow as Harwood heads to grand final Cricket
HARWOOD has strolled in the Premier League cricket grand final in the most emphatic way possible with an outright win over Brothers at Harwood Oval.
Harwood ripped through the Brothers batting line-up in the first innings, bundling them out for a paltry 83.
In reply, Harwood declared at 9-179 with skipper Tim McMahon unable to take his place at the crease.
The veteran wicketkeeper had been forced from the field just four overs into the match after injuring his left arm while diving to stop a ball going down the legside.
"The next ball I could hardly move my arm, so I went off," McMahon said.
Allrounder Luke Many took the gloves until later in the innings when McMahon's 17-year-old son Hayden took over.
"If I'm out for the final that will probably be the arrangement, with both players sharing the role," McMahon said.
Matt Young, batting at number eight, smashed 49 to lead the way for Harwood in the first innings.
Off-spinner Troy McLaren was the best of the Brothers bowlers, claiming 4-24 while skipper Jake Kroehnert snared 3/25.
In their second dig, Brothers fared better, reaching 168 with Andrew Lancaster hitting 41, McLaren 40 and tailender Jake Weatherstone contributing an important 38.
Many however ensured Harwood retained the upper hand, claiming an impressive 6-27.
Chasing 73 to win, experienced batsman Nathan Ensbey made sure there were no heart flutters, finishing unbeaten on 38.
McMahon said the united approach of the bowling attack in the first innings, when no-one took more than two wickets, had been crucial.
"It was a good wicket so it was good bowling to get them out for that score," he said.
"They bowled pretty well on it too."
With Harwood now turning their attention to the final, McMahon said he would have an MRI on the injured shoulder.
"When I dived and hit the ground, I heard it go," he said.
"I wasn't able to bat so that's why we declared nine down."