IN FRONT: Ben McMahon top scored with 33 in Harwood’s Cleavers Mechanical Night Cricket loss to Coutts Crossing at McKittrick Park on Wednesday. The 19-year-old leads the Clarence River Premier League top run-scoring list with 433 at an average of 54.13.
IN FRONT: Ben McMahon top scored with 33 in Harwood’s Cleavers Mechanical Night Cricket loss to Coutts Crossing at McKittrick Park on Wednesday. The 19-year-old leads the Clarence River Premier League top run-scoring list with 433 at an average of 54.13.

Intriguing tussle between in-form teams

BROTHERS and Coutts Crossing each inflicted defeats on benchmarks Harwood in the space of four days.

Today, Clarence River Cricket's two in-form teams go head to head at McKittrick Park.

Coutts won the round six encounter to inflict Brothers' only Premier League loss this season. But training side by side at the Ellem Oval nets yesterday, Coutts skipper Luke Cox is wary of his opposition's impressive work ethic.

"We're in a good headspace and enjoying our cricket," Cox said.

"But Brothers have some good players and train well. They do 40 minutes fielding practice before even thinking about going in the nets. We don't, but we should."

Brothers captain Jake Kroehnert attributed the off-field efforts to the side's impressive record.

"We talk about stringing performances together on the back of our training," he said. "It's definitely why we've been so successful."

Meanwhile, Harwood is determined to bounce back against Westlawn at Harwood Oval today.

"We've got to spin around real quick from last week," Harwood's Luke Many said.

"We're pretty keen to prove we're still number one. We'll come out firing."

Many took 44 wickets for the premiers last season but has been restricted by an elbow injury recently. His season-best effort of 4-67 off 20.4 overs last Saturday took his tally to 16.

"I'll be bowling more for the two-dayers. It's sore but bearable."

The other match sees GDSC Easts take on South Services at Ulmarra Showground while Tucabia-Copmanhurst has the bye.

CRCA LEADERS

PREMIER LEAGUE

After 12 rounds

Batting

Ben McMahon (H'wood)

433

Doug Harris (H'wood)

391

Jake Kroehnert (Bros)

321

Mitch Kroehnert (Bros)

318

Nathan Ensbey (H'wood)

302

Bowling

Nathan Blanch (W'lawn)

34

Doug Harris (Westlan)

26

Ben Shaw (GDSC Easts)

26

Brad Chard (Tuc-Cop)

24

Matt Pigg (Tuc-Cop)

23

Hayden McMahon (Har'd)

23

Brayden Pardoe (Tuc-Cop)

23

Points

Harwood

69

Brothers

65

Tucabia-Copmanhurst

57

Coutts Crossing

46

Westlawn

43

South Services

27

GDSC Easts

17

2ND GRADE

After 13 rounds

Batting

Greg Mears (Tuc-Cop)

318

Damien Moran (Tuc-Cop)

301

Michael Fletcher (W'wn)

286

Derek Woods (Tuc-Cop)

262

Zac Cotten (W'lawn)

236

Bowling

Ricky Bender (W'lawn)

37

Dean Hambly (Coutts)

30

Jesse Powell (Tuc-Cop)

19

Michael Neilson (Souths)

19

David Gordon (W'lawn)

18

Craig Denhert (Bros)

18

Points

Coutts Crossing

94

Westlawn

84

Tucabia-Copmanhurst

72

Brothers

58

South Services

30

GDSC Easts

14

3RD GRADE

After 17 rounds

Batting

Tim Grosser (W'lawn)

656

Tim Blackadder (T-Cop)

472

Trent Sullivan (Tuc-Cop)

436

James Roberts (T-Cop)

368

Brett Pardoe (Tuc-Cop)

358

Bowling

Andrew Cahill (W'lawn)

32

Caleb Blanchard (Easts)

27

Murray Spry (Coutts)

25

Jamie Hough (Tuc-Cop)

24

Chris Fisher (Easts)

23

Points

SS Tucabia-Cop'hurst

100

Coutts Crossing

83

CRN Tucabia-Cop'hurst

83

Westlawn Green

74

Brothers

68

GDSC Easts Red

56

GDSC Easts Green

40

Westlawn Gold

33



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