MISSING IN ACTION: Harwood will be without top-order batsman Mark Ensbey for the grand final rematch today.
MISSING IN ACTION: Harwood will be without top-order batsman Mark Ensbey for the grand final rematch today. Debrah Novak

It's always hard at Harwood: Kroehnert

CRCA CRICKET: Brothers captain Jake Kroehnert said his side still have plenty to prove as they head into a 2016/17 GDSC Premier League grand final rematch against rivals Harwood.

While both sides have shown good early season form since returning to the field they will both look drastically different to the sides that took the field at Ellem Oval back in March.

Brothers will be missing key top-order batsman Jamie Firth, who is in Coffs Harbour for the Plan B Regional Bash but will look to second grade captain Dan Moar to come up into the top grade after a dominant century last weekend.

It will also be the first chance Mitch Kroehnert has had to play Premier League this season, with the rangy fast bowler back in the Clarence Valley on holidays from Newcastle University.

"Firthy is out, which is good for him. He has got the call to higher duties and he has earned his spot,” he said. "It doesn't get much harder than playing Harwood at Harwood, but we are keen for the fight.

"With Mitch back that helps fill the hole that Firthy has left and gives us a bit more as a more genuine all-rounder with the ball.

"They have got unfinished business and a point to prove and we have a point to prove so bring it on.”

Harwood will also put out a weakened line up with both Brandon Honeybrook and Ben McMahon in doubt with work commitments that had them ruled out of the regional bash matches.

Harwood will also be without Dickie and Hayden Ensbey, who are in Adelaide for the Pacific School Games.

"We are missing both of our Dicks this weekend, little and big,” Harwood captain Nathan Ensbey said.

"But we have both Lachie Johnson and Harrison Nicholson coming back into the fold for this game.

"It is obviously a big game against the defending premiers and it is going to be a challenge.”

All Premier League games are one-dayers this weekend as the competition prepares for the Christmas break. Each side will get 40 overs to bat in their innings.



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