LCCA CRICKET: Lachie all discipline
LACHLAN Johnson struck a timely 56 not out for Harwood ahead of his upcoming high school representative duties.
The disciplined top order batsman didn't give a chance as Harwood posted 4 for 147 against Maclean United on a slow Harwood Oval outfield.
Lacking the height and strength of most of his rivals, Johnson hit just one boundary in his innings.
Harwood captain Scott Johnson is Lachlan's father David's cousin.
"Lachlan's brothers are quite tall so I think he'll have a growth spurt soon," Scott said. "He's a good timer of the ball and gets a lot of his runs in ones and twos.
"On Saturday he batted really well to score his second fifty for us this year. It was chanceless as well."
He's a good timer of the ball and gets a lot of his runs in ones and twos.
United was bowled out for just 85 in reply as Harwood's bowling attack came to the fore, led by Andrew Davison (3 for 12 off 8) and Carly Leeson (3 for 16 off 5.5), while a brilliant diving catch by Peter Hickey at short leg was a highlight.
"Our strength is our bowling while that was the best we've fielded all year," the skipper said.
"Carly is very consistent and important to us. She keeps bowling that nagging line and length and keeps the batsmen honest. She may get hit for a four occasionally but she eventually gets her man."
The bye will come as a blessing in disguise for the competition leaders this weekend, with five front line players unavailable.
Leeson departs for the Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars Tour of Sri Lanka, Lachlan Johnson will join Maclean High School classmates Zac Honeybrook and Harrison Nicholson at Bathurst as part of the North Coast side competing at the New South Wales Combined High Schools Open Boys Cricket Championships.
Meanwhile, Lachlan's father David Johnson could be a notable absentee during Harwood's finals preparations. "Dave is pretty fit for his age but hurt his hamstring and went down as if someone shot him on the weekend."
Troy Urquhart was in a class of his own once again as Yamba cruised to an eight-wicket win over Lawrence at Yamba Oval.
Yamba won the toss and bowled on a damp pitch and openers Rob Becker (3 for 18 off 5) and Matt Headon (2 for 17 off 5) soon had Lawrence reeling at 5 for 23.
Batting down the order, Ryan Johnson (30 not out) led a mini revival but ran out of partners as Urquhart (5 for 27 off 5) took all the remaining wickets for Lawrence to be all out for 99.
He then top scored with 46 not out, combining with brother Laurie Urquhart (42) to ensure an early finish in 15.4 overs.