Harwood batsman Geoff Simmons will be hoping his side continues to improve this week against Wanderers
Harwood batsman Geoff Simmons will be hoping his side continues to improve this week against Wanderers Debrah Novak

LCCA: Harwood on the rise but will need their best against Wanderers

LCCA: Harwood have overcome a rough start to their 2016 campaign to find themselves sitting third on the Maclean Bowling Club first grade table, but opener Geoff Simmons said his side will need to be at their best if they're to overcome an in-form Wanderers side today.

Harwood have shot their way up ladder with a string of a top perfromances and were in line to sneak an upset win against Maclean United two weeks ago except for a rain shower which resulted in a draw.

Simmons said while his side has been improving there's more work that needs to be done.

"We're slowly getting better, we didn't start off too well at the start of the season,” he said.

"We've gradually been improving, and hopefully we can continue to improve and string some good performances together.”

Simmons said he wasn't sure what was behind the change in form apart from some improved individual performances, such as the 99 he scored last week against Lawrence.

"I was a little disappointed not to score that one more run, but not that much,” he said.

"I just had a good day with the bad, so hopefully I can continue that form with the bat.”

Wanderers already have bragging rights over Harwood after a first innings victory earlier in the season.

"They beat us pretty easily,” Simmons said.

"We didn't bat real well, and they were too strong for us.

"If we're going to get a win, we will have to bat well and take our catches.

"I think we dropped a few chances last match, but I think we fielded a lot better last week against Lawrence so that's another positive sign.”

Simmons said the work shown by young players Jarrod Ensbey and Mitchell Niemiec was encouraging to see.

"They're going well and developing into good players, so if they keep improving and getting better it's a good sign,” he said.

"Hopefully as a team we can just keep improving and get better.”



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