Leave it to Cleaver
AFTER belting 92 not out for South Grafton High against Orara High on Monday, Brendan Cleaver produced a match-winning 62 to guide South Services to victory over Harwood later that night.
Cleaver has been in brilliant form this season and Harwood captain Tim McMahon said the kid oozed talent.
"Brendan played another fine innings and it looks like he's in for a big season," he said.
"I coached the under-17 North Coast side at a carnival at Gloucester and he batted beautifully every game."
Harwood, which is defending premier in the night competition, managed just 79 in reply to South Services' 126.
With Cleaver doing most of the damage with the bat only Harwood all-rounder Luke Many (3-9) and off-spinner Matt Young kept the South batsmen honest
"Luke just kept bowling at the stumps and gave the batsmen no width whatsoever," McMahon said.
"He bowled a tight line and Youngy (Matt Young) bowled well and took a couple of wickets.
"I think Luke also top-scored for us with the bat. Their opening bowler Paul Peterson caused us a few headaches and according to our batsmen he was cutting the ball both ways."
While Cleaver's magical innings paved the way to victory for South, captain Tom Kroehnert was full of praise for his side's efforts in the field.
"I thought we fielded well and took our catches when it mattered," he said.
"Brendan's 60 was important and I think he grabbed a couple of wickets as well.
"They (Harwood) had a young side but in saying that they're all first graders. It's a good start to the season and it's good to defeat last year's premiers in the first round."