Leeson leaves lasting legacy in Lower loss to Lawrence
LCCA CRICKET: Harwood all-rounder Carly Leeson did not waste her last opportunity to make a mark on the 2016/17 Lower Clarence Cricket Association season before she leaves for Sydney to join the Sydney Sixers WBBL outfit.
The two-time NSW Country Female Cricketer of the Year had all her bowling talents on display as she blitzed her way through the Lawrence middle order finishing with figures of five for 26 off six overs as Lawrence finished all-out for 141 after 30 overs.
Leeson (23) then turned around and top scored with the bat for Harwood but her efforts were in vain as the visitors succumbed to a pin point bowling effort by Lawrence falling eight runs short of their target.
"She was really impressive with the ball," Lawrence captain Luke Moloney said.
"She bowled me clean up with a ball that cut back off the surface and then she went out and batted well for them as well."
In what were tough conditions in the field with heat and wind playing a factor it was a top effort from Lawrence opening bowler Ben Moloney (2 for 19 off 7) who worked in short sharp spells to restrict the Harwood attack.
Developing left-arm tweaker Hayden Ensbey (4 for 21 off 8) made short work of the Harwood middle order including the wicket of the dangerous Leeson.
"We had a plan to bowl the boys in short sharp spells because it was tough conditions out in the field," Moloney said. "Hayden came on about second change and just bowled his eight straight. You couldn't get the ball out of his hands.
"He bowled really well and it was good fielding from our players. Everyone hung on to their catches and I think that was the difference between the teams."
It was a stellar knock from Lawrence opener Brett O'Connor (38) who carried his recent night cricket form into the clash which got the ball rolling for the home side at 0-41.
But after a top order collapse of 5-12 the Lawrence side were in trouble before some power hitting from the tailenders including opening bowling pair Simon Harrison (18) and Ben Moloney (17) pushed the total to something their bowlers could defend.
"It sort of helped us that the bottom order could come in and score a few handy runs," Moloney said. "We definitely need to be getting more runs in the middle order. Guys need to be hitting 20s and 30s not getting out for ducks.
"It is not for a lack of practice though. We are getting plenty of time in the nets. I just think the guys are probably going a bit too hard, we just need to get in the right mindset rather than going out for a slog."
Lawrence will take a weakened line-up into next weekend's clash with Iluka as they have four players missing action at a wedding.
Captain Moloney will be one of the players out of action with former captain Adrian Giffin retaking the reins against Iluka.
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LAWRENCE V HARWOOD
At Barry Watts Turf
Umpires: Jimmy Simmons, Steve Cameron
Lawrence 1st Innings
B O'Connor b Vallette 38
R Watterson b Leeson 5
L Ensbey b Richards 18
T Gerrard lbw b Leeson 0
L Moloney b Leeson 7
HJ Ensbey c & b Leeson 0
D Harrison c Niemiec b Littlechild 9
A Giffin c Moss b Leeson 0
S Harrison st Peterie b Niemiec 18
B Davis not out 9
B Moloney c Ensbey b Anderson 17
Extras (b 2, lb 4, w 9, nb 5) 20
ALL-OUT for 141
FoW: 1-44(B O'Connor) 2-46(R Watterson) 3-46(T Gerrard) 4-56(HJ Ensbey) 5-56(L Moloney) 6-75(D Harrison) 7-75(A Giffin) 8-113(S Harrison) 9-113(L Ensbey) 10-141(B Moloney)
Bowling: M Vallette 8-1-27-1, M Niemiec 6-1-11-1, K Richards 6-0-36-1, C Leeson 6-1-26-5, T Littlechild 2-0-19-1, J Ensbey 1-0-8-0, T Anderson 1-0-8-1
Harwood 1st Innings
D Simmons lbw b B Moloney 8
GJ Simmons c O'Connor b B Moloney 4
C Leeson b HJ Ensbey 23
J Ensbey b HJ Ensbey 16
M Peterie c O'Connor b HJ Ensbey 1
M Vallette lbw b Davis 0
T Anderson c HJ Ensbey b Davis 14
K Richards c Davis b HJ Ensbey 4
A Moss c D Harrison b Giffin 19
T Littlechild not out 17
M Niemiec b Giffin 3
Extras (b 4, lb 9, w 12, nb 0) 25
ALL-OUT for 133
FoW: 1-6(GJ Simmons) 2-24(D Simmons) 3-62(C Leeson) 4-64(M Peterie) 5-68(M Vallette) 6-80(J Ensbey) 7-88(T Anderson) 8-93(K Richards) 9-120(A Moss) 10-133(M Niemiec)
Bowling: HJ Ensbey 8-1-21-4, B Moloney 7-2-19-2, A Giffin 2.2-1-9-2, B Davis 8-1-27-2, S Harrison 8-1-29-0, L Moloney 5-0-16-0
* LAWRENCE won first innings by eight runs.